Book: Climb Up to the Moor » The Touring Exhibition
Climb Up to the Moor - the touring exhibition
The paintings used as illustrations in the book then became a touring exhibition.
The climate change debate is high on the agenda now and by bringing the moorland into towns and cities in the form of this exhibition our intention is:
- to highlight that our peat bogs are as important for capturing and holding carbon as the earth’s rainforests
- to raise awareness of the diversity of the upland environment
- through the experience of the exhibition, invite wider audiences to deepen their own individual encounters with nature
In 2012 the exhibition was hosted by the Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes and The Station, Richmond.
During 2013 it was held in The Folly, Settle, and in September part of it went to the Visitor Centres at Edale and Castleton in the Peak District.
In 2014 it was at Brockhole in the Lake District from February through to mid April, at Clitheroe Castle in Lancashire through Mid May to Mid June, and at Kirkleatham Museum near Redcar from October through to April 2015.
Climb up to the Moor had a hugely successful showing in 'The Light' at Friends House on Euston Road (opp Euston Station) in London from 18 - 29 August
The final selling exhibition of the paintings which did not reach an accepted bidding price has been held at Tennants in Leyburn from 21 October to 11 November 2015, and has now been extended till 19 November by popular request.
Here is a selection of quotes from the various visitors books -we believe that it has been fulfilling its aims:
“very moving” “Remarkable – thank you” “Breathtaking” “Inspirational”
“Spiritual interpretation of the moors – superb”
“The ‘tops’ are close to my heart. I feel very humble, thank you” “Stunning & thought provoking”
“Absolutely beautiful. The moorland is vibrantly alive”
“A real celebration of nature helping us to touch the earth” “Inspiring and beautiful”
“The underlying message is salutary – I shall bring
''the paintings opened up the diversity of wildlife and the habitat for me. I hadn't seen the range of colours and the richness of that environment so clearly before - I've since been again to the moors and I'm seeing it with new eyes.''
''My nine year old daughter loved the exhibition, particularly the animals, but all the paintings spoke to her and affirmed her love of the natural world.''
''The delicate ecological balance of flora, fauna and the elements was vividly portrayed in this beautiful exhibition. Through this, I was also made aware of the moor's complexity with its abundance of species and the variety of the geophysical areas.''
and feedback from some of the venues:
Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes
Climb up to the Moor was incredibly well received and generated a lot of interest both in respect of the beautiful artwork presented and in terms of the subject of moorland conservation. The personal responses of the artist to the moorland environment highlight in a unique way the importance of peat bogs for capturing and holding carbon, the diversity of flora and fauna and encourage visitors to take the opportunity to connect with nature. The Groundcover installation provided a great way for people of all ages to become involved.
Brockhole, Lake District Visitor Centre
The Climb up to the Moor exhibition was well received by visitors to the Lake District Visitor Centre. Everyone enjoyed the images and felt that the artwork very attractively demonstrated the importance of our peat bog landscapes and their impact on carbon neutrality.
Castleton Visitor Centre, Peak District National Park
We had excellent feedback from our visitors, who appreciated both the quality of the work involved and the messages that the exhibition gave out. Visitors commented that they found out many interesting facts about our heather moorlands, which they didn't previously know.
Please click the links below to download information about the exhibition (each opens in a new window):
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A new printed catalogue with all the text panels from the exhibition is now available for £6 + p&p. and will tell you which of the paintings are still available. Soon we will be updating this website.