New Developments at The Ropewalk

By admin |

Printmakers at Barton upon Humber’s Contemporary Art & Craft will soon be using enhanced facilities at the Maltkiln Road venue thanks to a £15,000 Arts Council England grant.

Printmaking sessions at The Ropewalk have been suspended until mid-September to allow the work to take place.

Richard Hatfield of The Ropewalk explained that the current printmaking studio was part of the first phase in the restoration of the building which opened in 2000.

“Initially we obtained funding to restore the southern end of the Hall’s Barton Ropery ropewalk which had been derelict for 10 years,” he said.

“But as time has gone on, particularly since the rest of the building was opened in 2006, it has become apparent that the studio’s original location was not ideal.”

Now the Arts Council grant means that the studio will be located within the corridor housing the artists’ studios in the middle of the quarter-mile long building.

The relocation of the print studio will also have a knock-on effect for some other facilities in the building.

One of the few remaining picture framing facilities in the area will take over the space left by the print studio while in turn the Craft Gallery will expand into the area vacated by the picture framing unit.

Local craftsman Dave Ayres of Deepdale Studios will be further enhancing the entrances to the galleries by making and installing three new ash framed doors to match the external doors he made for The Ropewalk four years ago.

“Until now we have been able to increase the number of artists whose work we display and sell just because we didn’t have the space.  But the Arts Council grant means that we can soon rectify that,” said Richard.

And a spin-off of the relocation of the various facilities means that there is now the opportunity to enlarge the kitchen serving the coffee shop at the same time.

“We appreciate that our visitors may experience some disruption for a short space of time but we hope they bear with us as we try to make our facilities even more user-friendly,” added Richard.

The first opportunity members of the public will have to view the print studio and the other alterations will be during the Insight 2010 Open Studios weekends on September 18 and 19 and September 23 and 24.

Latest News


Unearthed – Barbara Wood and Hilary Angle

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.’

By richardhatfield |

Ebb and Flow

In January 2011 three artists, Lynn Baker (glassmaker), Soo Durham (ceramicist) and Bob Armstrong (painter), began a walk along the South bank of the Humber determined to experience the river and its moods in all seasons. Starting at Tetney Lock in pouring rain and finishing at Trent Falls in brilliant sunshine the walk was broken up into thirteen stages over a period of 18 months.

This exhibition is the culmination of three entirely different responses to the walk using glass, clay and paint but all three have captured the essence of The Humber.

By richardhatfield |

Janine Knight

This month the Box Gallery features the work of one of our studio artists, Janine Knight, who this year celebrates 10 years here.

Since the completion of her degree in Textile Crafts from the University of Huddersfield, Janine’s work has continued to develop as can be seen in this new collection of Liberty print bears and rabbits that are all hand stitched with hand woven accessories. Drawings taken from her garden compliment this new collection that can be seen in the Box Gallery from October 3rd – November 1st.

By richardhatfield |

Vivienne Morpeth

During the month of September the Box Gallery is home to a selection of needle felted garden birds made by Vivienne Morpeth.

With a background in Art History, Exhibition Curation and teaching, Vivienne has also been making felt ware for more than 25 years. In recent years she has developed a range of Nuno felt garments and a passion for intricately needle felted Garden Birds. Although originally from Edinburgh, Vivienne draws inspiration from her locality of the River Humber and North Lincolnshire with her new range of garden birds reflecting the local Westfield Road rookery, a flurrying family of long-tailed tits, everyone’s favourite friendly Robin and more.

By richardhatfield |

Rhiannon Lowe

Fools Like Me/North Star

Rhiannon Lowe’s drawings are of pattern and portrait, hope and distraction, choice and failure. Her recent work explores use of scale, print and repetition to help distract her from and attempt to make sense of, what she fears about herself.

By richardhatfield |

Alison Read – Pressed for time

Lincoln printmaker Alison Read returns to The Ropewalk with a new body of work created especially for the exhibition.

She has used the opportunity to test herself by creating a printing plate a day for one hundred days! She says “I wanted to reflect what can be produced in a strict time limit, with all its flaws and experiments.”

The show, which features a mixture of linocuts, woodcuts, etchings and screenprints, will display her full range of skills and be a tribute to her ambition and work ethic.

By richardhatfield |