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[/caption]

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[/caption]

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


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.

For the 2019 award our judges were:

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