Category Archives: Exhibitions

Ryescape Exhibition

As artists living and working in Ryedale, we are lucking to not only live in a beautiful place, but we also have the benefit of support from a remarkable Creative Economy Officer in Yvette Turnbull whose enthusiasm for and nurturing of creatives is infectious and her support both active, constructive and generous. We have been lucky enough to benefit from Yvette’s support over the years and for that, we are eternally grateful.

As an example of this work, Ryedale District Council have produced a map, called RyeScape – the map is designed to help make the most of all Ryedale has to offer culturally – it shows Galleries, Artists’ Studios, Public Artworks, Theatres, Art Centres, Museums, Heritage Attractions, Festivals and Events.  It also highlights landscapes of particular cultural importance and Ryedale has many!

In addition to the RyeScape map, twenty of the Ryedale artists are holding an exhibition to support and promote their work, also called RyeScape.  Ryedale District Council have worked in association with Ryedale Folk Museum, who will host the exhibition in their gallery at Hutton le Hole. The show will be on during Easter and the May Day Bank Holiday, so it is a great time to visit this beautiful area.

The Art Market York

Last weekend saw us exhibiting at “The Art Market” at York racecourse and what an impressive building it is! Whilst we exhibit in quite a few good quality art markets such as Crafted By Hand at Masham and Art in the Pen at Skipton, we entered this one with quite a bit of trepidation. To put it into a sporting context, for us this was like stepping up from the local league to the national circuit, with a price ticket to match!

We had the obvious worries of would our work be accepted? Was our presentation good enough, or would we be out of our depth in this company? Doing fairs like Crafted by Hand have taught us that whilst the quality of our product is good enough, our stand presentation leaves a little to be desired, so we worked hard to up our game a little for this one. Always conscious of “KISS” keep it simple stupid, we made an effort not to over stuff our stand and make it look cluttered.

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Our stand

Setting up day on the Thursday was pretty fraught as it was blowing a gale outside and every time someone opened the outside door, our booth got blown further into the room, a total nightmare when trying to hang pictures level!

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Helaina Sharpley’s stand

Come the Friday morning we got a chance to have a look around at the other exhibitor’s stands and I have to say I was mightily impressed with the standard of the art works on show. Classy without lapsing too far into the sort of conceptual art the average philistine in street like me couldn’t understand. We were particularly impressed with the sculpture of David Mayne and Jim Bond and loved the quirky work by Helaina Sharpley and Samantha Bryan.

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As Friday and Saturday progressed it became clear that a lot of the audience were artists and art students who seemed mainly to relate to the more conceptual exhibits, but fortunately someone let in the general public and some gallery owners on Sunday and not only was there a great buzz about the place there was finally some serious interest in the art works around us and much more work being purchased.

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David Mayne’s stand

Were we out of our depth? Well our work certainly seemed cause enough interest and getting favourable comments from an internationally recognised artist like Jim Bond certainly made our weekend, but our stand presentation still left a lot to be desired. Would we do it again? Well we enjoyed the camaraderie with the other exhibitors and we’ve definitely learned a lot from the experience so we’d certainly consider doing it again next year.

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And the band played on…………..

Exhibitions

When we started on this journey into selling our images way back in 2006 (Is it really that long ago?) we were lucky enough to be invited to exhibit in Tracey Phillip’s lovely gallery at Nunnington. As time has gone by, being represented in galleries has become ever more important to us, but since 2007 we have also found it important to hold exhibitions in a wide range of other venues.

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Preparing for an exhibition can be very time consuming, but it does help to get our work known and has opened many other doors for us, so overall the effort has proved very worthwhile. As the years moved on, we found ourselves increasingly busy and holding down a day job as well, often meant that every waking moment was spoken for. Whilst many photographers dream of having an exhibition we were lucky enough to be overwhelmed by all the work, so by 2012 we were even seriously talking about cutting back on exhibitions! That was until one day we were sitting by the computer talking about this, when an email popped in offering us an exhibition at the Stephen Joseph theatre in Scarborough! It took us about a nano second to decide to say yes! Framing 50 pictures for an exhibition was a big task and could have been very expensive had we not already got an excess of stock available. (We’d previously messed up and got ourselves double booked, so already had a huge amount of stock).

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During the following years we still toyed with the idea of cutting down to free up more time for other activities such as actually getting out there and producing more images, but you just can’t say no can you? And on hindsight we’re glad we never did. As things panned out events in our life prompted me to leave the day job and this has freed up a lot of time to do the exhibitions and other things, such as take part in an increasing number of art fairs, but that’s a story for another day.

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So fast forward to 2015 and it looks like we are due a really busy year on the exhibitions and art fairs front, so I’m really pleased I don’t have the day job getting in the way anymore. January kicked off with me having to frame all of 53 pictures, which took some time, but was well worth the effort. Our exhibition year started well with an invite courtesy of RAW (Ryedale Art Works) to exhibit at Helmsley Arts Centre throughout February and this was a great success and really well attended. So thanks also go to Helmsley Arts centre for their support. This was followed by Pickering Arts Fair and thanks to Diane Todd’s sterling efforts this was also a very enjoyable and successful event for us.

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Then out of the blue we got an invite to join a collaborative exhibition at the Yorkshire Wolds Gallery at Staxton with Paul Moon, Peter Leeming, Ruth Fairbrother, Helen Wrigley and Steve Whitehead. We’re big fans of the work by these people, so we were honoured to be invited to join them. All looked set to run smoothly on after Helmsley and Pickering Art Fair until we discovered we’d miss-understood the start date and had to hurriedly frame some more images for the Wolds gallery before we finished at Helmsley.

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One surprise spin off from the Pickering Art fair was an invite to exhibit at the brand new Belmont gallery at Wrelton starting on the 6th June, so that should run smoothly on after the end of the Wolds exhibition at the end of May. Though I think we have our friend Alan Clark to thank for putting our names forwards for this one. We went to the opening night at the Belmont gallery which featured an exhibition by Alan and this really is a nice exhibition space, so thanks to Tony Miller for the invite and here’s hoping it all goes well. Our exhibition is due to run from 6th June to the 6th September, so it’s amazing to think that we will have had solid exhibitions going for 7 months of the year!

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Next Thursday night sees the official opening night of the Wolds Gallery exhibition, so we’re hoping to meet up with friends old and new on the night.

Art fairs are also an important area of sales for us, so next time we’ll have a look at this subject.

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Conscious that we have neglected the blog badly recently in favour of Facebook, we have resolved to make an effort from now on.

Lots going on at the moment, so this post is going to be more of a newsletter.

Naturally Inclined Exhibition

Last Thursday saw us head to York to Priestley’s to take our “Naturally Inclined” exhibition down and we were very pleasantly surprised to find that we had had a late flurry of sales, so all in all it’s been a really good exhibition for us. We are indebted to Issy and Rob at Priestley’s and Andy Dalton at RAW for giving us this opportunity to exhibit our work not only a new area, but also in such a lovely gallery space. We wish them every success in the future.
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Thorp Perrow

We were planning to go to Bransdale and Thorp Perrow to shoot bluebells later this week, but Monday dawned cloudy bright so we decided to chance the crowds and head for Thorpe Perrow before the weather worsened. As luck would have it, we beat the crowds and the conditions were just perfect and we topped off the day with a nice ploughman’s lunch in the cafe.

Don’t you just love the vibrant shades of green the trees go in spring? And after the disappointing lack of bluebells at Ellerburn on Friday, we were blown away with the carpet of bluebells at Thorp Perrow.
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Scotland

Next off we are heading for Scotland where we’ll be staying in a remote cottage on the Isle of Mull, with views north to Rhum, Skye and Eigg. I then head off for a few nights on Skye where I’ll have a go at photographing the Quirang, then weather permitting I’ll be heading to St. Kilda to camp for a few nights. I’ve been to St. Kilda on day trips a couple of times, but always on un-characteristic bright sunny days. St. Kilda has really captured my imagination, so I really want to do it justice and capture the essence of the place, so I’m really hoping for some moody changeable weather.
Sunrise over the Islands

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Crafted by Hand

Then we head for Masham and “Crafted by Hand”. Crafted by hand is a really well organised and promoted art fair, so we are looking forward to a good couple of days. Once that’s over we’ll have to get down to some serious photo processing.
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Keep shooting

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News

We seem to have developed a nasty habit of making life difficult for ourselves by taking on multiple projects at the same time. Whilst it’s great being offered these selling opportunities, the last couple of weeks have proved hectic to say the least!

We were delighted to be offered the opportunity to exhibit at the “White Room” in York alongside Jennifer Tetlow and Louise Dwyer and we were confident we had most of the 20 framed pictures we needed already in stock. However a late decision to give them all a thorough check over showed that many had bits of dust etc inside them that warranted a strip down and clean out, so a lot of midnight oil was burnt getting them all done in time. But now it’s all hung we must say we are really pleased with the end result and think it all makes a really attractive exhibition. We really think these collaborative exhibitions are a good format, so please take the time to call if you are in York, there really is something for everyone. The opening evening went really well last Thursday, so we’d like to thank everyone that called in to support the four of us.

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While we were in the middle of finishing that job when we spotted a “call for artists” from Janilaine Mainprize who was about to re-launch the Lockton Tea Room & Gallery. We were naturally delighted when we were selected to exhibit, so had to hurriedly order some more frames and get framing another set of winter monochrome images. We always thought this venue had huge potential, so we’re looking forward to the opening on Thursday 10th April. So if you are in the Lockton area, please support them and drop in for a coffee and a look at the gallery, it’s looking really good.

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Whilst all this was going on, we called in to re-stock David Reece at the Art Café in Flowergate, Whitby. The Art café is another lovely gallery and David has proved very successful with our winter monochrome images, so we were very happy when he asked us to increase our presence by coming up with a set of local coart-cafelour images. So if you find yourself in Whitby, please make a point of calling in for a drink or a snack at the Art Café and take in the wonderful and varied selection of work they have on display, ranging from Judith’s amazing textile work to a whole range of other talented local artists.

Must get back to the computer now to finish keywording another 160 digi images while it is still raining and then there’s the backlog of stock daffodil images we managed to shoot in the middle of all this framing, they still need processing!

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That’s 20 framed and twelve mounted prints boxed and ready to go to our exhibition “Naturally Inclined” at the White Room, Priestley’s at No. 36, Bootham.
Then we have two exciting new ventures. We’ve been invited to exhibit a set of our winter monochrome images at the newly refurbished ‘Lockton Tea Room and Gallery’, which we are really pleased about. So that’s another box of framed and mounted prints boxed and ready to go.
The second piece of good news is that David at The Art Cafe Flowergate, Whitby has invited us to complement our mono images by adding a colour set, so that’s this week’s task to mount and frame another batch of prints.
Our thanks also go to Brent at Stables Gallery for producing us consistently high quality frames.
It’s been a hard weekend, so I think it’s time to relax with a glass of wine now.