Inspired by Our Land

As part of our ever-changing programme of exhibitions and events at The Sill, in November 2018, we were delighted to open our first ever art exhibition.

Designed to celebrate and showcase the range of talent that we have on our doorstep, the exhibition attracted over 10,300 visitors between November and February 2019, resulting in the sale of 22 pieces of original artwork and prints.

Titled ‘Inspired by Our Land’, all of the work shown in the exhibition was in some way inspired by the landscapes, plants and animals that symbolise Northumberland National Park.

The exhibition, which was housed in ‘The Stell’ space on the ground floor of The Sill featured work from local artists including watercolourist, David Holliday, oil painter Peter Flanaghan, Cathy Duncan, a specialist in linocut prints, Lindsey Cooper who works in acrylics, photographer David Taylor, printmaker Carol Nunan, acrylic artist Judith Forster, printmaker Carole Thirlaway, mixed media artist Denis McErlane, sculptor Robin Fox, ceramic artist Graham Taylor and photographer Will Nicholls.

“We were absolutely delighted with the public response to the Inspired by Our Land exhibition,” said Claire Mason, manager at The Sill.

“The landscape of Northumberland is a source of inspiration and wonder for so many artists in our region, so it was fantastic to be able to showcase some of these at The Sill.”

To coincide with the exhibition, we also launched a children’s art competition, inviting our young visitors to create their own works of art, inspired by their own trips to the National Park.

Selected by members of The Sill management team with support from one of the artists featured in the exhibition, Carole Thirlaway, the winning artists were Imogen Leahy, aged 6 and Thomas Gibson aged 10, both of who received an explorers backpack packed full with art materials and a framed copy of their picture.

“We were absolutely blown away by the standard of the entries we received for the competition,” Claire added.

“In total, we received over 50 unique entries so choosing one winner was extremely difficult! A huge congratulations to Imogen and Thomas for their fantastic efforts!”

Following the success of the first art exhibition, The Sill is now looking to make art showcases a part of the Centre’s annual events programme.

The Stell at The Sill is now home to a new exhibit titled Flow Country which will be in situ until 22 April. To find out more, click here.