Phil Cosker, Retro Spective, 27th September – 9th October 2016

I bought my first camera, a second-hand Topcon SLR, in 1964 when I was eighteen. I started by taking photographs inspired by Cartier Bresson; as time passed I learned to make rather than take, understood where to put my feet, make my own luck and find a way of seeing. At the beginning I started developing negatives and printing in my bathroom and stripped the pattern from the lino (my mother was not amused), later I built my own large darkroom and revealed to my children the alchemy that unfolds under safe light. I still find photography magical.

 Bike, 2007, Chengdu, China

Bike, 2007, Chengdu, China

In 2016 I will have been a photographer for over fifty years – the time has come for me to reflect on my journey by means of a retrospective exhibition. It will be a real challenge to select 100 images from thousands in different formats from 35mm, half plate glass negatives, colour medium format to digital. All the work will be specially printed prior to exhibition. Why do this?

I haven’t exhibited my photographic work for some time. I want to learn and see what I’ve made as there are many more images waiting for me to make. I want to see what my selected work looks like all in one place at one time. I want gallery visitors to tell me what they think.

My creative practice covers a broad range and over the last ten years has predominantly been through writing for the page and screen but I don’t see my practice as existing in hermetically sealed boxes. My way of seeing through images is directly related to my work creating images through words. One informs the other – to this extent I consider myself an artist and craftsman attempting to articulate a philosophy of the unity of head, heart and hand.

I seek to celebrate the ordinary and to show the ordinary to be extraordinary.

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Printers Inc, Fusion, 13th – 25th September 2016

Fusion 13th – 25th September 2016

The aim of the exhibition is to showcase how our members use their experience of other artistic media to inform the development of their intaglio printing, and conversely, how the techniques and lessons of printing fuse with the influence of other media to produce a variety of both 2D and 3D work. The works within the exhibit will range from pure intaglio prints using a variety of techniques, through a fusion of mixed media items using a combination of intaglio printing and other disciplines to items showing the prime artistic methodologies that our members are individually known for.  It will demonstrate the inter-relationship of inspiration and techniques and visually demonstrate that one cannot be isolated from the other.

Dean William Birch, Coventry Cathedral, Screenprint

Dean William Birch, Coventry Cathedral, Screenprint

Printers Inc Exhibiting Members

Members of Printers Inc contributing to this exhibition are:

Dean William Birch, Harriott Brand, Mandy Bray, Jean Copsey, Rachel Hansford, Margaret Kirby, Sara McKenna, Jackie Mills, Alison Salter, Janet Wain

At least one exhibiting member of Printers Inc will be at the gallery during the whole of the exhibition.  They will be able to answer any queries visitors may have regarding the works and exhibiting members.

Background of Printers Inc

Printers Inc is an Intaglio print group which meets at the National Centre for Craft and Design (NCCD) in Sleaford once a month.  The group’s membership is made up of amateur, semi-professional and professional artists who are all interested in exploring intaglio printing.  The majority of members use other media as their primary artistic discipline and so had a minimal experience of printing when they joined.  In short, everyone is somewhere on a voyage of discovery with print, and we are developing our techniques as time goes on.  For some this is the start of an artistic journey, for others this is picking up from where it was interrupted some years ago or this adds to what is a lifelong pursuit.

Our formal meetings only concentrate on prints made from collograph plates and drypoint acrylic.  Some of our members do other printing methods at home, and all will also develop a final product, either using an intaglio print in its pure form or from mixed media using an intaglio print created at the meeting.  This produces an individuality for which Printers Inc is especially proud.

Printers Inc has exhibited as a group at both NCCD and the Carre Gallery in 2014.  We exhibited at Whisby Nature World Centre in 2015 and also created a collaborative book for a Magna Carta exhibition at NCCD and Harding House in 2015.  We are looking to possibly develop an exhibition with NCCD in 2017.  In addition, we also participate in NCCD’s free themed taster days for children to encourage the next generation to experiment with printing techniques.  Our members also undertake exhibitions as individuals in their own right.

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Caroline Matthaei – Father & Daughter – 29th Aug – 11th Sept 2016

I have created a series of small-scale figurative sculptures which accompany – and sometimes interact with – paintings by my late father, the architect Dr.Johann Joachim Matthaei.

Caroline Matthaei

Caroline Matthaei

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Rachel Olin – Revisit. Reconnect. Review. 16th – 28th August 2016

Rachel Olin, Icelandic Marriage

Rachel Olin, Icelandic Marriage

Revisit. Reconnect. Review. Re. is a bringing together of the old and the new; the previous works of Rachel Olin together with new works based on reconnection, reimagining and reinterpretation of earlier themes.

Rachel Olin is a graduate of Bishop Grosseteste University and an Artist local to Lincoln. Working with a variety of materials, particularly fibre and clay, her artistic inspirations include the prehistory and development of consciousness in Humans, Japanese culture and philosophies such as Bigaku and Wabi Sabi, and the portrayal of women.

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Paul Letchworth and Teresa Milnes, 2nd – 14th August 2016

Paul Letchworth and Teresa Milnes, 2nd – 14th August 2016


Paul Letchworth Statement:

Paul’s recent “gallery spaces” work have been inspired by looking at a range of architectural spaces in well known National and European museums. After spending so long inside the Art gallery, Paul began sketching the Architectural features in these public spaces early in 2015. The asymmetrical, the hand made and accidental are all features that he strives for in capturing unusual viewpoints, stairways and looking through structures. A diptych of paintings are from visits to Aldeburgh, where the textures and weathered boat surfaces captured his eye and other examples of his work show the dynamism of signs and symbols on the internet.

“I am interested in exploring the fine balance between gestural mark making contrasting with regular shapes and structures. I like my work to show the changes I make through the process of mark making and layering, arranging shape, line and colour”.

Paul lives locally and is an Art teacher. He is keen to undertake any commission work for business environments or private work. He is the author of the iStudyart app (which can be downloaded free on the app store) an app designed for users to annotate their experiences of the art gallery. His website can be found at

Teresa Milnes Statement:

The secret life of shadows, the deception of reflections and the confusion of contrasts are her inspiration. Turbulence and timelessness, stability and motion are elements Teresa endeavors to capture.

While her daughter is often her subject, it is always the contrast of energy and calm and the subtle transience of colour in ever changing light, which catch her attention. A triptych of her daughter, Madeline in a beautifully circular rock pool is a snapshot of a quiet contemplative moment –“toe tentatively dipped whilst the ocean beyond is a tumult of froth and foam”.

By contrast the diptych “Roller-disco” is a confusion of coloured shadows amongst which the human figure becomes distorted and blurred.

The works in this exhibition are oil on canvas.

Private view on Friday 5th August 2016 5.00 – 8.00 PM

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Jacquie & Bill McNeill, 19th – 31st July 2016

Bill McNeill

Bill McNeill

As a complement to our glass we have invited Sherwood Forest based artist David Evans to accompany us in our exhibition.

He will be showcasing his artistic talent, with originals and limited editions.

David draws inspiration from the forest, specifically the ancient oaks and classic design such as the Book of Kells.

His passion is drawing, be it in pencil, pen or brush and the use of fluid line. His outstanding figure work and portraiture, with developing techniques such as blending pencil or lyrical flowing brush strokes with indigo ink is depicted in his creative art!

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Surface design and light!, showcase of glass

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“Perpetual Motion” Gavin Smith, 5th – 17th July 2016

Tuesday 5th July – Sunday 17th July 2016

 ’I'm a self-taught professional photographer from Scothern. 

For the Sam Scorer Gallery, I’ve put together a collection of my work with an emphasis on movement. 

From star trails photographed over 90 minutes to fast-moving aircraft
captured in thousandths of a second, I like to play with exposure
times to show dynamic forces at work.’


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“Folded, Wrapped & Bound” Janet Taylor, 21st June – 3rd July 2016


Tues 21st June- Sun 3rd July

“Folded, Wrapped & Bound”  Janet Taylor

Artescape Winner 2016

Postcard J._T Postcard PV reverse


The Artescape exhibition for 2016, the winner is Janet, a Bishop Grosseteste student who uses materials, rust and textures in her work.  The private view is Thursday the 23rd of June starting at 5pm.


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“Vantage Point” Aidan O’Carroll, 7th – 19th June 2016

Mon 6th June – Sun 19th June

“Vantage Point” Aidan O’Carroll      This input has been put on retrospectively due to technical problems with the website

Helpringham-High-Street-1-212x140Aidan creates work in a unique graphic style, invoking mood and atmosphere whilst still allowing the viewer space to interpret the work for themselves.

Aidan’s exhibition was well attended, with lots of positive feedback and comments from the public. Aidan enjoyed his time at the gallery and we hope he will exhibit with us again in the future.

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“Imprints” Lisa Mitchell, 26th April – 8th May 2016


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26th April – 15th May 2016   Lisa Mitchell – Artist Statement for Sam Scorer

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