The Gallery celebrates Hackfall

The nights are starting to get darker, the temperature has dropped…there’s no denying it, we have entered Autumn! But what better way to welcome this beautiful season the ┬áby taking a wander through a glorious and magical woodland? And the best part is, you can stay indoors while doing it!

What is she talking about you may ask, well I’ll tell you. This month in The Gallery we are Celebrating Hackfall with an exhibition of contemporary work from a fantastic selection of northern artists. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Hackfall, the landscaped wood, studded with mystical follies winding pathways is situated just outside Masham, and has been a popular spot for woodland walks for over 200 years.Written about by Wordsworth and sketched by Turner, Hackfall has long been a source of creative inspiration, and so it seems fitting to devote an exhibition to it.

The show of contemporary work at The Gallery is one of four exhibitions created for Celebrating Hackfall, which is supported by The Woodland Trust and Hackfall trust. Artists involved in our exhibition include Ian Scott Massie, Simon Palmer, Ed Kluz, Rosie Scott-Massie, Janis Goodman, Hester Cox, Heather Dormer and John Degnan, so it’s a pretty incredible selection of talent – many exhibiting together for the first time. An exhibition of Hackfall photography is also on display at Masham Community office, a show of Hackfall – inspired work by Turner and other old masters is exhibited at nearby Swinton Castle, and a collection of ametuer local artists’ work is hanging at The Crown pub in Grewelthorpe.

As for our portion of this fantastic event…we opened our doors on Friday the 10th for our preview, and sold a piece from the exhibition within 5 minutes! The evening continued to be a success, with lots of interested visitors coming from miles around popping in for a glass of wine and some tasty nibbles.

Thanks to everyone who attended the preview, if you happened to miss it, please do drop by this month to see ┬áthis brilliant show, and maybe even take a stroll through the wood itself? Celebrating Hackfall runs until October 3rd – to find out more visit the Hackfall website here.