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.
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.
We've had a quick trip around the gallery with the camera to introduce you to a few of the makers on display. Searching For Enlightenment runs into April with a few additions to come over the next couple of weeks. We are delighted to welcome our first French artist in Veronique Paquereau with one of her wonderful mixed media paintings. More will be coming soon. Click on each image for a better look or pop in and see them for yourself.
As ever there is a diverse collection of ceramics in the four rooms that make up Bils & Rye. Strong colours combined with antique, retro and reclaimed furniture provide an alternative setting for works of real distinction.
Each room has sculpture added from some of the most exciting British sculptors. We have a strong heritage of sculpture at the gallery, one of the rooms was built by the sculptor, John Bunting, who worked with Robert Thompson (the Mouseman) and Henry Moore before teaching Sir Anthony Gormley at the nearby Ampleforth Abbey.
Stephen explains his work, processes and inspirations:
"The work is an on-going and sustained exploration of form and process. Influences are diverse and come from the natural and built environments.
The forms, often vessels, are hand-built using a combination of methods. All the work is put through the Raku-firing process which provides an infinite range of possibilities.