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
A busy start to the year particularly for online trade so we have organised a heap of new works to arrive in time for March 2019. It is all just about loaded on but here are some images of the works throughout the gallery today.
As ever it’s an eclectic collection of ceramics, sculpture and paintings and by no means is this anywhere near the full stock! It’s a snippet!
January is a great time to take stock of what works and what doesn’t and we have been very busy sorting out plans for 2019 during these past couple of weeks. Part of that has been looking at our opening times. Sundays just haven’t worked out as we had hoped so with immediate effect we will no longer open on Sundays unless by prior appointment. We still encourage visitors to ring the number on the door of the gallery should we be closed and if available we can be there in five minutes to open up.
How quickly has 2018 passed? Feels like yesterday we opened the doors in January 2018 and here we are with Christmas nearly upon us once again! This year has seen us launch Elements at Bils & Rye, featuring a more affordable range of ceramics and prints from artists and makers from all over the UK. Each piece has function along with stunning design and high quality making.
Further we have introduced around 60 more artists to the Yorkshire art scene and 2019 is shaping up to be another great year for the gallery with high quality works lined up from up and down the UK.
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.
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.
We are delighted to be welcoming Steve Slimm back to the gallery for his second show with Bils & Rye. New works for 2015 from his Cornish studio feature land and sea scapes. Renowned for his use of light and colour, these paintings have shown further development in his abstract series of Cornish scenery.
We love bringing work to the area from further afield and Steve epitomises so much about what we like. He is mostly self taught taking inspiration from Turner with a modern twist.
He will be joined in the gallery with a host of new ceramicists including the delightful Ruth King from York with her salt glazed altered forms. Ceramic houses are on their way, more work from Guy Routledge too. August will see us up the anti once again with the arrival of Eddie and Margaret Curtis with special pieces being made to show for the first time from their Northumberland studios.
Excitement is also building for our first exhibition at HIVE2015 in Harrogate. So much so the Buy Art Fair in Manchester got in contact so we are mulling over a potential stand there too! Any feedback on this would be much appreciated.
We have also moved most of the information to this site now and have transferred the main www.bilsandrye.com domain to here too. The old website will stay live with an easy redirect in place and can be accessed here.