Gwen Bainbridge and Alison Ogden

BOX GALLERY, | 04/08/2012 : 02/09/2012

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Both ceramicists work with porcelain and intricately decorate their work using different techniques.  Inspiration comes from different sources, but their work has a good relationship. Alison first started working with porcelain whist studying at Rochdale college of Art.  From her small garden studio in Carlisle, Cumbria, Alison produces a charming range of fine porcelain ceramics.  The range includes cups and saucers, mugs, bowls and vases, framed porcelain illustrations and porcelain with silver jewellery.  For this joint show Alison is showing a selection of her decorative yet functional ceramics.

The selection is slip cast and then individually hand manipulated to create a unique pot every time.  The craze free glaze, especially developed for Alison by her husband produces highly durable dishwasher-safe ware.

Gwen’s ceramics act as her three dimensional scrapbook, as she draws inspiration from her memories of childhood.  She’s an avid collector of all things old seen at museums or found at antique fairs.  She’s always on the look out for inspiration.

After growing up in Cumbria on a rural farm, where the woman’s place was in the home Gwen’s nostalgia for this period of time is echoed in this work.

Rather than a direct reference to the natural world Gwen prefers to explore the work of other craftsmen of the past who themselves might have once been inspired by nature.  Appreciating the finery of the costumes of previous eras, with their lavish embroidery and the distinctive qualities of their design these elements are all shown through the detail on the ceramics.  Porcelain and bone china lend themselves perfectly to this amount of detail, receiving imprints and markings.

 

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Collection: Tony Bellars

 

Visit the Box Gallery in March to see Tony Bellars quirky wooden figures, guaranteed to make you smile.  Based in King’s Lynn Tony’s inspiration is linked to the coast.  These handcrafted figures are based on his stylized boats, fish and birds previously exhibited.

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20:20 Print Exchange

Once again Ropewalk Printmakers are taking part in the 20:20 Print Exchange which will be featured in the Box Gallery from February 6 to March 3.

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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Five stars for Ropery Coffee Shop as it launches its new food waste policy

The Ropery Coffee Shop, part of The Ropewalk arts centre in Barton upon Humber, has just learnt that it has once again received five stars in the national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme operated by North Lincolnshire Council

Following an early November inspection the Coffee Shop has been awarded a maximum of five stars for each of the three categories, food hygiene, structure and cleaning, and confidence in management. (more…)

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Malcolm Race

Former Hull School of Art lecturer Malcolm Race presents a new body of work.

“The carefully balanced compositions with their subtlety of gesture are not planned as I paint as if to discover or unearth an image that already exists which when found is deliberately buried again. I love and respect a blank canvas for its infinite possibilities, just like a field of fresh snow. Who knows what’s in there? That first mark is stark and lonely but meaningful, and challenges a considered response”.

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Gillian Ross Kelsey

Nottingham-based painter Gillian Ross-Kelsey has a strong association with northern Lincolnshire. She originally studied at Grimsby
School of Art before progressing to Camberwell and she then returned to lecture at Grimsby during the 1980s.
“I have been through many stages in my painting career, following my own route from figurative works towards abstract minimalism, where I continued to explore colour, shape and texture. I like to feel directly involved in the use of paint, using brush and rollers in these paintings. I believe in allowing the paintings ‘freedom to paint themselves’ and ‘elicit a sense of surprise in me’ as they express themselves.”

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Hannah Nunn

Hannah Nunn has been lighting up homes around the world with her papercut lighting for more than a decade and more recently she launched a collection of wallpapers and fabrics which compliment her lighting beautifully.

Her nature inspired designs have sprung out of walking in the woods and fields that surround her hometown of Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire.

From her drawings she creates motifs which are cut and engraved from paper with a laser cutter. The layered paper designs are then laminated to create strength and durability and to create the bright white layer when illuminated.  Some of the motifs are turned into her surface pattern designs which are printed in a wallpaper factory in the UK.  All her lamps are made in her sunny studio in Hebden Bridge.

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