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Dales of a Perilous Realm art exhibition

Artist John Cockshaw is hosting a Tolkien-inspired art exhibition at the Mill Bridge Gallery in Skipton.

John is well-known within the Tolkien Society for his exhibitions at Oxonmoot as well as most recently curating “Evil in the Shining Light” which featured artwork from Ted Nasmith and Jay Johnstone amongst others. This exhibition in Skipton runs until Saturday 9th April and features exclusively John’s artwork. John says:

The exhibition is a solo show of work inspired by the powerful landscape writing of J.R.R. Tolkien in his realisation of Middle-earth, and also features a collaboration with Archaeologist Shaun Richardson who provides some invented, or sub-creation, archaeological studies based on Weathertop that also draw upon reference to the local landscape of The Yorkshire Dales.

The title of the show is a play on words referencing “Tales from the Perilous Realm” and really highlights how I’ve drawn two points of influence together; a loving tribute to the Yorkshire landscape in combination with an in depth study of Tolkien’s landscape writing. J.R.R. Tolkien was based nearby in Leeds in the early 20th century and although this show is well-placed to this aspect of Tolkien’s past there is no suggestion at all that Yorkshire ever played a part in inspiring Middle-earth.

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About the Author: Shaun Gunner
Shaun is the Chair of The Tolkien Society. First elected in 2013, Shaun has overseen the Society's expansion from 600 to 3,500 members. Shaun regularly speaks about adaptations of Tolkien's works and the future of Tolkien scholarship whilst passionately believing the Society needs to reach out to new audiences. In his spare time he can be found playing video games and Lego, or on Twitter. He chaired another charity, Mankind, and is a local councillor.