The exhibition, Yorkshire! Achievement, Grit and Controversy on display in the Saloon Galleries in Beningbrough Hall is drawing to a close, with the 25 works of art heading back to their homes on Sunday 3 November. Take this final opportunity to wander the galleries to see the Yorkshire faces recognised for their achievements, their grit or their controversial opinions and actions, and consider what makes the Yorkshire reputation.
Explore Yorkshire’s personalities and peculiarities
From the current Doctor Who, Jodie Whittaker to boxer Nicola Adams, writer Charlotte Brontë and Guy Fawkes, plus works by Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and David Hockney. The wide selection of portraits and sculptures on loan from the National Portrait Gallery, the Arts Council Collection, Olivia Hemingway – a working artist in Yorkshire – and York Art Gallery sit alongside personal narratives and interactives delving into the stories behind the people, their highs and their lows.
Influence and opinion
The people of Yorkshire have a reputation for being argumentative and dare we say stubborn. In the East Gallery find artworks featuring familiar Yorkshire faces whose reputations often precede them. Arthur Scargill, Geoffrey Boycott, Guy Fawkes and Marco Pierre White are all well known for their determination to achieve and in doing so have gone against the grain.
Highlighting the county’s status as a creative powerhouse, discover works by some of the twentieth century's most celebrated artists, hailing from and inspired by God’s own county. On display are sculptures by Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore and paintings by Trevor Bell and Patrick Heron.
Voices of Yorkshire
Phrases, dialects and accents are a distinct feature of the county. Unmistakably Yorkshire, see Michael Parkinson and Alan Bennett alongside Ed Sheeran and Jarvis Cocker. All personalities whose voices, words and lyrics have more than a hint of Yorkshire.
Share your thoughts
After you’ve taken in the exhibition let us know who or what symbolises Yorkshire to you. Are some of the stereotypes out of date in our modern county? Visitors have taken the time to let us know some of their favourite Yorkshire faces, brands and phrases in the interactive areas.
The exhibition is open over three rooms on the first floor of the hall on Tuesdays to Sundays until 3 November 2019, 11.30am - 4pm. Last entry is at 3.30pm.
Normal admission charges apply to visit Beningbrough or free to National Trust members.
What to expect this winter
The season’s change doesn’t mean Beningbrough will be hibernating. On weekends from 26 October (and autumn half term) the gardens will be home to a series of intricate sculptural scenes depicting the wildlife that makes Beningbrough its home by Yorkshire printmaker Gerard Hobson.