Art Gallery

The art gallery is free to visit and located close to the Museum’s main reception area. The gallery is open whenever the Museum is open, except when we are changing our exhibitions over.

In the Open: an open art exhibition

Saturday 18 September to Sunday 14 November

In the Open is an exhibition like no other and it is an important part of our new Arts Council England funded project, which you can find out more about here.

We invited professional, amateur and hobbying artists to take part in this exhibition to explore what impact the public health crisis has had on artists’ creativity and working practices, specifically through art related to and depicting the northern landscape.

We received over two hundred entries, reflecting how access to the countryside has been increasingly important throughout the pandemic. The selection panel for In the Open included photographer Joe Cornish, painter Kane Cunningham and ceramic artist Layla Khoo

The exhibition includes over eighty works of art including paintings, photographs, ceramics and textiles.


Click here to visit the exhibition online


You can also purchase a printed catalogue of the exhibition by clicking here.



Previous Exhibitions at Ryedale Folk Museum


Northern Soul by Ian Scott Massie

Northern Eutierria by Kane Cunningham


A Life Through the Lens: Geoffrey Willey


The North York Moors, an open exhibition

Earthworks by Simon Crawford

Art Happens Here by the AHH Studio Collective

Artifact II by the Printmakers Circle


Of Life and Land by Lucy Saggers

Moor Colours by Sue Slack

prospect    refuge    hazard by Helen Sear

FarmerFlorist by Tessa Bunney

Of Yorkshire, From Yorkshire – from the David Ross collection

Figuratively Speaking – the Scott Creative Arts Foundation


Time for Bed from the Ryedale Folk Museum collection

RyeScape by artists from Ryedale

Collections by Hester Cox, Josie Beszant and Charlotte Morrison

Table – art works from Leeds Museums & Galleries

Call of the Land by John Creighton

Victorian Dresses from the Ryedale Folk Museum collection


Etcetera by the textiles group, Etectera

Gallery TEN, an exhibition of selected works from Gallery TEN

Wedding Dresses from the Ryedale Folk Museum collection

Artifact by the Printmakers Circle