Amy-Jane Blackhall – Everyone is a Moon

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Everyone Is A Moon is an exhibition of new work by artist and printmaker Amy-Jane Blackhall that takes the form of an immersive sculptural installation.

Blackhall’s work emerges from her fascination with the concept of interconnectedness, through the physical and spiritual act of making, particularly the repetitive nature of print.

Underlying structures are central to her imagery; derived from sacred places, she frequently references archetypal symbols, Oriental art and Eastern ideologies. Recurring themes in her work reflect on how the universality has a strong aesthetic appeal transcending space and time, language and culture.

A large lunar abacus takes centre stage. A familiar childhood object used for counting now holds hand blown glass moons positioned to mark the lunar phases of 2017. Casting it’s own shadow and reflection in the mirror moon it exists beyond it’s framework; as the audience orbit the space they can’t help but interact and engage.

Accompanied by a series of prints made from solar plates there is an emphasis on the comfort in the cadence and repetition of ongoing cycles that both anchor and elude us.

Neil Bousfield & Nik Pollard – Coast

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Coast explores two artists response to the changing British Coastline and surrounding wetlands.

Neil Bousfield’s Home and Place and Walcott woodcut series reflect on notions of temporality, loss, and fragility. The prints begin to map and record the impact of the process of coastal erosion, storms, sea surges and rising sea levels on Walcott as a place. The delicate marks and pallet used act to unravel a narrative that explores a changing landscape and community.

Nik Pollards Wallasea drawings explore the relationship between landscape and nature. In 2015/16 Pollard was invited by the RSPB to help record the Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project though drawing and painting on site. The RSPB reserve in Essex is an ambitious project in which ancient wetland landscape is being recreated using, amongst other things, 4.5 million tonnes of spoil from the London Crossrail. It is part of a plan to combat flooding, the effects of climate change and to replace lost natural habitat. Saltmarsh, mudflats, lagoons and pasture are being established through major earthworks – the biggest conservation and engineering project of its type in Europe.

The energetic drawings are the result of two visits made to the site and reflect Pollards fascination for the contrast between the site under construction and its development as flora and fauna beginning to take hold.

London Art Fair 2018

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RABLEY GALLERY is thrilled to be returning to the London Art fair this January; exhibiting drawings, works on paper, contemporary fine art prints and editioned multiples. This year, for the first time we will be exhibiting works by Peter Randall Page RA. Alongside established and emerging artists including; Eileen Cooper RA, Rebecca Salter RA, Emma Stibbon RA, Jane Harris, Sara Lee, Katherine Jones, Susan Preston, Nana Shiomi and Sadie Tierney. 3D artists and ceramicists include Jo Taylor and Nicholas Lees, both with a strong drawn sensibility underpinning their works.

Each year, as part of the Gallery and Rabley Drawing Centre’s programme we invite artists to work in the Rabley studios. In 2017 the night and the sky loom in the themes of these special works on paper. Eileen Cooper’s new Luna series poetically combine figures and flowers in conversation of love. Large colourful woodcuts by Sadie Tierney RCA ‘Norge San Draumr’ will cut an impressive view into a nocturnal sky. Delicate works on paper Katherine Jones look to the clouds, this small cumulus works have accumulated on the preceding wind of the artists solo exhibition opening in Spring 2018. Ceramicist Nicholas Lees will present a light box of forms with the light shimmering at the lathed edges of his porcelain. Rabley Gallery has commissioned Jo Taylor to make a limited edition of 50 porcelain ‘Unomi’ bowls to accompany a new series of of ‘Tea Bowls’ woodcuts by Japanese artist Nana Shiomi.

 

RABLEY ARTMAS

Artmas Exhibition at Rabley Gallery

15 – 22 DECEMBER 2017

Artmas will feature a beautiful collection of paintings, works on paper, prints, ceramics and jewellery from your favourite Rabley artists.

PRUDENCE AINSLIE | CRAIGIE AITCHISON RA | HELEN BARFF NEIL BOUSFIELD | EILEEN COOPER RA | NAOMI FREARS PETER FREETH RA | JANE HARRIS | KATHERINE JONES | SARA LEE | NICHOLAS LEES | EMILY MYERS | JEFF POWELL | SUSAN PRESTON | FIONA ROBINSON | REBECCA SALTER RA | EMMA STIBBON RA | MERYL AINSLIE | NANA SHIOMI | SADIE TIERNEY

Christmas Opening Hours
Fri 15 Dec                 10 – 8
Sat 16 Dec                 10 – 4
Sun 17 Dec               (Closed)
Mon 18 Dec              10 – 4
Tues 19 Dec              10 – 4
Wed 20 Dec              (Closed)
Thurs 21 Dec            10 – 4
Fri 22 Dec                 10 – 4

Sadie Tierney Limited Edition Print & Book Offer

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To coincide with the opening of Sadie Tierney’s exhibition Of Night, Light and the Half-Light at Rabley Drawing Centre this month, we are offering a special limited edition print ‘Starflyer’ together with a copy of her new book that accompanies the show.

The Print

Starflyer (image above)
Silkscreen with Handcolour
29 x 39cm
edition 15

The Book

SADIE TIERNEY
Of Night the Light and the Half-light
52 pages
18 x 18cm
Published by Rabley Drawing Centre
September 2017

 

The Offer

You will receive a limited edition, unframed print together with a copy of the book, signed by Sadie Tierney.

Cost: £250

There are only 15 prints available. To order please contact the gallery on 01672 511999 or email us at info@rableydrawingcentre.com.

Note: Prints are sold on a first come, first served basis and any postage where required will be charged at cost in addition.

 

SADIE TIERNEY – Making new woodcut prints at Rabley

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We have been delighted to welcome artist Sadie Tierney to be in residence in the Rabley Drawing Centre print–room making stunning woodcuts for her forthcoming exhibition ‘Of Night and Light and the Half-light’.

Monumental in scale, she has honed the blocks and cut the images using hand and mechanical tools, never loosing the freshness of the drawing translated from her sketched and sometimes drawn directly onto the plywood sheets.

 

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Sally Taylor – That Head, That Head

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Sally Taylor – That Head, That Head

Exhibition at Rabley Drawing Centre
26 September – 29 October
Open Thursday and Friday 10 – 5 Saturday 11 – 3 and by appointment

Sally Taylor

Sally Taylor studied Fine Art BA and MA in Studio Practice at Lancaster University. She is an artist, lecturer and curator. She has exhibited across the UK and has been nominated for the prestigious Jerwood Drawing Prize on four occasions, in 2014 winning a ‘Highly Commended’.

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Taylor was recently awarded Grants for the Arts funding to work with leading practitioners/curators in contemporary drawing at Drawing Projects UK in Trowbridge, Wiltshire. Formed in 2009 by Professor Anita Taylor, Drawing Projects UK promotes development and research initiatives in drawing, including the Jerwood Drawing Prize, the new centre opened at Bridge House in Trowbridge in 2015. http://drawingprojects.uk/

Taylor’s work explores human and social interactions through drawing and mark making.

‘My drawings affirm a desire to understand more about human relationships, specifically my own interaction with others’ and that  ‘Through mark-making, I record and map social interaction as intimate / public dialogues are played out on the paper or canvas in an attempt to challenge the validity of language in articulating aspects of human experience.’

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Taylor is also a Lecturer at York St John University and lives and works in North Yorkshire.

 


Headstrong, Sally Taylor, 2015

The drawings of British artist Sally Taylor are populated by Confused Heads and open, yet silent mouths. These motifs press on the picture plane again and again emerging from as many as two hundred drawings a day; calling to one another, always becoming, never resolved. From the grease stained pages of found paper, thought triangles jostle each other failing to reach consensus (Confused Head 10). A state of internal variance is thus revealed by the image, but it is an enunciation that captures the censorship performed by the head’s black tape line. Does this thick black casing preserve the subject against the judgements of the merciless world or is it the other way around? These contradictory material operations signal the continued play of muteness and articulacy that characterises Taylor’s work. Since its earliest beginnings Taylor’s practice has rejected the ‘clever’ conceptualism and push towards representation that sanitised art of its materials. Rather she wilfully embraces the wrong materials; scraps of soiled paper or the inner sleeves of books salvaged from charity shops, POSCA pens, wall chart stickers and insulation tape. The vocabulary of line and surface that these materials facilitate resists not only the autonomy and polish of ‘high art’ but also the language that has characterised the production and reception of art since the critical and cultural turn. Taylor’s unruly figures thus work her environment; historically they have been a performative index of the class-born fear of saying the ‘wrong thing’ or perhaps even worse, saying nothing at all. More recently, however, these concerns have been supplemented by a feminist politics that refuses to disavow the impact of motherhood on her working practices. Studio days may be ring-fenced out of necessity, but the day-to-day handling of materials in the company of children has inevitably informed this artist’s practice.

Vanessa Corby 2015

Vanessa Corby is Senior Lecturer in the Theory, History and Practice of Fine Art at York St John University. She lives in Leeds with her partner and young son.


That Head, That Head runs from 26 September to 29 October at Rabley Contemporary Gallery alongside the exhibition Conversations – Monoprints by Stephen Snoddy.

For more information visit our website:

http://www.rableydrawingcentre.com/events/sally-taylor-exhibition-rabley-2016.html

If you are interested in the work of Sally Taylor you can get in touch with us to make an appointment to visit the gallery or request an invitation to the private view.

Contact: Meryl Ainslie on 01672 511999 or email info@rableydrawingcentre.com

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