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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

See this exhibition in the Flesh

York Art Gallery is hosting Flesh, a major exhibition, featuring works by Degas, Chardin, Francis Bacon and Sarah Lucas, until March, next year.

The exhibition includes more than 60 works of art displayed over three galleries showing how flesh has been portrayed by artists over the last 600 years.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Staithes gets ready to throw open its doors and show off heritage

Prints will be on sale during
 the two-day festival.
Preparations are well under way for the historic fishing village of Staithes to throw open the doors of its quaint and quirky cottages to welcome visitors to its fifth festival of arts and heritage over the weekend 10 and 11 September.

More than a hundred artists will exhibit their paintings, prints, sculpture, jewellery, glass and crafts for sale in pop-up galleries all around the village.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Moors gallery's latest exhibitions

Blue Tit by Coral Rose.
Aft lovers can catch two new exhibitions which run at the North York Moors Inspired by ... gallery at Danby until 4 September and which both focus on the abundant beauty of the area.

Wldlife artist Coral Rose captures the energy and beauty of rural life, portraying traditional subjects in a contemporary style in her show All Around Us and featuring work predominately in pastel, Coral takes her inspiration from animals and the countryside, capturing the energy and beauty that reflects life and all its visual personality in North Yorkshire.

Foray into Fibre is a mix of art from Cleveland Fibre Arts textile group, whose work portrays the beautiful local countryside and coast. The artisan group specialises in working with fibres and textiles using a wide range of techniques, both ancient and modern. Its members create individually handcrafted items including, jewellery, quilts, rugs, pictures and scarves.

Work by Cleveland Fibre Arts group.

Monday, 25 July 2016

Scarborough gallery spotlights work of award-winning bird taxidermist

Eagle Owl by Carl Church.
The work of an award-winning bird taxidermist is in the spotlight at Scarborough Art Gallery next month.

Carl Church, who has won awards at the World Taxidermy Championship and  the UK’s Guild of Taxidermists, is running four demo days at the gallery on 7, 14, 21 and 28 August.

The events support the current exhibition, All Creatures…, which is running at the gallery until 25 September and for which curator and artist Mark Hearld has displayed specimens of taxidermy from the Scarborough Collections in new and imaginative ways.

Carl said: “My work not only shows breathtaking birds, but excellent composition, vibrant lifelike groundwork and an amazing all-over accuracy of detail.

“All the birds I use are legally and ethically obtained: around 60 per cent are road traffic deaths, 15 per cent are killed flying into windows, and the remaining 25 per cent are birds which have died in captivity.”

Booking at ticket costs details can be obtained by contacting the gallery on 01723 374753.

Friday, 22 July 2016

Vibrant views of Scarborough

Early morning Scarborough by Jean Hobson.
The vibrant work of a former Scarborough artist depicting the town and her current home, Manchester, goes on show at the Stephen Joseph Theatre this month.

Sea to City, which runs from 27 July to 3 September, features watercolours, gouache, drawings and screen prints by Jean Hobson.

The exhibition can be seen in the theatre gallery from 10am to 6pm, Mondays to Saturdays, except during show times. Entry is free.

Monday, 11 July 2016

Make a beeline for this exhibition

A walk-in ‘beehive’ with more than 50,000 individually hand-printed bees is the centerpiece of an exhibition at Danby's Inspired by ... gallery by a collective of artists responding to the plight of the honeybee and other pollinators.

Swarm of Bees.

Swarm is led by Harrogate printmaker and beekeeper Laney Birkhead, whose huge installation Swarm of Bees is the result of a year of workshops across the county. The exhibition runs from Friday 22 July to Tuesday 9 August 2016

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Exhibition follows in Turner's footsteps

The Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes is marking the bicentenary of JMW Turner's tour of Yorkshire with an exhibition of work by two artists who have been following in his footsteps.

Turner Summer towards  Ingleborough by Debbie Loane.

Jo Hume and Debbie Loane have engaged with the Yorkshire Dales in ways that echo the great artist's activity by connecting directly with the landscape, taking inspiration from the dramatic views and following in his footsteps.

The Turner Trail was created many years ago and has recently been promoted again through Welcome to Yorkshire. The exhibition links with the trail and provides an accessible way of connecting with the landscape and the views that inspired Turner.

Monday, 4 July 2016

Sutton Bank team masters the fine art of celebrating the tour

Welcome to Yorkshire's chief executive Sir Gary Verity has presented the trophy to the winners of the Tour de Yorkshire land art competition.
The art of success ... Sir Gary Verity hands over the trophy
 at a presentation at Sutton Bank.
The giant piece of art featuring a horse, a ram and a wild boar riding a penny farthing on Sutton Bank was crowned the winner of the competition after beating 11 other finalists in a public vote, in which more than 2,000 votes were cast.

The North York Moors national park authority and Hambleton district council commissioned the 70-metre high, 40-metre wide painting, entitled The Finest View which shows the animals looking out over what James Herriot called “the finest view in England.”

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

First birthday gallery says Helmsley has its community welcome off to a fine art

Helmsley's inspirational community has helped art gallery, Lazenby Visuals go from strength to strength, according to its owner. And this Saturday (2 July), the gallery, based in the picturesque town's Walled Garden craft units, marks its first birthday with a packed programme

Feeling part of the community has helped Chris Lazenby's gallery
go from strength to strength in its firs tyear.

The programme includes appearances from local artists James McGairy from Guisborough and Bree Merryn from Skipton. James, who takes inspiration from the Moors, Dales and coast, has appeared as a contestant on Sky Arts’ Landscape Artist of the Year. Bree has a deep interest in drawing the beautiful rural surroundings of Yorkshire and specialises in figurative and animal art. Both artists will be in-store creating art in a live capacity - a rare treat for attendees!

Monday, 27 June 2016

Region's art talent spotlighted

The North York Moors national park's Inspired by gallery at Danby hosts an outdoor fair showcasing some of the region’s most talented artists next month.

The Artisan Art Fair, on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July is a joint venture by the gallery and the Scarborough Arts Forum, a Facebook group of more than over 400 Yorkshire-based artists.

Work by artists including Joy Green will be on display
during the two-day event.
Dean Regan, of the forum, said: "Twenty artists will have space in two large marquees, with further pop-up venues around the grounds. The marquees will be a buzz of activity with the artists demonstrating their techniques. Outside on the lawns more space will to be allocated to artists demonstrating an art or craft during the event.

“This new event will have the best of art from North Yorkshire. It will be the place to meet passionate local artists, see demonstrations and chat about creating art.

“We are also looking for musicians, singers and other performers and demonstrators to help with the festival feel and showcase their talents.”

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Thursday, 9 June 2016

Sutton Bank masters the art of winning tour celebrations with its finest view

Winning art ... the Finest View.
What have a horse, a ram and a wild boar riding a penny farthing in common?

The answer is they form a giant piece of art that's just taken the top prize in the Tour de Yorkshire land art competition.

The 70-metre high, 40-metre wide painting on the grassy airfield at the Yorkshire Gliding Club at Sutton Bank beat entries from 11 other finalists to win the trophy.

The Finest View, commissioned by the North York Moors National Park Authority and Hambleton District Council, shows the animals looking out over what James Herriot called “the finest view in England.”

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Theatre exhibition puts coastal art on the right lines

South Bay from the Spa by Ian Mitchell.
Limited edition prints of Yorkshire coast landscapes and seascapes go on display at Scarborough's Stephen Joseph Theatre from today (Wednesday 8 June) until Saturday 23 July. Landscape Lines features the work of artist Ian Mitchell in the theatre Gallery.

Ian said: “My approach to printmaking combines an interest in landscape, design, logos and symbols. As a reductive artist in pursuit of a minimal outcome I use a mixture of digital, litho, collage and commercial materials.

“My unique delineation of the landscape is based on a stripped-down reality, referencing early travel posters and drawing on the early twentieth century design aesthetic.

“Working digitally, I strip away the topographical, stylising the landscape to create a logo-type symbol of an actual place.”

Friday, 20 May 2016

Moors beauty that's often overlooked

Yorkshire based ceramicist Charlotte Morrison and textile artist Agnis Smallwood focus on the local landscape when they present  their exhibition Overlooked at the Inspired by... gallery at The Moors National Park Centre in Danby, from Thursday 30 June until Tuesday 19 July.

Functional and decorative ... work by Charlotte Morrison.
 Charlotte is a Dales-based ceramic designer and maker, who mainly works by hand-building her individual ceramics. She uses porcelain and stoneware clays to create functional and decorative items.

Her work reflects the past in some form; she is an avid collector of vintage items and has a fascination with researching times past. Her most recent ceramics echo the ancient roads, places and landscapes of the North York Moors, which were once used by drovers, packhorses and monks.

Overlooked ... work on show by Agnis Smallwood.
Agnis is a designer, maker and educator, specialising in hand-woven textiles. Her inspiration derives from looking closely in unlikely places, seeking out the beauty to be found in plants and grasses that flourish despite – and often because of – a lack of human intervention.

She has used the diversity and vitality from across the Yorkshire Moors as inspiration for this exhibition, extracting both colour and form found within the diversity of the region.

Agnis and Charlotte met at Cumbria Institute of the Arts while studying for their degree in contemporary applied arts.

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Friday, 13 May 2016

Artist trio's work on display

An exhibition running until 30 May at The North York Moors Inspire by ... gallery showcases the work of three who depicts different aspects of the local landscape.

Poppies by Rosemary Abrahams.
Illusion is the First of all Pleasures features the landscapes of artist Christine Pybus and ceramics by Penny de Corte, while Flora in Abundance comprises floral paintings, landscapes and seascapes by Rosemary Abrahams.

Friday, 6 May 2016

Staithes gets ready to demonstrate the art of a good festival

Art and heritage lovers will be making a beeline for Staithes this autumn.

Strike a light .. there'll be an attempt to create the biggest
glowstick installation in the world at Staithes.
The historic fishing village is preparing to throw open the doors of its quaint and quirky cottages and welcome visitors to its fifth Festival of Arts and Heritage from 10-11 September.

More than 100 artists will exhibit their paintings, prints, sculpture, jewellery, glass and crafts for sale in pop-up galleries all around the village.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Transformed gallery in running for prestigious Art Fund award

York Art Gallery has been shortlisted for a major museum of the year award. Judges have compiled a five-strong list for the prestigious Art Fund event.

The York gallery's shortlisting, which follows an £8 million transformation, sees it competing with London's Victoria and Albert Museum, Bristol's Arnolfini, Kent's Bethlem Museum of the Mind and West Lothian's Jupiter Artland.

The Centre of Ceramic Art is among the main features
of the transformed York Art Gallery. Photo by Peter Heaton.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Up-and-coming star Lucy has got the Tour de Yorkshire off to an art

A rising star of the art world has been unveiled as the official artist for the Tour de Yorkshire.

Lucy pictured with Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Sir Gary Verity.
Richmond-based pastel artist Lucy Pittaway has been chosen as the official artist for this year’s race, which returns to the county from 29 April to 1 May.

Her colourful picture, Hills, Dales and Woolly Tails, depicts the excitement, endurance and tenacity of the race, set against the unique Yorkshire backdrop with an eager crowd of fluffy spectators.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Countryside Museum's new art exhibition is a family affair

A brush with the Dales:
Beverley Hicks at work.
A new exhibition that captures the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales National Park is a real family affair.

Father and daughter artists Peter and Beverley Hicks are showcasing their work in the Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes, until 3 July, focusing on the Malham area and including Malham Cove, Malham Tarn and Gordale Scar.

Museum manager Fiona Rosher said: “It’s very exciting for us to be the venue chosen by Peter and Beverley for their joint exhibition, which is called ‘In Tandem’.

Peter Hicks on his latest Dales work.
“They have explored the very special landscape of Malhamdale in their individual ways and created a stunning show of work.”
Peter said: “For me, Gordale has become a compelling equation – the conflicting elements of falling water, tumbling rocks and high cliff walls – leaving me so much to address; an ever-changing series of contrasting forces.”

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Prize exhibition returns to York

The Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition returns to York St Mary’s, from 14 April to 29 May.

In its ninth year, the event will feature shortlisted works from photographic and digital art; three dimensional design and sculpture; painting and drawing; and video, installation and performance.

The 2016 edition is the award’s largest exhibition to date and welcomes practitioners from Austria, Canada, Germany, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Poland, South Africa, the UK and the USA. There are ten shortlisted artists, with a further 90 longlisted pieces displayed on monitors in the gallery.

Visitors are invited to vote in the People’s Choice award for their winning artist.

Organisers have also announced the Future Now Symposium – from 26-27 May at York St John University, focusing on talent development and tackling themes in today’s artistic climate through lectures, workshops and panel discussions from within the arts ecosystem and broader social context.

More than 40 high-profile speakers feature in the programme, including Alistair Payne, head of fine art school and painting lecturer at Glasgow School of Art, Stephanie Bush, programme and production manager at Zabludowicz Collection, Dani Burrows, director of strategy at Delfina Foundation, Sophie Hall, director at Flowers Gallery, Olivier Richon, photography lecturer at Royal College of Art, John O’Shea, senior exhibitions manager at National Media Museum, Whitney Hintz, curator of the Hiscox collection, and Rosalind Furness, managing editor of Frieze.

Monday, 4 April 2016

Hilary's exhibition captures the sometimes hidden beauty of the Dales

Visitors to the Yorkshire Dales national park authority's Yoredale offices in Bainbridge are urged to
check out a new photographic exhibition.

Apperset evening by Hilary Fenten.
Selside photographer Hilary Fenten is showing examples of her work during April and May in the reception area of the building.

The Dales:  People, Landscapes, Seasons exhibition is dedicated to the work of the Yorkshire Dales Society and the national park and features images that capture the sometimes hidden beauty of the area.

Director of corporate services Richard Burnett said: “This latest exhibition of work by a local artist provides a fascinating portrait of people and landscape."

The offices are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm. Further information: