Selected by Rob Moore and Melvyn Petterson, this biennial exhibition aims to show the best of our region’s printmakers.
New exhibitions at The Ropewalk this autumn
Two exhibitions with very different themes have just opened at The Ropewalk in Barton upon Humber.
Australian artist Alan Jones began a six month studio residency at The Ropewalk in April and began the process of collecting images he saw as relevant to his family’s British ancestry which he traced back to his convict ancestors Robert Forrester and his common law wife Isabella Ramsay.
On various road trips through England he collected photographs and drawings of places that were central in the story of their lives and convictions and it was these outdoor studies which became the groundwork for a new body of work that sought to read as a documentation of his family heritage.
His exhibition in the Artspace, The Mother Land, is the outcome of his research into his family history.
“Making this body of work was quite an experimental process. From the beginning I was interested in making something new as I wanted to push the works in a direction I had not seen before,” Alan explained. “Letting this body of work slowly evolve and define itself has been as much a part of the journey as researching the family history.”
In contrast, Grimsby artist Madeleine Vernau’s exhibition, New Paintings, works to capture transient moments, emotions, reflections of time and space and places for contemplation both within the artwork and within the viewer.
Her paintings begin with an image – maybe an old photograph, perhaps a model or sometimes a recollection.
“There’s something of the abstract impressionist about her painting, the ghost of each work’s inception held in the oil and brushwork,” said The Ropewalk’s Exhibition Officer Richard Hatfield. “In contrast Alan’s work was quite an experimental process, which grew and evolved organically with as few as possible pre-formed ideas about what direction the work will take. “
Alan’s exhibition continues until Sunday, October 14, while Madeleine’s ends a week later.
The Ropewalk is open between 10am and 5pm from Monday to Saturday and from 10am to 4pm on Sundays. Admission is free.
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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.