Tom Cartmill – New Print Edition for The London Original Print Fair

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.

Tom Cartmill, A Fragment 2018, Intaglio, 46.5 x 57.5 cm, Edition of 25, £325

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 or understanding, or to master skills, we will 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 I find 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 offering Tom’s print at a special pre-publication price of £325 before and during the London Original Print Fair. After this it will be £375.

The SKETCH 2017 Rabley Print Edition Prize

Through winning the Rabley Print Editioning Prize, Tom had the opportunity to work with master printmaker AJ Blackhall at the Rabley Print Studio to create a print edition of one of his intricate drawings. Armed with a selection of drawings Tom was guided through the process of creating prints and editioning them, something entirely new to him.

Tom Cartmill talks about his experience

“I was delighted to win the coveted Rabley Editioning Prize for the work in my sketchbooks selected for Sketch 2017 at Rabley Gallery. The main focus in my practice for many years has been drawing, so to gain such recognition from a highly regarded gallery, where drawing takes precedence, I see as an exciting affirmation of my practice.

I have found the process exciting and invigorating. It is exceedingly rare in my studio-based practice, that I collaborate with other people when developing work, so it has been a pleasure to be stretched in a new way: I have been in regular contact and consultation with Meryl Ainslie, the Director of Rabley Gallery and working with Amy-Jane Blackhall, whose reputation as one of the UK’s foremost printmakers is well-known. It has been a real pleasure to work with people who have such expertise.

Technically, I have also been challenged and stretched in new directions, which I have found to be both complimentary and enriching to my work. I have developed an intaglio print for editioning, using processes entirely new to me. It has been immensely satisfying exploring the possibilities provided by new methods of working and learning to use drawing materials that behave in a way unfamiliar to me. I can unhesitatingly say that my practice has been well and truly extended as a result of this project.

The winning of the Rabley Editioning Prize has certainly added so much to my practice and I am very much looking forward to seeing the work displayed at the London Original Print Fair on the Rabley Contemporary Gallery stand. It is also a unique opportunity for me career-wise to have the exposure that will come from the launch of my edition at such a renowned international art fair. I am extremely grateful to Meryl Ainsley for awarding me this prize.”

Tom Cartmill 2017


Tom Cartmill – Statement, Selected Exhibitions, Collections and Publications.

“Over many years, I have spent a great deal of time looking closely at the quality of surface of early renaissance and old master paintings, at the tell-tale marks, scratches, distortions, beyond the merely pictorial, that only come with the passing of time. My work has also been informed by my years spent living in Sicily and Southern Spain, where I developed an interest in the Moorish heritage and a passion for Islamic ceramics.”

Selected Exhibitions: 2018 – Patrons and Donors, Sir John Madejski Gallery, Reading Museum, Reading, UK; Drawn, No Format Gallery, London; 2017 – National Open Art Competition, Bargehouse Oxo Tower Wharf, London; Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London; ArtGemini Prize, Asia House, London; SKETCH 2017, Rabley Drawing Centre, Marlborough; Drawn, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol; 2016 – Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London; Derwent Art Prize, Mall Galleries, London; 164 RWA Open, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol. Selected Collections: Reading Museum, Reading; New College Chapel, Oxford. Selected Prizes/Awards: SKETCH 2017 – Rabley Print Editioning Prize; 1999 Art Bursary, Cherwell District Council, to study print making at Oxford Printmakers Cooperative. Selected publications: International Drawing Annual 12, Manifest Drawing Centre, USA (to be published mid 2018).


RABLEY CONTEMPORARY
will be at STAND 24

LOPF, Royal Academy of Arts
Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD
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Thursday 3 May 10am – 9pm
Friday 4 May 10am – 8pm
Saturday 5 May 10am – 6pm
Sunday 6 May 10am – 6pm

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Enquire about work by Tom Cartmill and/or visiting the London Original Print Fair –  Email. meryl@rableygallery.com or Tel. +44(0)1672 511999

View all artists and new publications with Rabley Gallery at the London Original Print Fair 3-6 May 2018 –  Click to View

 

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Rebecca Salter RA – New Prints for The London Original Print Fair

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 Leste 2018
Japanese woodblock on Torinoko paper.
24 x 24 cm 
Edition of 30

View Rebecca Salter LOPF catalogue


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

 

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Eileen Cooper RA – New Prints for The London Original Print Fair

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.

Sweet Chestnut 2018
Linocut on Japanese paper
Block 30.5 x 20.5cm,
Paper 38 x 26.5cm
Edition of 35
Printed by Blackbird Editions
£650

 

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Rabley Newsletter Spring 2018

Dear  Friends,

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!

Meryl Ainslie
Rabley Gallery

 

 

Current Exhibition
to 28 April 2018

KATHERINE JONES
‘The Precious Hours’
New prints and works on paper made during the artists’ residency at Rabley Drawing Centre.

FRED GATLEY
‘The Rabley Series’
An exhibition of ceramics made in response to the landscape and environment of Rabley farm.

Opening Times
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10am – 4pm
and weekdays by Appointment.

EXHIBITION INFORMATION

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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.

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 lasts
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.

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Vision for a New Swindon Museum and Gallery

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New Swindon Museum and Gallery- Make Architects

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.

Ann-Christopher RA, Emma-Stibbon RA, Sadie-Tierney, Jason-Parker, Meryl-Ainslie

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!

The New Swindon Museum and Gallery Architect’s Model

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!

The New Swindon Museum and Gallery – nocturnal view

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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Sign up here to back the bid! http://swindonmuseum.org.uk

Read more about Make Architects design proposalhttp://www.makearchitects.com/media/news-and-events/161214-swindon-museum-and-art-gallery/

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SPECIAL NOTE – EXHIBITION

Sadie Tierney ‘ Starry Mantle Boardwalk. Showing in her solo exhibition ‘Of Night and the Light and the Half Light at Rabley Gallery until 21 October

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.

http://www.rableydrawingcentre.com/rabley-drawing-gallery-exhibitions.htm

SKETCH 2017 TOUR Black Swan Arts 22 July – 3 Sept

SKETCH 2017 on Tour

22 JULY – 3 SEPTEMBER 2017

BLACK SWAN ARTS 2 Bridge Street, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BB

SKETCH 2017 – Sketchbook Drawing Prize includes 100 sketchbooks by 77 artists. It is selected from an international submission of over 500 Sketchbooks. This is the fourth SKETCH exhibition since 2005 and this year it will be touring UK venues.

Preview Friday 21 July 6- 8pm

OPENING TIMES – Black Swan Arts   Mon- Sat: 10.00am- 4.00pm

EXHIBITION CATALOGUE

SKETCH 2017 EXHIBITION CATALOGUE

The SKETCH 2017 Catalogue is now available to purchase online through the RABLEY BOOK SHOP. Each of the 77 artists in the exhibition is represented in this fully illustrated catalogue with an image from a selected sketchbook. Introduction by Meryl Ainslie, Director of Rabley Drawing Centre.

http://www.rableydrawingcentre.com/rabley-publications.html

SKETCH 2017 – CATALOGUE Open Sketchbook Drawing Prize. Catalogue of the artists sketchbooks selected for the SKETCH 2017 Open Sketchbook Drawing Prize.102 Pages, laminated soft cover, fully illustrated. 17 x 17cm. Introduction text by Meryl Ainslie, Director of Rabley Drawing Centre

This book is currently only available to purchase online via http://www.blurb.com by following the buy now link below. PDF versions also available.

VIEW AND PURCHASE LINK 

Publication Price £27 / PDF version £2.99 (plus VAT and P&P)

First edition published 20th May 2017 by Rabley Drawing Centre, Rabley Barn, Mildenhall, Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 2LW, Email: info@rableydrawingcentre.com. Telephone: +44 (0)1672 511999 Website: http://www.rableydrawingcentre.com. ISBN 978 0 9926817 1 5

Printed in the UK by Blurb (www.blurb.co.uk)

REVIEW

 

..”the selections for Sketch 2017 continue to challenge what the concept of a sketchbook is and for. One searches for intimacy and authenticity, questioning the role that notebooks play in an artist’s practice. Anne Desmet’s people and places evidence a sketchbook as a constant companion..” Fiona Robinson, Evolver Magazine July/August 2017

Read Fiona Robinson’s full review of Sketch 2017 in Evolver Magazine http://www.evolver.org.uk

TOUR VENUES AND DATES

22 July – 3 September 2017

Black Swan Arts, Frome

2 Bridge Street

Frome, BA11 1BB

9 September – 6 October 2017

Plymouth College of Art

Tavistock Place

Plymouth PL4 8AT

20 November – 15 December 2017

Peter Scott Gallery

Lancaster Arts

Great Hall Complex

Lancaster University LA1 4YW

with thanks to our collaborators and sponsors

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