Artist’s Holy Land inspired exhibition on show in village

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The Holy Land (a 21st century travelogue) is Gillian Holding’s art exhibition exploring the landscape and urban environment on both sides of the Green Line in Israel and Palestine.

Boston Spa-based Oasis School of Human Relations is hosting the show until December 19.

Gillian explained how the work came about: “Three years ago, a group of people from within the Leeds Jewish and Muslim communities began meeting together to talk and develop a greater understanding of the other.

“One outcome of this broad dialogue was a Learning Journey in April 2013 to Israel and Palestine. It comprised a group of ten including four Jews and four Muslims, with the aim of exploring and experiencing together some of the issues arising from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“I was privileged to be a member of this group, and have this shared opportunity to visit and to meet extraordinary people from both ‘sides’.”

The exbibition echoes the classical landscape and travelling tourist sketchbook tradition of the 18th and 19th centuries.