2019 North York Moors Art Award

Landscapes of the Mind and Heart

The 2019 award attracted an incredibly strong field, with each selected entrant providing an enticing interpretation of what our wonderful landscape means to them.

The winner of the 2019 North York Moors Art Award was Ian McCulley with his piece ‘Untitled Landscape’

Untitled Landscape – Ian McCulley


Ian comments: “These Moors hold a special magic for me from late autumn through winter to early spring. The land lies still and stark , simple elements, in which colour and form can be found or imagined.”

Second place was awarded to Chantal Barnes with her piece ‘Bruised Moor’

Bruised Moor – Chantal Barnes

A ‘Supporter Prize’ as selected by the Inspired By Gallery supporters was jointly awarded to Emma Whitelock for her piece ‘No Words’ and Heather Davies for her piece ‘Another Angle’.

No Words – Emma Whitelock

Another Angle – Heather Davies

The People’s Prize, as voted for by visitors to the accompanying exhibition was won by Julie Lightburn with her piece The Colours Of Joy

The Colours of Joy – Julie Lightburn

Finally, special mentions were made for the following entries:

Rachael Tyler Bacon – The Bow
Simon Dobbs – Silver Lining
Miriam Laville – On The Way To Guisborough
Chris White – Visits With My Father
Paul Green – Back To The Roots
Beverley Hicks – Esk Valley

The 2019 exhibition  runs until Monday 2 September at the Inspired By Gallery…

The Inspired by… gallery can be found at The Moors National Park Centre, Danby. See Planning your visit for further information on how to get here.

Free entry: 9.30am to 5.30pm daily, 10am to 5pm daily, September



Detail of the 2019 Award

The iconic landscapes, magnificent wildlife and rich cultural heritage of the North York Moors have inspired artists for generations. To celebrate this unique environment, The North York Moors National Park Trust and the Inspired by… gallery, Danby have teamed up to host the North York Moors Art Award.

For our inaugural award, the subject for submitted pieces and subsequent exhibition is Landscape of the Mind and Heart. This award is an opportunity for artists to encapsulate and present their vision of aspects of the North York Moors which may be influenced by personal feelings and experiences that are generated by interacting with this most beautiful area.

The natural world has always been one of the most celebrated settings onto which many artists project their beliefs, feelings, and the most celebrated and progressive ideas about the new trends and developments that art should reflect. Art can renew our connection with nature, from the picture that appreciates nature for what it is, to the challenging piece expressing our complex human connection to nature. Art can address environmental issues and topics about conservation, sustainability, preservation, biodiversity, and threatened habitats.


The exhibition is for paintings (any paint media) created since 1 January 2018 and must not have been previously commercially exhibited. The work must be of, or inspired by, the North York Moors National Park. Artists may submit a single piece only. All exhibited pieces must be available for sale.

The perimeter of framed artwork (including the frame) should measure no more than 300cm or 120 inches. Please see example illustration below:


Art Award Example



The exhibition entries will be selected by a specially selected panel appointed by the North York Moors National Park Trust and the Inspired by… gallery.

For the 2019 award our judges will be:


Helen Welford – Assistant Curator at  Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA)

Stuart Cameron – Director of Crescent Arts

Alan Hunt – British Wildlife Painter

Fiona Duncan – Art Appreciator


All works will be judged on individual merit and the judges’ decision is final. No correspondence or discussion will be entered into. Work that has been selected for display must remain in the gallery until close of exhibition, unless sold.



The following prizes are offered:

  • 1st – £500
  • 2nd – £250
  • People’s Prize – £250
  • The Inspired by…gallery Supporters’ Prize – £250

In addition, selected artists will be considered for future exhibitions at the Inspired by… gallery and make up part of the gallery portfolio

Submission Process

  1. Initial submissions are online only. Artists should complete the online application form here. Artists are required to submit one image of their piece in .pdf or .jpeg format. (Jpeg files, not less than 2048 x 1536 pixels, file size no larger than 1MB.)
  2. The panel will review all digitally submitted work and select pieces to go to a second review.
  3. If artwork is chosen to go through to the second review, artists will be asked to send or deliver their actual work to the Inspired by… gallery at the Moors National Park Centre in Danby.
  4. The final selection will take place to select pieces for the exhibition and to select all finalists. Artists will be asked to collect any works not accepted for the exhibition.


All work must be labelled with the artist name, contact details, title of artwork, and medium(s). Labels can be affixed to the back of the work.

Example of how to label your work


Preparing Your Art Work For Delivery

The traditional way to safeguard art or graphic products has involved the use of bubble wrap, corrugated cardboard, paper, tape and string. These materials are clumsy to use, take time and effort and are usually thrown away after one use.

We spend a lot of time wrapping art that has been sold and when packing exhibitions up ready for collection. This takes up a lot of our time and space in the storeroom.

Preparation, wrapping and labelling of work is essential to the Inspired by gallery. The gallery is run by one curator and a group of volunteers so every effort must be made to insure a streamline procedure during setup and throughout the exhibition. This process needs to be as labour efficient as possible.

Each picture should be packed a separate bubble pack bag or suitable alternative, (make sure the bubbles are facing outward) so it can slide in and out with ease.

We would encourage artists to reuse packaging where appropriate to prevent waste and unnecessary use of single use plastics. All sold artwork will be repackaged in the original packaging for dispatch or collection.

Making bags is really simple. Bags can be made from:

  •  Cushion Paper is more environmentally friendly alternative to plastic packing.
  • Silver bubble insulation strip (available for hardware shops) Furnisoft (removals or Furniture Company’s scrap wrapping.
  • Laminate flooring foam underlay, doubled up for strength available from hardware shops
  • Thick greenhouse bubble wrap (Hardware or nurseries)

To make your bag:-

Make an envelope of the required size from the material and then stick down/making the edges with strong silver or duct tape (other tapes are really not strong enough).


Art in Envelope


Alternatively, purpose-built bags can be purchased from http://www.stiffybag.com/home.htm or other art supply sites. These bags are very reasonable and should not cost you anymore than standard bubble wrap and tape.


  • Make sure your name and the title of the piece are marked clearly on the back of the painting.
  • Mark the outside of the wrapped piece clearly with your name.


Commission is 35% of the selling price. All proceeds from commissions go towards the North York Moors National Park Authority toward the cost of hosting the event.


Entry Fee

There is an entry fee per artist of £6 or £3 for full-time students. Fees are non-returnable.


Timetable Summary

November 2018

Digital submission opens.

Friday 31 May 2019

Digital submission closes.

Monday 10 June 2019

Selection of entries for exhibition and artists informed.

Tuesday 30 July 2019

Selected artists drop off entries for exhibition.

Friday 2 August 2019

  • Official opening of exhibition 6pm – 6.30pm
  • Inspired by…gallery Supporter’s Prize selection

Friday 23 August 2019

Award Ceremony

Tuesday 3 September 2019

Artists collect any unsold pieces between 9.30am and 11.30am.


Framing and Labelling

If your artwork is selected for the exhibition please ensure your work is framed to a good quality, neutral and consistent framing with eyelets or strings.



As all exhibitions are advertised within the National Park’s Events Guide, in local press etc. exhibitions cannot be cancelled other than in exceptional circumstances. In the event of a cancellation, your entry fee will not be refunded. For any information regarding your exhibition, please contact Sally Ann Smith on 01439 772700.


Responsibility for Exhibits

All work will be fully covered whilst in the gallery but not during transportation to and from the gallery. Exhibitors are encouraged to have their own Public Liability Insurance.


Selling of Exhibits

Exhibition sales are taken through the cash register in the shop area. Sales amounts minus commission will be paid to exhibitors via BACS transfer at the end of the exhibition. The exhibition will be held on a red dot basis with sales retained in the Gallery for collection or dispatch at the end of the Exhibition.



Sally Ann Smith – Events Coordinator, North York Moors National Park Authority, telephone: 01439 770657 or email s.smith@northyorkmoors.org.uk  or inspiredbygallery@northyorkmoors.org.uk


Gallery Location

The Moors National Park Centre and Inspired by… gallery are in the north of the National Park, less than a mile from Danby village. Danby Station on the Esk Valley Railway (OS Grid Reference: NZ 717 084) is a 20 minute pleasant stroll away on footpaths.

Find out how to get here by public transport, including details of summer Fridays, weekends and Monday bus services (20 May – 30 September 2018) using Moorsbus (M3, M6 and M8) from surrounding villages and towns, including York, or Moors Explorer from Hull on select Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays (27/28 May, 22, 29 July, 5, 12, 19, 26/27 August 2018).


There is a pay and display car park.


Full address:

The Moors National Park Centre
Lodge Lane
North Yorkshire
YO21 2NB