Insight Open Studios 2010

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The first weekend of Northern Lincolnshire Artists’ Insight Open Studios 2010 got off to a flying start with record numbers passing through studios throughout North and North East Lincolnshire.

Project manager Pete Mitchell of The Ropewalk in Barton upon Humber said that the opening weekend of the event, now in its 10th year, had proved to be very busy.

“Here at The Ropewalk I think we must have welcomed around 500 visitors over the first two days while at Grimsby both the two outlets in Freshney Place and the Abbey Walk Gallery were really busy too,” he continued.

One artist showing for the first time at The Ropewalk was printmaker Angela Lindsley who in previous years has exhibited as part of the gallery’s Printmakers Group.

“It was absolutely brilliant,” she said.  “I sold five pieces on the first day and an extra date has had to be added to the two already advertised workshops, “ Introduction to Collagraph Prints, I am running in the next couple of months are they are now nearly all booked up.”

“It was an absolutely fantastic weekend and I can’t believe the response and I am so happy I decided to take part as a stand-alone artist,” she continued.

Insight Open Studios continues for the second and final weekend on Saturday and Sunday (September 25 and 26) with studios and galleries from Cleethorpes and Grimsby in the east to Epworth and the surrounding area to the west open to the public.

As well as being able to watch artists at work there is also the opportunity to view, purchase or commission original pieces of art.

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Susan Evans

Sue Evans has been a regular exhibitor in the Craft Gallery since The Ropewalk opened in 2000 but this is her first solo exhibition here in the Box Gallery. Her Quirky pieces made from driftwood and other found objects are beautifully painted and often feature an element of movement using mechanisms such as cranks, cams and levers. Although essentially children’s toys, her work has a great appeal to adults too with its nostalgic charm referencing Folk Art, the natural world, the seaside and childhoods of yesteryear!

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Under East Wind

Harriet Tarlo and Judith Tucker | Linda Ingham and David Power

Under East Wind brings together visual art, poetry, film and music in this interdisciplinary exhibition which shows work by artists deeply engaged with the Lincolnshire landscape and how personal, industrial and recreational memories linger in place.

In Outfalls Harriet Tarlo and Judith Tucker present poems and drawings from their

collaboration on the Louth Navigation in North East Lincolnshire. Through juxtaposing open-form poems and monochrome drawings they explore the relationship between the River Ludd and the canal itself as its industrial past becomes absorbed into semi-wilderness, creating niches for local flora and fauna in its culverts, bridges and locks.

In Far & Near and Kinds of White, Linda Ingham and David Power bring their collaborative work mixing painting and print with installation and music, which explores the nature of the secular memorial and how we use recreational space, in particular the coastal paths of North East Lincolnshire.


Remember Me – David Power



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Sally Beaumont – Sacred and Profane

Sally trained at Hornsey College of Art under Michael Rothenstein and Bartholomew Dos Santos at the Slade School. Her expertise and repertoire as a printmaker has expanded over time generating deep layers of imagery. Sally’s etchings and lithographs can be described both  as decorative and chaotic. Her subject matter is eclectic, ranging from medieval Christian Symbolism, acid-etched metal armour, to fashion and horsemanship in Renaissance Europe. These influences combine to create a series of collaged prints that are both personal and distinct.

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The Owlery

Created by Benjamin Partridge, The Owlery focuses on the development of surface pattern design, developing complex or interesting surface patterns from single motifs. He uses lino and wood cut techniques alongside screen printing to create textiles, ceramics products and fine art prints. The Owlery products are predominantly inspired by the British woodland and current affairs relating to the protection of British animals and insects, as well as a general fascination by the world around us.

Benjamin designs, makes and sells textile, ceramic and paper products which are functional and visually appealing with just a hint of whimsy, as well as original fine art screen and lino prints.

Benjamin has exhibited at trade fairs as well as retail shows over the last few years but this is the first time The Ropewalk has showcased his work bringing you a vibrant collection for Spring 2018.

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Full Circle – Doug Binder

“Concentrating on the life model as I do now has meant coming full-circle from my early studies as a 16 year old student at Bradford College of Art in the late 1950’s. I left Bradford for London and the Royal College where abstraction became my primary interest for some considerable time.

My conversion back to life drawing coincided with a move back to my roots in the north, and the need to return to some basic fundamentals. Painting the figure brought back early memories of that first life room. I recalled the claustrophobic effects of the constant heat from the one-bar electric fires, the pungent aroma of oil and turpentine, and above all I recalled the silent dedication of the student engaged in an absorbing ritual.

In the fifties we were trained to paint, and the life room was the symbolic heart of our aspiration. It was clear that to become an artist would take a long time – and much of that time would be spent in painting ‘from the life’. Some 50 years later in my case, I find that this is still my priority. Each painting is a new proposition. The risk of failure is high, the problem of resolving such a subtle form is always the same challenge, yet different enough to seem uniquely fresh each time.

As Painter in Residence at Dean Clough in Halifax, I am fortunate in having a studio more or less attached to the galleries, where I work on around 20 paintings at any one time, depending on how well each is progressing.

At present the nude figure is all that interests me as a subject for painting. The nude in history is always fascinating. The mythical, psychological and sexual aspects are constantly present, but for me, it’s the universal yet ordinary experience that I’m interested in – the common-place.”


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The Studio Artists’ Show

The annual exhibition of work by artist based at The Ropewalk.

Featuring: Sally Beaumont, Wendy Chan, Janine Knight, Debbie Grice, Gill Hobson, Richard Hatfield, Tim Needham, Michael Scrimshaw, Keith Woodcock, Shirley Trumble, Melanie Rainbow and Emily Connor.

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