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Official Tour de Yorkshire artist exhibits at Bradford Cartwright Hall

Lucy Pittaway

An exhibition by the official Tour de Yorkshire Artist, Lucy Pittaway has gone on display at Cartwright Hall in Bradford.

The artist brought her official Tour de Yorkshire collection, as well as other works of art to the Bradford Council-run gallery for the exhibition which will run until Sunday 8 July.

The award-winning Yorkshire artist’s Tour de Yorkshire art collection, was unveiled by Welcome to Yorkshire at their Y18 Conference at Bradford’s iconic Alhambra Theatre in March.

This is Lucy’s third year as the official artist for Yorkshire’s flagship sporting event and sees her continue to create bright and colourful depictions of the race as commemorative pieces for the people of Yorkshire and beyond.

In 2016 Lucy announced herself to the Tour de Yorkshire audience with the fun and quirky ‘Hills, Dales and Woolly Tails’ representation of the region’s beautiful rolling countryside, followed by ‘Pedals, Passion and Glory’ in 2017 inspired by the famous climb up the cobbled sets of Haworth Main Street.

2018 sees Lucy break from the tradition of painting just one official piece, to release no less than five official pictures. Four represent each stage of the newly extended four-day men’s race and two-day women’s race, with a fifth picture depicting the brutal climb up and over the iconic Park Rash.

Each piece includes the start and finish towns and cities along with iconic landmarks and areas of historic interest along the route. The paintings themselves follow the names of the four stages, being ‘Arts and Culture’ for Beverly to Doncaster, ‘Yorkshire Heritage’ Barnsley to Ilkley, ‘Market Towns’ for Richmond to Scarborough, and ‘The Yorkshire Terrier’ for the final stage of Halifax to Leeds. Lucy’s fifth piece is simply called ‘Welcome to Yorkshire’ illustrating the wonderful Yorkshire crowds cheering on the riders up the Park Rash climb.

Lucy said: “I am incredibly honoured to exhibit my Tour de Yorkshire 2018 Collection and wider works of art in such a prestigious and visually stunning venue as Cartwright Hall.

Bradford is a wonderfully diverse and creative city and it is very exciting to be able to put on an exhibition with Cartwright Hall in this wonderful part of Yorkshire.”

Sir Gary Verity, chief executive at Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to see up close the wonderful artwork Lucy Pittaway has produced – so people can appreciate why we teamed up with her for a third year running.

“Her creations are bright, colourful and full of life, and this year she produced five gorgeous pieces which epitomised the spirit of the Tour de Yorkshire.”

Coun Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Sport and Culture, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to host this exhibition of Lucy’s stunning artwork at one of our galleries.

“Cartwright Hall is a fantastic setting for an exhibition of these works of art by the official Tour de Yorkshire artist, and it is fitting as last year Stage 3 of the race came right through Lister Park and the by the doorsteps of Cartwright Hall.

“Last weekend Stage 2 of the Tour de Yorkshire including the Women’s Race finishes at the Cow and Calf Rocks were epic and Lucy’s painting depicting this iconic landscape are simply stunning.

“We were doubly lucky this year as Stage 4 of the race also came to the district passing through Oxenhope, Haworth, Oakworth and Laycock including the challenging Cote de Goose Eye last Sunday afternoon.”

Visitors to the gallery will be able to purchase Lucy’s beautiful artwork and a range of merchandise such as tea pots, plates, mugs, calendars, diaries, notebooks is available in the gallery’s shop.

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