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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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.’

By richardhatfield |

Ebb and Flow

In January 2011 three artists, Lynn Baker (glassmaker), Soo Durham (ceramicist) and Bob Armstrong (painter), began a walk along the South bank of the Humber determined to experience the river and its moods in all seasons. Starting at Tetney Lock in pouring rain and finishing at Trent Falls in brilliant sunshine the walk was broken up into thirteen stages over a period of 18 months.

This exhibition is the culmination of three entirely different responses to the walk using glass, clay and paint but all three have captured the essence of The Humber.

By richardhatfield |

Janine Knight

This month the Box Gallery features the work of one of our studio artists, Janine Knight, who this year celebrates 10 years here.

Since the completion of her degree in Textile Crafts from the University of Huddersfield, Janine’s work has continued to develop as can be seen in this new collection of Liberty print bears and rabbits that are all hand stitched with hand woven accessories. Drawings taken from her garden compliment this new collection that can be seen in the Box Gallery from October 3rd – November 1st.

By richardhatfield |

Vivienne Morpeth

During the month of September the Box Gallery is home to a selection of needle felted garden birds made by Vivienne Morpeth.

With a background in Art History, Exhibition Curation and teaching, Vivienne has also been making felt ware for more than 25 years. In recent years she has developed a range of Nuno felt garments and a passion for intricately needle felted Garden Birds. Although originally from Edinburgh, Vivienne draws inspiration from her locality of the River Humber and North Lincolnshire with her new range of garden birds reflecting the local Westfield Road rookery, a flurrying family of long-tailed tits, everyone’s favourite friendly Robin and more.

By richardhatfield |

Rhiannon Lowe

Fools Like Me/North Star

Rhiannon Lowe’s drawings are of pattern and portrait, hope and distraction, choice and failure. Her recent work explores use of scale, print and repetition to help distract her from and attempt to make sense of, what she fears about herself.

By richardhatfield |

Alison Read – Pressed for time

Lincoln printmaker Alison Read returns to The Ropewalk with a new body of work created especially for the exhibition.

She has used the opportunity to test herself by creating a printing plate a day for one hundred days! She says “I wanted to reflect what can be produced in a strict time limit, with all its flaws and experiments.”

The show, which features a mixture of linocuts, woodcuts, etchings and screenprints, will display her full range of skills and be a tribute to her ambition and work ethic.

By richardhatfield |