As a celebration of the 60 years since the formation of the North York Moors National Park in 1952, William Tillyer is participating in an exhibition at the Danby Moors Centre from May 13th where he is showing photographs and prints. 'Inspired Landscape' also features work created and influenced by living and working in the North York Moors from: Peter Hicks, a fellow student from Middlesbrough College of Art; Len Tabner who Tillyer taught at Bath Academy; photographer Joe Cornish; and glass makers Gillies-Jones.

In a new catalogue detailing one aspect of his working practice, Tillyer is publishing images selected from his 1970's photographic archive. During that period he collected many images of ‘found sculptures’ in the area around his family home in North Yorkshire. Many of these ‘sculptures’ were milk stands, functional elements of the dairy farming industry at the time. During one vacation, while he was a student at the Slade, he drove a neighbour’s milk lorry, collecting full milk churns and leaving empty churns to be filled for collection the next day. As tankers replaced the milk lorries, the stands gradually became redundant structures. Most of the stands disappeared shortly after these images were recorded; an almost imperceptible change in the working landscape. Some milk stands however are still in place; strange obscure elements in the countryside. We automatically accept rural furniture as part of our ‘scenic view’. The empty stone gateposts, fences repaired with bits of iron bedsteads, hedgerow stiles, signposts, remnants of mine workings from the industrial era of the North Riding. All of these artefacts are testimonials to the hardworking people who have farmed and worked this land for generations, a landscape formed by man’s determining hand - ‘The Furnished Landscape’.

There is a short film on the exhibition featuring William Tillyer on YouTube

More information on the exhibition