As we welcome in the New Year, with winter still on our doorstep why not wrap up with something from our Box Gallery this January. Jane Withers and Michael Hanmer of Janie Knitted Textiles will be providing machine knitted wraps. They use lambswool and British wool on hand operated knitting machines to create contemporary fabrics. If a hat is more your thing, we have Barbara Cassell’s wool hats. Her handmade hats are decorated with machine and hand embroidery
2010 Exhibition to help pay funding for Master’s Degree
A forthcoming solo exhibition by Barton upon Humber based artist Ellie Collins could be the key to her studying for a Master of Arts in Fine Art a prestigious London art college.
Ellie is hoping that sales from the exhibition, Slipped Halo, will secure the £5,000 funding she needs to take up her place in September 2010 at Camberwell College of Art.
The forthcoming solo exhibition at Ropewalk Contemporary Art & Craft in Maltkiln Road, will see the introduction of a series of new works inspired by the artist’s own fictional writing.
The short story in question, entitled Slipped Halo was selected last year for an anthology called Fathom 08, published by Fathom Press (ISBN 978-0-9555950-2-8). The story examines a snapshot of events that form 45 minutes of an unremarkable day from the perspective of a nine year old boy with autism.
The paintings in oils on canvas utilise textile processes to overlay and intervene drawn elements within the works, suggesting a sensory interpretation of events within the story.
This exhibition in the Artspace gallery is Ellie’s first major show since a solo exhibition of her works on paper was previewed at Kuntur Gallery, Amsterdam in March 2008, and is expected to feature around 30 new works.
It opens on Saturday, January 16 and continues until Sunday, March 21.
“I’m well on my way to completing the final few pieces,” said Ellie.
“Due to the narrative strand of this work and the abstract nature of the imagery, I have introduced some key objects of reference which will facilitate a visual interpretation of the story which inspired the paintings on canvas,” she continued.
“Despite a fruitful career, which has included opportunities to perform and exhibit throughout the UK and internationally, the aspiration to study for an MA in Fine Art in order to further my professional development has never been far from my mind, “ Ellie explained.
Since graduating from the University of Wolverhampton in 1997, Ellie has continued her career development with repeated support from Arts Council England and during the past five years has enjoyed increased exposure with exhibitions, apart from Amsterdam, two in Edinburgh, six in the United States and also in Macedonia and Brazil.
In addition to her studio practice at The Ropewalk, Ellie works as Education Officer at Ropewalk Contemporary Art & Craft, the regionally acclaimed centre for the visual arts.
“My employers support me in my ambition and have kindly agreed to hold my position open while I take one year out to complete the course but the chance to take up the place is still dependant on me securing my own funding,” said Ellie.
Fathom 08 is available to purchase for £4.00. It is stocked at Ropewalk Contemporary Art & Craft, Barton upon Humber. For more information or to request a copy please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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METAL, PAPER, INK
I’m fascinated by the way a space can affect a person it’s that interaction that draws me to the communal and transients places within our cities, which are often built for function not beauty.
To understand these spaces I go back to the basics, exploring weight, line, form, tension and light dismantling the structure extracting key elements, and distilling them into purified line, and form. This process of pulling apart, layering and removing helps me to understand what I’m seeing and what it is important to me.
The results can be complex, but they are the real and imagined interactions with that space.
SPACE URCHINS, DARK MATTER AND POSITIVE ENERGIES.
For thousands of years humankind has pondered the mysteries of the Universe. Through mathematical calculations many truths have been determined. Philosophers have imagined and declared some bizarre and unlikely theories about the Cosmos, and as Space Technology has advanced, some speculations have become plausible. The world of Science Fiction has become indistinguishable from main stream Cosmolology, Astro- physics and Mathematics.
I use my Art work as a vehicle to applaud and join in with these exciting ways of considering our Universe.
Black Holes, Parallel Galaxies and Dark Matter are phenomena that I have been attempting to represent through my drawings and printmaking.
My sculpture unifies familiar objects to make mischievous enigmatic connections
This year Gallery One is dedicated to Christmas Craft. A colourful festive display of handmade gifts including handknits, homewares,tree decorations, frames, cards and the occasional robin.
Our annual showcase for The Ropewalk’s Studio Artists
This exhibition features new work that has developed from a common starting point. During 2012 and 2013, both artists took part in a kind of artistic ‘Chinese Whispers’, with eight practitioners working in a variety of media each responding to work produced (in secret) by another member of the group. One particular piece, a painting by Hilary, precipitated a ceramic piece in response by Barbara that she wished to explore further. That proved to be the starting point for a new body of work from both artists which is exhibited here.
Barbara’s ceramic work often examines eroded and neglected surfaces, particularly using saggar firing to evoke a distressed finish on a smooth, burnished form.
Hilary says ‘This exhibition is an experiment in mixed media, combining past experiences in the painter’s studio with new skills from the jeweller’s workshop. It has been exciting trying combinations of metal and paint, forging and casting, glazing and scumbling, resulting in new discoveries unearthed from past practices.’