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Exhibitions at Nunnington Hall

British Wildlife Photography Awards Exhibition at Nunnington Hall
Nunnington hosts a changing programme of exhibitions all year round | © National Trust

Nunnington Hall hosts a programming of changing exhibitions throughout the year. Recently we have welcomed established artists, photographers, illustrators and sculptors alongside new artists and community groups to display their work in the gallery. Discover more below about the exhibitions coming to Nunnington this year.

Fields, folds and farming life

Black and white photo of a farmer shearing sheep in Bransdale
Farmer shearing sheep in Bransdale | © Valerie Mather

Saturday 9 September - Sunday 17 December

'Fields, Folds and Farming Life' explores what it's like to live, grow up and work on a rural farm in the heart of Bransdale through the seasons. The work of Yorkshire photographer Valerie Mather and specially produced films reveal the hard work and determination of the people at the heart of the farming community; as they continue to navigate the ever-changing agricultural world to achieve a better farming future for people, the environment, and the local wildlife.

All exhibitions are on display in the gallery, on the top floor of the Hall. The gallery is open during normal opening hours and standard admission applies, there is no extra charge to visit the gallery.

A clay casting of Alder, Rose, Sedum, Crab Apple and Garrya flowers
Rachel Dein's botanical casting of Alder, Rose, Sedum, Crab Apple and Garrya flowers. | © Rachel Dein

Past exhibitions in 2023

Let's draw! Featuring Georgia Cowley

Saturday 15 July - Sunday 3 September

This fun and colourful exhibition is hands-on and perfect for young artists and storytellers. Children's book illustrator, Georgia Cowley, takes inspiration from the world around her and combines it with playful adventure and imagination games. Passionate about creating and sharing stories accessible for everyone, the exhibition includes a fun 'illustrators’ studio' space, a reading hub and an interactive gallery to share your work alongside Georgia's original illustrations. It's about making drawing fun and playful.

British Wildlife Photography Awards exhibition

Saturday 20 May - Sunday 9 July

The British Wildlife Photography Awards celebrates British wildlife and wild spaces through a collection of inspirational photographs. This exhibition showcases the best of our natural world and raises awareness about British biodiversity, species, and habitats.

Established in 2009, the awards celebrate both the work of amateur and professional photographers. Winning images are selected from thousands of entries in fifteen categories, including a category for film and two junior categories, to encourage young people to connect with nature through photography.

Nunnington through the seasons, by Rachel Dein

Until Sunday 14 May

Nunnington through the Seasons celebrates the progress of the seasons in the Nunnington garden, marking the moment when a plant is most beautiful. The botanical castings created by Rachel Dein of plants from the garden capture their fleeting beauty in exquisite detail and embraces people's love of nature's beautiful imperfections and resilience in a strained climate.

This exhibition is the outcome of a two year project. During this time, Rachel visited Nunnington to experience the garden for herself throughout the seasons, learn about our gardening practices and influences, select plants for casting, and spend time with the Head Gardener, Nick Fraser. Together they explored the philosophy and working practices of Nunnington and how today, our gardens and green spaces, no matter their size or situation, must work harder for the wellbeing of people, wildlife, and the planet.

Two visitors stood on the Drawing Room balcony overlooking the garden at Nunnington Hall, North Yorkshire

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