19 August to 9 November 2020
Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes
An exhibition of collagraphs by Hester Cox, inspired by the life and work of Marie Hartley and the Yorkshire Dales landscape.
In the 1930s the artist and historian Marie Hartley carved exquisite woodblocks to illustrate her now classic books on Wensleydale, Swaledale and Wharfedale.
Nearly ninety years on, Craven artist Hester Cox has reprinted the Marie Hartley engravings and created a collection of her own collagraph prints.
Her prints of birds, flowers and Dales scenes have been inspired by re-tracing and repeatedly running along the paths which Marie Hartley walked.
The two-year project has come together in Views from the Fells - In the footsteps of Marie Hartley, a special exhibition at the Dales Countryside Museum (DCM) in Hawes. Featuring 25 of Hester's new collagraphs, 15 wood engravings created by Marie Hartley and reprinted by Hester plus artefacts from both women's studios: sketchbooks, printing blocks, tools & photographs.
Annual pass: £9
Friends of the Museum Annual Membership: £10 (includes free entry, annual publication and monthly lectures)
I am very pleased to announce that with the start of 2019 comes the beginning of a brand new project in association with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and the Dales Countryside Museum. Last year I was approached to see if I would be able to reprint the museum's collection of 120 beautiful wood engraving (and some lino) blocks created by artist, historian and founder of the museum, Marie Hartley MBE (1905-2006). After a really exciting meeting with Fiona Rosher, the museum manager, we came up with a plan for me to spend a number of days in the museum printing the blocks up and carrying out research on Marie Hartley using their extensive archive of notebooks, diaries and sketchbooks etc. I would then have a year to develop a body of new work inspired by my research, Marie's work and the Yorkshire Dales National Park which would be exhibited in the museum gallery in the summer of 2020.
Today I felt like I started the project properly when I test printed two of Marie's blocks to check my paper choice and also the tools that I have for handprinting. All worked beautifully and I am very much looking forward to the first proper printing session on the 5th of March. Visitors to the museum can watch me print the blocks and ask questions. I will be there from 12-4pm on consecutive Tuesdays up to and including the 7th May 2019 (excluding Tuesday 16th April when I'll be there on the previous Sunday 14th April, 12-4pm). I will be writing a project blog at my wordpress site, link to that HERE. Suffice to say, I am honoured to have been asked and very excited to get started!
This is my final selling event of the year and I'm really looking forward to it. Do come along and have a mince pie and glass of mulled wine on Friday evening. It's a great opportunity to meet artists and designers and perhaps purchase something beautiful and handmade for Christmas (or yourself!). The perfect antidote to Black Friday, mass production and panic-buying!
All Stations Go! was the second event organised by Three Peaks Arts (of which I am a founder member) and it took place over three railway stations: Settle, Horton-in-Ribblesdale and Ribblehead. With the much appreciated support of Stories in Stone, The Settle Carlisle Railway Trust and Northern Rail, Three Peaks Arts organised an exhibition at each station, 12 workshops and drop-in activities. The photographs above are from my two 'Stamp-making for Vintage Luggage Tags' workshops and the exhibition at Horton Station.
Following the sad news that Art Parade in Saltaire and the Alverton Gallery in Penzance are closing, I am delighted to now be supplying the rather lovely Old School Gallery in Muker. Polly and Richard offer a beautiful collection of paintings, prints, photography, ceramics, textiles and jewellery for sale and you can get coffee and cake too! Muker is a real gem of a place in Swaledale and I spent a lovely afternoon there after delivering my prints. Click HERE to read The Old School Gallery's blogpost.
ART IN THE PEN
SAT 11 & SUN 12 AUGUST 2018
Sat 10am - 5.30pm Sun 10am - 4pm
Skipton Auction Mart BD23 1UD
£5 entry - under 16's free
I am delighted to be taking part in this brilliant event again this year. With 200 exhibitors and live art demonstrations, this is an exciting event to be a part of. Printmaking, painting, jewellery, textiles, ceramics, felt making, woodworking....you name it, it's got it!!
After a successful time at Huddersfield Art Gallery, the New Light Prize Exhibition is on the move to the wonderful Bankside Gallery on Thameside in London. This gallery is renowned for having excellent print and painting exhibitions and I'm delighted that my large-scale monotype, Meadowsweet, will be on display there as part of the show. The show has a short run so don't miss it! 27th June - 1st july 2018. The gallery will be open daily from 11am - 6pm during the show.
I've just had some excellent news, I recently got the go ahead to print another of my 4metre long collagraph print that I featured in my 2017 installation 'Within These Walls'. It is going to be bought for permanent public display in Alingsås hospital in Sweden!
I worked on the project at Ålgården Printmaking Studio last year and was fortunate to have two of my large-scale reductive monotypes bought for display in the same hospital. Whilst discussing my project, it was suggested that the collagraph would be perfect for the pillar in the reception area but as I hadn't actually made it, it was all a bit uncertain. It is hard to photograph such a large work so I rolled it up and took it with me when I went to the studio this year. Due to the height of the studio and the mezzanine floor, I was able to peg it to the light fittings to show Torbjörn Damm (who works for the region buying public art). He was keen, the price was right and he went off to measure the space. The following day I got the go ahead and I'll be making one specifically for the hospital!
To read more about the project you can visit my wordpress blog HERE