Art Gallery

The Museum’s art gallery is a fantastic art exhibition space in the North York Moors National Park. The art gallery is always free to visit and open whenever the Museum is open. The Museum and art gallery are now open on a daily basis until 2 December.

prospect refuge hazard

Saturday 5 May – Sunday 10 June 2018

prospect  refuge  hazard   is an exhibition by artist Helen Sear taking place at Dalby Forest, Crescent Arts (Scarborough) and Ryedale Folk Museum. On display at Ryedale Folk Museum are three works projecting the notion of the landscape as a living, managed entity. The Woods will Turn is a series of photographs of felled trees, emphasizing the mark and touch of the cuts. Viewfinder is a series of photographs of haybales – the perspective of the image appears flattened by the removal of the shadow. Cateatera Fumus is a light and image installation, first exhibited at the Venice Biennele in 2015. This is its first showing in England. In reference to arrows piercing the body of Saint Sebastian in Andrea Mantegna’s 1490 painting, the stalks from a rape crop seemingly pierce the field of rape in bloom.

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Saturday 16 June – Sunday 15 July 2018

Britain is a nation of flower lovers with the cut-flower industry worth over two billion pounds a year, with many cut flowers travelling epic distances to reach weddings and mantelpieces. In recent times a number of British flower farms have sprung-up, fueled by a growing interest in locally grown and seasonal produce. Tessa’s exhibition explores this new movement for ‘fair trade in flowers’ and celebrates domestic growers part and present. In a series of stunning photographs, Tessa sheds light on the individuals who are contributing to a vibrant, artisan cut-flower industry in the U.K.

We are holding an exciting flower-arranging workshop in conjunction with this exhibition. For more details click here.


The remaining programme for 2018 will be released shortly. The art gallery at Ryedale Folk Museum is free to visit and open whenever the Museum is open.