Selected by Rob Moore and Melvyn Petterson, this biennial exhibition aims to show the best of our region’s printmakers.
Standing Tall – Photographs by Stephen Martinson
This exhibition, which opens on Saturday, January 22 at The Ropewalk, Barton upon Humber, celebrates the life and work of Stephen Martinson whose photographs span a wide range of subjects, some project based commercial images and others more personal.
His work was regularly published in a variety of magazines including Amateur Photographer, What Digital Camera and Practical Photography and he also carved out a niche as a commercial photographer specialising in the hotel and leisure industries.
Standing Tall includes Stephen’s portfolio of work and storyboard ideas which includes some of his award winning images including landscapes and still life.
The Ropewalk’s Exhibition’s Officer Richard Hatfield believes that those visiting the exhibition will be fascinated by Stephen’s unique way of looking at every day objects.
“The imagery is fresh and full of ideas as he looks at objects, which we come across everyday, with fresh eyes and a new perspective,” he continued.
Stephen’s passion for photography began at Baysgarth School, Barton, and continued after he was forced to leave Leeds University, where he had been studying architectural engineering, because of a serious illness.
It was during this time Stephen went back to photography when he felt well enough to escape the monotony of treatment he was going through. He found solace and a rekindled passion for the subject.
His creative background ensured he was never short of ideas, always keeping a sketchbook to note down possible compositions for photos. He found as much inspiration looking at drawings and paintings for his photography as he did other photographers work.
As well as setting up his own website Stephen entered several competitions such as” My Favourite Things” at The Green Tree Gallery, Haywards Heath, West Sussex and a landscape competition through Artlink which was displayed at the Oncology and Haematology Centre at Castle Hill Hospital between 2008-2009.
He regularly had his work published in magazines, such as Amateur Photographer, What Digital Camera and Practical Photography and did some commercial photography for a Bed and Breakfast in Taunton, Somerset.
Stephen, of Barrow upon Humber, died in 2009 at the age of 23 years. All profits from this exhibition will be shared between Leukaemia Research and The Anthony Nolan Trust.
The exhibition closes on Sunday, March 6.
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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.