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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As we welcome in the New Year, with winter still on our doorstep why not wrap up with something from our Box Gallery this January. Jane Withers and Michael Hanmer of Janie Knitted Textiles will be providing machine knitted wraps. They use lambswool and British wool on hand operated knitting machines to create contemporary fabrics. If a hat is more your thing, we have Barbara Cassell’s wool hats. Her handmade hats are decorated with machine and hand embroidery

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Sara Clarke

METAL, PAPER, INK

I’m fascinated by the way a space can affect a person it’s that interaction that draws me to the communal and transients places within our cities, which are often built for function not beauty.

To understand these spaces I go back to the basics, exploring weight, line, form, tension and light dismantling the structure extracting key elements, and distilling them into purified line, and form. This process of pulling apart, layering and removing helps me to understand what I’m seeing and what it is important to me.

The results can be complex, but they are the real and imagined interactions with that space.

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Andi Dakin

SPACE URCHINS, DARK MATTER AND POSITIVE ENERGIES.

For thousands of years humankind has pondered the mysteries of the Universe. Through mathematical calculations many truths have been determined. Philosophers have imagined and declared some bizarre and unlikely theories about the Cosmos, and as Space Technology has advanced, some speculations have become plausible. The world of Science Fiction has become indistinguishable from main stream Cosmolology, Astro- physics and Mathematics.

I use my Art work as a vehicle to applaud and join in with these exciting ways of considering our Universe.

Black Holes, Parallel Galaxies and Dark Matter are phenomena that I have been attempting to represent through my drawings and printmaking.

My sculpture unifies familiar objects to make mischievous enigmatic connections

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Christmas Show

This year Gallery One is dedicated to Christmas Craft. A colourful festive display of handmade gifts including handknits, homewares,tree decorations, frames, cards and the occasional robin.

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Studio Artists’ Exhibition

Our annual showcase for The Ropewalk’s Studio Artists

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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.’

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