This is an archived press release
Thursday 29 August 2013
The unique beauty of the moorland is captured and celebrated in an exhibition being staged at Peak District National Park Visitor Centres in Castleton and Edale from 1 to 29 September.
Featuring original paintings by Yorkshire Dales-based artists Judith Bromley and Robert Nicholls, the touring exhibition explores moorland life through the seasons, highlighting the fragility of the landscape and raising awareness of the importance of moorland conservation.
The paintings are selected from originals used as illustrations in the book ‘Climb up to the Moor’ published in October 2011. The majority of Judith’s paintings are oil on block canvas: portraits of the moorland floor and details of the geology and plant life, while Robert’s are watercolour studies of animals and birds seen on the moor.
“We hope that people will not only enjoy seeing this inspiring work but will also become more aware of the role that moorland can play in the fight against climate change,” said Judith.
“The more time I spent on the moorland with the calls of curlew and lapwing, the more I rediscovered my true relationship with the changing of the seasons, the turning of the earth, and the more passionate I became about caring for our planet.”
Local people are invited to make a small piece, in their own medium and style and inspired by the moorland, to be included in a group installation called ‘Ground Cover’. The hope is that, as the exhibition travels from one venue to another, ‘Ground Cover’ will grow as more people add their own contributions.
Signed copies of the book and prints will be available for purchase. Sealed bids for the originals will be opened at the end of the exhibition tour at the beginning of 2015.
The project is funded by the Dales LEADER programme, the Business Link Legacy Fund, Arts Council England and North Yorkshire County Council.
After the Peak District, the exhibition will go on to Brockhole in the Lake District, Kirkleatham, Cleveland, and to Clitheroe Castle in May and July 2014.