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New exhibition opens

Grassington, 10 September, 2012.

A new exhibition that explores the relationship between the Dales landscape and its guardians has opened in the Bainbridge offices of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA).

Called ‘Working the View’, the exhibition is a partnership between brother and sister Mark and Sarah Butler that records in photographs and text the attraction of the National Park to people involved in caring for it.

It is the latest exhibition to be showcased in the reception area of the Authority’s Yoredale offices.

Mark, who also works for the National Park Authority, said: “We talked to 40 people including employees of organisations that protect the landscape, landowners, farmers and others who work on the land for their living.

“Each had a special location that had a specific meaning for them and while I have been photographing these places, Sarah has been interviewing each of them to discover why they love that view and how their work influences the way it looks.

“The project is well over halfway to completion and this is the first 'work in progress' exhibition. We hope it will be complete by mid 2013 and we are planning a publication and another exhibition.”

Richard Burnett, the YDNPA’s  Director of Corporate Services, said: “It’s exciting to get a glimpse of a work in progress like this. Over the years, Mark has worked with many of the people linked to this exhibition and the understanding this has given him, added to the quality of the images that have been chosen, gives a real taste of what its like to work within our spectacular landscape.”


 ‘Working the View’ is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and will run until the end of October in the offices, which are open from 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

You can follow the progress of the project at www.workingtheview.co.uk.

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