Two local artists open The Ropewalk’s 2013 Exhibition Programme

By janetuplin |

Exhibitions featuring two local artists will be opening at Barton upon Humber’s The Ropewalk arts centre in mid-January.

Textures of Spurn: Works on paper, silk and linen featuring work by textile artist Alice Fox and The Passage of Time with Hull artist Martin Waters will be the first exhibitions in the 2013 programme put together by Exhibitions Officer Richard Hatfield.

Alice has an intense interest in the natural world and in the detail of organic things.  Much of her work is currently based on coastal themes and she was artist in residence at Spurn Point National Nature Reserve during 2012.

“Textures of Spurn, being shown in Gallery One,  is the body of work resulting from Alice’s project as Artist in Residence at Spurn National Nature Reserve,” said Richard.  Over a six-month period during 2012 Alice recorded her experience of Spurn, including the wide horizons, windswept beaches, an abundance of migrating birds and other wildlife, fascinating patterns in mud and sand as the tide constantly ebbs and flows.”

“All these are all elements that make Spurn the special place that it is and which Alice has recorded with her intense interest in the natural world and in the detail of organic things.  Her practice brings together observation, recording and interaction with landscape – sustainability is at the heart of her practice,” Richard went on.

Martin’s recent projects have  also included a residency at Spurn Point where he collected flotsam and jetsam from the beach and recycled it into art. Much of it was man-made plastics in bright colours that contrasted starkly with the natural environment at Spurn.

“Many may have seen his beachcombing collections on display at The Deep in Hull and his most recent installation at Holy Trinity Church, also  in Hull, was a piece entitled Trench featuring over 8500 poppies and was designed to mark Remembrance Day”, Richard continued.

His new exhibition, The Passage of Time,  in the Artspace focuses on a more personal history and features many of the artist’s own images and objects.

“Martin aims to document how our experiences change and move within our lifetime,” Richard added.

Both exhibitions open on Saturday January 19.  Textures of Spurn continues until Sunday, February 24 while The Passage of Time ends on Sunday March 3.

There is no charge for admission to The Ropewalk galleries which are open from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and on Sundays and Bank Holidays from 10am to 4pm.

 

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