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  • Writer's pictureGemma Bailey

Every Leaf Speaks Bliss to Me


I was thrilled to be part of the exhibition “Every Leaf Speaks Bliss to Me: Emily, the moors, and the landscape of creative Craven” at Skipton Town Hall. This exciting exhibition coincides with the release of the film ‘Emily’ starring Emma Mackey. It celebrates the Craven Dales landscapes as well exploring the creative process behind the new film and how the landscape has inspired art and literature over the years. As a contemporary artists inspired by the Dales landscape, I was invited to display some of my work as part of the exhibition, alongside the iconic dress worn by the lead actress!
The dress is the focal point for the display, with film stills and behind-the-scenes interviews with cast and crew. There are many fascinating items on display from Craven Museum fine art and natural history collections, including fossils, taxidermy and paintings by local and national artists inspired by the landscape.
We were invited to the opening of the exhibition by curator of the exhibition, Megan Hickes and I met fellow exhibiting artist Lauren ‘Ink’ Smith. Lauren creates beautiful botanical dyed handmade paper and letter pressed illustrations. After the exhibition opening, we went to Skipton Plaza cinema for the Yorkshire premiere of the film “Emily” which tells the imagined life of author Emily Brontë. It was a real pleasure to display my recent sketches from Haworth moor, depicting Haworth Moor and Top Withens, the inspiration behind Emily Bronte’s famous novel Wuthering Heights.
The exhibition at Skipton Town Hall is free and you can visit 8th October to 23rd December

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