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Previous exhibitions 2017

Past and Present

Sunday 12 February - Monday 13 March
Join us for a blockbuster show to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Inspired by... gallery. Alongside longstanding friends of the gallery, including William Tillyer, Len Tabner, Peter Hicks, John Freeman, Joe Cornish and glassmakers Gillies Jones, there's work by Norman Ackroyd CBE RA (courtesy of the Zillah Bell Gallery, Thirsk) as well as many other local and regional artists.

The Heart of the Landscape

Sunday 12 February - Monday 13 March
Jewellers Diane Higgins-Lee, Gracie j, Judith Gill and Angela Learoyd display their creative adornments as part of the gallery's 10th anniversary celebrations.

This Exploited Land of Iron

Saturday 18 March - Monday 10 April
Photographer and writer Ian Macdonald reflects upon the past industries of the North York Moors. The exhibition is a companion piece to a 5-year National Park project - This Exploited Land of Iron. A programme of events and activities associated with This Exploited Land of Iron will be running over the next five years.

Poetry and Myth

Thursday 13 April - Tuesday 2 May
Maggie Moore's paintings and lino cuts explore the role of animals and birds in mythology, religion, poetry and literature.

Field of Vision

Thursday 13 April - Tuesday 2 May
Sculptor David Mayne offers a response to the wild landscapes of his explorations - stunning woodland, beautiful hills and dramatic moorland.

Fusions of Light and Colour

Thursday 13 April - Tuesday 2 May
Keith Blessed's vibrant pastel paintings present a true fusion of light and colour - from storm- and wind-lashed moors to sun-drenched coast.

In Black and White

Friday 5 May - Tuesday 23 May
Printmaker Ian Burke brings us black and coloured relieft-print images on Japenses handmade paper - his graphic response to living by the coast in the National Park.

Prevailing Sense of Change

Friday 5 May - Tuesday 23 May
Underscored by historic memories of the northeast’s seafaring ports, Martin Fowler’s sketches and paintings record a changing way of life and work.


Friday 5 May - Tuesday 23 May
Michelle Freemantle presents a series of ceramics whose visual identity is inspired by the colours and markings in fields, tractor tracks, and fence and hedge boundaries.

Feather and Fur

Friday 5 May - Tuesday 23 May
Using pastels and acrylics, Diane Todd’s paintings feature texture and colour in wonderful detail, expressing her love of wildlife in the North York Moors and beyond.

Absolutely Buzzing

Friday 26 May – Monday 26 June
From a wearable wasp to a buzzing bouquet of bees, and from textile taxidermy bell-jars to millinery moths, designer and milliner Bridget Bailey explores the natural world in a textile spectacle – a fresh take on what is both beautiful and wearable.

Moor Stories

Thursday 29 June – Tuesday 25 July
Rich in beautiful landscapes, industrial heritage and iconic ruins, the North York Moors is also rich in stories, from the Battle of Byland to the legends surrounding Roseberry Topping. Ian Scott Massie has walked, sketched, written and painted his way across the moors, and the result is an inspiring collection of paintings and screen prints, and an accompanying book.

Impressions in Clay

Thursday 29 June – Tuesday 25 July
Katy O’Neil's contemporary ceramics and jewellery reflect the throw-away nature of modern life and how it affects the land. She uses found mechanical objects to impress marks on to the clay surface to form designs.

A Personal View

Thursday 29 June – Tuesday 25 July
Sue Ford presents a personal view of Yorkshire, in watercolour, pastel and mixed media.

Art to Go

Saturday 29 July – Monday 4 September
Local and regional creative talent come together to promote access to art for all. The exhibition features an outstanding array of affordable, portable (no larger than 10cm x 15cm) art, with each piece remaining anonymous until after purchase.

The Feel of Freedom

Saturday 29 July – Monday 4 September
A show by Penny Hunt about the little things that make up the landscape of freedom - the places where you feel the full force of wind and weather, and find some perspective on life.

Peter Hicks: A Retrospective

Saturday 9 September – Monday 16 October
A look back at the 60-year career of this most renowned of North York Moors artists, from his time at Leeds College of Art to the present day. Peter Hicks’ working life has been a search for identity through painting, with ‘landscape as metaphor’. The Esk Valley has played a major role in his development as an artist, where the magic of a hidden valley contributes toward shaping the way he expresses himself in painting. The valley is his home and also his visual home, rich with unending promise.


Thursday 19 October – Tuesday 14 November
Celebrate the landscape and wildlife of the North York Moors and its coast with featured photographers including Joe Cornish, Peter Leeming, Lucy Saggers, Steve Race, Robert Fuller, and John Clifton. Also on show in the gallery is sculptor David Cooke, who creates dynamic wildlife pieces in a variety of styles and media.

Moors Moments

Thursday 19 October – Tuesday 14 November
Based in Glaisdale, in the heart of the National Park, Adrian Wright paints with a limited palette of colours, typical of the moorland landscape, and depicts the moody and dramatic skies of the North York Moors and its coast.

Christmas Craft Fair

Saturday 18 November – Sunday 19 November
Celebrating the very best of local arts, country crafts and seasonal gifts, from jewellery and ceramics to artisan gins, scented soaps and handmade chocolates. There’s also a visit from Santa, traditional music and children’s craft-making activities.


Friday 17 November – Sunday 21 Jan 2018
Welcome to the annual showcase seasonal exhibition from the artists of Brigantia. They present a gorgeous selection of leatherwork, jewellery, textiles, ceramics, photography, prints and paintings – wintertime, seen through artists’ eyes.

Previous exhibitions 2016

Under Sheltering Skies

Saturday 13 February - Tuesday 15 March
Members of the Leven Art Society portray the beauty, character and industrial heritage of the local moors and coast. 

Recurring Dreams

Saturday 13 February - Tuesday 15 March
Inspired by patterns in the natural world, the unique fractal art of Vienna Forrester shows the North York Moors in a fascinating series of landscapes and dreamscapes. 

Jewellery from the Moors

Saturday 13 February - Tuesday 15 March
Selected jewellers display their work in the gallery.

Northern Expressions

Friday 18 March to Monday 11 April
Artists Barbara Renton Wood and Lynne Herkman, and ceramicist Kath Bonson, reflect upon the people, landscapes and cultural heritage of the region. 

Nature in Detail

Friday 18 March to Monday 11 April
Andrew Hutchinson's highly detailed paintings shine a light on the farm life, wildlife and moorland environment of the North York Moors. 

The Coastline Journey

Thursday 14 April to Tuesday 3 May
Artist Caroline Riley and photographer Paul Ingram present video, photography, oils, drawings and pastels, in a vivid account of a coastal journey form Teesside to Whitby. 

From Land to Sea

Thursday 14 April to Tuesday 3 May
Bridget Wilkinson brings the coast alive with her paintings and 3D work, exploring both the smallest details and the widest landscapes. 

Illusion is the First of All Pleasures

Friday 6 May to Monday 30 May
With an emphasis on light, movement and colour, Christine Pybus's oil paintings reveal many of her favourite subjects - billowing clouds, sparkling water and deep, crisp snow. 

Flora in Abundance

Friday 6 May to Monday 30 May
Rosemary Abraham's floral paintings, landscapes and seascapes are inspired by the dramatic power of the North Sea and the simplicity of the countryside.

Hidden Depths

Thursday 2 June to Monday 27 June
Joy Green, Trish Shaw, Caroline Thompson and Gillian Elliott explore the traces of industrial archaeology, seeing how it has shaped the moors and coast - and how nature is claiming it back. 

A Landscape of Elements

Thursday 2 June to Monday 27 June
Jonathan Middlemiss' paintings, ceramics and other objects reflect the spirit and wild landscapes of the Yorkshire uplands and high moors.

Catching the Light

Thursday 30 June to Tuesday 19 July
Observe the ever-changing effects of light on our natural forms, coastal scenes and moorland landscapes through Gail Hurst's and Sue Morton's paintings, and Emma Evett's glass sculptures and jewellery. 


Thursday 30 June to Tuesday 19 July
The ancient roads and landscapes of the North York Moors, and the wild and unruly plants that flourish in the most unlikely places, are the sources of inspiration for ceramicist Charlotte Morrison and textile artist Agnis Smallwood.

Artisan Art Fair

Saturday 16 July and Sunday 17 July
Join us in the grounds of The Moors Centre for our first Artisan Art Fair, a celebration of North Yorkshire's creative artists and makers. Held in conjunction with Scarborough Arts Forum, it's an opportunity to browse and buy inspiring pieces of original art and meet the artists who created them.


Friday 22 July - Tuesday 9 August
A collective of artists and makers presents a creative response to the plight of the honey bee and other pollinators. Walk inside an enormous 3D print of 50,000 bees and learn how to connect with this vital ecological issue.

Colour in an Ancient Landscape

Friday 22 July - Tuesday 9 August
A collaborative exhibition in stained glass, textiles and other media, exploring the colours, textures and life of the moorland landscape - with Jo-Ann Eisenberg and Carol Sorhaindo.

Foray into Fibre

Friday 12 August – Sunday 4 September
Cleveland Fibre Arts textile group draws its inspiration from the countryside and coast of the North York Moors.

All Around Us

Friday 12 August – Sunday 4 September
Wildlife artist Coral Rose captures the energy and beauty of rural life, portraying traditional subjects in a contemporary style.

Natural Selection

Wednesday 7 September – Tuesday 27 September
Angela Chalmers, David Chalmers, Janine Baldwin and Lindsey Tyson interpret the beauty of the landscape through the diverse mediums of painting, photography, mixed media and textiles. 

Presence and Absence

Wednesday 7 September – Tuesday 27 September
Inspired by the exhibits in Whitby Museum (where she was artist in residence), Sandra Storey explores the significance of local artefacts and personal objects.

The Northern Connection

Saturday 29 October – Tuesday 15 November
An exhibition by selected members of Leeds Fine Artists, showing a direct personal response to Yorkshire landscapes – whether abstract, figurative or sensory.

Abbeys and Landscapes

Saturday 29 October – Tuesday 15 November
Joy Lomas is inspired by the majestic beauty and spellbinding history of the abbeys of the North York Moors.

Artist Advent

Friday 18 November – Sunday 22 January 2017
Brigantia’s artists and craftworkers showcase the very best in painting, photography, textile, ceramics and jewellery.

Previous Exhibitions 2015

Of Our Place

Saturday 14 February – Monday 16 March
Artists Pamela Scott and Ian Nicholas, and sculptor Anthony Cox, find inspiration in the moors and coastal villages. 

Love and Adornment

Saturday 14 February – Monday 16 March
Vienna Forrester, Rae Fineron and Rachel Lucie Johns bring us a beautiful selection of contemporary jewellery, inspired by nature, literature, culture and emotion. 

A Wondering Presence

Saturday 14 February – Monday 16 March
Visual artist Wendy Tate embarks on a poetic exploration of the National Park, through her painting, printmaking, poetry, ceramics and photography.

Nature and the Environment

Thursday 19 March – Tuesday 14 April
Artists James McGairy and Peter Reynolds, and sculptor Darrell Evanes, reflect how landscape and the environment interconnect.                  

A Fascination with Fauna

Thursday 19 March – Tuesday 14 April
Artist and printmaker Emerson Mayes is fascinated by the wildlife found in the North York Moors and beyond.

All Creations Great and Small

Friday 17 April – Monday 4 May
Artists Robert Dutton, Helen Patterson and Jo Garlick, and sculptor Stef Ottevanger interpret the National Park’s wildlife and living landscape. 

Imperfect Harmony

Friday 17 April – Monday 4 May
Rene Viner’s paintings and hand-built ceramics reflect the Japanese aesthetic of ‘Wabi-sabi’ – the beauty of imperfect harmony.

Connections North: Mirror Images

Saturday 9 May – Monday 15 June
As part of an innovative and ambitious printmaking project, the Inspired by... gallery presents new and original printmaking by forty artists from four countries, including ten artists from York and North Yorkshire.

28 Days of Looking

Saturday 9 May – Monday 15 June
Scottish artist Jenny McLaren spent four weeks in the North York Moors in autumn 2014, as ‘artist in residence’ for Connections North – her paintings and artist’s books are her visual diary of that period.

Above and Below

Thursday 18 June – Monday 6 July 
Award-winning wildlife photographers Steve Race and George Stoyle join forces to depict the incredible wildlife of the Yorkshire coast, as seen from both above and below. 

Moors and Shores

Thursday 18 June – Monday 6 July
Dean Regan’s oil paintings are the result of years of creative passion for the North York Moors and coast.

Fired Drawn Painted

Thursday 9 July –Tuesday 28 July
Multi-media artists Brian and Sally Tozer and Kezy Feaster draw inspiration from the changing landscapes of the North York Moors, as well its people, customs and folklore.                

Purple Heather to Shingle Beach

Thursday 9 July –Tuesday 28 July
For landscape photographer John Potter, the north of Britain has been an evocative source of inspiration for almost three decades.

Fibres With a Twist

Friday 31 July – Monday 24 August
Cleveland Fibre Arts textile group presents work inspired by the natural elements, moods, colours and landscapes of the North York Moors and Cleveland Hills.           

One Moor Year

Friday 31 July – Monday 24 August
Robin Puplett’s paintings of the North York Moors were completed over a calendar year, and capture the drama of the changing seasons, views and landscapes. 

A Meander Down the Esk, sponsored by Northern Rail

Thursday 27 August – Tuesday 22 September
Watercolourist John Freeman takes a meandering journey down the River Esk, portraying the beautiful river in all its moods.

Exploring the Boundaries

Friday 25 September – Tuesday 13 October 
Members of the Ebor Group take inspiration from the natural environment, found objects and derelict spaces, and their works blur the boundary between past and present.

Pure Light, Bright Water

Friday 25 September – Tuesday 13 October
Sue Morton’s landscape paintings celebrate the unique character and ever-changing moods of North Yorkshire’s villages, moors and coastal scenery.

The Inhabited Landscape 

Friday 16 October – Wednesday 11 November
Artist in residence for The North York Moors Chamber Music Festival, Carol Tyler explores some of the ways man has adapted – and inhabited – the landscape of the moors, from standing stones and waymarkers to abbeys and monasteries. The exhibition coincided with two concerts for classical string trios on 6 and 8 November.  

Inspired by Times Past

Friday 16 October – Wednesday 11 November
Dennis Roddam’s ceramics are inspired by times past on the North York Moors.

Whispers and Secrets

Friday 16 October – Wednesday 11 November
Photographer Phil Cornelius and candlemaker Chris Jones explore the history and secret places of the North York Moors and coast.

Christmas Craft Fair 

Saturday 14 November – Sunday 15 November
Celebrating some of the best local arts, country crafts and seasonal gifts, from jewellery and ceramics to tree decorations, scented soaps and handmade chocolates.

Artistically Yours

Saturday 14 November – Sunday 24 January 2016
Brigantia’s artists and craftworkers showcase the very best in art, sculpture, textiles, carvings and ceramics – both traditional and contemporary. 

Natural Partners

Wednesday 18 November – Sunday 24 January 2016
Artists Freya Horsley, James Morgan Williams, Jan Richardson and Caroline Riley interpret the special qualities of the moors and coast.

Previous Exhibitions 2014

Nature in the Spotlight

1 February to 3 March
Artist Andrew Hutchinson and wildlife photographer Steve Race place the natural world at the heart of their work.

Pathways to the Coast

1 February to 3 March
Rosie Dean's vibrant paintings capture the endlessly changing weather, moods and landscape along the North York Moors' coast.


6 March to 1 April
Artisan blacksmith David Stephenson and artist Sue Slack find strength in the power of three.

6 March to 1 April
Photographer Charles Twist is a passionate advocate of old cameras and lenses.

Landscapes For a Dark Summer

4 April to 11 May
Renowned landscape artist Peter Hicks presents a major exhibition of striking new work.

Francis Nicholson and the Lure of the Picturesque

17 May to 15 June
Explore the rise of watercolour painting and printmaking through the pioneering works of Francis Nicholson(1753-1844)

Paysage Recycle

17 May to 15 June
In 'Recycled Countryside' - inspired by the Tour de France's 'Grand Depart' - Sue Slack's vibrant paintings complement Graham Anderton's delicate metal sculptures. 

Snickets, Stones and Streams

20 June to 20 July
Mixed-media embroidery by Sue Pilkington-Hanna, ceramics by John Egerton, hand-spun and knitted jewellery by Lisa Armstrong and oil paintings by Sarah Garforth.

Red Hen Originals 

19 June to 21 July
Julia Burns' quirky, original hand-printed images have a contemporary edge but are all made using that most traditional of techniques - potato-printing. 

Aspects of the Moors

25 July to 17 August
New work by members of Ryedale ArtWorks (RAW) explores the varied landscapes of the North York Moors - painting, sculpture, ceramics, metalwork, glassware and textiles.

Spirited Wildlife

20 August – 16 September
The wildlife all around us takes centre stage in this major summer exhibition of art and sculpture. Sought-after wildlife artist Andy Broderick presents a specially selected collection of his spirited drawings and watercolours. Leading willow and wire animal sculptor Emma Stothard – who has work in the Royal Collection – shows her beautifully crafted sculptural pieces, alongside Stef Ottevanger’s highly individual ‘animals with attitude’, cast in bronzed resin.

Changing Places

19 September – 12 October
Bridget Wilkinson and Meg Ashley come together to celebrate the dynamic northeast coastline. The use of vibrant colour and texture in their paintings and ceramics – along with a dash of whimsical reflection and delight – reflects the ever-changing, rhythmic splendour of nature.

North Yorkshire, Naturally

19 September – 12 October
Dennis Roddam’s art works and ceramics capture the natural spirit of North Yorkshire, from vast moorlands to magnificent coastline, whilst focusing on smaller natural wonders that are sometimes overlooked.

Lingering Presence

15 October to 9 November
Photographer and poet Phil Cornelius, pastel artist Keith Blessed and candle-maker Chris Jones explore the spiritual nature of the North York Moors and coast.

Quilting For All Seasons

15 October to 11 November
Quilted works by the Cleveland Fibre Arts textile group, inspired by the seasonal changes in the North York Moors' countryside and coast. 

Christmas Craft Fair

15 to 16 November
Over 30 stalls of arts, crafts and seasonal gifts, from jewellery, ceramics and stained glass to willow tree decorations, scented soaps and handmade chocolates. 

Brigantine Artistry

Saturday 15 November to Sunday 11 January 2015
Brigantia's artists and craftworkers showcase the very best in art, sculpture, textiles, carvings and ceramics. 

New Ground

Saturday 22 November to Sunday 25 January 2015
Printmaker Hester Cox and ceramicist Charlotte Morrison explore the history, nature and landscape of the North York Moors.

Previous Exhibitions 2013

Northern Light

Photographers Janet and Richard Burdon explore the hidden intricacies of the natural world in their dramatic monochrome work. Graham Anderton's metal sculptures also draw from nature while showing us the beauty of worked steel. 


Watercolour drawings and works on paper by renowned international artist William Tillyer offer a striking perspective on the North York Moors National Park.

Interpretation in Colour

Liz Clarke and Dave Marsh, and ceramicist George Ormerod, inspire you with their colourful interpretation of the natural world. 

Flora, Fauna, Fossils and Fibres

Explore the natural elements, moods and colours of the North York Moors with the spinners, weavers, felters and quilters of the Cleveland Fibre Arts textile group. There will be craft demonstrations during the exhibition - call for details. 

Expanding Horizons

Malcolm Ludvigsen and Kate Kenney both paint 'plein-air' - that is, they work outside, in any weather. In doing so, they capture the real life and vibrancy of the North York Moors and coast. 

Meditations on the Land

Caroline Riley's mixed media art, Peter Heaton's black-and-white photography and Peter Hough's ceramics combine to capture the meditative quality of the land. 

Attached to Our Land

A debut exhibition by mixed media artist Kezy Feaster, whose paintings and sculptures record a life lived in harmony with the inspiring beauty of the natural landscape. 

In Search of Summer

Susan Neale, Caroline Burton, Shirley Vauvelle, Sue Pilkington-Hanna and Emma Gale bring us a glimpse of summer in an exhibition of paintings, ceramics, jewellery and fine lacework. Needlework demonstrations take place during the exhibition - call 01439 772738 for details. 

In Praise of Trees

The sculptural shapes and rich mythology of ancient trees inspire Carolyn Smith intricate drawings and Mick Waring's natural-edged bowls.     

From What Has Been

A highly personal exploration of emotion by sculptor Azad Mohammed, print maker Catherine Sutcliffe-Fuller and photographer Nicola Taylor.

A Country View

Watercolourist Les Packham and figurative artist David Allen bring us beautiful paintings that present a nostalgic view of the North York Moors. These are complemented by the pottery of Claude Frere-Smith, inspired by creamware - a refined earthernware once used for jugs, bowls, tea-pots and platters.

Stories from the Moors

Presenting the latest images by landscape photographer Ian Burton, who uses some of the most beautiful locations in the National Park to draw in the viewer and make them part of the story. 

The Butterfly Effect

The delicate paintings and drawings of Jean Harlow represent the natural world. Also featuring 'The Butterfly House', filled with butterflies made from recycled textiles. 

Art for Sustainability

Inspirational artworks created from natural materials foraged from within the National Park. The displayed works are by Fine Art degree students at the University of Hull, Scarborough Campus.

Under Yorkshire Skies

Gail Hurst, Jennifer Tetlow and Sue Morton capture the vitality, moods and character of their local landscape in an expressive mix of sculpture, painting and drawing.

A Sense of Place 

Contemporary textile artists Marion Atkinson and Christine Heath are inspired by the drama of the Moors. This exhibition brings together Marion's highly textured wall hangings and Christine's colourful, stitched-surface collages.