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Past exhibitions at Rochester Art Gallery and Craft Case

Rochester Art Gallery and Craft Case is located at
95 High Street, Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX

Pigmental

8 September – 3 December 2017
Paintings by Karl Bielik and Publications by the Liver and Lights Scriptorium

Karl Bielik is a painter. He makes paintings.Pigmental
He arrives at the studio and looks at the group of canvases he is working on and decides what his next move is. He prefers not to come with an agenda; no premeditation. His work is instinctive - an innate painted response to the incomplete canvases. He thinks in colour, shape and mark. When we stand in front of one of his works we are invited to consider them in the same way.

In a time when paintings are often considered for their narrative content or meaning Karl Bielik offers us work that resists such short cuts to seeing and invites the viewer instead to look. Slowly. The work is physical and perhaps requires a physical response.

The work is both sensitive and serious. Loose oily wounds and thick emulsions offset light glazes and dribbles. When imagery becomes too suggestive it is corrupted and broken to prevent that slip into easy identification, and the end of looking. Everything is done to encourage a longer, more contemplative engagement between artwork and viewer. Take your time with each painting, let it stir you like a kind of visual music.

Karl has recently been selected for The John Moores Painting Prize, the RA Summer Show and the Contemporary British Painting Prize. Pigmental at Rochester Art Gallery features ‘Sunday’ - the painting selected for John Moores as well as other works created specifically for this exhibition. 

Alongside Karl Bielik’s paintings we are showing a selection of handmade, editioned publications made by John Bentley of the Liver and Lights Scriptorium.  55 books in the last 34 years, each one different in concept and form from the last, they chronicle and celebrate the ordinary people and things of London and its nearabouts: their stories, traditions and lives and humbly follow in the noble tradition of the Pamphleteer, the Ranter, and the Penny Balladeer.

 

 

Of Fireships & Iron

2 June – 27 August 2017
New works by Lily Dudley, Laura DunnageHeather HaythornthwaiteXtina Lamb and Adam Newton.

Heather

Five Medway based artists, all pushing the boundaries of contemporary printmaking are showing their work as part of the 350 year commemorations of the Battle of Medway and Medway Print Festival 2017. Working in partnership with the Guildhall Museum, the artists used the collection of Dutch prints (currently on display at the museum for the first time), as inspiration for work that explores the location, history and stories of the Dutch raid.

Image by Heather Haythornwaite

 

Enbosu - New work by Wendy Daws

13 March – 21 May 2017
New work by Wendy Daws
Starburst

Enbosu (‘to emboss’ in Japanese) explores notions of memory and interpretation through touch. Created by Daws, this new collection of tactile embossed paper works uses Japanese woodblock printing and low relief casting techniques to visually represent different eye conditions. The Japanese method of ‘Karazuri’ (or ‘empty printing’) informs the aesthetics of the exhibition while the gold reference running through the work relates to ‘Kintsugi’ - the Japanese art of repairing damaged pottery with gold and also to the medical use of gold used in certain eye conditions.

 

Trace Engines

24 November - 18 Feb 17
Drawings & prints by Gary Clough

Gary Clough

Trace Engines explore the tense relationship between the world of things and their images. The amalgamated drawings flatten the world of three-dimensional objects into a diagrammatic plane of lines, shapes and shading. They are at once abstract and literal, but in bringing together the flat outline forms suggestive of man-made objects such as airplanes, vases, buildings and machinery, they create new and abstract contexts for the objects that possibly inspired them.

 

Occupation by Steve Mace

26 August - 12 November 2016

Steve Mace

Having formerly owned a factory in Medway, Steve Mace captures the production lines and occupations of local industry. His work references the patterns and rhythms of industrial work, cemented with rigorous research from his own experiences and those of others. From cement dust to concrete and steel, ‘Occupation’ questions the security of zero hour contracts that are offered to workers today. Traces of the economic uncertainty vs. yesteryear’s lifetime occupations are also referenced throughout Mace’s work.

 

Billy Childish in print

27 May - 14 August 2016Billy Childish

Billy Childish, Medway-based painter, poet and musician, has been active in the field of printmaking and small press publications since the mid 70s. This survey exhibition brings together works from the artist’s extensive archive in a variety of media, from early punk fanzines, to recent print editions. Many books, woodcuts, etchings, mono prints and posters spanning Childish’s eclectic career have been included.

 

 

Rust and Bloom

26 February - 15 May 2016
Paintings by Hannah Maybank

Hannah Maybank Adeline

An exploration into the subject of decay and renewal through paint and flora.

We always yearn for those things that we can't quite capture. There is great beauty in loss and impermanence. This can be personified by a flower teetering on the 'perfection' of full bloom only to tip over into deterioration and transition.

Material presence is of great importance within the paintings. By making my own watercolours I relish the pigments that move and react with one another beyond my control. An example of this is verdigris that seeps from brilliant emerald green back to the copper colour of its origin. Cast iron powder blooms with rust as the seasons change.

The Craft Case - Emma CleggEmma Clegg three lovely bowls

Emma Clegg uses only porcelain clay, arguably the most difficult of clays to master, to create her translucent, delicate ceramics.

Using both throwing and hand building techniques, each piece is asymmetrical and organically grows from its base as it's made. She is inspired by the Cotswold hedgerows near her studio and the floral work of Edward Raby.

 

 

Drawn to Ohio

27 November 2015 - 13 February 2016Drawn to Ohio - RAG
Shelly Goldsmith

The exhibition Drawn to Ohio is collated from work made over the last seven years, in which Shelly Goldsmith explores both the geographical and emotional distance between Goldsmith’s home in Ramsgate, Thanet on the Kent coast and Cincinnati, Ohio, and environs, where Goldsmith’s parents live. This on-going theme has re-occurred in Goldsmith’s work for many years, expressed through a series of textile based pieces.

 

Anima Exhibition

28 August – 14 November 2015palm canyon

Dan Perfect’s paintings begin with improvisational mark-making on paper. That vocabulary is then expanded through digital compositing to inspire large-scale canvases full of detail, colour and dramatic gesture. These evoke a natural world bound up with technology; bold brush marks and sinewy flashes of neon dart across fluid, spacious backgrounds, whilst nascent figures, masks and beasts emerge as if summoned from some primal formlessness. Implicit in Perfect’s practice is the question of how and when something animate arises; how we recognise ourselves emerge from the vast flowing river of sense data and our endless surprise at burgeoning self-consciousness and mutating identity.

Craft Case

Tommaso Corvi-Mora has been running a contemporary art gallery in London since 1995. In 2009 he started taking evening classes in ceramics at Morley College, with his interest centred on functional ware, with a particular focus on the irregularities of the hand-made and on the evocative powers of forms dictated by function.

This exhibition marks the first presentation of the Heads series. Every part of each sculpture is wheel-thrown and assembled and most of them maintain the functional quality that characterises wheel-thrown ceramics: the heads can be used as jugs, vases or money boxes.

 

Apertures of Light

12 June – 16 August 2015 Tracing Footprints

Katayoun Dowlatshahi is a contemporary artist working with the medium of print, drawing, photography, time-based media and architectural glass. She creates work for public and private commissions as well as gallery-based exhibitions.

Apertures of Light features work produced between 1998 and 2012 often linked to public realm commissions. Context and site specificity are always integral and are motivating factors with her research and this exhibition includes exploratory drawings and studies that respond directly to her immediate environment.

 

Data

3 April - 31 May 2015

Works by Salvatore Arancio, James Brooks, Leo Fitzmaurice, Helen Kincaid, Noa Lidor and Tom Richards

Data

Data brings together a selection of works by Salvatore Arancio, James Brooks, Leo Fitzmaurice, Helen Kincaid, Noa Lidor and Tom Richards that explore systems of knowledge and information.

In a world saturated by data - gathered, analysed, archived and shared - and engrossed by issues of privacy and control, the exhibition seeks to locate a fault in the system: the place where a human narrative interrupts the flow of numbers.

 

 

The Inflatable Archive

orb

23 January – 21 March 2015
Works by Claire Orme & Drew York

For The Inflatable Archive, Drew York aims to explore the relationship between Sound and Image in an immediate and visceral way. Centrally concerned with acoustic anthropology, York uses 3d printing technology as medium to the unseen dimension - bringing to light the forgotten sonic histories of our environment by realising sound as object. 
Claire Orme presents works that playfully explore the unexpected associations between the history of Kent, Ancient Egypt and British Music Hall. Weaving together Kentish folklore and ancient rituals, ghost stories and archaeology, music hall and sonic arts, Orme constructs an unorthodox narrative that is somehow suspended between the real and the imagined. This narrative is created through research materials, sculpture, drawings and sound. 


 

Disquiet Beauty

scylla

24 October 2014 – 3 January 2015
Works by Kate MccGwire, Zara Carpenter, Tessa Farmer & Kerry Howley

This exhibition brings together the work of four artists who all explore notions of beauty and alienation, attraction and repulsion and the otherworldly in their use of materials and form.

The works of acclaimed artist Kate MccGwire use the language of natural materials to attract and repel in equal measure. Her feathered sculptures have a constant sense of ‘otherness’ to them, at once seducing and disturbing the viewer with their strange familiarity. This abject beauty is integral to MccGwire’s practice, where bodily forms reference both the beauty of the natural world and its darker undercurrents. For this exhibition MccGwire will be showing several pieces including ‘Sluice’ a remarkable floor installation made of 4000 feathers.

 

 

 

Beyond BoundariesLiz Miller

22 August – 11 October 2014  
Printmaking by Xtina Lamb, Adam Piper and Liz Miller

The exhibition showcases three artists working at Medway Fine Printmakers in Rochester - Xtina Lamb and Adam Piper (co-founders of the print studio, and INTRA, the new multi-disciplinary arts venue that houses it), and Liz Miller who was the first artist to complete a residency there.

Themes of mapping, crossovers, and visualisation of hidden patterns run through the show, expressed through a range of print techniques including intaglio, silkscreen and relief printing.

                                           Liz Miller. Debussy 2.

 

 

A Thousand Words

comic artBryan Talbot is one of the true greats of British comics, a master draughtsman and storyteller whose astonishing career is surveyed in A Thousand Words. Bryan and his wife Mary received the 2012 Costa award for biography for Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes, the first British comic to win a major literary prize. A Thousand Words presents original artwork from this and a range of his other significant books, including pages from the currently unpublished fourth volume of his Grandville series.

Ian Williams’ comics are informed by his career as a doctor, presenting the unseen side of medical practice in stories that are both funny and painfully honest. His first graphic novel, The Bad Doctor, will be published in June.
 
Mark Barnes applies his crisp design and cleverly observed humour to a group of new illustrations for this exhibition. Drawing on the vernacular of comics by adopting imagery from its history, Mark Barnes’ work plays on and disrupts many of the expectations people have of comics.

Craft Case
Lisa Swerling’s Glass Cathedrals a series of artbox sculptures contain brilliant tiny worlds inhabited by miniature people.
 

 

Time Lapsed 

Marissa Mardon

Time Lapsed

28 March – 1 June 2014

Marissa Mardon takes her inspiration for Time Lapsed from a creative fusion between painted forms and traditional and historic contexts. Using vintage photography as her starting point, Mardon attempts to show the blurred line between image construction and the painting process of photo realism for which she is best known. Time Lapsed presents a body of work that is experimental in approach and a move away from Mardon's usual style. 

Craft Cases - Ceramics by Imogen Noble and Raewyn Harrison.

Raewyn HarrisonFascinated by architecture, industry and tidal landscapes, Raewyn’s work explores, history and industry. The fragmented images are an integral part of each piece as they reveal the narrative of a journey, moment of time or place. Imogen Noble makes pots inspired by patterns found in landscape and textiles, and by the weathered surfaces of stone and wood. She hand builds one-off vessels using pinching, coiling and slab building techniques which are fired in saggars.

Raewyn Harrison 3 Delft Turbines

 

 

The Skull Grins RelentlessSkull

17 January to 15 March 2014

Wolf Howard & Mick Hampshire
Craft Case: Sarah Crouch & Xtina Lamb

Paintings, drawings and pinhole photography will make up a display called ‘The Skull Grins Relentless’ by self-taught artists and musicians Mick Hampshire and Wolf Howard.

Also on display at the same exhibition will be crafts by two other Medway artists.

Sarah J Crouch will be presenting a selection of her sculpted ceramics inspired by aboriginal art as well as 1950’s and 60’s graphics. She will be joined by printmaker Xtina Lamb, who will be displaying her colourful artist books; vinyl cut illustrations and printed banners based on the themes of luck, loss and truth.

 

Jessie Brennan

The Cut

Rochester Art Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of drawing, video and installation by the London-based artist Jessie Brennan. In Spring 2013 Medway Council commissioned Brennan to develop new site-responsive work that explores and documents the River Medway’s heritage through the hidden histories and first hand stories of people who have worked, lived and played along the river.

The Gallery and Craft Case will display historical artefacts relating to the River Medway, kindly loaned by local organisations and private collectors including LV21 Lightship, The Guildhall Museum, World Ship Society, Master Ropemakers at Chatham Dockyard and The Medway Queen Preservation Society.

 

 

The Illustrator’s Art

Friday, 26 July to Saturday, 5 October 2013
Prints by Andrzej Krauze, Lynn Hatzius and Matthew Pagett
Craft Case – Books by Kaho Kojima and Chisato Tambayashi

SempervivumThe Illustrator’s Art celebrates the work of Andrzej Krauze, Lynn Hatzius and Matthew Pagett, who all work as fine artists and illustrators, and explores the influence of narrative and figurative expression transferred from illustration to fine art through printmaking.

Lynn Hatzius experiments with a combination of collage and printmaking, her recent work, inspired by the anonymity of found material, alters the physicality of her portrait subjects by adding images of nature, to suggest loss, growth and completeness.                                  

The RCA graduate Matthew Pagett received the 2012 New Graduate Award at londonprintstudio. Using new techniques and processes at the studio, he has been evaluating new ideas through printmaking.

Andrzej Krauze a leading political cartoonist in his native Poland, became known for his extraordinary illustrations in the Guardian newspaper. A master of producing wry, ironic, sometimes scary images, the bold paper cut images in this exhibition represent a radical departure from his normal line drawing style.

 

Kaleidoscope

Teal 2013

Friday 17 May to Sunday 14 July 2013
Printed Textiles by Neil Bottle

Neil Bottle’s exquisite new ‘Kaleidoscope’ series of printed textiles has been created especially for this solo exhibition at Rochester Art Gallery.

In the Kaleidoscope series, Neil explores the relationship between digital textile printing and craft printing techniques and how these seemingly opposing practices can coexist.

A combination of the latest cutting edge digital print techniques such as dye sublimation combined with craft traditions such as screen printing, discharge printing, pleating and Shibori have been developed in the work. Kaleidoscope Collection.                                

 

Craft Case Zara Carpenter

pink orchid

Medway-based, ‘Chatham Girl’' milliner, Zara Carpenter makes unique, bespoke, sculptural headpieces and ready-to-wear hats, using found objects. Inspired by nature, 1920s design, Dutch still-life paintings, fantasy books and films, Zara’s beautiful pieces are wearable works of art.

Neil will also be exhibiting his range of fashion and interior accessories from his own label in the Craft Case.

 

'The Oloha'(Summer collection 2012) silk flowers, plastic toy goldfish, satin covered headband, Zara Carpenter.

 

 

Man’s Ruin  

Friday, 1 March to Saturday, 4 May 2013
Richard Heeps

Richard Heeps has been photographing hot rods and Americana in the UK and the USA for more than 10 years. His images capture the vibrancy of contemporary scenes inspired by the 1940s and 1950s and pay tribute to mid-century modern life, as it is lived today.

Heeps' images capture the spirit and pursuit of the American dream - stylish, glamorous and hedonistic. His portraits capture those at odds with modernity and his landscapes and interiors preserve and celebrate places where time has stood still and the wrecking ball is looming.

Craft Case Margo Selby

Over the last decade Margo Selby has been developing award winning fabric constructions and textures on handlooms, which are used for luxury textile products and projects. Her trademark patterns and textures have ensured her products are fast becoming coveted contemporary classics.

 

 

Being and Nothingness

14 December 2012 to 16 February 2013
Matt Bray

Rochester Art Gallery                                            

Matt Bray’s abstracted figures draw upon personal feelings of alienation, using expressionist techniques to engage with the human body. Bray’s paintings occupy and explore the tensions between subject and object, figuration and abstraction and allows the paint to exist on its own terms.

Being and Nothingness brings together key works to date, from dark forlorn heroes and expressive portraits to a more fragmented figure. Colourful sci-fi inspired canvases see the figure transformed - trashy horror movie monster, neon zombie or dismembered android body parts, now form the subject for Bray’s immediate and impactful approach to painting.

Craft Case: Jewellery by Sian Bostwick,  Glass by Kathryn Roberts

Award-winning, Medway-based Hot 100 2012 jewellery designer Sian  Bostwick, creates jewels with delicate detail and a hint of wonderland,  inspired by the Kent countryside, mysterious literature and enchanting fairytales.

 

 

Under A Bridge

28 September to 2 December 2012Image by Simon Barker
Simon Barker

Artist and architect Simon Barker investigates how a place can be defined by the hidden, the missing, and the erased. How this can contribute to a community’s potential to reclaim the value of a place, think intuitively about its area and engage in regeneration and change.

Under A Bridge explores a particular relationship between the M2 motorway bridge dating from the mid 20th century and a monumental structure, from the last quarter of the 19th century that was once omnipresent in the local landscape in Gillingham, Kent but has since been almost totally erased: Jezreel’s Temple.  

Craft Case Jennifer Collier and Kate O'Connell's
Jennifer Collier, a paper artist and founder of Unit Twelve, a contemporary craft workshop and exhibition space in rural Staffordshire, creates work from paper by bonding, waxing, trapping and stitching. She produces unusual paper fabrics, which are used to explore the remaking of household objects.

Kate O’Connell’s ceramics are inspired by ‘things that have gone before - historical objects of function whose essence can be used as a basis for contemporary craft’. O’Connell challenges notions of familiarity and reproduction, by altering the scale of objects and stripping them of their function.


 

Resonance

13 July to 16 September 2012
Susie MacMurray
Two Hairnets No.5, 2011, pen on paper, Susie MacMurray
Resonance examines the complex relationships between Susie MacMurray’s drawings and sculpture and how an engagement with materials is central to her work. It is through her choice of materials that she searches for ways to explore the paradoxes that exist within unpredictable, arbitrary and volatile personal/public life experiences. She is attracted to materials, particularly ‘found’ materials that generate a measure of ambivalence - memory/mortality, power/ submission, protection/suffocation. It is by subverting her materials; she is able to make sense of these juxtapositions. MacMurray is concerned with the intimate relationship objects can have with the body itself and how they can immerse or repel.

 

 

Evaluation of Space

27 April to 29 June 2012
Andrew Mackenzie, Oliver Barratt, Rosie Lesso, Dan Stafford
Evaluation of Space explores transformation in the context of interior and exterior space, and how this translates between the imagined and the experimental. The exhibition brings together painting, drawing, sculpture and applied arts that provoke curiosity and question ideas surrounding space and the built environment.

Thinking Aloud by Oliver Barratt

Thinking Aloud, 2005, Ceramic, resin, wire and paint, Oliver Barratt

 

 

 

 

 

 

Passing Reflections

10 February to 13 April 2012
Rosie James

Art piece by Rosie James

Anonymous passers by, individuals and crowds are the subject of Rosie James' investigations. Within her figurative-thread drawings and screen prints she draws attention to often-overlooked details found in everyday occurrences and looks to capture the commonality found within groups.

Craft Case Andrea Walsh and Alison Lowry

Rochester Art Gallery’s Craft Case presents ceramic and glass faceted boxes, together with a selection of jars and vessels, by Andrea Walsh. Alison Lowry's fused textiles in glass aim to capture and preserve traces of the wearer, translating ethereal properties into a second skin of memory using family heirlooms.

                                                                                                         Rosie James

 

Imago: Silverpoint Drawing and Paintings

25 November 2011 to 3 February 2012
Reza Ben Gajra

Reza Ben Gajra's imagination and sensitivities are reflected within the linear qualities found in his silverpoint drawings, the symbolic representation from metal leaf motifs and the playfulness of his paintings. The artist describes his work as a visual language that embraces the interconnections between abstract and figurative expressions and levels of objectivity between emotional attachment and detachment.

Craft Case Nan Nan Liu and Natalie Vardey

Rochester Art Gallery’s Craft Case presents Nan Nan Liu’s sculptural paper and previous metal collections, which show her interest in Chinese culture and ways of storing. Natalie Vardey uses traditional techniques to weave, knit and crochet fine precious metals to create delicate jewellery, some of which have moving parts in acrylic, silver and gold.

 

 

Sedimental 

25 August to 11 November 2011
Stephen Turner

Sedimental is a journey of (re)discovery for artist Stephen Turner; an exploration of significance in nature and a reflection on how this can be incorporated into his work.

For Turner, the Medway estuary reconnects people in our ever increasing urban lives to the pulsing heart of nature. He examines threads interweaving geology with history, flora with fauna, hydrology and river archaeology, purity with contamination and other such contrasts that make being beside this stretch of tidal water an enlightening and enriching experience.

 

 

Seaflowers

17 June to 19 August 2011
Wendy Smith

Seaflowers is an exhibition of contemporary paintings and textile installations by Kent-based artist Wendy Smith. The exhibition has been conceived as a celebration of colour and ritual.

Informed by a recent self-initiated residency on the coast in Karnataka, South India earlier this year, Smith presents new work that responds to ritual behaviour, interwoven into the necessities of daily life and vibrant street culture in South India.
Smith has sought to redefine the exhibition experience by exploring its possibilities as a visual journey rather then a series of objects. This is evident in her abstract paintings, based on seascapes and drawings of temple flowers and textile installations from sari material, which are sumptuous in texture and colour.

 

 

Vessel: Still Points / Turning Worlds

1 April to 3 June 2011
Annie Turner, Sara Radstone, Dan Kelly, Kate Wickham, Ruth Franklin and Robert Cooper - acclaimed ceramists at The City Lit in London.Photo of Ruth Franklin's work Russian Revolutionary Granny 2

The focal point for this group exhibition is the vessel, as an object and abstract concept. The exhibition aims to present broad links between disparate and diverse makers, techniques and approaches. The vessel becomes the starting point for unravelling symbolic, conceptual, subversive and figurative references.

Russian Revolutionary Granny 2, 2008, Ruth Franklin

 

 

 

 

Conditions of Abstraction

14 January to 25 March 2011
Marta Marcé

Flowing in Yellow - Marta Marce

The gallery presents paintings by Marcé, a Spanish-born, Berlin-based artist, who is interested in the idea of play as a metaphor for how society operates in an era when daily life is becoming ever more structured, planned and controlled.

Marcé investigates concepts involving the human condition and the act of painting. She explores the principles of games, rules and laws; those that encourage obedient behaviour and those that seek alternatives to the system through judgement, decision-making and chance.

Featured right is her 2008 painting Flowing in Yellow.

Craft Case Lindsey Mann and Clare Tindall
Lindsey Mann’s playful jewellery and objects are inspired by light-hearted memories of her childhood, spent surrounded by her father’s collections of vintage machinery and all things mechanical.

Clare Tindall’s colourful liquid latex plant-like objects are intriguing, playful and toy-like. Her perfect specimens, made from the sap of the hervea-brasiliensis tree, are fabricated and manipulated through moulding, layering, dipping and painting.

 

 

Get RealRoses and Other Flowers in a Vase (Philosophy of Futility) by Rikard Österlund 

15 October 2010 to 3 January 2011
Emilia Telese, Rikard Österlund, Adam Paxon and Moon Young Shin

Get Real brings together contemporary artworks that explore transformation and communication within unreal, imaginary and artificial contexts through photography, film, installation, performance and jewellery.

 

 

 

 

Women of Mettle

24 July to 3 October 2010
Frances Brennan, Kate Samuels, Cathy Miles, Libby Day, Li-Sheng Cheng, Ane Christensen and Suzanne Wall

Using mild steel, stainless steel and enamelled copper wire, Frances Brennan celebrates the unanticipated and the curious in her contemplative, tangled, spiked and knotted sculptural forms.

Kate Samuels transfers two-dimensional mark-making to metal surfaces using vitreous glass enamels, sketches and photography to develop themes within her work.

Cathy Miles uses wire and found materials to create quirky three-dimensional drawings of birds and everyday objects. She is Musemaker Artist in Residence at the Guildhall Museum, Rochester creating a new installation The Toolshed until 31 August.

Libby Day balances traditional and computer-aided methodology in her work to explore related tensions in modern culture through mapping the layers of connectivity and contrast contained within natural and man-made structures.

Li-Sheng Cheng’s silverwork is inspired by her belief that “everything has a life which should be cherished and respected”.

Ane Christensen’s work explores the boundaries between functionality and sculptural form. Vessels, created from deconstructed sheet metal, echo her interest in the negative spaces between buildings and architectural decay.

Suzanne Wall’s work is a critique of the ideologies embodied in silver as a precious historical and household material. Our expectations of silver objects and their function are cleverly inverted through playful manipulation of her chosen material.

 

 

 

Suspended AnimationPart of the Suspended Animation exhibit

1 May to 11 July 2010 
Angela Jarman, Ruth Dupre, Rachael Woodman And Joseph Harrington

This bold and dynamic exhibition of contemporary studio glass, explores both physical and emotional responses to organic states. Inspired by the natural world, the work featured explores the cycle of growth, reproduction and decay, stillness, movement, permanence and transience through a variety of diverse approaches and techniques. A series of exciting contrasts are designed to stir the senses and engage the imagination.

 

                                                          Black, Red and Turquoise relief Vertical, 2009, Rachael Woodman

Craft Case Stuart Akroyd, Stephen Gillies and Kate Jones
The gallery's Craft Case will showcase Stuart Akroyd's elegant, organic forms, with their combination of balance, playfulness and skill and Stehen Gillies' and Kate Jones' jewel-like blown glass bowls, inspired by the colours and textures of their rural surroundings in North Yorkshire.

 

 

Thread Bare

13 February to 25 April 2010Part of the Thread Bare exhibit
Craig Fisher and Lucy Brown

Thread Bare presents four contemporary artist-makers who use textiles to explore the human condition and gender-related concerns, relationships between past and present and narratives constructed around personal and cultural identity.

                  

You are entering a secure zone (installation view), 2008, Craig Fisher

 

Craft Case Joanne Haywood and Judith Dwyer

Joanne Haywood's bold and eye-catching jewellery draws upon the conflict of opposites for dramatic effect - skeletal forms and fleshy volumes, the natural and unnatural and the interplay of light and shadow.

Contradictions and ambiguities lie at the centre of Judith Dwyer's work. Embroidery techniques on luxury fabric are combined with cheap and disposable materials to create disconcerting, hampered creatures inspired by Indian pathway icons, pantomime characters and Staffordshire ceramic figures.

 

 

Coppice

28 November 2009 to 7 February 2010
Malcolm Martin, Gaynor Dowling, Dali Behennah, Wycliffe Stutchbury, Anthony Roussel and Sarah Thirwell

Coppice examines the work of contemporary artists and makers who reveal, through their diverse, innovative and experimental approaches, the intrinsic beauty of wood.