Moving from John Bunting's old studio was heart wrenching, it just felt right to be able to offer visitors a view of some really high quality modern sculpture from it. That said, the new gallery in Kirkbymoorside more than compensates with it's light and airy spaces. The three rooms offer us far more possibilities for showing off the ever changing sculptures sourced from all over the UK.
Here's a quick run through of the sculptor's we think are great buys right now, either for their value or for the stunning aesthetics they can bring to your home, office or garden. As with all our stock, home trials are offered to make sure the selected piece is right for you and if we don't have it in stock, we will do our best to get something that meets your wishes. Read More
We have hand picked a few of the resident ceramicists and a few that we have lined up for later in 2017 as our top picks for the year. Each has a very different approach, either in making or in the finishing process. The results show the depth of talent in the UK and beyond and the broad range of ceramics now available across the UK.
We will continue to showcase these talented makers and many more whilst helping the emerging artists such as Rhian Malin to find a place in this buoyant and exciting market. We currently have over 40 potters on show from long time specialists such as Stephen Murfitt, Akiko Hirai and Tanya Gomez to the wonderful emerging talents of Albert Montserrat, Alex Shimwell and Cat Santos.
We have a number of selection criteria for the artists we show, not least form, function and finish. It's a delight to open up a box of the latest arrivals! Read More
Heaps of new arrivals to the gallery firmly putting rural Ryedale on the map. Our location at the foot of the North York Moors is a great one, Kirkbymoorside has a lot to offer, not least in it's quirky shops, antique outlets, architecture and last but not least the wonderful people.
Arriving soon are works from Anne-Sophie Gilloen, Philip Wakeham, Alex McIntyre, Alex McCarthy, Albert Montserrat, Amanda Horvath and many more. We also have a party planned to celebrate our 4th birthday! Read More
Over the Christmas period Kate and I have given our online content a great deal of thought. When we first opened the gallery, we really wanted to showcase excellent quality work and show the tactility of each piece and to that end we avoided opening an online store.
As the first year was a success we tried to replicate that with an online presence and shop that allowed distant clients to purchase with ease. We tried a few stores out but none came close to the physical gallery experience and so we decided to remove the store with immediate effect.
This does not mean we no longer wish to service distant clients but that we would rather approach it from a more manual process where we discuss the merits of the works we stock as we would in the gallery. This side of the business has developed strongly thought 2016 and we hope we have the support of our clients and artists alike in moving to a older style of selling art works! Read More
We are delighted to have teamed up with the specialist piano tuners and renovators at The Piano Workshop and are now offering their completed projects for sale from the gallery. On top of that we will periodically be having a pianist come in and show off the pianos to their highest abilities!
The first event is on the 21st December and I'm sure a few Christmas carols will creep into the playlist. Drinks and snacks will be on offer whilst Robert Schmuck plays away on the 1928 fully restored Schiedmayer Boudoir Grand. Read More
For the last four years we have worked hard to bring new, exciting and technically advanced ceramics to the gallery from all over the UK and further afield. We currently hold an extensive stock of works that reflect the immense strength and depth in the ceramics field, all of which are hand-made by artisans that pride themselves on developing their skills. Read More
November sees us welcome another new potter, Chris Taylor, who plies his trade from studios in Devon. Using quite different techniques to the norm, printing, sandblasting and decals to create pots of magnitude. We love that each pot is as individual as the eventual owners and that they have an appearance of being decayed with layer upon layer of history embedded into each piece.
We have a batch of 9 pots that arrived at the end of October, one sold instantly so there are 8 to pick from ranging from £190 to £1050. Read More
It has been a head spinning few weeks since we made the decision to move the gallery. Five weeks from the point of signing the lease on 5 Market Place, Kirkbymoorside to opening the doors to a large new exhibition with 29 new makers! Meanwhile our plans for the stand at Cambridge Art Fair continued apace and we returned with quite a bit less work than we took. Now that that is over we can concentrate on the new gallery space which is proving to be a big hit with visitors and generally getting the seal of approval from the locals. Read More
Thursday 29th September sees the fourth running of the Cambridge Art Fair in the Guildhall located on the Market Place. We have taken a large stand to show 14 of our highly talented artists.
It is an all ticket affair, you can download a free ticket from our website though and with over 40 galleries showing works by artists from all over the world it promises to be a great event and well worth visiting. Read More
There have been some close calls over the last three years as we have searched extensively for a new home for the gallery. Nothing really nailed the look we were after, a grown-up version of the space we occupy at Nunnington Studios. Strangely a building we pass daily almost that has been empty since it closed as a public house back in 2010 caught our eye. In less than a month we have negotiated (hard) and signed a lease. Read More
change to our opening hours Read More
After many hours of study and consideration we have made our selections for the forthcoming Exhibition for Emerging Potters. We have a selection of 30 artists all new to Bils & Rye. We are delighted in the quality of the work submitted and it was no easy task cutting it down to a manageable level for our first event of this type.
There is still heaps of work to do to get the show ready, but in the meantime, here are a few images of the successful entrants. Read More
Two packages arrived today, one from Todmorden in the form of a Hawk Lamp from our friends at BLOTT Works. We just love the engineering that goes into each piece and the attention to detail.
Second was a big package of stunning paintings by Cornish based artist Graham S Davis. This first batch of his work represents great value. Prices start at £400 and rise to £1000 for the work we have that all plays to a theme.
Coming soon we also have some very fresh works by Alex McIntyre, some examples of which are below. We love Alex's atmospheric take on the landscape, capturing the mood of the climate and light so expertly. Read More
It's been a while since we sat down and worked out who is good to collect and maybe bring some much needed positivity to your life and net worth! We scan the shelves and add a few that are soon to join the gallery. We would love your feedback too! Read More
We were lucky enough to head down to Chelsea Flower Show last week and meet some of our amazing sculptors and add more to the mix for the future. It also provided a heap of inspiration for our next project, which involves the development of a private garden to show sculpture in an informal garden for private views.
This project is in the early stages but we are very hopeful that it will be fully open for next year, albeit with a lot of development ahead. We will post progress shots over the coming months as the garden develops and we select the sculpture to go on show for 2017. Read More
Here at Bils & Rye we love to shout from the rooftops about ceramics! This year will see our inagural emerging potter show, timed to run around Ceramic Art York. From the 1st September 2016 to the 31st October 2016 we will show a selection of ceramics by emerging makers from the UK and Ireland.
Applications to the show are open now until the 15th July for makers who can satisfy the following critirea:
- Less than 3 years post graduation
- Less than 5 years working from own or shared studio
In the first instance email application should be made here. Read More
We are really delighted to welcome Fryton Catering to Nunnington Studios, bringing with them years of experience catering for functions across North Yorkshire. The cafe and Sweet Valentine (an affordable gift shop) opened their doors this morning.
No great fanfare as yet, that comes next week when there is an official launch event with canapes, hog roast and bar!
I've tried the bacon sandwich and gave it top marks! I'll be back for more later today I am sure! Read More
Our tip for the year in ceramics is Catalan artist Albert Montserrat. His thrown porcelain vessels are majestic measuring 50-60cm tall. Currently priced at £350.00 they represent great value too! We currently have six examples in the gallery collected at the weekend. There were 8 but already two have departed to new homes!
Albert's use of oil spot glazes helps to elevate an already beautiful pot to something quite magnificent.
We are also delighted to announce that Fryton Catering have taken on the old coffee shop at Nunnington Studios and will be opening the doors shortly. It will be great to have a buzz about at the yard again. They have planned a launch event for Friday 29th April in the evening and we will be letting you know more about that shortly. The gallery will be open for the evening too so you can experience the courtyard and all that it offers along with a glass or two of wine with canapés and a hog roast! Read More
Chris Keenan - Porcelain Perfection Read More
Over the years we have been involved with the art business, sculpture has been possibly the least understood or approachable medium. We have recently sat down to consider why this might be!
Firstly the most obvious answer is the cost, making it unobtainable for many. Most art buyers will rarely consider the purchase or commissioning of a sculpture because they fear it's initial investment is beyond their means. Hopefully we can shatter this myth a little. Yes there is a lot of very expensive sculpture in the market but mostly this fits into the 'supercar' bracket. The majority is affordable, brilliantly made and potentially a sound investment in what is a whacky market. Read More