Calendar Competition winners help Ashley Jackson to launch pioneering arts installation

Launch of Asahley Jackson's framing the landscape Print news article


‘Framing the Landscape’ creates lasting legacy for Yorkshire countryside

On 7th May the winners from Walker Morris’ Children’s Charity Calendar Competition and the internationally renowned Yorkshire artist Ashley Jackson launched the first of a series of frames to create a permanent outside art installation at Wessenden Moor, sponsored by Walker Morris and in partnership with the National Trust.

Entitled ‘Framing the Landscape’, free standing over sized metal picture frames are being installed at specifically chosen locations around Yorkshire to put the ‘landscape in the frame’ allowing visitors to focus on the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape and gain a greater understanding of the artist’s view point.

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Click on image above to view the video of the launch of Framing the Landscape

As part of the launch the children took part in a painting masterclass by Ashley Jackson where he demonstrated the importance of framing the landscape in his painting by using the new installation on the moor and afterwards in the classroom. All 13 of the young artists and their teachers were given a unique opportunity to learn from Ashley how he views and paints the landscape as well as producing their own works of art on the day.

The event celebrates not only the launch of a, literally, ground-breaking art exhibition but also 20 years of the Walker Morris Children’s Charity Calendar Painting Competition which Ashley Jackson has been involved with as chief judge from the start. For two decades the Competition have been encouraging young artists from across the Yorkshire and Humber region to paint a picture of their favourite month of the year which are then used to create a calendar which is sold in aid of Martin House Hospice. Since the Competition’s inception Walker Morris has raised over £60,000 for the hospice.

David Smedley, partner at Walker Morris said:

We are very proud to be part of such an inspirational project with Ashley Jackson and the National Trust.  Ashley’s paintings of the Yorkshire countryside have gained an international reputation for the beauty and emotion that they convey.  By installing the frames it assists us to focus solely on the natural landscape which, unlike other outside art exhibitions, creates a different picture every minute of the day, throughout the seasons of the year.

We are particularly pleased to have our Calendar Competition winners here to mark both the launch of the first frame and the 20th year of our Children’s Charity Calendar Competition, in which Ashley has played an important part since it began 20 years ago.  We are very grateful to Ashley for giving the staff and children a fantastic opportunity to have an art masterclass with one of the country’s most famous watercolour artists. This is one class and one teacher that I’m sure they’ll always remember!”

Ashley Jackson commented:

“It was fantastic to bring the children up on to the moors for an art lesson with nature away from the classroom environment. The landscape has so much to show us, but first we need to use all of our senses; to feel the wind in our face, to hear the skylark’s song, to smell the peat beneath our feet and then we can truly capture the atmosphere in a painting. It is all so much more than a passing view from a moving window it has beauty, contours, and yes, hardships but it is ours and as our heritage and that of future generations we must teach our children to explore, enjoy and value the land. Framing the landscape is a creative means of doing all of these things for schools, parents, walkers, in fact for anyone as the frames give focus to the landscape and are placed in safe, accessible locations.  

“Thanks must go to the National Trust and Walker Morris for sharing this same vision and working with me to unveil the first of many ‘Framing the Landscape’ frames.”

David commented:

“Encouraging art at all levels from grass roots to innovative arts sponsorships is something the Walker Morris has been synonymous with for many years. Inspiring creativity is vital to innovation and skill which is relevant not just in creative arts and media but other professions such as engineering and law.  The ability to look at something in a different way is a great skill, be that a maths question, a complex legal case or a beautiful landscape.”

Inspiring young people to appreciate our landscape resonates with the National Trust’s own aspirations to encourage a greater appreciation of the landscape amongst the next generation.  Framing the Landscape will remind us all to take a focused look at the nature and open spaces around them and the importance of protecting them.”

Judith Patrick General Manager for the National Trust Marsden Moor estate said:

“We were thrilled when we were approached by Ashley Jackson to host the first frame on our estate. We feel the project will make this wonderful landscape more accessible for all and will foster a love of the area in the next generation through Ashley’s work with children and young people.”


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