Photographic work from Year 13 Students’ BTEC level 3 Course.

Carre Gallery is pleased to welcome back students from St George’s Academy who continue to demonstrate a keen sense of observation, artistic innovation and technical ability.


Exhibiting Students: Izzy Nixon, Georgia Tjepkema, Evie Londsdale, Chloe Sykes, Jasmine Markham, Morgan Christian, Lulu Bews, Amelia Norman, Neave Rogan-Mackintosh, Daniel Leggett, Charlotte Walsh, Aimee Scadding, Chelsea Friar, Bethany Salt, Mia Hambleton, Melanie Christian, Amy Parkinson, Tom Leggett, Keira Louth, Georgina Beresford, Grace Hawksworth, Carter Henson, Katie Lowe, Rachel King, Hannah McEvoy, Lucy Atkinson, Archie Lightbody.

Exhibition opens from 10 am – 4 pm every day (except Sunday) from 19 March until 29 March 2018 inclusive.


Click on any image to see a larger version. Image opens in a new window/tab.  Exhibition photographs by Martin Cameron.



David Scargill

David, Our David (who often signed his work DAS) was known to many who visited the gallery and saw his work on display.

David was an avid painter and would often come into the gallery, not just to do his voluntary duties but also, to sit and chat – and sometimes give impromptu art lessons to anyone who happened to ask, “How do you do that?” He was more than happy to show how to use a pencil to get the perspective right or to indicate which way the shadows would fall.

DScargill_Pamela_550He was totally passionate about Art being accessible to all, and he felt that anyone could draw with practice.  He enjoyed going to his life drawing classes and was thrilled to discover that they had started up again.

David lived a varied life, often going to America to join his brother riding the rapids, which he found exhilarating, playing gold and just enjoying the scenery, which he would paint. He also visited Italy and enjoyed painting the scenery there.

David played football in his younger years and he loved sport of all sorts, especially golf; maybe that is what kept him trim and youthful in later years. Most people were incredulous to hear that he was in his eighties.

DScargill_Caberet_550He was also, although not many people knew this, a very compassionate man often doing small but useful jobs for many people. He would worry about other people’s health and would often ask ‘do you think so-and-so is alright?’.

He was a man who liked to laugh, and was sometimes quite clumsy (falling over his own feet comes to mind). He enjoyed walking, taking a coffee break, and sitting down for a good old chat.

But he really loved having a pencil in his hand to capture a moment. He once said,

“Just a moment in time is a lifetime in paint.”

David was 84 when he passed away in the summer of 2017. Rest in Peace our David.

Obituary by George Bird

The Exhibition:

David was a regular volunteer at the gallery both as an invigilator and behind the scenes helping to hang exhibitions when called upon.  This exhibition is a mixture of paintings and drawings with landscapes, animals, people and life drawings.  All artwork is for sale. David’s family have requested that all proceeds go to charity.

Opening: 10 am – 4 pm every day except Sunday from 05 February until 17 February.

Images taken from the exhibition.  Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in new tab/window).


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).


A breast cancer awareness art exhibition.

Images and words of breast cancer journeys


LouiseStedman_500Louise Stedman participated in the Edinburgh Half Marathon in May 2012, running a personal best time and fundraising in excess of £600 for a cancer charity along the way. Just a few weeks later, aged 48, Louise was diagnosed with stage 2 invasive lobular breast cancer.

Louise kept an account of her journey and experiences in her blog “Dancing in the Rain”.

TraceySwift_PortraitOfCoreen_550Despite the familiarity of The Pink Ribbon Louise became aware of how little she and the people around her actually knew about the consequences of a breast cancer diagnosis. She know little about the various types of breast cancer, the treatments including lumpectomy, mastectomy, drugs, the subsequent drains, pain, healing, reconstruction, prosthesis, side effects, issues with body image and self-esteem and finding a “new” normal.

Louise decided to give up her support work and focus on herself and her healing. She had a vision to raise awareness through an art exhibition and The Breathless Breastless Project was born. Louise spent several months coordinating a fantastic team or artists and survivors to create this compelling collection of works.

Breathless Breastless Project opened its first exhibition in Aberdeen in June 2014 and has since exhibited at several venues including the Saltaire Arts Festival and The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses in Fraserburgh.

Bainton_550Artists and participants:  Lou Loakes, Beate Allerton, Tracey Swift, Sonya Binnie, Paul Stedman, Mags Gray, Maggie Kelly, Jane Birrell MacKenzie, Kelsey Henderson, Evelina Cassari, Sarah Harper, Doug Harper, Jane Glue, Rosy Long, Justin Padget, Hannah Foxley, Hayley Judson, Dee Henderson-Haefner, Coreen Helen Ann Gillespie, Lorraine, Lindsay Dawson, Zoë, Barbara Devey.

The exhibition is open 10 am – 4 pm,  Monday – Saturday until 25 November 2017

Please be aware that the exhibition contains graphic images and nudity.


Images from the top:  Private view, Louise Stedman, Portrait of Coreen by Tracey Smith, Bainton Room, Somersby Room.  Photography by Martin Cameron.



David Forest in the Bainton Room

David says, “I have recently returned to England after 30 years in the Czech Republic where I was privileged to work in architecture and building engineering involved in the refurbishment of central Prague during the period immediately after the Velvet Revolution.”

“Dealing with a variety of buildings of the Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque Classicism, Italian Renaissance and Functionalism eras I was witness to a constant stream of revelations and adventure. When it was all over and retirement was on the horizon I found the artistic elements of my career had to continue, so, as most architects do, I took up my pens and began illustrating the life around me.

Gurasada_A_550A wide range of subjects called for my attention and I discovered the best way to record my time was in calendar format and therefore my art followed that route. It allowed me to combine my three great interests in life – music, graphic art and prose. From the mid nineties I “sat” in many cities, towns, villages, even railway stations around Central Europe as well as good old England and produced a considerable library of work. This included calendars for the Dvorak Society and many English cathedrals, both going worldwide. I felt that I was tracing the footsteps of three giants-Turner, Dvorak and Morton and it was these three that ultimately cemented together, for me, the narrative for the preciousness of time and travel.

DForest_York_550My time in Prague proved to be a special part of my life, as in fact does Lincolnshire and my soul belongs to these two environs, shaping my art in a way that substituted for the absence of any formal training in the subject.

My next calendar, needless to say, will be that of Sleaford and already I am working on the framework of scenes, background music and commentaries set in the style of my similar previous projects.

The work hanging in this room, you will notice, captures my travels over the last forty years. On the return to the place of my childhood I am now proud to be associated with the Carre Gallery.”

Mixed Exhibition

In Somersby and Candlesby rooms we have a mixed exhibition of work from Lincolnshire artists in various media.  Also on show are the winning images from the Portrait Exhibition which the artists have kindly allowed us to keep for another two weeks.

Exhibition open from 10 am – 4 pm until 28 October.


Images: From the top – David Forest in Bainton Room, Gurasada and A Glimpse of York Minster by David Forest, Mixed Exhibition in Candlesby Room.  Photography by Martin Cameron.


Portrait Exhibition 2017

October 2, 2017


Our regular Autumn competition of portraiture returns.  Winning artwork, judged to be announced at a presentation evening on Thursday 12 October.  All contributing artists are invited to attend.  Blog post will be updated once winners are announced.

Visitors to the gallery are invited to vote for their favourite piece for the ‘People’s Choice Award’ which will be announced at the end of the show.


Exhibiting artists:

Keith Andreetti, Bob Bradley, Martin Cameron, Ian Cox, Laura Davies, Ronald Feeney, David Forest, Sheila Grimwood, Grace Hawkworth, Janey Hill, Patricia Long, Jeremy Jones, Ann Mackenzie, Anita Moritmer, Mary Newman, Abbey Smith, Irina Smyth, Mona Storey, Jim Suggit, Vicky Watkins, Tony Whiston, Kim Wooldridge.


Exhibition open 10 am – 4 pm from 02 October until 14 October 2017.  (Please note the gallery is closed on Sundays.)

UPDATE: Competition Result.


The presentation evening was held at the gallery on Thursday 12 October.Our Guest judge, artist Harriott Brand kindly presented the winner’s award and shared her thoughts with the assembled audience.



Winning Image:  Violet 2017 by Kim Wooldridge.

KWooldridge_Violet1935_550Harriott said, “The best in show (and this is subjective) is Violet by Kim Wooldridge.  I love the use of pastels, the expression on her face, the little light in her eyes; she loos as if she is about to tell you something.  It was only after returning several times to Violet that I noticed the adjacent pencil portrait of her younger self in 1934 (also by Kim Wooldridge – see right).  What a beauty still hiding beneath life’s sculpting of her face and neck.”


“I commend all exhibitors.  I particularly liked Miller of Boot by Sheila Grimwood for the drawing and unusual use of dark paper accentuation what I hope is flour dust.  I also enjoyed the collage of Michael by Janey Hill for using an unconventional medium and approach.  The fine pair of drawings by Jeremy Jones show wonderful graphite skill and I liked the composition of the couple, The Turangs.”


Above: Harriott Brand talking to the assembled audience and (right) presenting Kim Wooldridge with her Award for Best in Show.

People’s Choice

For the first time at Carre Gallery the People’s Choice is a tied result.  Congratulations to Anita Mortimer for ‘Barney’ and to Irina Smyth for ‘Tommy’.


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



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).