We have three wonderful new woodcut prints from Sadie Tierney available at this year’s London Original Print Fair at The Royal Academy of Arts. In Sadie Tierney’s new woodcuts and watercolours the anticipated excitement of the voyage radiates from the gloaming as ships head out of port reflecting on the sea.
Tom Cartmill was winner of the SKETCH 2017, Rabley Print Edition Prize and we are delighted to present his new publication ‘A Fragment’ at the London Original Print fair. This work is the culmination of the project that has enabled him to translate his beautiful drawing into an intaglio print.
The ‘Fragment Series’, with clear connotations of remnants, remains, what has been left, references the fact that by its nature our memories, our understanding of people, places, concepts are far from complete. However much we toil in our understanding, or how adeptly we master skills, we do not achieve completeness. The nature of working as an artist is necessarily a searching, a piecing together, a process of discovery from uncertain territory. Notions that Cartmill finds ‘encapsulated in a fragment’. “I often have in mind TS Eliot’s ‘Four Quartets’ where in East Coker he dwells on the nature of creativity as an endless working towards recovering ‘what has been lost'”.
We are launching a beautiful new Rebecca Salter Japanese woodblock print at the London Original Print Fair. ‘Leste’ is printed on Torinoko paper using 12 blocks and 38 printings, printed with the Sato workshop in Japan.
Rebecca Salter and Japanese Woodblock Printing
Rebecca Salter commissioned the famous Sato Woodblock Workshop in Kyoto to produce print editions, She is also an expert in Japanese woodblock printmaking making selected prints, paintings and works on paper in her London Studio
“I have a passion for Japanese art and especially for woodblock prints, a printing technique using, traditionally, Japanese paper, cherry wood and water-based inks.” RS
We are delighted to be launching ‘Sweet Chestnut’ by Eileen Cooper, a 4 block, colour linocut in an edition of 35 at the London Original Print Fair 2018.
Rabley has a very exciting Spring and summer planned. To keep you up to date in one email I have included exciting news and key dates below – from the Rabley Gallery’s exclusive launch at the London Original Print Fair of new prints by Emma Stibbon RA, Eileen Cooper RA, Rebecca Salter RA, Nana Shiomi, Sara Lee and more! To Special opportunities to meet the artists, courses and culminating with our Summer Picnic in July!
We look forward to seeing you.
With best wishes for a Happy Easter!
to 28 April 2018
‘The Precious Hours’
New prints and works on paper made during the artists’ residency at Rabley Drawing Centre.
‘The Rabley Series’
An exhibition of ceramics made in response to the landscape and environment of Rabley farm.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10am – 4pm
and weekdays by Appointment.
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.
All the ceramics made for this exhibition contain varying amounts of material collected from the farm over the past year or so. The various flecks and inclusions visible in the ceramic body include, stones, sand, rust, mud and brick fragments. The metal bases are fabricated from copper reclaimed from the fine copper windings taken from within a large decommissioned electrical pump-motor donated by Andrew Ainslie. The bronze/copper bases were themselves cast into wooden moulds fashioned from wood salvaged from the Rabley estate. The tiny silver feet also came from Rabley in the form of scrap silver donated by Meryl Ainslie at the outset of the project.
Each piece is made, to achieve a delicate balance of form, scale, structure and texture; producing work that has an understated visual richness set against a feeling of quiet simplicity.
Nothing is finished
And nothing is perfect
Quote from ‘Wabi Sabi Simple’ by Richard F Powell. ‘Wabi sabi’ is an ancient Japanese aesthetic that values the imperfect, the handmade and the simple.
Fred Gatley, born in Warrington in 1956, works from his studio in Greenwich, London. Fred studied Ceramics at Bristol Polytechnic graduating in 1978, after this he moved to London where he began work in the Sir John Cass Department of Art. From 1980 to 2017 he worked within the ‘Cass’ teaching on their undergraduate and post-graduate 3D courses including Art, Architecture, Product, Jewellery and 3D Design. In 1998 Fred completed an MA by Project ‘Researching the Grinding and Polishing of High-Fired Ceramics’ at London Guildhall University and was awarded an MPhil at London Metropolitan University in 2006.
Fred Gatley’s ‘The Rabley Series’ is showing at Rabley Gallery from 17 March – 28 April 2018 alongside Katherine Jones’ ‘The Precious Hours’ prints and works on paper produced during her residency at Rabley.
The vision to build an iconic museum and art gallery in Swindon’s town centre came to life at Rabley Drawing Centre with an amazing presentation by architect Jason Parker from the award winning and internationally renowned Make Architects.
The project was showcased in the Rabley Gallery to a packed house, all were enthusiastic to know more and backthebidswindon to make a reality this wonderful opportunity putting the new Swindon Museum and Gallery at the heart the renaissance of the town. Viewing the beauty of the architect’s model of the building was a show-stopper moment!
There are two monumental spires fanning the span of the building that houses a new gallery for the important C20 art collection, the extensive museum and archaeological collections, contemporary galleries, education and community spaces – taking us towards the sky with a beautiful rooftop garden and sculpture park. This will be a cultural heart for local people and to encourage visitors and new life to Swindon.
Robert Hiscox has launched this amazing project, backing it not only with his passion for the arts but his commitment and support of the project to get if off the ground. He has backed an independent board of trustees to drive the project, but remains its inspiration!
Dr. Rod Hebden, director of the trust is co-ordinating and putting the Heritage Lottery Fund bid together. The Council is behind the project with major funding, but we need all the friends of Rabley to backthebid too!! The trustees want to hear your comments, revel in your ideas and take you on the journey with them. So if you have not already done so sign up with your support today.
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SPECIAL NOTE – EXHIBITION
We are very proud the Rabley Gallery artists and friends for all your support. It was fantastic to have SADIE TIERNEY’S brilliant exhibition ‘Of Night and the Light and the Half Light’ as a backdrop to this event – so don’t forget to come along and visit the show. It is open until 21 October.