Art in the Hills is a successful art exhibition and sale of work held in Dufton in the Heart of the Eden Valley. It started in July 2012 with professional artists and talented local amateurs from the Eden Valley, exhibiting both 2D and 3D work. Over the last nine years it has grown from 11 Artists showing 58 exhibits to 41 artists exhibiting 304 pieces in 2019. As this successful Exhibition continues to grow in popularity the organisers invite a number of exhibitors from previous years to return to show and sell their work as well as welcoming some new contributors each year to maintain the freshness of the event. The organisers try to ensure that there is a balance of styles, media and subjects across the exhibition.
Most pieces of work will be for sale but cannot be collected until after the show ends so there will not be blank spaces on the boards if you cannot come early. Many artists also sell prints and cards.
There are two prizes on offer for the artists at Art in the Hills. The long established ‘Favourite Piece’ voted for by the visitors to the Exhibition. As well as the newer ‘Dufton Prize’ which is judged before the Exhibition opens and presented to the winner at the Artists’ preview on the Friday evening.
In recent years a new element has been introduced ‘The View from the Green’. This outside event runs throughout the weekend to involve the community in art. It gives artists, experienced and less experienced, young and old, the opportunity to bring or borrow materials to interpret the beautiful local landscape and views from Dufton Village Green in their own way. The subject of the work can be the whole landscape or a tiny detail which attracts the attention of the artist.
This Annual event is held over a weekend in late July in Dufton Village Hall a spacious venue known for its ‘good light’ having both north and south facing large windows.
Art in the Hills will return in 2022, click on current exhibition section