April Fool’s Day at The Ropewalk
Staff at Barton upon Humber’s gallery, Ropewalk Contemporary Art & Craft, could hardly believe their eyes on April Fool’s Day.
In the open air Sculpture Gallery adjoining Barton Haven there appeared to have been an overnight invasion of squatters – and the only clue of where they came from was the sign “Guerilla Ceramics.”
Exhibitions Officer Richard Hatfield made the discovery of the extra visitors at the Maltkiln Road gallery when he went out into the gallery to take some photographs.
“I was the first person to notice them and to say I was left open-mouthed was a bit of an understatement,” he said. “Whoever put them in the gallery had to surmount several obstacles but they obviously took care and thought it was worth the surprise.”
“I don’t know how long they will be with us but at the moment they certainly look at home here. If they stop for any length of time I am sure they will become a talking point.”
After discovering his uninvited guests Richard tried to find out where the Guerilla Ceramics came from.
“There was a group of artists who were commissioned to create temporary interventions in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire’s urban landscapes and public places but whether or not they have headed further north it’s a mystery,” Richard continued.
The models are all around two foot high and are made out of ceramics. If anyone has any knowledge of where they came from Richard would be delighted to hear from you. He can be contacted on 01652 660380 or email Richard@the-ropewalk.co.uk