Selected by Rob Moore and Melvyn Petterson, this biennial exhibition aims to show the best of our region’s printmakers.
Book Swap at the Coffee Shop
Two charities – one worldwide and one local – are to benefit from bookworms who patronise the Ropery Coffee Shop in Barton upon Humber.
For the last couple of weeks patrons of the coffee shop have been able to donate, swap or simply buy books at a dedicated bookshelf.
The Ropewalk’s managing director Liz Bennet explained that the initial suggestion for a “book swap” shelf had come from a customer.
“I immediately thought of all the books I have collected at home that have been read once and then put aside and I knew among our staff that there were others who would welcome the opportunity to de-clutter their own book shelves,” she said.
So the book shelves were set up next to the Heritage Corridor and within days were proving to be a hit.
“It really is simple – either donate old books, swap them for something you’d love to read or just simply buy,” Liz went on.
“The idea is to recycle all those novels that you’ve read over the years but would probably not want to read again and give someone else the chance to enjoy them.”
There is a suggested donation of £1 and all the money raised will be divided between Water Aid and the local children’s charity, ST-ART.
“We started supporting Water Aid, which enables the world’s poorest people to gain access to safe water, sanitation and improved hygiene, in 2007 by taking part in its Knit A River campaign and have been raising money throughout this year to finance the construction of a school sanitation block,” she said.
“And at The Ropewalk we continue to support ST-ART, the creative charity which facilitates young people’s creative activities throughout North Lincolnshire during the school holidays,” Liz continued.
Furthermore, in a response to a second customer suggestion the Coffee Shop now offers a free Wi-Fi connection so customers can enjoy a quality coffee or tea along with a freshly made cake while checking your laptop for important emails.
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Situated on the rugged south coast of the Isle of Wight, Tregear Pottery produces a beautiful range of handmade stoneware pottery. Each piece is made from fine white stoneware clay. The work is hand decorated in a variety of designs – all drawing their inspiration and influences from the exceptional beauty of the surrounding landscapes.
Trained in Kyoto, Japan, in porcelain throwing, Neil’s passion for pottery has seen his work travel across the globe. He continually pushes and challenges the work at Tregear Pottery, refining glazes, developing new designs and expanding the studio. Neil has been awarded with a number of grants, international show selections, and other accolades for the quality of his work. The work is sold in several galleries and shops on the Isle of Wight as well as many well-known outlets across the mainland and now at The Ropewalk. Come in to the Craft Gallery during the month of June and admire the coastal bliss that Neil Tregear’s pottery creates.
Noted brings together artists Lou Hazelwood and Sarah Pennington for the first time, as they negotiate similar interests in the mechanisation of music and roles of women.
Hazelwood’s piece in progress ‘La Boheme/I’ve Got Her Disease Inside My Head’ transposes pianola scores to playable music boxes working with the oppositional themes of the female bohemian and hysteric.
Pennington has constructed a series of new sculptural observations and print works through a combination of historical research and material experimentation with player piano rolls and remnants of piano mechanisms.
This exhibition showcases the initial findings of their separate but related research into, and interventions with, the structures of pianos and pianolas, and social situations surrounding their key periods of use.
If you are interested in following these processes of exploration as they continue to unfold, please visit www.facebook.com/Noted
Rachel Morley creates unique felt items by hand using the wet felt method. The natural colours and shapes of the Scottish coastal landscape have inspired the Pebble range or Doorstops, Cubby Bowls, Cubbyholes and Pebble Pods. Rachel experiments with wool fibres from British breeds of sheep to take advantage to their varying qualities. As a contrast, Rachel enjoys the challenges of felting with a broad colour palette to create the colourful range of bowls.
Rachel’s aim is to elevate felt craft to create innovate products for the interior, echoing organic forms of the coastal landscape. Her fine art background brings a very sculptural feel to her work which is tactile and evocative.
Rachel has a Fine Art Degree and Level 2 and Level 3 Diplomas in Feltmaking. She is a member of the international Feltmakers Association and Design Nation. She is a supporter of the campaign for Wool and member of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. Rachel works from a studio in Hickling a village situated between Nottingham and Melton Mowbray. Come in to the Craft Gallery during the month of May and admire the Scottish bliss Rachel Morley felt pieces create.
In the Box Gallery this month we have been inspired by the weather, and have put together a display celebrating spring. The focus is on the rebirth of nature, selecting pieces which represent the bloom of new flowers and joyous animals. The range of work within the exhibition is from a variety of makers working in different crafts all embodying our theme of spring.
Here is just a selection of the pieces we have on display in the Box Gallery.
Paul Collinson | Gary Saunt | Kat Saunt | Steve Upton
This exhibition shows work by a group of East Yorkshire and Hull based painters whose practice involves, either incidentally or wholly, the used of photography or computer software.
This can be in the organisation of the idea, the capture and use images as subject matter, or in the very creation of the artwork itself.
What all the painters do have in common is that need, the “agitation”, to produce something that has a presence.