Latest exhibitions at The Ropewalk

By janetuplin |

The penultimate exhibitions for 2013 at The Ropewalk in Barton upon Humber are opening this month.

On Saturday, October 19, one of The Ropewalk’s studio artists, David Alcock, is exhibiting work which ranges from heavily worked surfaces that have been repainted over many layers through to a sparsely painted series of small scale works on canvas.His exhibition David Alcock: Paintings in Gallery One has a common ground in which they feature a balance of considered and controlled marks that interact with a more accidental type of mark.

“I use these accidents, drips and poorly mixed colours, featuring them, painting around them to highlight them and repeating them so they form as much a part of the structure of the paintings as the more considered marks,” he explained.

“The last thing that happens to most of my paintings is to give them a title. I wouldn’t want the title to pin it down to being about one thing, it’s just something I feel like I need to do.  I might see something in the painting at the time that connects with a personal experience or memory, and in that way it has a reference to the outside world. However in the end they are primarily about the process of painting and what the viewer sees in them,”  David went on.

Aside from continuing to develop his practice as a painter, David has been employed in cultural learning working with museum and gallery collections.

Opening a week later is a joint exhibition in the Artspace by two more studio artists, Richard Hatfield and Tim Needham.

Although the two share a studio and work independently, they both find common ground in their references to landscape but it is their divergent approaches which spark the dialogue in their fourth exhibition at The Ropewalk.

While Tim’s works appear to stem from indefinite vantage points, Richard takes the idea of location, and of landscape itself, as an expansive vista of infinite potential.

“As Tim and Richard share a studio, as well as this exhibition, it is interesting to look for similarities and contrasts between their work,” said Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk.

Already open in the Box Gallery is an exhibition by Christine Cummings.  After spending her life surrounded by many and various farm animals and pets it is not surprising that her ceramic sculptures capture her love of the natural world be it a grazing cow, a scratching chicken or a dog racing down the street.

Christine’s exhibition continues until November 3 while the two other exhibitions both end on December 1.

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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.

By richardhatfield |

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

By richardhatfield |

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 |