Hackfall is almost a hidden wood - you could drive by and never know there is a magical woodland filling the side a steep valley just on the edge of Grewelthorpe a couple of miles from Masham. Inside this mixed woodland, managed by the Woodland Trust, are winding paths taking you to fantastical follies, wonderful waterfalls, a perfect pond complete with a fountain and many other beautiful viewpoints before you reaching the river Ure at the bottom of the valley. It's hard to describe somewhere magical and perhaps slightly otherworldly but Hackfall has a special place in so many people's hearts. It's loved by so many locals and visitors alike, it's now incredibly well visited but still somehow feels like a secret special place to many. This exhibition reflects the inspiration it has given to so many artists and makers and continues to do so.
We're grateful to the following artists and makers who are showing some of the beautiful work inspired by Hackfall: Shona Branigan, Janis Goodman, Hester Cox, Charlotte Morrison, Ian Scott Massie, Rachel Thornton, Rachel Horne, Kirsty Greenwood, Four Hands Glass, Alp and Ash, Photoceramica, A Blackbird Sang, Sam Groom. Below is just a very small taster of the show...
Hackfall Oak - Print from wood slice - Shona Branigan
Brimstone Moth - Embroidery - MaggieMagoo Designs
Hackfall Oak - Etching - Janis Goodman
Hackfall - Acrylic - Rachel Horne
Ruin in the trees - Lino on wood - Rachel Thornton
Etched Tumbler (part of a series) - Four Hands Glass
View From Hackfall - watercolour - Ian Scott Massie