Art and Exhibitions at Nunnington Hall

The Essex Tapestries Grayson Perry

Enjoy a variety of high profile art and photography exhibitions throughout the year in our attic gallery and the hall. Celebrating the best of national works and local artists.

Summer in the Nunnington Hall garden

Stitching together the past and present

March TBC – Sunday 20 December

While Nunnington Hall’s 17th century Verdure tapestries are away for conservation work, The Essex House Tapestries: the life of Julie Cope by Grayson Perry will hang in their place. Embracing ‘the trials, tribulations, celebrations and mistakes of an average life’, these works are some of his finest, and most celebrated works. See how two very different sets of tapestries form a beautiful contradiction in design, status, storytelling and manufacture, and illustrate the evolution of tapestries. Made possible with the support of the Crafts Council.

https://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/
 

The Essex Tapestries - the Life of Julie Cope by Grayson Perry
The Essex Tapestries Grayson Perry
The Essex Tapestries - the Life of Julie Cope by Grayson Perry

Change in Attitudes

March TBC – Sunday 31 October

About a third of people in the UK collect something, but one of the most controversial is the collection of animal skins and horns. Change in Attitudes is an artistic response by Yorkshire ceramic artist, Layla Khoo, looking at Nunnington Hall’s skins conservation project and how social acceptance of big game hunting has changes.

The installation features a variety of ceramic work including 5,000 small porcelain black rhinoceros horns, each representing one of the remaining black rhinos left in the world. Click here for more information about the artwork and the skins conservation project.

Change in Attitudes art installation at Nunnington Hall
Art installation at Nunnington Hall
Change in Attitudes art installation at Nunnington Hall

Stolen from the Skies

March TBC  – Sunday 9 May 2021

(Due to the Covid 19 pandemic this exhibition open date is to be confirmed)

Have you been wondering why you no longer see sparrows in your garden, hear less bird song or why our native birds are declining? These questions and more are looked at in a new thought-provoking exhibition of textiles, embroidery and mixed media by North Yorkshire artists group Decora. Inspired by the on-going concern of our native bird decline, the work is a creative response which explores some of the environmental and human impacts including loss of habitat, invasive species, climate change and ever growing industrial developments. Find out more and what we can do to change the tide and see birds return to our skies.

Stolen from the Skies at Nunnington Hall
Decora exhibition at Nunnington Hall 2021
Stolen from the Skies at Nunnington Hall

British Wildlife Photography Awards

Saturday 15 May – Sunday 11 July

A firm favourite and returning for another year the British Wildlife Photography Awards captures the beauty and diversity of British wildlife. Open to everyone, the collection showcases both professional and amateur photographers from across the country. Winning images are chosen from thousands of entries in fifteen separate categories including a category for film and two junior categories to encourage young people to connect with nature through photography.

Ta Da Seal by Kirsty Andrews, BWPA
Ta Da Seal by Kirsty Andrews at Nunnington Hall 2021
Ta Da Seal by Kirsty Andrews, BWPA

Catherine Rayner and Company

Saturday 17 July – Sunday 5 September

Step into a world of adventure, fun and mischief and meet Arlo the Lion, Abigail the Giraffe, Olga de Polga the Guinea pig, Solomon the Crocodile and many more. These fun and colourful characters are the creation of award-winning author and illustrator Catherine Rayner. Growing up in West Yorkshire, her surrounds and life in the outdoors still inspires much of her work today. Through beautiful original drawings, paintings and prints come and meet some of Catherine’s favourite animal friends. Read about their adventures in the story books and get creative with activity sheets and step by step drawing guides to recreate your favourite characters. Step outdoors into nature to find more characters with our fun family trail in the garden, who knows what adventures they might get up to!

Catherine Rayner exhibition at Nunnington Hall
Catherine Rayner exhibition at Nunnington Hall 2021
Catherine Rayner exhibition at Nunnington Hall

Gillian Tyler

Saturday 11 September – Sunday 31 October

Yorkshire based illustrator & printmaker Gillian Tyler returns to Nunnington Hall with work inspired by her home and her surroundings on the edge of the Peak District in Yorkshire.

Often inspired by the seasons, nature and native wildlife, Gillian's creative practice encompasses a series of large hand coloured linocut prints, miniature wood engravings and illustrations from her work in publishing & children's picture books.

Chatsworth Fox
Coloured lino print by Gillian Tyler
Chatsworth Fox

Diverse threads

Friday 26 November – Sunday 19 December (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

Christmas is a time for love and joy of friends and family, chilly country walks and once a year foodie favourites. York based artists and friends with a passion for textiles, celebrate all aspects of the season in a rich and heart-warming Christmas exhibition.

Swaledale in Winter
Emobridery
Swaledale in Winter