New Year – New Work 2018

January 8, 2018

MWeston_2150GallonsPls_550Carre Gallery’s regular January exhibition; a selection of artwork from Lincolnshire artists which has not been previously exhibited.


Exhibiting Artists:  Nelson Porter, Amber Porter, Anne Barnham, Robin Hall, Celia Slack, Jenny Wood, Dorothy Wood, Tony Whiston, Ann Mackenzie, Ellie Benton, Alex Cook, Elaine O’Donnell, Ronald Feeney, Tony Whiston, Mike Weston.

Exhibition open from 10 am – 4 pm every day (except Sundays) until Sat 03 February.


Images from top:  2150 Gallons Please by Mike Weston; Dusk by Jenny Wood, Angelica by Jenny Wood, A Seascape by Dorothy Wood (these three in one image); Elephant by Ellie Benton; Halloween by Nelson Porter. Artwork photographed at the gallery by Martin Cameron.  Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in new tab/window).


Sleaford Art Group

September 18, 2017


Somersby_550Sleaford Art Group is a long-established group of individual artists working in many different media.  They meet on the first Wednesday of each month at Leasingham Village Hall from 7pm until 9pm.  They have a varied programme of topics, activities and demonstrations by local artists.  New members are always welcome.


This exhibition includes work from the following artists in no particular order: Mike Weston, Catherine Batsford, Ian Cox, Pat Hayland, Barrie Prodger, Margaret Chamberlain, Anne Barnham, Joan Lawton, Peter Hayward, Mary Newman, Carol Bratley, Angie Fahey, Barbara Kew, Malcolm Doughty.


Exhibition open 10am – 4pm every day (closed Sunday) until 30 September.

Photographs by Martin Cameron.  Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in new window/tab).


Ian Cox, Angie Fahey, Barbara Kew, Mary Newman, Stuart Vickers.


An exhibition and celebration of five artist friends who were all born in 1945.

Cat_4563_550These five local artists discovered in conversation that they all shared the same birth year; 1945.  This is an exhibition of their art and recollection of their personal memories of life growing up after the end of the Second World War.  Mixed media including paintings, ceramics, soft sculpture and photographs.



Exhibition open 10 am – 4 pm every day (closed Sundays) until 19 August 2017.

Artwork and exhibition photographed at the gallery by Martin Cameron. Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in new tab/window).


Presented by Carre Gallery and Lincolnshire Pride Magazine


The Carre Gallery summer show in partnership with Lincolnshire Pride Magazine. Almost sixty exhibits from twenty-seven artists, in various media including oils, watercolours, pastels, drawings, mixed media, textiles and photography.

Prizes Winners:


Ebb Tide (watercolours) by Pat Fenton, the winner of the Lincolnshire Pride award.


Face II (acrylic) by Celia Slack, the winner of the Gallery Award.


Gorilla (coloured pencils) by Rebecca Masterman, the winner of the Directors’ Award.

Gallery visitors can vote for their favourite exhibit using the slips and voting box provided. The People’s Choice will be announced at the end of the exhibition.

Congratulations to our winners and to all artists whose work was chosen for this exhibition.


Above: From left to right Rebecca Masterman, Celia Slack and Pat Fenton in the gallery with their prize-winning art pieces.



Elaine O’Donnell, Ellie Benton, Ronald Feeney, Patricia Long, Pearl Hudson, Carol Bratley, Celia Slack, Gloria Ward, Anne Mackenzie, Marianne Nixey, Laura Davies, Malcolm Doughty, Mike Weston, Pat Fenton, Robin Hall, Martin Cameron, Gail Sylvester, Kim Wooldridge, David Forest, Rebecca Masterman, Laura McKeegan, Francis Brice, Jess Fuller, David Scargill, Anne Dolan, Dennis Wilson, Charlotte Bell.

Exhibition open 10 am – 4 pm until 05 August 2017. (Gallery closed on Sundays)


UPDATE: People’s Choice:

Sleaford artist Laura Davies won the ‘People’s Choice’ award for her painting London – Still Shining (acrylic).  She was presented with her award at the Carre Gallery by gallery director Christopher Hodgson.



Carre Gallery would like to thank Lincolnshire Pride magazine,with special thanks to Managing Editor Rob Davies, for its continued support of this event.  All photography by Martin Cameron. Click on any image to see a larger version.



An exhibition by Anne Barnham and Robin Hall


Anne Barnham

Anne originally comes from Cumberland but now loves living in Lincolnshire. She paints open landscape scenes, rivers, old buildings, boats and much in between.

ABarnham_TheLamp_550The skies and views here are an absolute delight, especially to a countryside-loving artist like myself.

I started painting later in life with help from many artists, including Peter Hayward from Timberland. I have attended courses with artists whose style I feel compliments my own, a desire to encapsulate the essence of a view.

I have painted in many different places, both in England and abroad, as much as possible on the spot, but if not then from my own sketches, photos and observation. I undertake commissions, either from photographs or the actual place. My paintings are hanging in collections in many parts of Australia, New Zealand, Europe and USA. (Mr. Trump hasn’t got one yet!)

I think it is very necessary to capture the atmosphere and feeling of a place. My paintings reflect this with the idea that you could ‘walk into’ the scene, they are varied and interesting with wonderfully strong and harmonious colours.

I enjoy selecting my paintings for an exhibition, there are a number of local views as well as some with a little difference! More paintings can be seen at my Studio in Digby, you are very welcome to come and visit.”

ABarnham_TheLockAtHaverholme_550Anne has been given several awards, including The Carre Gallery Award in the 2015 Summer Exhibition, and she was selected to be a wild card in the Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2016. Unfortunately she was unable to take up the prestigious offer because of prior commitments. She is entering again this year.

Anne is also Chair of the Sleaford Art Group, a member of The Shelford Group of Artists, an Ambassador for SAA paints and a Professional Associate of the Society of All Artists. She does workshops and demonstrations for local Art Groups, give talks to WI and Ladies groups and teaches art on the Cruise Liners.

Robin Hall

Robin is a Sleaford-based artist who paints mostly landscapes inspired by the Lincolnshire countryside. Born in Sleaford, he attended York College of Arts and Technology where he attained a BTEC National Diploma in General Art and Design. He then went to Coventry University where he graduated with a degree in Graphic Design. Robin has also studied calligraphy with the Open College for the Arts, watercolour with Christine Burnett at her studio in Grantham, and drawing with well-known SAA art tutor and author Trudy Friend.

RHall_AtTheFieldsEdge2_550“My half of the exhibition with Anne features work created over roughly a seven month period. I can definitely say that my contribution to the exhibition is the unseen bit! Despite my work having mostly an imaginary style, my paintings are inspired very much by the Landscape, especially the Lincolnshire landscape.  Skies, trees, hedgerows, cow parsley, sheep, and colourful yellow fields have all inspired the various paintings I am exhibiting. I have used a variety of media to create the images for this exhibition including watercolour, coloured pencil, mixed media, acrylic inks, and watercolour pencils.”

RHall_GrazingSheepNearRauceby_550In 2013 Robin won the Carre Gallery Award for his painting Sunset at Silk Willoughby and his paintings were used in 2016 as part of a presentation for the Lincolnshire Environmental Award about Mareham Pastures.  Robin, a member of the SAA, also teaches painting on Wednesday afternoons at The Source in Sleaford.

The exhibition is open from 10 am – 4 pm every day until Saturday 03 June. (Closed on Sunday.)

NB: OPEN on Bank Holiday Monday 29 May.


Images (from the top).  Ancient Sentinel (Robin) and Grange in Borrowdale (Anne); The Lamp; The Lock at Haverholme; At the Field’s Edge; Grazing Sheep near Rauceby.  Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in new tab/window).


Muriel Elliott Retrospective

February 13, 2017

Azalea (watercolour) by Muriel Elliott.

Carre Gallery is proud to present a retrospective of Muriel Elliott’s paintings in an exhibition curated by Mary Newman with John Elliott.  Having spent over forty years in Africa, Muriel’s work features African imagery as well as paintings of vibrant flowers and British landscapes.

Hanging the show was a family affair with John, daughter Peta and son Jonathan being very involved in creating the exhibition you see.


Exhibition curator Mary Newman with John Elliott and daughter Peta at the private view.

John Elliott says, “Muriel created a large amount of work, making it hard to choose which to include in the exhibition. Mary Newman was indispensable in helping to create this celebration of her work and we are very pleased with the result.”  The private view on Monday 13 Feb was well attended by family, friends and fellow artists who were very impressed; many paintings sold on the first day of the exhibition.

As well as the Muriel’s paintings, there is also a selection of blank canvases and hand-made watercolour paper for sale from Muriel’s stock of materials.

Come and take a look. You will not be disappointed.

Exhibition open 10 am – 4 pm from 13 Feb until 25 Feb 2017.



Muriel arrived in Kenya in 1954 at the invitation of a friend of her mother on the understanding that, if she liked it, she could work in the office of his meat processing company, which she did.

John was an Inspector in the Kenya Police when he met Muriel: They were married in Nairobi in 1956 and, at the end of his contract with the police, they travelled by sea around the Cape of Good Hope to England to meet the families. After some three months they decided to return to Kenya.

Rondavels in Africa (oil) by Muriel Elliott.

Muriel returned to her job and John joined the Kenya Prisons Service on a short-term contract. They moved into a bungalow at Kisumu Prison but later moved on to Nairobi where they had a bungalow with his new job in government security. After two years they moved down to Mombasa to start a security company employing African security guards.

Working extremely hard John successfully expanded the new company to employ some seven hundred personnel. Life was good; living on the beach with their two children was a paradise. However, when a British company offered to buy the company it was sold and the family moved down to Johannesburg.

African Farm (oil) by Muriel Elliott

Once settled, Muriel decided to attempt to paint, having never tried before. She had two brothers who were both excellent artists, one of which turned professional.Muriel never took lessons as such but joined a local artists group and, as she improved, started to exhibit on a Sunday with ‘Artists in the Sun’ where she was sold a number of paintings to visitors. The group also exhibited in the local shopping mall by taking advantage of empty premises on a short-term basis; this also proved successful with quite a few sales made. Unfortunately a bulk sale turned sour when the ‘bank-guaranteed cheque’ bounced.

melliott_littlehouseinthetrees_550Muriel became a competent artist in all mediums, staging a number of exhibitions and making sales. Muriel and John returned to England in 2002 after forty seven years in Africa, settling in Sleaford. Muriel soon joined a local art group and became a regular member of Leadenham Art Group enjoying her Mondays in the company of a friendly crowd of artists. She was also a regular volunteer and exhibitor at Carre Gallery. Never without a smile, her sparkling personality brightened up the gallery on the dullest of Lincolnshire days and intensified the warmth of the sunniest.

On 21 April 2016 Muriel and John received a letter and photo from Her Majesty the Queen in recognition of their sixtieth wedding anniversary. Sadly Muriel passed away in July 2016.

Images from top:  Azalea (watercolour) : Mary Newman, John Elliott, Peta Elliott at the exhibition : Flower-themed room at the gallery : Rondavels in Africa : African Farm : Little House in the Trees.  Artwork photographed at the gallery.  All photography by Martin Cameron.  Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in new window/tab).


Mixed Exhibition

September 19, 2016


mcameron_threehuts_500A selection of work in a range of different media from a variety of Lincolnshire artists.  All work is available for purchase.  Also for sale, unframed works of art and greetings cards.

Exhibiting artists: Gail Sylvester, Carol Brackley, Elaine O’Donnell, Mary Newman, Robin Hall, Ann Mackenzie, Dave Leggett, Martin Cameron, Phil Janes.eodonnell_pencilinthedream

Exhibition open daily from 10 am – 4 pm until Sat 01 October 2016.  (Closed Sundays)

Images from top:  Various birds by Gail Sylvester, Three Huts by Martin Cameron, Pencil in the Dream by Elaine O’Donnell, Three miniatures by Mary Newman.  Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in new window/tab).