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 25 March – Sunday 7 May 
Paper Panda and friends paper cut art

This charming exhibition takes storytelling through paper cut art to a new level. Artists Louise and Ryan Firchau, founders of Paper Panda will be collaborating with other fellow papercraft artists including; Emma King, Lee-Ann, Louise Dyer and Sarah King for a special creative exhibition. These talented artists share a love for paper craft and in particular papercutting, and draw inspiration from their surroundings. Each selected for their unique designs, tremendous talent and recognisable style.

Paper Panda started in 2010, with Louise making typographical lyrical papercuts from recycled paper. Since then, Paper Panda has grown significantly and now has a number of lovable and memorable characters with unique stories. 

The Woodland Friends series of papercuts and sketches have been hand drawn and hand cut by Louise. They are inspired by Quarwood, where the Panda family lived in a little cottage in the Cotswolds surrounded by animals and woodland life.

The Storybook series is a cute collaboration between Mr & Mrs Panda. Louise tells Ryan what to draw and only when he gets it perfectly right, they cut it out of paper – it’s a good bit of teamwork.

Intricate paper cut art
Intricate paper cut art

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

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

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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