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Inspired by... gallery becomes sole Northern England venue for The Lost Words exhibition

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The North York Moors National Park’s art gallery is set to become the only venue in Northern England to host a touring nature exhibition which is a unique collaboration between an author and an artist. Compton Verney

The National Park’s Inspired by… gallery at Danby will this summer host The Lost Words exhibition which is on tour from Compton Verney Art Gallery and has been widely praised for helping reconnect adults and children with the natural world using the power of words and art.  

The exhibition will run from 15 June to 29 July and will display the ‘spells’ by writer Robert Macfarlane and watercolour illustrations by artist Jackie Morris that were originally used to create The Lost Words book published in 2017.  

The book itself has become, in the words of The Guardian, a ‘cultural phenomenon’ credited with inspiring the nation to look afresh at the wonders of nature. It is widely read in schools including many across North Yorkshire.  

The exhibition will feature 20 of the spells written by Macfarlane, each based on a word such as conker, dandelion and wren; words that are increasingly being lost from everyday language.  

Alongside the poems 50 watercolours by Jackie Morris will be displayed, some of which incorporate gold leaf as an expression of the artist’s desire to help viewers go on a journey where the familiar suddenly appears magical once more.

A series of other activities related to The Lost Words exhibition are also being planned by the National Park including workshops and talks.  

Sally-Ann Smith, curator of the Inspired by… gallery comments: “The Lost Words is a fantastic exhibition that inspires visitors to stop and think about how magical nature is in today’s world. “It really resonates with our own purpose of capturing the beauty and importance of our protected landscapes through art and so we’re delighted to be hosting the exhibition next summer.”


Notes to editors

The North York Moors National Park

The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, ancient woodland and historic sites. Created on 28 November 1952 it became Britain’s sixth national park. Covering an area of 554 square miles (1,436 square kilometres) the National Park has 26 miles of coastline, two national nature reserves, 840 Scheduled Monuments and over 3,000 listed buildings, attracting an estimated 7.9 million visitors a year.

The National Park has two visitor centres, The Moors National Park Centre, Danby and Sutton Bank National Park Centre, providing opportunities for cycling, walking, eating, picnicking, shopping, crafts and wildlife-watching. The centre in Danby also houses the Inspired by… gallery, which features regularly changing exhibitions by artists who draw their inspiration from the North York Moors.

The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a wide variety of people to care for this beautiful corner of Yorkshire, providing apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities with nearly 14% of staff being apprentices from local families.

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