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
Opening of third biennial North Lincolnshire Print Open
The third biennial North Lincolnshire Print Open at The Ropewalk in Barton upon Humber has just opened to critical acclaim.
Hull artist and Hull College lecturer Lindy Norton’s print, Martin’s Room, was the unanimous choice of selectors Melvyn Petterson and Alf Ludlam for the first prize. Lindy previously earned her living as an illustrator in London for 17 years.
Another Hull based artist Sara Clark won second prize with her etching, The House of Bone, while third place went to Lincoln artist Alan Abbey for his print, Whitby, with the final prize being awarded to London based Stephen Robson with his print Marsh 2.
In all 115 prints were selected by Cleethorpes born Melvyn Petterson, who is a member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers and runs Artichoke Printmaking Workshop in Brixton, and artist and former Grimsby School of Art lecturer, Alf Ludlam,
Speaking after the selection, Melvyn commented: “We very much enjoyed the range of subject matter and the variety and use of medium. We chose a couple of humorous pieces in the Highly Commended section because we believe humour can be used as a vehicle for serious comment as well as making people laugh.”
“It was not an easy choice. To those who were not successful we would say please continue to submit work in the future,” he continued.
The Ropewalk’s Exhibition’s Officer, Richard Hatfield added: “The aim of this exhibition is to show the very best of contemporary printmaking.”
The exhibition, which is sponsored by Intaglio Printmaker, Hawthorn Printmaker Supplies and GKD Litho of Hull, continues until Sunday, September 9, and The Ropewalk is open from Monday to Saturday between 10am and 5pm and Sundays and Bank Holidays between 10am and 4pm.
For more information go to www.the-ropewalk.co.uk
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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.
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
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.
Our annual showcase for The Ropewalk’s Studio Artists
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.’