Sarah Ainslie Rabley Event – Portrait Gallery

Indian inspired backdrop

On Sunday 19th May there was a special studio photographic event to coincide with the opening of Sarah Ainslie’s exhibition ‘Indian Photographers Captured’ at Rabley Drawing Centre. Sarah used the rolling Rabley landscape as part of the perfect Indian inspired photographic backdrop, juxtaposed with rugs, materials and various quirky curios.

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SARAH AINSLIE Photographic Studio Event 19 May

7 Suresh Kumar Joshi - Suresh Photo low res Studio, Jaisalmer

Following the  private view on 19 May of our forthcoming exhibition SARAH AINSLIE, ‘Indian Photographers Captured’. You are invited to come and participate in creating a photographic studio within the gallery’s natural surroundings using props and backdrops. 2-5pm. Free. Please email us if you plan to attend

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Sara Lee and Stoney Road Press

Our artist in residence Sara Lee has been working in Dublin with Stoney Road Press.

Sara Lee, ‘The Crossing’, woodblock and Intaglio Image size: 42 x 59.5cm, paper size: 58 x 72.5cm, edition of 40

She has completed two beautiful new woodblock and Intaglio prints ‘The Crossing’ and ‘Passage Through’  (each in Edition of 40) Continue reading

Emma Stibbon ‘Late Austral Summer in Antarctica’


This gallery contains 14 photos. Late austral summer in Antarctica. HMS Protector blog 5 The months of February and March are late austral summer in Antarctica, and as we head further south beyond the Antarctic Circle the light hours increase to over 18 hours … Continue reading

Tom Hammick’s Reduction Woodcut Course at Rabley


This gallery contains 14 photos. Tom Hammick’s – Colour & The Rural Landscape Drawing, drypoint and woodcut printmaking After the success of his exhibition ‘Night For Day’ at Rabley in November 2012, artist Tom Hammick returned to the rural Wiltshire countryside to run a … Continue reading

Emma Stibbon ‘Progressing South’

In progressing South we pass through the Lemaire Channel, perhaps one of the most scenic places on the planet. HMS Protector Blog 4

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Emma Stibbon ‘Mountains South’ Ink on paper

On the 21st Feb we reach Matha Strait, an area of coastline that HMS Protector has been tasked to chart. A small group of us make landfall to camp overnight on Detaille Island as the survey team need to install a tide guage. It is an amazing experience to sleep out on the ice, although as temperatures reached -15 it is the coldest experience of my life.

12. Detaille Base WEmma Stibbon ‘Detaille Island’ ink on paper

I learn that it is important to establish the periodic rise and fall in tide in order to apply this difference to the sonar measurements of the seabed. Tides varies across the globe; a few millimetres in the West Indies compared to 15 metres back at home in the Bristol Channel. By measuring the tidal difference over a 25 hour period off Detaille Island, the hydrographer can apply this to their calculations to get the true tidal range in the Peninsula area.

Emma Stibbon RA

Erupting volcanos!!!! – Emma Stibbon is elected Royal Academician. A well deserved accolade for a fantastic artist.

'Hverir, Iceland'134 x 187cm Ink on paper, volcanic dust-5266

Visit the Royal Academy Summer exhibition from 10 June—18 August 2013 see: Royal Academy website. Emma Stibbon’s  exhibition  ‘Terra Infirma’ at Rabley Drawing Centre starts 10 November 2013

Emma Stibbon ‘Rough Crossing to Deception Island’

Emma Stibbon ‘Rough Crossing to Deception Island’ blog 2 from HMS Protector

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Emma Stibbon ‘Deception Rockface’ Ink on paper

After a fairly rough crossing where I became familiar with my bunk we sighted the South Shetland Islands. Sailing into Deception Island is an experience. The island’s collapsed volcanic cone forms one of the safest natural harbors in the world. Continue reading