Selected by Rob Moore and Melvyn Petterson, this biennial exhibition aims to show the best of our region’s printmakers.
8th British International Mini Print Exhibition
The Ropewalk arts centre in Barton upon Humber is hosting the 8th British International Mini Print Exhibition from Saturday (Oct 20).
The touring exhibition, which opened at London Print Studio in April, is managed by the Printmakers Council.
A call for entries was made in Spring 2011 and entries from more than 400 artists from 39 countries were received.
“The selectors, Gill Saunders, Senior Print Curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, David Ferry, Head of Printmaking at Cardiff School of Art and Design, and Michael Kennedy, Chair of 7th British International Mini Print Exhibition, met in October last year and selected nearly 200 prints for the show,” explained The Ropewalk’s Exhbition’s Officer, Richard Hatfield.
“The Printmakers Council, which has organized the exhibition, has aimed throughout to make this selection of contemporary fine art printmaking an exhibition with a broad range and of the highest quality,” he went on.
The prints in this show are on an unusually small scale – the print area is within a rectangle 8 by 10 cm and making easily readable prints on this scale, which also have a strong presence, is challenging.
One of the judges, Gill Saunders, commented: “Working on a small scale demands control and focus, to produce something which invites an intimacy between artist and audience, or something which has a visual impact out of proportion to its size”.
In addition to the mini-prints, a number of well known national and international artists have agreed to show larger prints in the exhibition, including Morgan Doyle, Wuon Gean Ho, Michael Goro, Maggi Hambling, Eve Kask, Guy Langevin, Melvyn Petterson, Ana Maria Pacheco, Marcus Rees Roberts, and Weimin He.
The exhibition opens on Saturday (October 20) in the Artspace and continues until November 18.
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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.