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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Studio Artists’ Show

The annual Ropewalk Studio Artists Exhibition features work from

David Alcock
Sally Beaumont
Emily Connor
Deborah Grice
Gill Hobson
Richard Hatfield
Judith Land
Tim Needham
Michael Scrimshaw
Reginald Swinney
Shirley Trumble
Keith Woodcock
85 Fathoms

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Fair Ground Fables – Michelle Forrest-Beckett

Michelle recalls a frightfully fascinating childhood memory of a former sideshow attraction in Whitby. Her recollection of witnessing a pickled dicephalic baby and the staked bones of Dracula began the blurring of the boundaries between reality and fantasy.

‘Fairground Fables’ was conjured to question the satirical and moral ambiguity of fringe entertainment presented behind the curtains of Vaudeville theatres and Victorian Side Shows. Michelle draws from idioms and fables that play with tales of tragedy and fortune as well as the traces of life that befall the discarded or well loved, by enlivening everyday objects with an air of uncertainty.  She assembles things left behind on dusty shelves, creating magnetic forms that encourage the viewer to take an encounter with the apprehension of things.  ‘Fairground Fables’ is bent with a nostalgic and melodramatic allure that bestows something provocative and enchanting.

 

On November 24 Michelle will be running a workshop teaching participants how to make their own Fairground Fable. Bookings can be made in the Craft Gallery.

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Richard Hatfield – Tim Needham

Richard Hatfield & Tim Needhams’ interest in painting stretches back through careers that began just one year apart. Working independently, both find common ground in their references to landscape, yet it is their divergent approaches which spark the dialogue in this show.

I paint out of doors and in the studio. Landscape embodies form, colour and light. Painting can reflect these primal elements and leave us with an object akin to poetry. I play with the picture plane and use paint on various surfaces, abstracted to convey feelings and form with a sense of the drama of the place.
Tim Needham

The subjects are the amalgamation of the remembered, the fleetingly observed and the repeated, emblematic motifs left, like an afterimage imprinted on the retina. I look for a sense of the unfamiliar in the ordinary – a gentle disquiet. Some pieces recall a particular moment or episode, often dramatic and transient such as the effects of light or weather, frequently in the extreme. It is at these times that nature can reassert itself into our consciousness and provide us with a taste of something that is awesome in the true sense of the word. Other paintings are less dramatic and conjure up emotions and associations of particular memories and universal fears from early childhood.
Richard Hatfield

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Retrospective: Max Marschner 1929-2017

Max Marschner was born in London in 1929. His early life was interrupted by World War II and evacuation, but in 1943 he enrolled in the Junior Department of Camberwell School of Art. He stayed there until the early 1950s with breaks for National Service and matriculation. He excelled in the design department. These were the wood engraving years.

Throughout his life Max delighted in the unexpected; scenes and buildings which had a tale to tell, or that presented a mood or sharpness which suited his work.

By the beginning of the 1960s he was experimenting with linocuts, monoprints and basic etchings, often using ideas from old postcards and encyclopaedias, which he hoped would depict a sense of surprise and strangeness.

A move to Lincoln at the beginning of the 1970s brought changes. Screenprints was possible: The same ideas, but larger and more colourful prints.

In 1973 Max bought his first ‘real’ camera, a Pentax Spotmatic. This he used for the rest of his life. He enjoyed experimenting with the old ways of photography, developing and printing in his darkroom. Eventually he taught himself Photo Etching. This involved infrared film, large negatives and acids, though changing over the years to safer methods of working.

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Almanac

ALMANAC – the seasons they rolled in and they tumbled

Ron Wilson and Jan Stead hail from the West Riding of Yorkshire. They met whilst studying art and design and teacher training at Bretton Hall over 40 years ago, they have kept in touch – sharing a passion for Yorkshire, art and design and in particular, printmaking.

ALMANAC

An Almanac can be described in general terms as an annual calander which contains a wealth of information such as important days, times of the sun rising and setting and changes in the moon and tides. In the past the Almanac was particularly important to farmers but perhaps their relevance is somewhat diminished. Ron and Jan have each produced a visual Almanac based on the four seasons and the wheel of the year where they have attempted, in their printed pieces, to re-establish the natural connections of the rolling seasons.

Ron: My Almanac wraps localities and phenomena in folklore and myth, elements within the work are symbolic and at times esoteric. The images in the Almanac are lifted from Anglo Saxon and Medieval almanacs and bending them to a response that will resonate with contemporary audiences. I invite the viewer to create their own narrative.

Jan: My Almanac is in Astronomical Seasons where the equinox and solstices mark the beginning and end of each season. It does, therefore, span two calendar years. Spring, Summer, Autumn and the first month of Winter – December are set in 2018. The remainder of winter – January and February, are in 2019. I am concerned with the equinox, solstice and moon shapes on key dates in each month. The images are a mix of Pagan, Christian and general traditions.

Ron Wilson and Jan Stead October 2018

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Back To School

The Box Gallery is housing everything you need to go back to school, college, university and work. From textiles kits to lino kits, book binding kits, notebooks, handmade pens, bags and accessories, there is something to make you stand out from the crowd.

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