Exhibitions at Nunnington Hall

Nunnington Hall Ryedale school art exhibition

From breathtaking photography exhibitions to gift exhibitions inspired by Christmas, there's something to intrigue everyone at our special place.

At Nunnington we're known for our varied and high profile art and photography exhibitions shown in our attic gallery. This year we've enjoyed a wide range of exhibitions including the illuminating works by local artists, the ever popular British Wildlife Photography Awards and national children's literature illustrators.

Saturday 13 May – Sunday 9 July 
British Wildlife Photography Awards Exhibition 

Returning for another year the British Wildlife Photography Awards, celebrates British wildlife, in all its beauty and diversity, through a collection of inspirational photographs. The awards reveal both the work of amateur and professional photographers, while highlighting the great wealth and diversity of Britain’s natural history.

The exhibition covers fifteen separate categories including animal behaviour, urban wildlife, habitat, animal portraits, marine life, the hidden secret world that lies in the undergrowth and a special award for wildlife in HD Video. There are also two special junior categories to inspire young photographers.

Portraits winner - Jamie Mina
Portraits winner - Jamie Mina

Naturalithic - garden sculpture exhibition
Tuesday 6 June – Sunday 16 July 

Discover a unique garden sculpture trail, inspired by beauty and harmony of the natural world. Stone carver Jennifer Tetlow creates beautiful sculptures with balance, simplicity and tactility.

Based in Lastingham, on the edge of the North York Moors, Jennifer began carving after a chance encounter with masons dressing wall-stones, and was taken with the sound and rhythm of hammer on chisel, and the neat-handed skills of the men at work. She became a full-time sculptor in 1999 and is self-taught.  Her sculpture is inspired by a love of nature and the wildlife surrounding her workshop.

Stone Rabbit by Jennifer Tetlow
Stone Rabbit by Jennifer Tetlow

Saturday 15 July – Sunday 10 September 
Pirates, Pants & Wellyphants by Nick Sharratt

On Saturday 15 July, Nick will be joining us throughout the day for a special drawing and book signing class.

Nick Sharratt, the man behind the instantly recognisable illustrations for Jacqueline Wilson’s Tracy Beaker books, is now the subject of a new colourful, humorous and hands-on exhibition. 

The exhibition explores Nick’s passion for drawing, from childhood to his current status as an internationally renowned illustrator and author, the show features many of the well-known characters that Nick has illustrated over the years. These include Tracy Beaker, Daisy, Hetty Feather and Pirate Pete, as well as a host of animals, and vast quantities of food and clothing.

Visitors can immerse themselves in Nick’s world, find out about his childhood and what inspired him to become an illustrator, and meet a host of the characters that he has created throughout his career. The exhibition includes a recreation of Nick’s studio where visitors can have a go at drawing a selection of his characters using a light box, and there’s a touch screen interactive where you can create your own digital ‘Sharracter’.  A wipe clean wall is available for everyone to have a go at drawing their own Nick Sharratt inspired picture, and young visitors, and those that are young at heart, will enjoy dressing up in a selection of whacky costumes, including a mermaid’s tail, some very fancy pants and a pineapple.  

Design your own Sharracter
Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants - the illustrated world of Nick Sharratt

Previous exhibitions....

British Wildlife Photography Awards

Returning for another year, see the winning entries of this prestigious national photographic competition celebrating the diversity of the natural history of the British Isles.

Aspects of Rievaulx

This intriguing and innovative exhibition revealed the many facets of Rievaulx Terrace, and the ruined Abbey below. Showcasing the work of local artists; Peter Hicks, Anne Thornhill, Sue Morton and Paul Blackwell. 
Each artist captures these iconic landmarks through diverse styles and media exposing the natural beauty of the Terrace landscape and woodland vistas, as well as the architectural design of the Abbey. Powerful and moving, this collection reveals the artistic balance that exists between conservation of the landscape and of the ancient structures amidst it.

Nine lives - the best of cat art

Another artistic exhibition from the Chris Beetles Gallery presents exquisite illustrations by renowned artists including Kathleen Hale, Lesley Anne Ivory, Debbie Faulkner-Stevens, Geraldine Girvan and the great Louis Wain. 


Serena Partridge miniature world

The intricate and stunning work of local artist Serena Partridge shared her beautiful fantasy miniature world items. This magical exhibition captivated visitors and brought well known fairy-tale stories to life.

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