11 Apr 2017

Unlocking Yorkshire’s secret art

Stumble upon local artworks and poetry in the great outdoors with this unique project.

The Yorkshire Wolds Way has this week been transformed into a virtual reality destination thanks to a new project, Yorkshire Wolds Secret Art. Visitors to the trail, which stretches from the Humber Bridge to the seaside town of Filey, can discover new artworks and poetry as they walk, adding a new twist to family walking trips.

Produced by Ruth Rowland of Wolds Edge in collaboration with the Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail, Walk Unlimited, VHEY and East Riding Artists, the project was borne out of a love of natural habitats and the desire to create an eco-friendly art gallery that could be accessed by people from all walks of life. It was launched this week during Hull 2017’s Roots & Routes season, providing a virtual art and poetry hub in the natural surroundings of the Yorkshire Wolds.

Ruth Rowland of Yorkshire Wolds Secret Art said: “We launched this project collaboratively to introduce the brilliant work of local artists and poets to new audiences who may not be regular visitors to creative spaces.

We launched this project collaboratively to introduce the brilliant work of local artists and poets to new audiences who may not be regular visitors to creative spaces.

“We’re keen to get people acquainted with the Yorkshire Wolds and the wider region and hope the trail will encourage people to get out and about and improve their health and wellbeing.”  

Yorkshire Wolds Secret Art can be accessed by downloading the Traces app, encouraging families to get out of the house and rediscover their surroundings with interactive content and cultural prizes. Local art and poetry appear unexpectedly in bubbles that are unlocked only when the bubbles are popped, and prizes include discounts for local galleries and artworks.

Yorkshire Wolds Secret Art.

Featuring newly-commissioned work by ten local artists coordinated by East Riding Arts, plus poetry written and recorded by the famous Yorkshire-born poet Ian McMillan, the interactive trail spans 79 miles, providing walkers with plenty to see both on and off the screen.

Artists you can expect to discover on the trail are:

Wildlife artist Robert Fuller

Monochrome photographer Peter Heaton

Vibrant painter Greg Jones

Sunrise and sunset artist Kerry Doyle

Seasonal Wolds wildlife painter Rose Horspool

Pottery duo Lyn and Gerry Grant

Landscape painter Mimi Claughton

Mixed-media artist Mary Wells

Seascape oil painter Malcolm Ludvigsen

Heritage-based mixed media artist Robin Horspool

Those with a creative streak can submit artworks, comments and poetry of their own through the app’s virtual visitor book, which will sit alongside 14 pieces of poetry submitted earlier this year by members of the public and recorded by BBC Radio Humberside’s Phil White.

Fancy getting involved? Here’s what you need to do.

Step One: Download the Traces app on the App Store or Google Play.

Step Two: Follow the Traces map on a mobile device and use the Yorkshire Wolds Way signposts or a map to locate the Secret Art destinations.

Step Three: Pop open the floating Traces bubbles to win prizes and reveal new pieces of art and poetry inspired by the natural surroundings of the Yorkshire Wolds.

Find out more about Yorkshire Wolds Secret Art and visit the Yorkshire Wolds Way for some family fun.

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