Take a walk on the wild side to discover amazing art this winter

A bird and mistletoe, one of Gerard Hobson's artworks. Photographs: Gerard Hobson
16 Jan 2020 @ 1.20 pm
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You are guaranteed to see wonderful wildlife on an innovative walk that runs throughout the winter.

An outdoor exhibition at National Trust-owned Beningbrough Hall lets visitors find fantastic bird and animal artworks among the trees, shrubs and potting sheds.

Inspired by the resident wildlife at Beningbrough are 14 colourful creatures created out of linoprints and mounted to make 3D art along the trail.

They are all the work of York artist Gerard Hobson.

This is the first time the artist has used his work in this way and in creating the exhibition has made many new pieces especially for the Beningbrough garden.

An immersive experience

Hare around Beningbrough to see all 14 artworks
Look out for owls, robins, cuckoos, wrens and swifts. Other animals make an appearance in unexpected places, searching for food and getting ready to sleep – including a bat, mouse and hedgehog.

Head upstairs in the stables to the Hayloft for an indoor exhibition showcasing more of Gerard’s printed work. These pieces are available to buy.

Gerard at work in his studio

Can you spot them all?

Exhibition manager for the National Trust Helen Osbond said they were thrilled with the Winter Wildlife in Print exhibition.

  • It’s been a real insight to see how as an artist he draws on his botanist background in his designs and there is a short video in the bothy showing the process and steps taken in the intricate art of linoprinting.

    It’s not only the chance to discover the series of sculptural scenes, we want the visit to be an immersive experience.

    Visitors can create a feeder in the bothy, pick up one of the special colouring in sheets in the restaurant and in the laurel den is a dawn chorus soundscape – a reminder of warmer days to come.

    We are also running a series of small group workshops with the artist for people who want to spend time developing their printmaking skills, using Beningbrough’s garden as inspiration.

When to go

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Beningbrough is open weekends throughout winter, 11am – 3.30pm until 1 March, and extra days over the February half term holiday.

Plan your visit at the Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens website