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.
New Developments at The Ropewalk
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.
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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.