New exhibitions at The Ropewalk this autumn

By janetuplin |

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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. . . The wide Dutch landscape, haunted by larks and seabirds, roofed by immense pavilions of windy cloud; the miles of brownish-purple shining mud, pocked and hummocked by water and fringed by heath-like herbs; the indented banks where the high tides sucked and gurgled; the great ships gliding up to Kingsport, seen from low lying windows as though they moved across the fields; the brave infrequent flowers, the reluctant springs, the loneliness, the silence, the slow inevitable rhythm of the tides . . .

Winifred Holtby South Riding

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January Blues

Happy New Year!

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Artist that can be found within this exhibition are:  Simon Shaw, Vivienne Ross, Rebecca Harvey, Sharon Walker, Janie Withers and Diane Jones and Joanne Eddon.

By devonb |

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By richardhatfield |

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The annual exhibition by The Ropewalk Studio artists. Featuring work by:

David Alcock
Sally Beaumont
Emily Connor
Debbie Grice
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Gill Hobson
Judith Land
Darren Langton
Tim Needham
Julie Oxenforth
Michael Scrimshaw
Shirley Trumble
Keith Woodcock

By richardhatfield |

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By janetuplin |

Helen Martino

Helen Martino would describe her work as being ‘sometimes serious and sometimes playful’. For many years Helen worked as a functional potter, making batches of domestic pots on a wheel. Now she sees herself as more of a maker in clay, hand building each piece individually by using soft and flexible sheets of clay. These sheets of clay are freely cut, curved and sometimes twisted, this is how Helen is able to create different perspectives and distortion within her work. The surface is painted with slip, underglaze pigment and resists. Depending on the piece silver and gold lustre may also be incorporated.

Helen is fascinated by body language and how this can be communicated. She observes Mogul and Persian miniatures and admires how they are able to tell a story within one image. These artworks often show a significant event within the life span of a person or family. Helen’s sculptures are also intimate like the miniature and show a single event that can be applied to the past, future and present, allowing the viewer to determine the story of each artwork.

Working in Cambridge, Helen exhibits widely across the UK and is the founder member of Cambridge Open Studios. She will be exhibiting in the Box Gallery in November.


By devonb |