Winter wildlife in print at Beningbrough

After the leaves have fallen and the flowers have gone, wander the gardens to discover beautifully crafted artwork inspired by real-life creatures that make Beningbrough their home.

Take a walk on the wild side

Explore Beningbrough's eight acres of gardens and look out for the swallows, swifts and housemartins swooping among the trees and spot the mice, weasel and stoat hunting for food. Step into the potting shed and find who's sheltering from the cold and peek into a nest to see who's hibernating.

Inspired by the resident wildlife, discover fourteen sculptural scenes by Yorkshire artist Gerard Hobson nestled among the trees and the garden buildings. From a drumming of woodpeckers to a pair of boxing hares, these beautifully crafted linocuts showcase the artist’s lifelong passion for birds, animals and art.

The garden is a regular source of inspiration for Gerard
Illustration of bird on a wintry mistletoe branch
The garden is a regular source of inspiration for Gerard

Inside the bothy, is a short film about the artist and his work and the materials to make a free take-home birdfeeder. In the Walled Garden restaurant you can pick up a special colouring-in sheet designed by the artist.

Head indoors for the print exhibition

Upstairs in the Hayloft*, find a display of Gerard's print work. From barn owls to brown hares, much of the wildlife hanging on the walls live around Beningbrough's gardens and parkland. 

You will be able to buy a print that particularly catches your eye or for a perfect Christmas gift.

One of the intricate prints
Illustrations of garden birds
One of the intricate prints

*Room accessed by stairs only, images of artwork available at ground level.

When to visit

Saturday 26 October - 1 March 2020 on open days

Every day except Monday for the local October half term holiday then winter weekends plus 26-29 December and New Year's Day for a festive day out. Also open Tuesday 18 - Friday 21 February 2020 for the local half term. 

Free entry to National Trust members and under fives or normal admission charges apply. 

About Gerard Hobson

Since childhood Gerard Hobson has had a love for birds, animals and art. His love of wildlife saw him qualify as a zoologist from Bangor University in 1984, before working for Wiltshire Wildlife Trust as a botanist. Later he became an illustrator for them, working on leaflets and sign boards.

After relocating up north, Gerard worked for Yorkshire Wildlife and continued to develop his work on a freelance basis.

In more recent years he has turned his hand to woodcarving and these days focuses his attention on linoprint making.

Join a printmaking workshop

Be inspired by Beningbrough's wildlife and the exhibition and have a go at printmaking with Gerard Hobson at one of the upcoming workshops.

Yorkshire artist Gerard Hobson in his workshop
Yorkshire artist Gerard Hobson in his workshop
Yorkshire artist Gerard Hobson in his workshop

Christmas card linoprint workshop - Saturday 9 November, 10am-4pm

Create your own Christmas card design to print and take home.

£50 per person. Suitable for 16 years+. ***Limited availability***

Linoprint making workshop - Saturday 18 January and Saturday 8 February, 10am-4pm

Discover the basic techniques and tools needed to create beautiful designs, before designing and printing your own artwork. 

£50 per person. Suitable for 16 years+.

Family printmaking workshop - Saturday 22 February, 10am-12pm

Join Gerard Hobson for this adult and child, fun together workshop, where you’ll both take inspiration from nature and design and create an artwork to take home.

£25 for one adult and one child

Call 01904 472014 to book your place on any of the above workshops. All the workshops are in the Hayloft, which is accessed by stairs only.

A wintry scene in nature
Illustration of a hibernating hedgehog
A wintry scene in nature