Ropery Hall Development

By richardhatfield |

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Big plans for Ropery Hall

New plans were passed last year that will allow us to build a new bar and foyer area and extend the seating area in the hall to 200 along with proper back stage facilities for the artists and front of house up to date lighting and sound system. We will also develop a small black box theatre space for intimate performances.

To do all this will cost £1.6 million and we are currently looking at how we raise the largest part of the money from funding pots but we need to show a demand for the development through private donations which is where you come in.

There are many ways that you can support the fundraising effort. We are holding a grand raffle which will run from mid April through to August 10 when it will be drawn on the Food Festival Day. Prizes already secured include a LG 47’’ led TV generously donated by Lindsey Relay. I hope that you will help us by buying tickets.

Donations of £200 will guarantee your name is displayed on a steel wall piece incorporated into the stairs of the new build acknowledging your support.

Donations of £500 will buy a chair in the new auditorium offering you first refusal on free tickets to 25 shows during the first three years of opening.

Donation boxes will be placed in the Coffee Shop, Craft Gallery and Ropery Hall bar and we welcome your small change – it all adds up!

In the event that we do not raise sufficient funds to carry out the full scheme we will contact donors to let them know of any compromise scheme. At that point they would be given the option of a repayment or with permission we would use the donation towards a reduced refurbishment scheme.

If you have any questions or would like to offer your support please get in touch.

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The Landscapes of South Riding
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. . . The wide Dutch landscape, haunted by larks and seabirds, roofed by immense pavilions of windy cloud; the miles of brownish-purple shining mud, pocked and hummocked by water and fringed by heath-like herbs; the indented banks where the high tides sucked and gurgled; the great ships gliding up to Kingsport, seen from low lying windows as though they moved across the fields; the brave infrequent flowers, the reluctant springs, the loneliness, the silence, the slow inevitable rhythm of the tides . . .

Winifred Holtby South Riding

By richardhatfield |

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Happy New Year!

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Artist that can be found within this exhibition are:  Simon Shaw, Vivienne Ross, Rebecca Harvey, Sharon Walker, Janie Withers and Diane Jones and Joanne Eddon.

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As a starting point for her work Alex uses photographs taken on her travels to stir memories and emotions that inform the processes she uses. Paint is often poured on canvas In layers to represent a passing sky and the monotype printing technique used throws up surprises in colour, form and texture. The use of photography results in a spontaneous and intuitive process.

By richardhatfield |

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David Alcock
Sally Beaumont
Emily Connor
Debbie Grice
Richard Hatfield
Gill Hobson
Judith Land
Darren Langton
Tim Needham
Julie Oxenforth
Michael Scrimshaw
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By richardhatfield |

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Helen Martino

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Helen is fascinated by body language and how this can be communicated. She observes Mogul and Persian miniatures and admires how they are able to tell a story within one image. These artworks often show a significant event within the life span of a person or family. Helen’s sculptures are also intimate like the miniature and show a single event that can be applied to the past, future and present, allowing the viewer to determine the story of each artwork.

Working in Cambridge, Helen exhibits widely across the UK and is the founder member of Cambridge Open Studios. She will be exhibiting in the Box Gallery in November.

 

By devonb |