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Garrowby Hill by Hockney interpreted in felt

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society is to showcase a unique adaptation of one of David Hockney’s most renowned paintings at its headquarters in Harrogate.

A section of Hockney’s vibrant “Going up Garrowby Hill” will be recreated as a 3m by 6m wall hanging for the Entrance Hall of the award winning Regional Agricultural Centre. The Society is best known as the organiser of the annual Great Yorkshire Show and its sister event, Countryside Live and its staff are based in the Centre that opened last summer.

The idea came from the Society’s HR Manager and IFA member, Susan Hibbert after she joined a felt making class. She decided on Hockney because of his strong Yorkshire links, and after gaining the artist’s permission, the work was commissioned by the Society.

The hanging will be made up of 18 separate felt panels, created from specially dyed coloured wool. Susan and her fellow felt makers are each making a panel, recreating the glorious colours used in the original masterpiece to produce the distinctive and unique piece of artwork.

Once completed, the panels will be connected and hung as one piece at the Centre. Wool has played an important part in the building both in its insulation - fleeces from 1,500 sheep were used – and all the carpets in the two-storey building are made from wool from Herdwick sheep. The Centre has won numerous awards for its sustainability, including most recently the highly acclaimed ‘Project of the Year’ title as well as the award for Sustainability at the 2010 RICS Pro-Yorkshire Awards.

A blog has been set up by the Yorkshire Agricultural Sociery where you can view more information.