Sue Evan’s handcrafted toys will be shown in the Box Gallery from 17th September. The collection features interesting and quirky works from recycled and collected wood. Many of her pieces have simple movement, she incorporates mechanisms, such as cranks, cams, and levers. If the pieces are non-moving, they are mounted on carefully chosen pieces of hardwood, such as elm, oak and popular burrs. Sue uses are variety of acrylic paint, washed, coloured inks and seals with a matt water based varnish or wax polish.
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 email@example.com
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Poppies – The Colours
“In 2012 I began photographing the red common corn poppy (Papaver rhoeas) in fields around my home in the East Riding of Yorkshire. A small body of work grew into a documentary photographic project entitled Poppies: Women, War, Peace. It became a response to forgotten women of war, past and present and as a tribute to the resilience of the poppy flower itself, able to grow tall and spectacular, especially in areas of great upheaval and trauma. This work will continue to evolve until its final destination in 2018.
In the meantime, I am immersed in an intense period of study of the family Papaveraceae: the poppy family in all its colours, red, yellow, orange, pink, burgundy, white and black, plus its striking relatives such as Meconopsis, the Himalayan blue poppy. I photograph poppies in daylight as I see them. I leave the prints out in rain and hail and still they are beautiful. I press them, noticing how their pigments change and deepen, from scarlet to purple, yellow to orange, white to brown. I photograph these pressed poppies against my window, daylight revealing the threads and veins of the petals, a make-up that is the same, whatever the colour.”
Lee Karen Stow
This show will explore the role of quick decision-making, incidentals and ‘happy accidents’ in his collagraph printmaking. Sinclair’s textured, largely abstract prints are both elemental expressions of mood and responses to everyday materials. He uses fabric edging, plastic fruit bags, plumbing washers, layers of card, gels, matchsticks and other ordinary materials to make printing plates. He then prints his compositions on fine papers, with subtle mixes of traditional and metallic inks.
Katy has worked with clay for over 20 years, from her Lancashire studio she creates contemporary ceramic vessels and handmade ceramic jewellery. The vessels, bowls and wall plaques are decorated with slips before being impressed with marks which are inspired by her photographs taken whilst travelling extensively. Each piece is decorated with splashes and layers of colour to highlight the texture and mark making before firing to stoneware. Every item created by Katy is slab built with black clay and are a celebration of material and mark making.
“The marks made on my work are created with man-made objects such as screws and nails found on the street, or from parts of circuit boards salvaged from abandoned electrical goods. This way of impressing marks into clay is a reflection of my long-held fascination with the concept of future fossils and how the throw away nature of modern life affects the land.”
Chris Moss creates sculptures of beasts and birds in order to understand them better. Time spent watching animals gives her an understanding of their framework and architecture as well as how they interact with each other. Her curiosity is linked to their movement and how this can be recreated. She finds that drawing focuses her observations allowing the natural extension into wire sculpture.
With the use of new and reclaimed materials, sourced from various suppliers of functional wire and metal products or fragments found on walks and forays Chris experiments with the balance between these materials, so that a work, as well as saying something about its subject, is still about the materials it’s made from and reveals aspects of the drawing and re-drawing process.
A mixed exhibition of paintings and prints that runs throughout the summer featuring: Hilary Angle, Kate Boxer, Henritta Corbett, Nick Ellerby, Colin Gale, Jason Hicklin, John Martin, Ian Mitchell, Stef Mitchell, Melvyn Petterson, Clive Redshaw, Keith Roper, Letitia Thompson, Martin Waters & Malcolm Whittaker.