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.