Inspired by Our Land

‘Inspired by Our Land’ captures the unique and special qualities of Northumberland National Park. Celebrating the park’s heritage, culture, landscapes and nature. The exhibition showcases artists from Northumberland and across the region who use the backdrop of Northumberland to inspire their work.

Housed in The Sill’s gallery space, The Stell, the exhibition which officially opened on the 7th November, is open to the public until the 19th January. Featuring 9 local artists, it offers an opportunity to admire the heart and soul of Northumberland National Park through original watercolours, photography, limited edition prints and ceramic.

Claire Mason, Sill Operations Manager said: “We’re thrilled to welcome the ‘Inspired by Our Land’ exhibition to The Sill and have the opportunity to celebrate the work of so many gifted local artists. This exhibition brilliantly captures the beauty and unique qualities of the environment of Northumberland National Park and with so many different styles of art on display, there promises to be something for everyone.”

Many of the artists featured in the exhibition hail from Hexham and the Hadrian’s Wall area. They include photographer Kit Saddington, printmakers Carol Nunan, Rebecca Vincent and Adele Burdon, watercolour artists David Holliday, Robert Newton and Charlotte Thompson and ceramicists Steph Jamieson and Melanie Hopwood.

Specialising in watercolours, Hexham-based artist Charlotte Thompson, often features landscapes in her works and takes inspiration from local plants and wildlife. A keen bird watcher, Charlotte splits her time between teaching and painting, typically producing private commissions. The exhibition will be the first time she has displayed her work in a public exhibition.

Speaking about the opportunity to exhibit at The Sill, Charlotte said: “I’m feeling excited, and  a little nervous too, about  sharing my work with the public for the first time, but I couldn’t have asked for a better response.

“I was delighted when I was approached by the Sill. Exhibiting here has always been a dream of mine. Northumberland proves to be a constant source of inspiration for my work. I am influenced by the seasonal changes that constantly alter the landscape. To exhibit in the national park, and in the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage Site alongside other talented artists from the region is a wonderful opportunity for my work to reach a wider audience.”

Full-time primary school teacher and photographer Kit Saddington who is also exhibiting as part of the ‘Inspired by Our Land’ exhibit commented: “There is so much to see in Northumberland, from landscapes and castles, to recognisable monuments or destinations such as Hadrian’s Wall and Sycamore Gap. I always try to capture images in different lights, whether its early in the morning or late at night when you can take advantage of Northumberland’s incredible dark skies. It’s really important that we celebrate the rich tapestry of Northumberland National Park and exhibits such as ‘Inspired by Our Land’ are vital in supporting artists such as myself to pursue our passion for creative arts.”

The exhibition is the start of The Sill’s festive event programming, events include a Christmas Fair on the 16th and 17th November featuring over 30 local craft and food producers, activities and entertainment and Mission Im:Possible, the annual festive fun run at Walltown Country Park on December 21st.

‘Inspired by Our Land’ is a free public exhibition running from 7th November to 19th January  2020. All pieces in the exhibition are available to buy and it is open seven days a week from 10am to 4pm.

Learn more about The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre by visiting https://www.thesill.org.uk/.