sculpture

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.

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. 

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!

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!

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.

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.

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 - 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.

End of The Online Store

End of The Online Store

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! 

Chris Taylor & Albert Montserrat and more...

Chris Taylor & Albert Montserrat and 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.

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.

9 Collectible Artists for the Year Ahead

9 Collectible Artists for the Year Ahead

It's been a while since we sat down and worked out who is good to collect and maybe bring some much needed positivity to your life and net worth! We scan the shelves and add a few that are soon to join the gallery. We would love your feedback too!

Chelsea Flower Show

Chelsea Flower Show

We were lucky enough to head down to Chelsea Flower Show last week and meet some of our amazing sculptors and add more to the mix for the future. It also provided a heap of inspiration for our next project, which involves the development of a private garden to show sculpture in an informal garden for private views.

This project is in the early stages but we are very hopeful that it will be fully open for next year, albeit with a lot of development ahead. We will post progress shots over the coming months as the garden develops and we select the sculpture to go on show for 2017.

Why Is Sculpture So Daunting?

Why Is Sculpture So Daunting?

Over the years we have been involved with the art business, sculpture has been possibly the least understood or approachable medium. We have recently sat down to consider why this might be!

Firstly the most obvious answer is the cost, making it unobtainable for many. Most art buyers will rarely consider the purchase or commissioning of a sculpture because they fear it's initial investment is beyond their means. Hopefully we can shatter this myth a little. Yes there is a lot of very expensive sculpture in the market but mostly this fits into the 'supercar' bracket. The majority is affordable, brilliantly made and potentially a sound investment in what is a whacky market.

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.

In The Gallery Now

In The Gallery Now

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.

New Displays and Big Plans for 2016

New Displays and Big Plans for 2016

2015 was an fantastic year of change for us. We welcomed many more visitors to the gallery and had a fabulous time at our first art fair. HIVE in Harrogate was a hard graft, getting all the works together, we learned many lessons. We had a great time and thank you to all who attended. We have taken stands at Cambridge and Edinburgh Art Fairs for 2016 and considering a couple of other options.

We have also undertaken a big change around in the gallery with a lot less work on display, hopefully making it a little more coherent and easier on the eye! We have a lot more sculpture for 2016, kicking off the year with a major coup of securing work from Simon Gudgeon. Born and bred in Ryedale, Simon went on to become a solicitor before converting to sculpting. His works are in international and Royal collections.

Another Dimension - Sculpture

Another Dimension - Sculpture

2015 proved to be the year of sculpture in the gallery, with us finding new homes for more pieces than previous years. The supply has helped no end with top end sculptors asking to exhibit at the gallery and 2016 is the year we will spend more resources on bringing in more contemporary works from around the UK.

Here our a few of our picks for 2016 including a rather special new arrival!

Ringing A Few Changes

Ringing A Few Changes

Having returned from our first big external event, smiles abound from the experience, the people we met and the reception to our stand! Hard work didn't abate though with the need to completely rehang and dress the entire gallery! We have moved 1200 pieces over the last week and will be putting the finishing touches to the display tomorrow and Friday.

We have several new artists on board too including Juliette Bigley who makes stunning vessels from sterling silver and base metals. We also welcome Helen Dodds with her egg tempera paintings finished with gold leaf and a lot of her humour. Up from Cornwall come paintings from Amy Albright and we now have Laura Rich's North York Moors series available from the gallery.