Possibilities and Boundaries – A Review of Nicholas Lees, ‘Penumbra’ and Jeff Powell, ‘Edge’ by Wendy Rhodes

EXHIBITION REVIEW by Wendy Rhodes

Rabley Contemporary is hosting a serene and tranquil show of drawing and ceramics by Nicholas Lees and Jeff Powell. The first few minutes spent with the finely crafted works provides the visitor with impressions of shifting light and ephemeral glimpses of forms, redolent of fleeting recollections. Take a little more time and each piece reveals itself as a complex engagement with materials exploiting the possibilities and boundaries of the hand-made. Lees has produced a series of porcelain vessels which defy concepts of solidity Continue reading

Fred Gatley ‘The Rabley Series’ – Ceramics in Response to the Landscape.

Fred Gatley, ‘The Rabley Series’ Porcelain bowl with cast bronze base (Rabley inclusions)

For over thirty years Fred Gatley has been carefully incorporating found materials within his pieces, many of these introduced into the clay bodies themselves. Sands, silts, muds, brick fragments, stones and rusting iron have all been used, combined with drift woods and even waste copper scraps, all of these bringing to the work their own story and location.

In ‘The Rabley Series’ Fred has responded to the landscape and environment of Rabley Home Farm, a working arable farm set in the ancient Wiltshire downs. The landscape throws up echoes of its history including fragments from the Neolithic, Iron and Roman ages together with the everyday chips of a contemporary working farm. Continue reading

Gallery Talk and Film 12 April 2016

Rabley Drawing Centre Jo Taylor Gallery Talk

GALLERY TALK
TUESDAY 12 APRIL 2016
6.30 – 8pm

‘Drawing, Ceramics and taking risks!’
Jo Taylor in conversation with Prof. Michael Pennie

TICKETS £5 – Book  NOW

“..there is a deep and meaningful connection between risk taking and creativity and it’s one that’s often overlooked” Albert Einstein

Professor Michael Pennie, artist and sculptor in conversation with Jo Taylor discussing ‘Drawing, Ceramics and taking risks!’ process and making. Looking at the key elements of risk, drawing and the sculptural form.This artist’s talk coincides with the exhibition ‘Separate Arrangements’ – Jo Taylor, ceramics and Jane Harris, works on paper.

 

Schedule
6.30 – 7          Gallery Viewing – Separate Arrangements:
Jo TayLor Ceramic and Jane Harris, Works on paper
7 – 7.15          FILM (10 Mins)  Jane Harris: Surface to Edge – Painting Light, Pollen
Résidence d’artistes à  Monflanquin / Musée des Beaux-Arts de Libourne
7.15                Jo Taylor in conversation with Prof. Michael Pennie
7.45                Q&A
Gallery open to 8.30pm

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Rabley Summer Exhibition

Summer Exhibition A6 final

Opening Tues 25 June 6-8pm

26 June – 13 July

Open Thurs, Friday, Saturday 10 – 5pm and by appointment. A group exhibition of drawings, prints, sculpture and ceramics by artists from Rabley Drawing School, including the journeymen of the ‘Drawn to India’ sketchbook tours.

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