'Cog-nisant' by Design Nation
Aug
20
to Sep 1

'Cog-nisant' by Design Nation

Members of Design Nation come together to share their work in this group exhibition of contemporary craft including; ceramics, textiles, glass, jewellery, sculpture and a collaborative steampunk-inspired artwork that visitors can interact with.


Exhibiting Artists:

Ann Povey, Maggie Williams, Laura Mabbutt, Lucy Porter, Debbie Barber, Jennie Mcall, Laura Marriott, Jillian Riley, JC Middlebrook, Stevie Davies, Katie Lowe, Kit Anderson, Caroline Mattaei, Kathleen Smith, Caroline Draper, Paula Briggs

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Joey Richardson 'Are you with me?'
Sep
5
to Sep 15

Joey Richardson 'Are you with me?'

This is the first ever solo show for the UK’s most renowned female wood sculptor, wood turner and artist working with wood. An exclusive for Lincoln!

Richardson’s techniques and repertoire for cutting, carving, turning, decorating, embellishing and presenting her pieces are outstanding and highly coveted, her work is collected internationally, privately and publicly.

A recent commission came via Sarah Fabergé the Great Granddaughter of Peter Karl

Fabergé

‘Joey takes wood art to another level. Her passion and intuitive imagination take you on a journey of discovery’

Sarah is Fabergé's Director of Special Projects

‘When asked by Robert Walton MBE, President of the Restaurant Association of Great Britain if I would present a special award to the Roux Family earlier this year, I had no hesitation in commissioning Joey to create a bespoke ‘egg’ object.

In turned wood with pierced elements, Joey's decoration documents the careers and interests of the illustrious Roux family.

‘My Great grandfather described himself as an "artist jeweller". For me, Joey is an ‘artist turner’.

Richardson was awarded a bursary from the Worshipful Company of Turners in 2005 and has never looked back! In 2012 she gained a scholarship from the Queen Elizabeth’s Scholarship Trust and Carpenter’s Company, funding further study in the US.

This is a retrospective of her work spanning nearly 20 years, including her first ever piece of turned furniture, right up to her works from summer and her astounding MA Show at the University of Lincoln, in 2018, where she gained a distinction for her final pieces.

Curated by Darren Neave, a former ‘Little Artist’ notorious for his Lego sculptures, he too has had major international success. They met when studying at Lincoln and they have worked together to create this presentation. They also launched the Lincoln Print Fair in January 2019 to huge acclaim, which will occur again in 2020.

‘Joey’s work is rich in poetry, delicacy and humour too - she is passionate and hard working and I am excited by this show - a chance to see her full list of talents - including printing, furniture and wonderful pieces utilising IKEA pieces!’

Richardson acknowledges the strong craft legacy in this show, her skills have embraced the contemporary, both in art and design. Her work crosses the boundaries and many pieces from this show will have visitors enchanted by what these pieces are and how they were constructed and displayed.

Richardson and Neave both have strong Lincolnshire connections. They often refer to their practices as having rural inspirations and how their international shows have retained a ‘sense of place.

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'Birds from my mind' by Lyn Lovitt
Sep
17
to Sep 29

'Birds from my mind' by Lyn Lovitt

Lyn is a Fellow of the Society of Designer Craftsmen (societyofdesignercraftsmen.org.uk) and has exhibited her works with them at the Mall Galleries, London.

Her ceramic sculptures have won awards and are collected by various clients.

The Ropewalk in Barton on Humber has held exhibitions of her work and is a stockist of her ceramic vessels, torsos and cards.

Lyn has held several solo exhibitions at the Sam Scorer Gallery, Drury Lane, Lincoln and is preparing for another solo show this September 17 – 29.

Locally, the Willoughby Memorial Trust Gallery at Corby Glen is also a regular exhibitor for Lyn’s work and she will be showing there in April 2020.

 

Working with clay that can be fired to a temperature of 1260* centigrade Lyn will use either a hand mixture of stoneware and terracotta clays, Valentines Professional Black clay or Valentines Grogged Porcelain. Each piece is hand made using the coiling and pinching method and when ‘leather’ hard the shape is scraped with a tool, a metal kidney, to refine and to give a ‘tooth’ to the work. Simple defining colour may be added with slips before a firing.

 

 

 

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'Balancing Body and Mind' by Wendy Ronaldson
Oct
5
to Oct 27

'Balancing Body and Mind' by Wendy Ronaldson

An installation by Wendy Ronaldson, a Lincolnshire artist who experiments to produce multi-media work –Video, Paintings, Collage and Assemblages. She is open to self-debate which includes one hard and fast rule in her work and this is no self-pity alongside the balance of freedom to reach her end goal.

Wendy’s work explores a moment in time, a sense of being in that moment, a connection to life experiences which relate to speech dysfluency, stammering. A disconnection from society and a lack of communication skills and miss understanding in society has driven Wendy to explore further. She was initially self- taught but she was not satisfied with her work, after speech therapy and attending a self-help group in Doncaster her confidence grew and she took on a Fine art degree which she has just completed.

Wendy’s assemblage work in the exhibition is interactive, allowing the viewer to experience Wendy’s personal feelings of her stammer from a covert perspective. It explores speech, allowing us to connect with the power and complexity of communication which is sometimes taken for granted.

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CANCELLED: Five Lincolnshire Artists
Aug
6
to Aug 18

CANCELLED: Five Lincolnshire Artists

We are very sorry to have to tell you that due to a sudden and very serious family illness the Five South Lincolnshire Artists show that was due to show in the gallery from the 6th-18th August can no longer take place.

Cliff Baxendale has however very kindly been able to arrange for his widely enjoyed show to continue until the 18th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lind Anso –Oil Painter


When Auguste Renoir was in his eighties and finished his last picture he put down his brush and said “At last I think I know what it is all about” This is pretty much what I think I my eighties, too, although I am not as certain as Renoir. I still don’t know what my art is really about .Every painting is a surprise and a tussle to get the desired result, a fashion of space, construction and colour .If it can be beautiful to, so much the better.

I was born in New Zealand in 1938 from an English father and a Russian mother, who was a talented artist. Her seascapes were very beautiful and atmospheric .In the 1960’s I came to London to work and study with particular reference to figurative art( not fashionable at that time).I also studied “old master” techniques making my own canvases and grounds in traditional ways. I have exhibited at the London Guildhall and the Corn Exchange, and also at New Zealand House. My work is in private collections and also in churches, including St. Clements in Hasting, St. Johns in Clerkenwell, London, and St.Botolphs in Boston Lincolnshire.

 

Wendy Dabrowska –Story Paintings

My whole life has been about Art form the cradle to the present. Early memories are of chalk being given to me to draw sitting in a high chair as I watched the orange flames from a fire licking upwards and reflecting on the wall. On entering reception as a child, tearful at leaving a parent, and being given yellow chalk and white paper and being amazed at the luminous glow the yellow chalk made on the white paper. Then there as the flash card held up with the brightest green apple.

My work tells stories best left to the viewer to interpret. I look to Artists and Architects for my inspiration, mostly from the 20th century. I have exhibited in Lincolnshire and with the Association of Illustrators, London WC2,at Lauderdale House Highgate, one painting exhibition another a photographic exhibition, and most recently in the Guildhall Museum on Boston, where I made a 15th Century woman “come alive “!I worked form a com

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'Experiences, Experiments, Expressions' by Cliff Baxendale
Jul
23
to Aug 18

'Experiences, Experiments, Expressions' by Cliff Baxendale

I  am at the age when candy floss and Italian ice cream cones seem like smiles of the past.  Those were days when white plimsoles were the chosen footwear for Whitsuntide trips from our village to the seaside on a steam train.  They were also the days when pencil crayons, wax crayons and little pots of paint coloured my imaginings of these events.

 

Now I look at the walls in the gallery and see that my visual accounts present a different but personal history.  They are, I hope, pictures of my experience on the journey of exploration and revelation which are my own expressions of joyful moments.

 

I am inviting you to see something of these revelatory moments, moments when the art is lightened by unexpected results.

 

I ask myself “what will you make of the obvious pictorial presentations and abstract imagery that also represents creative moments”.

 

Today ‘pots of paint’ and other media are being used to push at the boundaries of some of my learning methodologies, challenge pictorial order and, may be, feed a world of full colour, textures, movement and shapes that edge the dark with the joy of light.

 

When I was a student at Goldsmiths, Anton Ehrenzweig used to talk about “Tangents and Orbits co-existing with transient experiences of serendipity.”

 

I guess I have travelled around the sun, experiencing the seasons of pictorial composition, colour, energy and the media that reflects my journey.  But I have always been intrigued to see where a tangent might lead.  On the walls of the gallery are some of the serendipitous moments I have had.  As I followed the tangents I am not sure if I have gone “to infinity and beyond” but if I talk about a few pieces you may get the gist of how one or two things have clicked into place for me.

 

I have decided to begin the show with an etching I made as a student in Leeds in 1964.  The source idea that sparked the work came from an encounter with a fellow student who offered me some pink and blue pills.  I saw his face and I declined.  As I looked at him I literally saw the Prince of Darkness at work in him.  He looked like he had eaten an apple which was rotten to the core.  The experience made me think about choices, self-determination, lies, falsity and all the evil that darkens the consciousness of humanity.  I used symbols, corporate logos, flags, road signs, wormlike organic forms to show the invidious invasions in the structure of social, political and religious life.  I stress this was my take “Lucifer” the fallen “Star of Heaven” (the etching was “on the line” in the RA Summer Exhibition 1966 and the BBC focussed their lens upon it).

 

To complete the show just before Easter this year I “utilized” a copy of a Rembrandt etching of the Crucifixion which I saw in the Vatican Museum in December 2016.  It seemed to me there was a comparison of “the darkness” in the groupings of the people.  We see how Rembrandt chose to display in black and white the attitudes of merciless power, mindless and indifferent violence, self-serving evil etc as well as the consoling disciples revealed by the light ie those not yet knowing that Sunday’s “exit” would initiate a change.

 

In the collages of torn and cut “bits” I have stuck together used, discarded, old and unwanted paper and card into a structured design.

 

I had it in mind to say that what is often rubbish, marginalised and rejected by our society can become a new creation.  As an artist I want to show it.

 

Also, over the past 20 years I have been involved in over 40 projects in the community.  Most of these projects were in co-operation with artsNK.  But the three summaries of my work outlined above represent my experiences, experiments and expressions.

 

I hope you want to see the show and enjoy the ride.

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'After Richmond' an installation of new work by Michael Blackburn, Colin Davis and Geoffrey Mark Matthews
Jul
9
to Jul 21

'After Richmond' an installation of new work by Michael Blackburn, Colin Davis and Geoffrey Mark Matthews

An installation of new work by Michael Blackburn, Colin Davis and Geoffrey Mark Matthews – paintings, texts, video, audio, prints, books – and a film they made together 40 years ago in Richmond, North Yorkshire.

 

In 1979 the Richmond film was a “visual documentary,” but it is now something else. Its physical deterioration has added a new dimension: a disposition toward the mythology of belonging to place. It is no longer “in progress:” it is a seed. Things have moved on and we have moved on. Between us 120 years of ‘after Richmond’ sits like a ball of knotted string waiting to be unravelled. While struggling with our own threads we have found a way to become entangled again.

(Geoff Matthews – May 2019)

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Artscape Winner: Fiona Carruthers
Jun
25
to Jul 7

Artscape Winner: Fiona Carruthers






The fragile or transient quality of Fiona’s work communicates the vulnerability and uncertainty of our times. 

It reminds us of the connections between our day-to-day and the durational, often invisible, changes that are taking place around us. 

“Central to my work is the understanding that our lives are tied not only to 

the geography and history of our location but also to the politics and culture 

of our times. Our health and wellbeing, and that of our environment are

subservient to political and economic decision-making, the structures that 

these generate and to the norms that are accepted by society as a consequence.”


This exhibition is supported by the Artescape Trust charity which was founded in 1981 by 

Dr M.P. Gogan. Its annual competition, the Artescape Trust Award, offers space and resources to one of Lincoln’s artists or art students to help them realise their potential.

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Arthur Cross
Jun
10
to Jun 23

Arthur Cross

This exhibition is a record of Arthur’s work over the previous 11 years, not so much a retrospective but more of an account detailing evolving ideas and practice.

 

Moving from abstract to figurative images whilst still dealing with abstract events, sensations and thoughts.   A pictorial account of personal experiences and observations with the intent of simplifying visual language for everyone.         

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'Almanac' by Les Brown
May
28
to Jun 9

'Almanac' by Les Brown

The exhibition will comprise of paintings and pastel images of the British landscape, completed over the last two years. The images will be exhibited in calendar month order, beginning in early January and ending in late December. The exhibition will also feature my own written prose and poetry.

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'Something old, something new, something borrowed, and yes maybe something blue!' Paintings by Carol and Matthew Butler
May
14
to May 26

'Something old, something new, something borrowed, and yes maybe something blue!' Paintings by Carol and Matthew Butler

Matthew has lived and worked in America, Canada and now Sweden, he works as a  Global Art Director with studio’s in Asia, America and Europe under his guidance. The Paintings at this exhibition are from his time in America, a country he loves, cowboys and characters! My work is inspired by things I love, poetry, music, people and pebbles left by the sea. Some from the past, some new, A lively mix with one or two surprises too!  We are look forward to seeing you all at the gallery.

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‘Seeds of Inspiration: Stories from the Allotment’ by Lynn Baker and Jeanette Kilner
Apr
23
to May 5

‘Seeds of Inspiration: Stories from the Allotment’ by Lynn Baker and Jeanette Kilner

For the past two years Lincolnshire based artists Lynn Baker and Jeanette Killner have been making work for an exhibition to be held at Sam Scorer Gallery this spring.  Both artists have been visiting allotments in the county, drawing and taking photographs, each artist inspired to develop ideas in sketchbooks and further their work.

 

Jeanette has made small, intricately constructed illustrations from metal, using techniques such as embossing and repousse, which show the cyclical nature of growing things: the annual rituals involved in the gardening year, from selecting seeds and cultivating a range of produce to the winter clearing up and digging, as well as pest control, compost and the all-important shed!

 

Lynn has turned her attention to the ‘root’ of the matter.  Her hand-blown glass ranges have been inspired by thread roots and the colourful array of bottles, compost bins and sheds.  The colourful ‘characters’ that she met along the way are there too, albeit in the background.   

 

Jeanette and Lynn look forward to welcoming visitors each day to their exhibition and to sharing with them their thoughts and design work, and to discussing the techniques and processes behind their finished pieces.

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Sam Scorer's 2019 Taster Show
Apr
2
to Apr 20

Sam Scorer's 2019 Taster Show

Each year the gallery welcomes artists who have new to Sam’s, for some artists this will be the first time that they have shown a selection of their work. This year 7 artists are joining us Alex Foxley-Johnson, Ali Hunter, Fionna Buck, Hannah Screaton, Helen McCarron, Rosie Ablewhite, and Samuel Randall, It is going to be a bright diverse show.

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'Homecoming' an exhibition by Paula Hallam
Mar
5
to Mar 17

'Homecoming' an exhibition by Paula Hallam

Homecoming is an exhibition of contemporary landscape paintings by Lincolnshire born artist Paula Hallam. Working in acrylics, she constructs complex layers of translucent paint to arrive at a desired destination. This collection reflects Paula's love of rural Britain and her evolution as a painter over the last three years." 

As part of her show Paula will be giving a short talk about her work at 2.30pm on the 9th March followed by a celebratory viewing of the show from 3- 5.

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Martin Moyers
Feb
19
to Mar 3

Martin Moyers

The paintings on show represent nearly forty years of work .  The subject matter and content of the work is simply about people , places and time . "Tempus Fugit " is the  title of one of the paintings and the exhibition referring  to a specific person my wife, the location is a small chapel in Italy and the time was early afternoon 2010. Thus time in this case is location and person specific . Painting for myself  is just as much about what I do with my  time and what I may become in the future as denoting my experiences. Painting  allows me to objectify to some degree  experiences in life since time can be so fleeting. . 


The paintings are predominantly oil on canvas whilst more recent works have mixed media elements within them . They range in scale from small figure studies to larger panoramic paintings of landscapes and figures with a new series of patchwork / hand painted collaged images based on the writings of Joseph Campbell a comparative mythologist

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Sam Scorer Presents: 8 days of workshops 2019
Feb
7
to Feb 16

Sam Scorer Presents: 8 days of workshops 2019

We are delighted to offer you (and your friends and family) a superb range of workshops this February.
Make time to join some great local artists sharing their skills.

Bookings:   samscorergallery@gmail.com 

Thursday 7th and Friday 8th February 10:00 - 12.:00 & 12.30 to 15:00, £12 per session or £40 for all 4

Fine Art Model Making 

Join artist and model maker, Dale Wells, for a series of workshops aimed at starting you on the path to creating, and painting, your own miniature worlds. Whether you’re a seasoned modeller, or an absolute beginner, these sessions are designed to enthral and inspire in equal measure. In these workshops, you will create an intricate, card structure from household materials, a desolate waste ground, a brutalist rampart, and a mired pig! Whether you’re a hobbyist, an artist, or anything in between, come along and create some stunning works.

Session 1: Putting together complex structures from simple card. Versatile, effective and essential for any modelling project.

Session 2: Discover scale woodworking by constructing a highly atmospheric, dilapidated structure across a scenic base.

Session 3: Learn how to inject character into foam board buildings with texturing, weathering and detailing techniques.

Session 4: Add living creatures to your models with the aid of your very own wallowing pig diorama.

All materials and tools supplied. Additionally, you will keep the finished piece and take home some suggestions for building upon what you have made!
 
 

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th February 10:00 - 15:00, £25

'The Painted Portrait'.-With Phil Bowman
Working from a portrait model producing a series of paintings through out the day
This workshop is aimed at the improve/ experienced  painter. Lunch break 12-30-1 pm.
Contact Phil on philkbow@yahoo.com
 

Tuesday 12th  and Friday 15th February 10:00 - 13:00, £20 per 2 days

Pete Moss
Day 1: Surface Design on clay tablet. abstract design work out on paper, and translate onto sheet of clay

Day 2: Second flat sheet will be made into 3 dimensional object

No special equipment needed. Please wear protective clothing, eg, pinafore, overalls, and bring drawing equipment.

 

Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th February 10:00 - 12.30, £15 per session

Cilla Eisner
Wed 13th February: Still Life Variations: This workshop explores composition and arrangement, drawing from still life objects and is suitable for beginners to the more experienced. From initial drawing and colour studies, create a single composition or several variations on the theme of composition, pattern and colour.

Thursday 15th February: Thinking about Colour…: Sidestepping traditional colour theory based on the three primaries, this colour workshop explores some of the underlying principles of colour, transforming it from a haphazard affair into a thinking process. Suitable for beginners to the more experienced, create a series of studies from which to extend your repertoire and increase your sensitivity to colour. Please bring paints (gouache or acrylic), small brushes, mixing palettes etc. and paper.
Contact: ce@cillaeisner.uk
 

Saturday 16th February 10:00 - 15:00, £30

Collage Workshop
We will be creating collages using hand painted backgrounds (Ecoline - watercolour inks). 
10-11 - introduction, working on projects (sketching)
11-12 - painting backgrounds
12-1 - working on final artwork
1-1.30 - lunch break
1.30-3 - working on final artwork
contact: aagakowalska@gmail.com

 

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2019 Open Studio: Phil Bowman and Tracey Smith
Jan
28
to Feb 1

2019 Open Studio: Phil Bowman and Tracey Smith

For lovers of Art speak here is one for you!

Phil Bowman and Tracey Smith will be 'Precurating' their Sam Scorer show in April during this week long residency.

If you visit the gallery between 10 - 4 you can talk to Phil and Tracey as they are work on some of the larger paintings for the show,as well as see a preview of their  show.

 

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Lincoln Print Fair
Jan
17
to Jan 26

Lincoln Print Fair

Welcome to the Inaugural Lincoln Print Fair…  A new date in the Creative Calendar!

An exhibition and a fair, rolled into one! - A space to buy and see incredible prints, showcasing well known artists, Turner Prize winners and a host of up and coming and established local artists.

Fresh, Fun and Famous!

There is something for everyone!

Come and see works by Tracy Emin, Turner Prize winners Jeremy Deller and Mark Leckey, British greats like Joe Tilson and Mat Collishaw and the recently arrested, eco campaigner, Gavin Turk. alongside wonderful pieces by international and other award winning artists.
Darren Neave has curated the displays, he is perhaps better known as one half of ‘The Little Artists’… most famous for making Lego creations of Damien Hirst’s shark and Tracey Emin’s bed… He is also a recent Masters graduate from the University of Lincoln.
Darren will be launching a cheeky new print edition, high-lighting the onslaught of growing old discracefully!
The fair will also launch exclusive prints by local artists with national and international plaudits, these include 

Andrew Bracey is a Waddington based artist. From the heart of rural Lincolnshire, his work has been exhibited widely, in both the UK and abroad.

He loves art books and his work employs a tension with ‘artful and respectful defacement’. His work is compelling and intricate.

Joey Richardson; internationally renowned woodturner and sculptor, is a liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Turners of London and a scholar of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST). Her most recent work 'Distillation of Experiences', takes the form of a full sized, wooden shed, comprising of one hundred and twenty eight, pierced, detailed wooden panels, depicting poignant life events.

Inspired by this artwork, Joey is now producing unique, ephemerally-embossed prints, bridging the gap between traditional and contemporary wood-cut processes.

Another artist, Dale Wells is a master model maker, he produces 2D pieces that illustrate the ghoulish and scary miniature worlds he makes. His drawings are delicate, adding in rainbows and flashes of colour to inspire and snare the viewer…

Other highlights will include DIY prints and a selection from the multitude of talents from the students at the University and invited artists and print makers. There are plenty of undiscovered talents, all of which push the notion of contemporary print making and reproduction.

Press Private View Wednesday 16th 10-4
Private View 5:30pm - 8.30pm Thursday January 17th

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1st Lincoln International Millinery Competition Hats Off
Dec
18
to Jan 7

1st Lincoln International Millinery Competition Hats Off

Milliners from all over the world have taken part in the 1st Lincoln International Millinery Competition Designs were themed on “The Four Seasons” and there were no limits on the materials that could be used for the creations.

27 Milliners from the UK, Europe, the USA, Canada, and Ireland took part and the submissions were judged by Parkin Fabrics, who supply millinery fabrics and materials, Guy Morse-Brown hat block makers/suppliers and Sharon Bainbridge, milliner and lecturer at Nottingham Trent University.

You will be able to see all the  hats in the gallery window from 18 December until the 7th January, so if your visiting Lincoln and particularly if it’s cold ,grey , windy , snowy and very seasonal ,they will give you a glimpse of colour, and the days when hats don’t need to me woolly!

 It is hoped that the competition will become an annual event, and with enough entries next year there could be a cat walk show as well.

 Annette Edger who has organised the event has seen similar competitions in Holland and Australia and is keen to promote millinery in the UK, particularly outside of London, as everything is centred on London and the south of England, putting Lincoln on the map in this profession.

 

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Rob Vashak & John Holt 'the Art of Nature'
Nov
29
to Dec 29

Rob Vashak & John Holt 'the Art of Nature'

A new exhibition at the Sam Scorer Gallery, Lincoln, features the work of two artists, Rob Vashak and John Holt

Rob Vashak, from his studio, “Studio Mitate” in North Carlton, Lincoln, produces a range of work predominantly in wood. The body of work being shown includes several pieces from an ongoing 5 year project “A Barn A Day” a range of forms inspired and influenced by the universally recognised concept of home.

In this project I am creating a sustained body of work which reflects my personal creative development as a sculptor. Each piece takes on various forms and combinations of materials, all sustainably sourced and environmentally friendly. The work, a simple layering of stories  both locates and  draws in the audience as a witness, consciously and unconsciously connecting with the comforting concept of home, whilst challenging the disposable fragility of consumerism and populism in society.

Using only sustainable materials Rob Vashak is interested in the Japanese concept of “Mitate” where objects are seen in a new light, often gaining a new life in a new form under a new purpose. Recycled materials and objects play a key part in my work.

Rob Vashak moved to Lincoln 30 yrs ago following a successful career in design education. He studied Three dimensional design at Leeds University and has recently exhibited at the Manchester Museum of Science and Technology and Gallery Peix Vermel , Mallorca.

John Holt, from his studio in Holmfirth  began to search within an abiding interest in art and transformation by visually exploring notions of “flow and fluidity”.  “Flow” as manifest physically in nature and psychologically in the process, the mechanics of human creativity.

This work was developed in a series of large scale drawings, ceramic sculptures and in installations such as one in which I placed a series of seven ceramic sculptures into the flow of a fast flowing river and another working with a musician on an ongoing project entitled “Fragments of Lost Rivers”. These works took on a Taoist dimension. Taoism teaches a person to flow with life and to me this working process was concerned with placing oneself into the flow of life through art, to manifest a “creative flow”. The idea that the construction of language was an antidote to psychic fracture and disconnection from self was continued in my studio, just as I had always espoused in my work with students, patients and users of mental health services over many years. These visual maps of “flowing” I made in my studio are indicators of a search for a unity, of a psychic and a spiritual health and potentially of the true expression of one’s own nature. This work indicates the healing potential in art and it celebrates the power and beauty of the nature within us all.   

 

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'A Longer Look' Group Show
Nov
20
to Dec 2

'A Longer Look' Group Show

Featuring five artists (Lee Sass, Barrie Brown, Michael Wilson, Mark Steadman, and Andrew Taylor) who have either not shown in the gallery before or have only had one or two works in groups shows, its their chance to offer visitors a greater insight into their distinctive styles.

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David Cook
Nov
6
to Nov 18

David Cook

I have always found the natural environment a huge source of inspiration, whether it be a wild landscape or one that has been tamed to serve the needs of mankind.  During my lifetime, I have seen enormous assaults on the natural world - particularly in the last 25 years - mainly due to over-population or crass planning.  Mankind seems unable to heed the warnings about its future, as plants, insects and animal species die out, landscape and the seas become degraded and the climate gets more and more unpredictable. Our interdependence on other species is becoming just a pleasant memory.  This has driven me to seek out a few of the remaining rich corners of our environment, where nature’s simple beauty still remains supreme, and to record them, using a variety of media.

I work in water colour, oils and mixed media.  Brushes are not my automatic choice of tool, but take their place beside a palette knife, pieces of credit card, pointed instruments, pens, pipettes, crayons, pastel sticks, bits of cling film.  I work on good quality watercolour paper, canvas board and canvases.  The end result might look ‘traditional’, but I hope that you will look beyond that dismissive term and find something deeper. My subject matter is not just landscape.  I get great pleasure from the interiors of buildings that have character: details in corners, decay, placement of furniture, colours.  Portraiture is a great love - but challenging. My mother ‘guided’ my hand when I painted her; it came so easily!

I work from drawings I have made, regularly using a sketch book.  I regard these scribbles/ drawings as a ‘library’ of images which I can refer to.  Sometimes I use photographs as a back –up, when weather in inclement or time is pressing.  Subjects can be anything that catches my eye, from the mundane domestic scene, to the majesty of a landscape.

Finally, as you look around, remember:

 ‘A work of art is a confidence murmured to gentle people’                                                       (Nikos Engonopoulos  Greek painter and poet)

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Dialogues
Sep
25
to Oct 6

Dialogues

‘Art is a continuing dialogue that stretches back through thousands of years…….’ (Kit White)

Jaci and Sue have had an ongoing dialogue about Art and their different roles in it since they met whilst working in the Arts in 2002. Their styles are very different but they share a love of the countryside.  Jaci explores aspects of the natural environment with texture and colour in her mixed media work and paintings whilst Sue explores nature and folklore themes in her illustrative lino prints and textiles. This exhibition celebrates their individual approaches and continues the dialogues that artists hold with their own work and with others.

Jaci Gill

Ideas that I began to explore in 2014 have proved to be a rich source for exploring elements that are basic to art and life, such as colour, texture and pattern, using different media to develop themes that inspire: the layers of colour in a landscape or a shoreline,  the strong shapes and intricate textures in reed-beds and vineyards ……… The work in this exhibition is part of my own inner dialogue with my ideas and interpretation of them.

 

Sue Rowland, Printmaker and Textile Artist

‘My detailed illustrative prints and textile pieces celebrate the natural world and are dialogue with British folklore and superstitions of the past, a time when we were more in tune with nature, the landscape and the weather. The work explores pattern, texture and rich colours in intricate design layouts which entice you to look closer and to perhaps learn a quirky fact about the old folklore meanings that inspired each piece'.

Sue trained at Central St Martins and has worked in the textile industry designing for high street stores. Working as a professional artist, she is well known for her school and community creative projects in the East Midlands. She is a tutor for Leicester Print Workshop, a member of The Leicester Society of Artists and sells her work through various galleries.

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'Flights of Fancy' by Caroline Christiane Matthaei
Aug
27
to Sep 9

'Flights of Fancy' by Caroline Christiane Matthaei

An exhibition by Caroline Christiane Matthaei - goldsmith and sculptor - and Wilhelm Schmidt - master goldsmith and watchmaker - of individually and collaboratively made work: simple automata, small sculptures, time pieces - on the common theme of mechanical movement.

A tranquil addition to the show: watercolours by Johann Joachim Matthaei - architect.

Tea and muffins served on Bank Holiday Monday, Saturdays and Sundays from 14.00

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Celebrate 30 years of the Contemorary Crafts Network
Aug
14
to Aug 26

Celebrate 30 years of the Contemorary Crafts Network

The group formed in 1988 and was originally called Lincolnshire and Humberside Contemporary

Crafts then renamed in 1977 when Lincolnshire and Humberside disbanded as a regional arts board. They have continued to flourish, encouraging members to learn new techniques and develop skills in their chosen fields including materials such as glass, ceramics, wood, metals,

felt and textiles.

‘Celebration’ brings together some unique, beautifully crafted work from members both past and present with a chance to meet the artists at the Preview party on the opening day Tuesday 14th August between 2 – 6pm

www.contemporarycraftsnetwork.org

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'Under The Bridge': Six Artists from The Ropewalk, Barton
Jul
31
to Aug 11

'Under The Bridge': Six Artists from The Ropewalk, Barton

This exhibition showcases the work of six resident fine artists from The Ropewalk Studios in Barton upon Humber. The group have varied backgrounds and differing approaches to their work with a range of imagery that reflect the different stages of their respective careers – from recent graduates to not so recent graduates! The one thing they do have in common is that they all work on the banks of the River Humber under the shadow of the Bridge.

 

The Artists are; David Alcock, Sally Beaumont, Emily Connor, Deborah Grice, Richard Hatfield, and Tim Needham.

 

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'The Sun Came Out' an exhibition of photographs by Jane Wright
Jul
17
to Jul 29

'The Sun Came Out' an exhibition of photographs by Jane Wright

Private View, Tuesday 17th July 6pm – 8pm.

 

“I’ve been out exploring in Yorkshire and Derbyshire, also my home city of Lincoln and nearby Woodhall Spa. Derelict scenes and details; captured by my imagination.

Serendipity often takes me in another direction, this time, to a sub project of a remarkable scale!

It’s dark, but when I go out playing; the sun always comes out. “

 

Jane will be in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition. 

 

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'A Land Apart' exhibition by Denise Hawthorne & Anne Wood
Jul
3
to Jul 14

'A Land Apart' exhibition by Denise Hawthorne & Anne Wood

Well known and respected local artists Denise Hawthorne and Anne Wood bring their new show to the gallery. Both artists have a love of the natural world but their expression of light, movement and colour is very different, but, complementary.

There is an opportunity to meet the artists on July 3rd   11am-3pm and they will both be painting in the gallery on different occasions.

The show opens on July 3rd and runs through to July 14th.The show will be closed on Monday July 9th but is open every other day from 10-4.

 

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The Lincolnshire Artists' Society Summer Show
Jun
19
to Jul 1

The Lincolnshire Artists' Society Summer Show

The Lincolnshire Artists’ Society was founded in 1906 as the Lincolnshire Drawing Club.

Members come from across Lincolnshire and while they work in a wide variety of styles and media, they share a strong creative passion.

This year’s Summer Show brings together the work of 35 artists. As well as a rich range of pictures there are inventive and original 3D works. Whenever you visit the show a member of the society will be there and will be happy to talk to you about their own work and the process of making, as well as sharing ideas about the exhibition as a whole. The show will be open every day from 19th June-1st July 10- 4.

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Natasha Monfared: Artscape Winner 2018
Jun
5
to Jun 16

Natasha Monfared: Artscape Winner 2018

"Being political is an integral part of being Iranian. Our lives are defined by politics" – Shirin Neshat

Since the Iranian Revolution of 1979, women have constantly found ways to rebel against restrictive laws. Natasha Monfared highlights this ongoing resistance by Iranian women through collage and sculpture. The role the mandatory veil plays within her work explores and questions its initial function in relation to a political weapon. Acting as a voice for these women who lack freedom of speech, Monfared aims to raise awareness of a fleeting moment of protest.

How we perceive women in Iran may be stereotypical, but this begs the question: what is the source of this oppression?

Show runs from June 5th-June 17th every day from 10-4.

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