Hanging the pieces of an exhibition is one thing. Sharing it with the people who made it possible, and feature in it, is quite another. The launch of the Voices of the Land exhibition was one of those evenings that won’t be forgotten easily – the room full of people and an abundance of smiles.
Around a hundred people came through the exhibition space. Farmers who feature on the walls brought their families and friends with them, and the museum gallery became a space for catching up, and for new introductions. Despite a busy day at Hawes Auction Mart (ewe sales) most of the forty-three people captured in Rob’s portraits joined the evening.
Volunteers who had taken part were also with us, along with staff from the Yorkshire Dales National Park, from the Farmer Network, and from the University of Leeds, all of whom have been involved in the organisation of the project.
The comments book at the museum is quickly filling up, and we’ve heard there are a few people paying repeat visits! If you’d like to go along, the museum is open every day, 10-5pm. It closes December 22nd and reopens February 1st.
In addition to the work on show on the walls, and the recordings available to listen to in the gallery, there are extended articles available on this website (follow the links on the Farmers page). The final stage of the project is to pull together a booklet which will be given to everyone who has taken part, to the museum, and to local libraries and schools. We’ll make a PDF available on the website, so watch this space!