Debbie first trained as a textile artist, specialising in embroidery and surface decoration. After 10 years she returned to college to retrain as a potter having a life-long interest in ceramics. Now Debbie combines her love of colour, texture and pattern that she used in her textiles with her new medium, clay. Debbie specialises in naked Raku and sawdust firing enjoying the hands on and dynamic process of Raku firing. Using resists she uses smoke to ‘paint’ patterns on the surface of the clay.
The finished pieces are burnished and polished to give them a soft satin sheen. Debbie takes inspiration from the natural world, birds, trees and leaves for example. Her forms are simple, strong shapes and she uses surface pattern to introduce complexity and interest.
Gillian Hobson’s enduring concerns of colour, light and space find new form in Lightlines, a major showing of contemporary works. Working with photography, moving image, sound and installation she explores and expresses the intuitive resonances at play between us and the spaces we live in. Using imagery amassed from an intimate study of light and shadow in her own home, she sets up tensions between the affective dimensions of environmental experience, investigating how light can be used to articulate the complex relation of person to place through ideas of the real/imaginary, familiar/strange. In Lightlines the photograph, as a suspended moment, is mobilised as a site and sight of speculation and conjecture, taking different forms which represent the particular and evolving conditions of where life takes place and the poetic dimensions therein. Stemming from her background with glass sculpture and architectural space, works use movement, light and scale to function as transforming and transporting mechanisms, making new configurations and readings of interior spaces and our relationship with them possible.
A project promoting historical Barton upon Humber has received funding worth £66,000 over the next two years.
The money, awarded by Arts Council England’s Museum resilience fund, will see the town’s history move into the modern era and create an enhanced visitor experience, professional marketing, digital presence, and greater exposure to the outside world. Continue reading
The north of England is home to some of this country’s most exciting writers and on Saturday, March 14, three of them, Natalie Haynes, Stephen May and Helen Cadbury are welcomed to Ropery Hall for Readers’ Day.
“Whether you love reading or have always wanted to find out how writers get published or what goes into researching a book or if you just want to hear great stories from those who write them, join us for Readers’ Saturday – a chance to get to know these three terrifically entertaining writers in the company of fellow book lovers,” said Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk Continue reading
The Ropewalk arts centre in Barton upon Humber is set to employ a Marketing Officer for the first time in its 15 year old history thanks to a grant from the Creative Employment Programme.
The £2,570 grant awarded by the Programme will part-fund a six month long internship which will see the successful candidate market the Maltkiln Road venue using a variety of media. Continue reading
A thought-provoking exhibition by Wakefield based photographer Nigel Tooby is on display at The Ropewalk arts centre in Barton upon Humber until March 1.
The exhibition in the Artspace, Of Our Times – The Price of Money, was originally conceived as an art book and because it is based, in part, on his own experience of business it inevitably contains veins of autobiography. Continue reading
Final figures for visitor numbers to the Barton upon Humber arts centre, The Ropewalk, see a rise of just over 36 per cent over the previous year’s record breaking numbers.
By December 31 last year a total of 106,861 visitors had passed through The Ropewalk’s doors compared to 78,412 in 2013. Continue reading