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! Read More
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! Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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 Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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