Artists return for 10th anniversary exhibition

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Five well-known Lincolnshire artists are revisiting the first ever exhibition held at Barton upon Humber’s Ropewalk Contemporary Art & Craft.

The five artists, Twink Addison, Edith and Walter Cook and Avril and David Morris,  who were the five artists who launched the gallery’s inaugural exhibition Five Lincolnshire Painters back in April 2000.

Now they have returned with Ten Years On, the latest exhibition to open at the Maltkiln Road gallery.

“We were delighted that these five artists agreed to return to The Ropewalk for this exhibition, Ten Years On,” said the gallery’s Exhibition’s Officer, Richard Hatfield.

“Not only is it 10 years on for the gallery but also 10 years on for these acclaimed artists who are well-known throughout the county,” he continued.

“Many visitors to the Art at St Peter’s exhibitions which were held in Barton’s St Peter’s Church will be able to recall their work.”

The exhibition, which has just opened, features more than 50 paintings in a variety of mediums and includes landscapes, portraits and still lifes.

Edith and Walter Cook are well known throughout the northern Lincolnshire area.  Both former teachers – Walter taught at Barton Grammar School and Edith at the former Church School – and lived on Queen Street in Barton  and ran a craft shop on the High Street.  They now live at Asterby End near Louth.

David and Avril Morris both studied at Leeds College of Art moving on to teach in Hull before crossing the River Humber into Lincolnshire where David was a Lecturer in Ceramics at Grimsby School of Art and ran a pottery studio.

After retirement they moved to Louth and established the Aswell Street Studio in Louth where the couple concentrate on their painting.

He was Lecturer in Ceramics at Grimsby School of Art, a full member of the Craftsman Potters Association and ran a pottery studio until he retired from teaching in 1990.

In both 1996 and 1997 he was a prize winner at the Royal Watercolour Society open exhibition, he was a co-founder of the Louth Art Exhibition and he is a Vice President of the Lincolnshire Artists’ Society.  He has exhibited regularly in open exhibitions including the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours and the Royal Watercolour Society.

Avril, who exhibited ceramic sculpture in many galleries from 1970 onwards, now concentrates on painting and works in acrylic, watercolour and pastel from still life and figurative subjects.

The fifth artist, Twink Addison of South Somercotes, is a noted cartoonist and has work published in magazines such as The Oldie.

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Life is solitary without being lonely.

The landscape is generally agricultural and the sea is not far away. The seasons are experienced at full strength. She has a close acquaintance with the local fauna and flora, whether dead or alive.

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“This representation of the emergency services as statuesque, massively sculptural figures in splendid isolation. They are isolated pictorially, and this actually reminds us that these crucial and often very separate roles that our emergency services play in our lives can be isolating and at times, traumatic. They are ordinary people who perform extraordinary roles and in my experience possess extraordinary abilities and determination.”

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Landscapes have always inspired Lucy. She has a passion and pull toward remote or isolated places, nature and our place within our environment; of how we choose to live carefully within it so that we leave as little damage as we can. Lucy endeavours to capture the feeling of isolation and the wildness of a place so that the viewer can imagine that they hear the breeze blowing through the grasses, the wind scouring across the beach or the call of a wading bird in the dunes. These places arouse different feelings: comforting, unsettling, eerie, lonely, peaceful, they can bring solace and rest, inspiration or a decision to be made. Lucy has woven these feelings into her landscapes and will continue to capture the moment each time she visits a new place. Each landscape is worked from personal photographs taken during travels around Britain.

It is like I am revisiting the place again. I wish to convey this through each unique landscape”.

 

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Brian Larkman: Sidelong

Sidelong: With video and sound installation by Paul Ratcliff

A series of photographic studies of the people and landscapes seen ‘in passing’ on the train journey from Barton and while exploring the popular Wakes Week destination town of Cleethorpes.

this is the world seen from the edge of our vision, the sidelong glance, a world absorbed almost sub-consciously in passing, capturing aspects of urban and rural landscapes as the viewer moves through them

“As a photographer I have tried many times to capture this experience but all too often I capture only the place, not the journey, not the travelling. The processive images I am working on now are the closest I have come yet. The motion of the camera facing sideways produces repetitive, fragmented and distorted pictures that convey a dynamic sense of movement: a series of moments compressed and dragged into a single still image: the vague and fragmented memory of a journey, repetitive yet barely observed. A smear of sensation.

Experiencing the journey from Barton and the discovery of Cleethorpes as a destination has allowed me to develop the processive technique and the photographic ‘sidelong glance’ in a relevant direction, following the Wakes Week holidaymakers. Sadly the pandemic has prevented me from completely fulfilling the idea but this exhibition has provided the chance to show my early images taken during winter 2019 /2020.”

Brian Larkman

More of Brian’s images are combined into a video and sound installation created by Yorkshire sound recordist, Paul Ratcliff, who sonically responds to these photographs and the places depicted in these images with field recordings. These location-specific sound recordings are of; trains, coastal seascapes, bustling towns, the Humber bridge, level crossings, and spring birdsong and calls, from the Cetti’s warbler, Reed warbler, Black cap, Greenfinch and White throat.

Other examples of Paul’s work can be found at: https://www.sound-art-photography.com

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