March 2013

By richardhatfield |

Welcome to my (ir)regular blog! I am not going to commit myself to a weekly slot but I will tap at the keyboard when issues present themselves or when a light bulb goes on in my head.

In the Chancellor’s recent budget statement the Department of Culture, Media and Sport received a percentage cut to its funds. This reduction has been passed on to the agencies it supports, one of which is Arts Council, England. They in turn will be reducing the grants to their National Portfolio Organisations, of which we are one. This second cut (following on from the one announced in The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement) will mean a 2.09% reduction in the funds already promised to us and all the other organisations.

Whilst we wait to find out exactly how this will affect us I have been looking at what funding means to The Ropewalk. In the twelve years since The Ropewalk was established we were unfunded for the first six years and fortunate to receive three years of grant aid from North Lincolnshire Council and six years from the Arts Council. Unlike many organisations we do not wholly depend on funding to survive but it does pay for much of our non-profit-making activities such as our programme of exhibitions and education activities.

In response to this and other current topics we have decided to invite friends, patrons and supporters to a discussion evening on Wednesday 27th March in the Ropery Coffee Shop. This will be an informal gathering (with refreshments) where we can get your views to help us develop and flourish through these difficult economic times. If you wish to attend please email me.

Looking forward to seeing you,

Liz Bennet (Managing Director)

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Coastal

Throughout the summer in the Box Gallery we are showcasing work from makers who are influenced by the sea.

Featuring in Coastal are ceramics by Tregear Pottery from the Isle of Wight, Rebecca Harvey from St Ives, Pru Green from Essex and Dianne Cross from Yorkshire. A new collection of work by Tony Bellars of King’s Lynn brings a bright splash of colour, looking at his fishing boats and gulls you can almost smell the salt air and hear the unmistakable cry of the gull.

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Nautical Exhibition

This month in the Box Gallery we are celebrating everything nautical with a range of makers from around the UK. Their pieces aim to represent the fun of the ocean and the curious creatures that live within it.

We have a range of ceramics and prints to transport you back to the seaside or give you gift inspiration for that perfect someone who is never far from the beach. So why not come and visit the Craft Gallery today and start your holiday early with a piece from our exhibition, transforming your home into your very own seaside escape.

Here are just a few of the pieces we have on offer in the exhibition.

 

 

 

 

 

You are probably wondering why we have a boat within the Box Gallery exhibition!

Not only does it match this month’s nautical theme in the gallery it also promotes Barton’s Heritage Open Days and the free tours taking place from September 14 to September 22 in the neighbouring Barton Haven Shipyard.

Don’t forget to book your free ticket today along with many more events on offer at The Ropewalk.

By devonb |

North Lincolnshire Print Open

Selected by Rob Moore and Melvyn Petterson, this biennial exhibition aims to show the best of our region’s printmakers.

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Tregear Pottery

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.

By devonb |

Noted: Lou Hazelwood & Sarah Pennington

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

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Rachel Morley

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.

By devonb |