10th Anniversary Celebrations for The Ropewalk

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Barton  upon Humber’s Ropewalk celebrates its 10th anniversary later this month as a regionally acclaimed centre for the arts.

And to celebrate its first decade, Ropewalk Contemporary Arts & Craft is returning to the five Lincolnshire artists who formed the first ever exhibition at the Maltkiln Road gallery.

Exhibitions Officer Richard Hatfield explained:  “For our 10 th anniversary exhibition, Ten Years On, we are returning to where it all began for us with work from Twink Addison, David and Avril Morris and Edith and Walter Cook.”

Turning the clock back to 1999 Richard recalled:“ “The Scarborough based Proudfoot Group had bought the former Ropery site in the mid-1990s as the site for its superstore but the Ropewalk itself had been empty for just under 10 years before work started on its conversion.

“Ten years ago, when we opened, we had just one gallery, four artists’ studios, printmaking, frame making facilities and a dark room,” he recalled.

“In 2000 we could hardly envisage that in just five years we would be able, with assistance  financial and otherwise, from the Proudfoot family who own the building, North Lincolnshire Council, Arts Council England, Yorkshire Forward, the Single Regeneration Budget and WREN that we would be able to renovate and bring back to life the entire quarter-mile long building.”

“Now we have an additional three gallery spaces, an outdoor sculpture garden, treble the number of artists’ studios and units for creative industries.  And, of course, there is also Ropery Hall which attracts top names in music, theatre and comedy and the ever-popular Ropery Coffee Shop.”

Looking back over the past 10 years, Richard believes that The Ropewalk has firmly cemented a place for itself in the local community in beyond.

“When we first opened we just had one paid member of staff – now we have 26 who all come from Barton and the surrounding area,” he said.  “And visitor numbers have soared from about 18,000 in our first year to 42,500 last year which in itself was an eight per cent increase on 2008.”

The exhibition, Ten Years On, opens on Saturday, April 24 and continues until Sunday, May 30.  Admission is free and the gallery is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and on Sundays and Bank Holidays between 10am and 4pm.

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Helen is fascinated by body language and how this can be communicated. She observes Mogul and Persian miniatures and admires how they are able to tell a story within one image. These artworks often show a significant event within the life span of a person or family. Helen’s sculptures are also intimate like the miniature and show a single event that can be applied to the past, future and present, allowing the viewer to determine the story of each artwork.

Working in Cambridge, Helen exhibits widely across the UK and is the founder member of Cambridge Open Studios. She will be exhibiting in the Box Gallery in November.


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Eleanor Tomlinson

Yorkshire born and bred, Eleanor Tomlinson is a traditional artist and illustrator based in East Yorkshire. Inspired by the beautiful Yorkshire countryside she has grown up amongst, Eleanor predominantly works in ink and watercolour to specialise in capturing and celebrating UK wildlife and the local countryside. Eleanor’s distinctive style using ink and watercolour, combines traditional, well-loved subjects with a contemporary, illustrative twist. Her use and composition of contrasting white space brings a narrative and sense of movement and energy to her pieces. Eleanor’s artworks have also been developed into a wide range of cards, stationery, limited edition prints and homeware collections alongside her original pieces which are being sold in an array of independent shops and galleries across the UK.


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The theme for this exhibition ‘Land, Sea, and Sky’ was chosen because its wide-ranging associations might be interpreted in many different ways, and in part because the theme was seen to have some relevance to the location of The Ropewalk Gallery.  No size limit was imposed and artists were invited to respond to the theme in as wide a way as possible, to be as traditional or as innovative as they wished both in process and format.  The final selection includes three dimensional and large format pieces as well as more conventional prints.

Printmakers Council was founded in 1965 by a group of prominent printmakers to raise the profile of printmaking as an art form and to provide an exhibition society for members. For over fifty years PmC has continued to pursue these aims through a rolling programme of exhibitions, lectures and practical workshops.

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