Susan Evans

BOX GALLERY, | 03/03/2018 : 01/04/2018

By richardhatfield |

Sue Evans has been a regular exhibitor in the Craft Gallery since The Ropewalk opened in 2000 but this is her first solo exhibition here in the Box Gallery. Her Quirky pieces made from driftwood and other found objects are beautifully painted and often feature an element of movement using mechanisms such as cranks, cams and levers. Although essentially children’s toys, her work has a great appeal to adults too with its nostalgic charm referencing Folk Art, the natural world, the seaside and childhoods of yesteryear!

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Back To School

The Box Gallery is housing everything you need to go back to school, college, university and work. From textiles kits to lino kits, book binding kits, notebooks, handmade pens, bags and accessories, there is something to make you stand out from the crowd.

By amyh |

Heritage Book Fair – Saturday September 15

A rare opportunity to acquire books from the personal library of one of area’s most noted local historians, Geoff Bryant, takes place on the penultimate day of Barton upon Humber’s Heritage Open Days.

The collection of general history books will be on sale as Mr Bryant has taken the decision to reduce the size of his personal collection that he has built up over more than five decades involved in local history particularly during his time as tutor organizer with the Workers’ Educational Association.

“The Heritage Book Fair will include a programme of talks by local authors and historians as well as heritage book stalls giving those with an interest in local history the chance to delve further into the town’s fascinating history in the company of other enthusiasts as well as building up a personal collection,” said Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk.

Mr Bryant begins the series of talks at 11am in the Humber Room when he will highlight books published about the heritage of Barton upon Humber and their importance. He will also discuss the merits of the publications and give his recommendations for the must reads.

Three quarters of an hour later bicycle enthusiast Nigel Land will talk about Elswick Hopper Cycles, the company that grew from a small whitesmith’s business in Brigg Road in 1880to become one of the largest bicycle factories in the country with the factory based on  Marsh Lane and run from a prestigious office building at the corner of Brigg Road and Market Place.

His first brand was Ajax, first marketed in 1890 and just 20 years later the assets of a prestigious Newcastle company – Elswick Cycles were acquired. Owner Fred Hopper experienced many ups and downs over the years, but finished up employing more than 600 people becoming Managing Director of the Elswick-Hopper Cycle and Motor Company Ltd.

In Nigel’s book, Elswick-Hopper of Barton-on-Humber, the full history of cycle manufacture in the town is recorded, including the early Falcon story and that of Nigel Dean Cycles. His talk will include many photographs of the business, many of which have not previously been shown.

At 12.30pm Richard Clarke, an adult education tutor and well-known speaker and tour guide, will be talking about housing in Barton and will be presenting ideas from his publication Housing in a North Lincolnshire Town, a comprehensive study of domestic architecture during 19th century Barton upon Humber.

The afternoon is given over to a talk by local historian Brian Peeps who, at 2pm, will be talking about Barton upon Humber shops and public houses

His illustrated talk will use images from his vast collection of historic Barton photographs and postcards that spans more than 100 years of the town’s history and this talk will concentrate on notable shops and public houses as they were and how they are today.

 

The fair runs 10am until 4pm along The Ropewalk’s corridors starting at the Artspace and stalls include, as well as general history books belonging to Mr Bryant, an Oxfam book shop collection of history and antiquarian books, Fathom Press local heritage books, and a large collection of art history books from The Ropewalk as well as the Wilderspin National School Museum.

By richardhatfield |

ST-ART: A Lincolnshire Landscape

ST-ART is a charity based at The Ropewalk that provides creative activities for young people that take place during school holidays and after school. The activities are led by professional artists and there are opportunities for young people to gain a qualification in the Arts by completing their Arts Award.

The Art Club was set up in 2012 and takes place each Wednesday evening during term time and caters for young people aged seven to 19 years in two separate groups and the activities are chosen by a steering group made up of 10 young people. All young people have an opportunity to share their ideas via a suggestion box.

The activities are made possible with a grant from The People’s Health Trust until May 2019, with in-kind support from The Ropewalk and with the help of a bank of volunteers.

The young people have been working on this exhibition since Easter 2018 after an Art Club trip to Thornton Abbey.  Since then they have been developing their drawing and observation techniques and have created an exhibition of artwork exploring the local landscape.

By richardhatfield |

Melvyn Petterson

Paintings 1983-2018

Melvyn was born in Cleethorpes and studied at Grimsby School of Art and Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts.

Until recently he was the co-director of Artichoke Printmakers, an open access facility in South London. Now in semi-retirement he has returned to his native Lincolnshire and has immediately immersed himself in the landscape.

Although Melvyn is chiefly known for his printmaking, this exhibition provides a rare chance to see paintings produced over four decades.

“My landscapes often centre on the drama played out in nature, a dark cloud threatens, a sudden burst of sunlight, a moody sky against snow covered fields. These are the times when nature displays her more provocative side; probably for just a few seconds; these often fleeting moments I have tried to capture in my images.”

His works have been widely exhibited in the UK and overseas, and has many works in public and private collections. He is a full member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, and a published author of a series of books about drawing and printmaking techniques.

 

By richardhatfield |

Open Exhibition – Humber To The Wash

Our Biennial Open Exhibition Humber To The Wash once more occupies both gallery spaces throughout the summer.

A record entry caused many problems for the selectors George Hainsworth and John Brown and due to the limitation of space many fine works were declined.

A new element for this year’s show is a Public Vote Prize which will be announced at the end of the exhibition.

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George Hainsworth

“These are works which in the main have made in the last three years when my wife and I relocated to East Yorkshire to live.

The themes of The Sea, Bridges and Ships have for a long time been subjects in my work, though they may well have been given point and inspiration from our new and more intimate acquaintance with this area. They have become iconic for me and often become symbolic of what I want to say about myself and events in the world.

The flower paintings and still life, I feel, are accessible in that they are for the main part optimistic and direct in execution. My influences have been many and varied – I strive to get the quality of shock at first seeing these objects (as one vaguely remembers as a child) i.e. “with new eyes” and I feel fortunate in having the opportunity to show work in such a pleasant exhibition space.”

George Hainsworth

By richardhatfield |