Framing the landscape at Roseberry Topping

Ashley Jackson framed in front of Roseberry Topping

Yorkshire watercolour artist Ashley Jackson, in partnership with the National Trust, is inspiring visitors to pause and appreciate the beauty of Roseberry Topping.

"Many people look, but only a few see." is the phrase Ashley has coined to sum up the idea behind his Framing the Landscape project. It encapsulates his desire to re-engage local communities and visitors with the Yorkshire landscape, the concept of the ever-changing countryside as a ‘free art gallery’ available for all to enjoy.

" I am proud to work in partnership with the National Trust to convey this passion we have for the landscape, to inspire others to explore and enjoy all that Nature provides. We want people to get outside and feel the rain on their face, hear the sounds of nature and feel the ground beneath their feet."
- Ashley Jackson, artist

The freestanding metal frame was installed at the edge of Newton Wood in August 2015. It was designed and constructed by tutors and students at the University of Huddersfield and is sponsored by Grand Central Rail. The frame is designed to rust over time, to soften its shiny surfaces and take on a more ‘natural’ appearance which will blend more harmoniously with its surroundings.

The project has generated an education programme for Keystage 1 and 2 children. A group from St Peter’s C of E School in Brotton joined Ashley for an outdoor art masterclass at Roseberry Topping in March 2016. Other schools can benefit via free online tutorials and downloadable worksheets found on Ashley’s Framing the Landscape website here.

" I want children to see the drama of Mother Nature and how a landscape changes every second, I want them to come away saying ‘Wow. I didn’t know we had this land.’ I hope to inspire a new generation to look at the land - and to look after it."
- Ashley Jackson, artist

You can visit more of Ashley’s frames at National Trust places across Yorkshire: Brimham Rocks, Marsden Moor and Hardcastle Crags