Exhibitions at Nunnington Hall

Painting of Scarborough by David Birtwhiste

From national 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 and national children's literature illustrators.

Saturday 22 September – Sunday 4 November 
Watercolour Wonders by David Birtwhistle

David Birtwhistle is a British artist who works primarily in watercolour, and well-known for his picturesque depictions of historic architecture and landscapes. Particularly his interpretations of many National Trust properties across the country, including Nunnington Hall and Rievaulx Terrace. 

Since his first exhibition, in Greenwich, 1970, his work has appeared in galleries up and down the land, in his own exhibitions and with societies such as the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours and the Society of Architect-Artists of which he was a Fellow.

Enjoy to the chance to view a large selection of original work of various themes and inspiration, created throughout a lifelong passion for art. The exhibition will also include a selection of open reproduction and limited edition prints available to buy. 

Up and down at Scarborough
Painting of Scarborough by David Birtwhiste
Up and down at Scarborough
The Green in Sedgefield
Painting of York city by David Birtwhistle
The Green in Sedgefield

Saturday 17 November – Sunday 16 December (weekends only)
Art for Christmas – Community Exhibition

The Art for Christmas exhibition is a creative platform for artists to showcase a mixed media of work covering a variety of subjects including: local life, landscape, nature and wildlife. Previously pieces have included paintings, photography, wood carving and embroidery. The exhibition is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate wonderful arts and crafts from Yorkshire and beyond.

Over the years the exhibition has received a large number of entries. Each artist is welcome to submit up to three pieces for consideration and the staff and volunteers at Nunnington Hall then have the difficult task of selecting around fifty final pieces for display.

All submissions must be received by Sunday 21 October and the successful applicants will be notified within five days. Artwork will need to be delivered to the property by Sunday 4 November. All profits will contribute towards the conservation care of Nunnington Hall and its collection.

If you would like the opportunity to be involved, please download and complete the submission form. Art for Christmas submission form. (PDF / 0.1MB) download

The Art for Christmas exhibition will be open each weekend from Saturday 17 November until Sunday 16 December, 10.30am – 4pm.

'Timeless' by Philip Stuttard in the Art for Christmas exhibition
Nunnington Hall Art for Christmas exhibition
'Timeless' by Philip Stuttard in the Art for Christmas exhibition

Previous exhibitions....

British Wildlife Photography Awards

Celebrating 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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