Where to see public artwork in Ryedale
We have some fantastic, high quality public artworks – all of which are worth visiting:
WANDER is a sculpture trail along the Wolds Way long distance footpath. We are lucky to have two pieces in Ryedale, both sitting timelessly in the magical landscape that inspired them.
- Jony Easterby’s Enclosure Rites
- Chris Drury’s Waves and Time
The trail also includes a number of benches designed by artist Angus Ross with poetry by John Wedgewood Clarke.
Dalby is becoming known for its increasing number of public artworks: there are a number to look out for throughout the forest:
- Ray Lonsdale’s commemorative sculpture – ‘Pull, Don’t Push’ – can be seen at Haygate Bank in Dalby Forest. It was commissioned by the Forestry Commission to mark the work of the Women’s Timber Corps during the Second World War. It is made from corten steel and shows both the hard work and the camaraderie of the Lumberjills.
- Giant acorns outside the visitor centre (by chainsaw sculptor Steve Iredale)
- The largest Dry Stone Wall Maze in the world. This is currently underway and you can check up on its progress in a display in the Visitor Centre.
- Turner Prize-winning artist Rachel Whiteread’s new work “Nissen Hut”, part of the Shy Sculpture’s series, can be seen at Adderstone Field. It marks the end of the First World War and the centenary of the Forestry Commission (established in 1919 to address the depletion of timber caused by the War). It is a lasting reminder of the impact of the First World War on the landscape.
The Riverside Walk in Norton has a number of pieces designed by local school children, working with artist David Mayne. These pieces were cast and then inserted into the footpath. They celebrate the heritage, flora and fauna of Malton and Norton.
Malton Castle wall, in the Castle Garden, has an interpretive piece by Pete Coates.
Galleries and studios
The Discover Ryedale section on heritage attractions, museums and galleries has some top picks for art galleries.
You can also download our arts leaflets.