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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!

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!

Top Tips For 2017 - Ceramics

Top Tips For 2017 - Ceramics

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!

Cambridge Art Fair - 2016

Cambridge Art Fair - 2016

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.

It's Moving Time!

It's Moving Time!

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.

New Arrivals

New Arrivals

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.

More Gallery Shots

More Gallery Shots

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.

Stephen Murfitt - Raku Vessels

Stephen Murfitt - Raku Vessels

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.

What We Do

What We Do

In our last blog we talked about the beginnings of Bils & Rye. This one is all about what we stand for now, two and a half years into what we hope will be a long and happy journey. Earlier in the year we commissioned a film by Craft Council favourites Richard Foot and Arron Finch. They, together make films under the R & A Collaborations banner. We loved what they had done for several of the makers we already worked with.

This film is the easiest way of explaining what we do at the gallery and why we do it. I will now try and put that into written words, as many of you know, I'm prone to waffling and going off on a tangent, losing the thread and generally being a little controversial at times! I will do my best to stick to the task at hand!