What to do in Yorkshire

Change of Opening Times

Change of Opening Times

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.

Christmas Opening Hours

Christmas Opening Hours

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.

What's Coming for the Rest of 2018!

What's Coming for the Rest of 2018!

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.

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.

New Arrivals

New Arrivals

A rapid trip down to London yesterday and back in the gallery with new works today! Thanks to Layla for doing the whole weekend in London, checking out The Other Art Fair and then two full days at Ceramic Art London, lining up lots of wonderful works for the gallery this year!

We have come back with work by three overseas artists. Grainne Watts, from the Republic of Ireland, and her amazing twinned walled works in stoneware and porcelain. She then decorates with underglazes and slips with mind boggling designs! They are beautifully finished and truly original! 

A rapid trip down to London yesterday and back in the gallery with new works today! Thanks to Layla for doing the whole weekend in London, checking out The Other Art Fair and then two full days at Ceramic Art London, lining up lots of wonderful works for the gallery this year!

We have come back with work by three overseas artists. Grainne Watts, from the Republic of Ireland, and her amazing twinned walled works in stoneware and porcelain. She then decorates with underglazes and slips with mind boggling designs! They are beautifully finished and truly original! 

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

2017 has past with a rush! It's been a big year for the team, bedding into our new location in Kirkbymoorside and then enduring the eighteen weeks of renovations that ensued! We now have the gallery we really wanted and all that hard work has been worth the efforts.

We would firstly like to thank the teams who helped with the renovations from Sid Brackley's building firm, Jonathan Graham's decorations, Chris Clark Electricians, Ryedale District Council for their understanding and assistance and no least our landlord who had the larger bill at the end of the works.

Through it all we continued to trade, despite the gallery closing it's doors for two months

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!

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!

Easter Opening and New Works

Easter Opening and New Works

Easter Opening

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

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!

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.

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.

Emerging Potters Exhibition

Emerging Potters Exhibition

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.

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!

The Cafe at Nunnington Studios

The Cafe at Nunnington Studios

We are really delighted to welcome Fryton Catering to Nunnington Studios, bringing with them years of experience catering for functions across North Yorkshire. The cafe and Sweet Valentine (an affordable gift shop) opened their doors this morning.

No great fanfare as yet, that comes next week when there is an official launch event with canapes, hog roast and bar!

I've tried the bacon sandwich and gave it top marks! I'll be back for more later today I am sure!

Albert Montserrat - Porcelain Mastered

Albert Montserrat - Porcelain Mastered

Our tip for the year in ceramics is Catalan artist Albert Montserrat. His thrown porcelain vessels are majestic measuring 50-60cm tall. Currently priced at £350.00 they represent great value too! We currently have six examples in the gallery collected at the weekend. There were 8 but already two have departed to new homes!

Albert's use of oil spot glazes helps to elevate an already beautiful pot to something quite magnificent.

We are also delighted to announce that Fryton Catering have taken on the old coffee shop at Nunnington Studios and will be opening the doors shortly. It will be great to have a buzz about at the yard again. They have planned a launch event for Friday 29th April in the evening and we will be letting you know more about that shortly. The gallery will be open for the evening too so you can experience the courtyard and all that it offers along with a glass or two of wine with canapés and a hog roast!

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.

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.