Successful VAQAS inspection for The Ropewalk

By janetuplin |

The highly acclaimed arts centre, The Ropewalk in Barton upon Humber, has again been praised in its fourth assessment for the prestigious Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme (VAQAS) which is managed by VisitEngland.

According to the independent assessor, who both visited and phoned the centre anonymously, The Ropewalk continues to offer “an overall very good quality visitor experience” and fully merits the award of VisitEngland’s accreditation of Quality Assured Visitor Attraction.

In the report, the assessor adds that further fine-tuning of standards in some areas would help to exceed the visitor’s expectations and raise the overall standard towards excellent.

“We are absolutely delighted that once again The Ropewalk has been recognised as giving its visitors – whether to the exhibitions, the Craft Gallery, the Museum or the Coffee Shop – such a positive experience, said The Ropewalk’s Managing Director, Liz Bennet.

“We always hope that our visitors will feel that The Ropewalk ‘experience’ is a positive one and that they will return again and again,” she said.

During the visit the assessor noted that the Craft Gallery and Coffee Shop provided high quality ancillary facilities to the museum and galleries and friendly and welcoming staff continue to be a strong point enhancing the visitor’s experience.

And recent work, funded by Arts Council England, LEADER and Ian and Mark Proudfoot, to enhance the exterior environment of the building with the resurfacing of the Promenade and the future installation of new gates and fencing, now in place, was also noted.

 

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Sue Dunne

During the month of May we welcome to The Ropewalk’s Box Gallery a new potter.
Sue Dunne’s ceramics are created in her workshop near Hexham. They feature the year round fascination she has with natural history, particularly plant-life when it’s wild.
Over the months, seasons and years Sue has carefully built up a library of records in the moulds of pressed flowers, twigs, seeds, leaves, berries and feathers enabling her to capture nature at its finest.
I feel privileged that something as beautiful, but so flimsy and transient, as a flower can be given more permanence by my ceramic work.
The methods Sue uses ensures that each piece created is an individual work of art, rather than using ‘mass produced’ identical moulds. Everything is twice- fired, the colour being applied before the second (glaze) firing at just under 1100 degrees C.
Her work will be on display from Saturday 2nd May – 31st May.

By richardhatfield |

Fathom Writers returns after a three-year break

After a three year break Fathom Writers is back and ready to breathe new life into creative writing at Barton upon Humber’s The Ropewalk.

“Fathom Writers started in 2007 and paused as an organisation three years ago but thanks to new impetus from the Northern Accent Literature project we restarting classes next month,” said treasurer, Liz Bennet. (more…)

By janetuplin |

Barton upon Humber successful in Museum resilience fund bid

A project promoting historical Barton upon Humber has received funding worth £66,000 over the next two years.

The money, awarded by Arts Council England’s Museum resilience fund, will see the town’s history move into the modern era and create an enhanced visitor experience, professional marketing, digital presence, and greater exposure to the outside world. (more…)

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Steve Upton

Marking The Surface

I paint what is around me, the bus station, the derelict shop fronts, the forgotten corners, the every day for so many.

I like that uniquely English outlook that is an uneasy combination of the humorous, somewhat grotesque and surreal and is often a celebration of the grainy side of life.

As a figurative painter within this culture I look for the odd or bizarre which might be stumbled upon in unexpected places, the visually tense and the sense of decay and abuse of lives, expectations and property in the urban landscape. And, of course, the surfaces layered with statements: political, heartfelt, personal and rude.

By richardhatfield |

Letitia Thompson

Little Paintings from a small village

Living in a North Lincolnshire village provides year round inspiration.
The seasons are so clearly defined and bring their own colour palette and narrative.
There are patchwork fields, snippets of half forgotten stories and creatures that scurry past with their own tales to tell.

I never plan what, or who, I am going to paint, and so it is always a surprise to see what story wishes to be told. Anyone is welcome to appear on my canvas though, from the Queen Of The May to the cheeky sparrow!

This collection of paintings tries to capture fragments from the four seasons and, I hope, a slightly slower pace of life.

By richardhatfield |

Collection – Debbie Barber

Debbie first trained as a textile artist, specialising in embroidery and surface decoration. After 10 years she returned to college to retrain as a potter having a life-long interest in ceramics. Now Debbie combines her love of colour, texture and pattern that she used in her textiles with her new medium, clay. Debbie specialises in naked Raku and sawdust firing enjoying the hands on and dynamic process of Raku firing. Using resists she uses smoke to ‘paint’ patterns on the surface of the clay.

The finished pieces are burnished and polished to give them a soft satin sheen. Debbie takes inspiration from the natural world, birds, trees and leaves for example. Her forms are simple, strong shapes and she uses surface pattern to introduce complexity and interest.

By richardhatfield |