‘Swaledale Gates’ is an outdoor art installation at Muker meadows, Swaledale. Produced by artist Abre Etteh, working with young people from in and around Swaledale.

Inspired by the area’s characteristic drystone walls, the artwork explores the connection between people and place. Abre is an artist and architect focused on sculpture and installation, using themes of belonging and the land.

Wooden looms have been hand-woven using wool to reflect the colours of the Swaledale landscape and to celebrate the effort it takes to create and maintain communities. The looms are erected over drystone walls in Muker meadows and some of the tapestries remain unfinished, offering visitors the opportunity to add to this communally produced artwork.

The outdoor installation is free to visit and will be on-site from 18 to 24 April 2022 – Grid Reference: SD910983. Please park responsibly in the village. The meadows are protected as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and the area is actively farmed to provide a crop of hay to feed animals. Please respect the countryside and keep to footpaths.

With thanks to the farmer and landowner Adam Hunter. Thanks also to the co-creators from The Rydal Academy (Darlington), Burneston Primary School (Bedale), Applegarth Primary School (Northallerton) and Carers Plus (young carer group, Northallerton).

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Produced as part of the Tees-Swale: naturally connected programme. Tees-Swale is delivered by the North Pennines AONB Partnership and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and is funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Managed by Beam, Creatively Connected is supported using public funding by The National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Image credits: Wendy McDonnell and Nat Wilkins/ Canny Productions

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