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Enjoy 'A Sense of Place' at the Nicholson this autumn

The distinctive characteristics of the Peak District landscape are at the heart of a new exhibition at the premier Moorlands art gallery the Nicholson.

Manchester-born artist Harry Ousey is becoming increasingly recognised as one of the most important post-modernist British painters - and now art lovers can see why at an exhibition of his works which runs until 7 October at the Leek gallery.

Harry Ousey lived in the Peak District after the Second World War and the influence of this special landscape, from the atmosphere of Kinder Scout to the distinctive lines of the region's dry stone walls, is evident in his work.

The theme of the exhibition takes its inspiration from a quote by the artist himself in an old sketchbook 'A Sense of Place' - and the team at the Nicholson was delighted to work with Harry's niece, Sue Astles, to bring this collection to the Moorlands.

Councillor Sybil Ralphs, Leader of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and portfolio holder for arts and culture, opened the exhibition.

She said: "I was delighted to open this exhibition by one of the most important post-modernist British painters whose works are on show in public and private collections across the UK and Europe.

"This unique exhibition offers an insight into the life of Harry Ousey through his original sketchbooks, photographs and biographical details and we are thrilled to be able to share these with art lovers from across the region.

"The Nicholson museum and art gallery is a beautiful venue and most appropriate for this collection 'A Sense of Place' - I can't think of anywhere more suitable for such a celebration of landscapes and I hope everyone who visits it enjoys it as much as I have."

Sue Astles and Liz Smith, both members of Glossop Embroiderer's Guild, will use Harry's work as inspiration for creative stitching, collage and painting at a workshop which will also give an insight into the artist's work.

The Nicholson is open from 10am to 4pm Mondays to Saturdays and entrance is free. For more information please call 01538 483741 or email tourism@staffsmoorlands.gov.uk

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