A major new contemporary sculpture exhibition showcasing artistic talent from North Yorkshire and beyond has opened at Newby Hall, Ripon.

Now in its 17th year, the Newby22 exhibition features artwork from established and emerging talent including the estate's artist in residence during the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Freddy Paske.

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Knaresborough-based sculptor and prop maker Ben Greenwood is creating a unique piece specifically for this year's trail which features more than 40 contemporary artworks by 21 artists.

The Northern Echo: Orlando Compton with Emma Stothard's Sitting HaresOrlando Compton with Emma Stothard's Sitting Hares

A range of mediums are showcased from classical bronze and stone to more modern resins, galvanised wire, glass and steel – as well a variety of forms from the abstract to the natural world.


A VIP preview of the outdoor exhibition hosted by the Compton family, who own Newby Hall, took place ahead of the collection opening to the public until October.

Guests at the preview enjoyed a tour of the exhibition which is set against the backdrop of Newby’s award-winning gardens and woodlands.

The Northern Echo: Graham Anderton with his sculpture CyclistGraham Anderton with his sculpture Cyclist

North Yorkshire-based artists taking part include Emma Stothard of Whitby, Chris Moss of Thirsk and Reeth-based Michael Kusz.

Richard and Lucinda Compton hosted the VIP preview with their son Orlando who assembled the sculpture collection.

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He said: “It is thrilling to be able to stage our sculpture exhibition again after the pandemic enforced a two-year break.

The Northern Echo: Orlando Compton with Graham Anderton's Blue MarlinOrlando Compton with Graham Anderton's Blue Marlin

"It’s wonderful to reconnect with the nature at Newby in this special year, the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

“The exhibition features stunning artworks from artists from across the country and we are delighted to be able to showcase their talent to visitors over the coming months.

"This year’s exhibition is truly spectacular and demonstrates why art and culture are such an important part of life’s experiences.”

Newby22 is pen to the public until October 3 and ticket entry to the hall and gardens includes access to the sculpture exhibition.

The Northern Echo: Orlando Compton with Mute Swan by Claire BiggerOrlando Compton with Mute Swan by Claire Bigger

The Northern Echo: Artist Peter Newsome with his sculpture UnityArtist Peter Newsome with his sculpture Unity

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