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 North York Moors - an open exhibition

Saturday 23 February to Sunday 7 April Open daily (10am – 4pm and 5pm in April). Free entry.

With over sixty works of art this exhibition will showcase the influence the people, places, landscapes and wildlife of the majestic North York Moors on artists and their work.

The exhibition includes paintings, prints, photographs and textile works by the following people:

Alan Clark, Alison Britton, Andrew Bulmer, Andrew Dalton, Anna Matyus, Antonia Winsor, Becky Ciesielski, Beverley Hicks, Brian Goodwin, Chris CarbroChristine Pybus, Colin Cook, David Hope, Doug Shaw, Fran Brammer, Gabriella Joy, Hannah Turlington, Heather Burton, Jaqueline Riding, Janet Burdon, Janet White, Janilaine Mainprize, Jayne Farrer, Jean Stephenson, Jennifer Cottis, Jennifer Weston, Joan Currie, John CreightonJonathan Pomroy, Julie Macbean, Kane CunninghamKeith Blessed, Kevin Mainprize, Liz Harrison, Lucy Saggers, Lynne Glazzard, Lynne Porter, Marion Atkinson, Michael Nowill, Patrick Walker, Peter Hicks, Philip Barraclough, Rebekah Staples, Richard Burdon, Rob Moore, Robin Pinchin, Ruth Miemczyk, Sally Lister, Simon Crawford, Stephen Boxall, Sue Slack, Susan Slann, Tessa Bunney, Wendy Tate.

Earthworks by Simon Crawford

Saturday 13 April to Sunday 19 May

Open daily, free entry, 10am – 5pm

Meet the artist, drop in from 2pm – 4pm on Saturday 13 April

“The title of this exhibition is ‘Earthworks’ and whilst the paintings might not look like recognisable places they are all distilled from specific walks with my dog, conjured up from places like Rievaulx, Sutton Bank, Nidd Gorge, Fountains Abbey, Norfolk or Dorset landscapes. I may take photographs or make small drawings as I go along, but they are more to do with feelings as one meanders through the landscape. Blake saw Angels in Peckham Rye. They exist in Yorkshire too – in trees and the earth. It is difficult to ignore the Romantics – especially Samuel Palmer, but also contemporary artists like Michael Porter, Christopher Le Brun and Ian McKeever – these artists get under the skin and help to experience a place and register and recalibrate one’s own thoughts and feelings.”

Simon Crawford, 2019 

Previous Exhibitions at Ryedale Folk Museum


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