Grimsby artists launch 2011 exhibition season at The Ropewalk

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The work of 10 Grimsby based artists is featured in the first exhibition of 2011 at Barton upon Humber’s arts centre, The Ropewalk.

The exhibition, Divergence, which opens on Saturday (January 15) in the Artspace, contains a mix of styles from artists at the Abbey Walk Gallery in Grimsby town centre.

The Ropewalk’s Exhibition’ Officer, Richard Hatfield, said the exhibition, which runs until February 27 contained a mix of styles, mediums and artistic experience.

“Abbey Walk Gallery has only been open two years and this exhibition is a positive representation of the quality of work produced by Grimsby artists in a wide variety of work which includes sculpture, painting and original prints,” he added.

“To be invited to take the work of 10 of our own resident artists to exhibit at the Ropewalk is a great honour and one we are very much looking forward too,” said Gill Gibbon who along with Elaine Munson set up Abbey Walk which opened in December 2008.

Since the Gallery opened it has gained a reputation for exhibiting a wide variety of artistic media with its first major Exhibition Out of the Dark, held in September last year, attracting more than 20,000 visitors eager to see work original works of art by artists including Picasso, Dali, Matisse,  Banksy, Ronnie Wood, Andy Warhol and Chris Rhea which had been housed in private collections or hidden from view in storerooms and private galleries.

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Madeline working primarily with paint and mixed media on canvas has approached the subject by working and building layers of texture and meaning into her pieces.  “You respond at many levels to Spurn.  It arouses emotions as you consider the lives lived and the events witnessed and it stimulates memories as you enter the time capsules represented by the prefab buildings and consider the paths of your own life”.

Photographer  Martin sees Spurn Point as a unique and fascinating landscape.  “We are both impressed by its remote beauty and ability to stir memories, bringing them to the surface.  We have tried to represent and record our response to place and the interaction of successive generations of people with it.  Above all the ‘big sky’ dominates and is a feature of my photographic interpretation”.

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Every artist taking part produces an edition of 25 prints on paper size 20cm x 20cm and in return they receive a bespoke hand printed boxed set of 20 randomly selected prints, (including their own print and 19 others).

In addition each workshop also receives one set of randomly selected prints and one “twinned” set whereby workshops are randomly matched to another print workshop, each receiving a set of 10 of their own members’ prints and one set of its twinning partner workshop.

This year The Ropewalk Printmakers have been twinned with the West Yorkshire Print workshop and the prints on display are a selection from this year’s exchange.

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