What's Coming for the Rest of 2018!

What's Coming for the Rest of 2018!

As we draw towards the end of the Emerging Artists Exhibition we are starting to curate the next show, which will be the last formalised show of the year. This is centre around animal art with a focus on sculpture.

We have secured works from Simon Gudgeon, Louise McNaught, Jamel Akib, Nichola Theakston, Marion McConaghie, Laura Rich (drawings), Stephen Page, Fiona Rogers & Anup Shah, Ian Greensitt and many more. All of the above have produced special animal works that will accompany a series of talks.

Kirkby In Bloom 2018 - Open Gardens

Kirkby In Bloom 2018 - Open Gardens

The 10th June sees many of Kirkbymoorside's wonderful gardens open to the public. We have been invited to join in this year placing some of the larger sculptures in gardens around the town. Key is the Quaker Meeting House garden which will see Helen Sinclair's sculpture in a setting away from the gallery for the first time. We are massively excited by the event!

Gardens open from 11:00 to 17:00 and the gallery will also be open for the day with a few of us on hand to discuss the sculptures and walk around the gardens if required.

A Slice of Yorkshire and the Bank Holiday Weekend

A Slice of Yorkshire and the Bank Holiday Weekend

Last weekend saw the opening of the much anticipated A Slice of Yorkshire exhibition. A well attended event on the Saturday marked the start of the show, with much nervousness abounding as work was delivered right up to an hour before opening!

The show will evolve as works are released to buyers on the day and we have a few surprises lined up for the coming three months. Key highlights are securing a small offering from award winning James Oughtibridge (pictured above) and new works by Brendan Hesmondhalgh who elected to withdraw from Chelsea Flower Show which resulted in his new body of work where he incorporates metal into his ceramic sculptures joining the Yorkshire exhibition.

New Arrivals

New Arrivals

A rapid trip down to London yesterday and back in the gallery with new works today! Thanks to Layla for doing the whole weekend in London, checking out The Other Art Fair and then two full days at Ceramic Art London, lining up lots of wonderful works for the gallery this year!

We have come back with work by three overseas artists. Grainne Watts, from the Republic of Ireland, and her amazing twinned walled works in stoneware and porcelain. She then decorates with underglazes and slips with mind boggling designs! They are beautifully finished and truly original! 

A rapid trip down to London yesterday and back in the gallery with new works today! Thanks to Layla for doing the whole weekend in London, checking out The Other Art Fair and then two full days at Ceramic Art London, lining up lots of wonderful works for the gallery this year!

We have come back with work by three overseas artists. Grainne Watts, from the Republic of Ireland, and her amazing twinned walled works in stoneware and porcelain. She then decorates with underglazes and slips with mind boggling designs! They are beautifully finished and truly original! 

Simon Gudgeon and Anne-Sophie Gilloen

Simon Gudgeon and Anne-Sophie Gilloen

New arrivals from Rose Eva, Laura Boswell, Anne-Sophie Gilloen and Thomas Joynes plus a fabulous discount offer from Simon Gudgeon. 

We are working on another new project in the gallery that will see us develop a new website with real time links to our stock. For this we will be asking for a little more data from you so that we send the right kind of information in the future. 

We will send out a mailchimp newsletter as soon as the system is finalised, hopefully towards the end of this week. We expect for the system to be live in 3 to 4 weeks with the website following shortly afterwards. 

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

2017 has past with a rush! It's been a big year for the team, bedding into our new location in Kirkbymoorside and then enduring the eighteen weeks of renovations that ensued! We now have the gallery we really wanted and all that hard work has been worth the efforts.

We would firstly like to thank the teams who helped with the renovations from Sid Brackley's building firm, Jonathan Graham's decorations, Chris Clark Electricians, Ryedale District Council for their understanding and assistance and no least our landlord who had the larger bill at the end of the works.

Through it all we continued to trade, despite the gallery closing it's doors for two months

More Ideas! Sorry, we do deal in Temptation!

More Ideas! Sorry, we do deal in Temptation!

Another whistle stop tour of the UK and we are back with more wonderful artworks to tempt you. 12 counties in 3 days and another 900 miles wracked up to make sure we have the very best to offer visitors to the gallery. We have also have Google in to create some internal 360 degree shots for Google Maps, so that you can check we really are doing what we say from the comfort of your home/office! It's up live and click the image below to check it out!

A Few More Ideas!

A Few More Ideas!

Firstly, we are back to be open on Sundays through December and will revisit this as a permanent offering if it proves successful. Open from 10:00 to 16:00 and later by prior arrangement, please do come and see what we have in!

Secondly, next Friday is late night opening in the whole of Kirkbymoorside and we are taking part. We will be open until 21:00 with drinks and more on offer alongside the wonderful art. And here are a few teasers!

A Few Ideas! Part One

A Few Ideas! Part One

You may have seen we recently went on our travels to collect lots of lovely new things. We had 30 studio visits in 5 days, covered nearly 1500 miles and came back barely able to speak! Here are a few hints of the work that arrived and it within the newly renovated gallery space.

We have one more trip to do before Christmas with new works from Jane Human, Karen Stamper, Nichola Theakston amongst others! Deliveries continue to arrive weekly as well with Laura Rich's large works and Darrell Evanes works arriving this week.

We are delighted to have welcomed Layla Khoo to the team this year as our gallery mananger, a role she has jumped into with gusto! Not that she has that much time with her MA at Sunderland ongoing, her own ceramics works and now the owner of the old HSBC in Kirkbymoorside. This may well become much needed creative spaces for local artists along with a new business with Mrs Bils & Rye that they launched recently (more about that in the next instalment!). We have some of Layla's scorched wooden works in the gallery at the moment (see below).

What's New? Nearly Everything!

What's New? Nearly Everything!

Three quick films for those who haven't yet managed to get to the gallery since we reopened on the 2nd September. There will be some professionally shot images and films coming soon. It's an eclectic mix as ever but we think the strongest show of work by such a talented group of artists that we have ever shown. If you can't visit please do get in contact me more films of specific areas of the gallery!

Grand Reopening! 2nd September 2017 - From The Ashes!

Grand Reopening! 2nd September 2017 - From The Ashes!

September sees us celebrate our first year in the new premises in Kirkbymoorside. The last few months have been a trying time, with renovations running way beyond the desired finish date due to weather and complexities of an old building. So we are ready for a party!

The work may not have finished but we hope the scaffolding will be down and just the decorating on the outside will need to be finished. We can't wait any longer to open up the gallery and show the changes inside as well as outside!

A New Direction - Louise McNaught

A New Direction - Louise McNaught

Using a combination of oil, acrylic and spray paints on fine grade box canvases Louise creates stunning animal works. There is a clever use of partial image that hints at the impact of humans upon the animal world. Her works are helping to chart the decline of many species. 

More works arrived from Adam Frew, Cat Santos, Chris Taylor and Matt Horne plus some new cups from Rebecca Callis. Work continues on the gallery, both outside and in, meaning the displays are slightly askew at the moment so please do bear with us, we are open as often as possible given the high level of renovations to the building. It is best to check about our opening hours before setting off! 

Renovations and New Arrivals

Renovations and New Arrivals

Sid and his team arrived this week and started work removing the many layers of old render uncovering some interesting details. Scarily, the lintels are all but gone and the thinking is the old render was supporting the walls! Replacement oak lintels are being installed to keep the building safe for many more years to come. The work is likely to take another six weeks and does include covering up the lovely limestone and sandstone construction once more due to Listed Building rules and to cover the numerous odd alterations over the history of the building.

Playing with Clay

Playing with Clay

A very rare weekend off and away for the whole family! We left the gallery with the wonderful Layla Khoo and Iona Stock, both students at the excellent York College studying ceramics and 3d design. Gallery looks fabulous on our return and our thanks goes out to them both for their hard work and more importantly looking after our baby!

We spent the weekend with Martin Miles-Moore and Siobhan Newton, a married couple who work together at the Miles Moore Pottery in Lancashire. A treat of great food, fine wines, late night outdoor chatting by the Chiminea with the sound of the Church bells every hour.

Renovations! New Arrivals Too!

Renovations! New Arrivals Too!

Mid June is the muted date for the external renovations of 5 Market Place, Kirkbymoorside. The old White Horse Hotel will change to something with a more subtle look. We will know more once we uncover the stone, however, the current plan is to replace the render with a more sympathetic product that allows the stone to breathe. The guttering gets replaced too and lots of the unsightly additions will be in a skip and off for a new life with Stig of the Dump.

Time for us to start considering what to hang from the sign board. Thoughts? If you'd like to see our suggested colour scheme (still subject to Listed Building Consent) then please do pop into the gallery for a cuppa and a chat.

Easter Opening and New Works

Easter Opening and New Works

Easter Opening

Friday 14th April - CLOSED

Saturday 15th April - 10:00 - 17:00

Sunday 16th April - CLOSED

Monday 17th April - CLOSED - Open by prior appointment

Tuesday 18th April - back to normal opening hours

Wednesdays & Sundays

Wednesdays & Sundays

Since we opened in Kirkbymoorside we have been monitoring footfall. Wednesdays continue to be the lowest footfall days so we have taken the decision to close on Wednesdays, except by prior appointment from 5th April 2017. 

The market obstructs much of the parking in Kirkbymoorside on Wednesdays hence our decision. If you would like to visit on a Wednesday please do call in advance or email and we will happily open up. You may well find us in the gallery, catching up with paperwork and all the boring behind the scenes activities.

This continues on Sundays too and again we are happy to open up for anyone who would like to visit whilst we are officially closed. 

Top Tips for 2017 - Paintings

Top Tips for 2017 - Paintings

Moving to Kirkbymoorside, at the foot of the North York Moors, has led to a huge increase in paintings selling. It's definitely easier to see the works with the extra space and the amazingly light room. We have been reviewing all the artists and have a few new ones lined up plus a number of wonderful returners. Here are our tips for the year ahead.

Top Tips for 2017 - Sculpture

Top Tips for 2017 - Sculpture

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.