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).




An Open Exhibition of Photography

The theme of this exhibition is straightforward; participants were invited to take a photograph that highlights a part of Sleaford – a building, a structure or an aspect of everyday life – that goes unnoticed by the casual observer.  Ideally the photograph to be taken from within the centre of Sleaford but consideration also given to extraordinary pictures taken outside this area with the proviso it was within the Sleaford district.

Over 150 entries were received and these entries were narrowed down by a panel of three judges to about sixty photographs which have been professionally printed and mounted to form this two-week exhibition in the Carre Gallery.



The Judges were Lucy Lumb – representing artsNK who has given support to this project, Martin Cameron – a professional photographer and director of the Sleaford Gallery Arts Trust, and Russ Mathieson – representative of the Civic Trust who proposed and is jointly sponsoring this competition.

Prize winners will be announced at the presentation evening in the second week of the exhibition with results posted on this blog.

The exhibition is open from 10 am – 4pm every day (except Sunday) until Saturday 17 June.


The exhibition has been sponsored by members of Sleaford and District Civic Trust, the Sleaford Gallery Arts Trust and Hodgson Estates and is being supported by artsNK.

Gallery photographs by Martin Cameron.  Click on any image to see a larger version.

UPDATE: Winning Images.

Click on any image to see a larger version.

Under Thirteen Category


First Place – The Bass Maltings by Alice Taylor


Second Place – Sheep in the Town by Chiara Nel


Third Place – William Alvey Memorial Plaque by Joshua Lenton

Under Eighteen Category


First Place – Resting Bike by Aimee Scadding

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Second Place – Another Curious Surprise by Karina Budd

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Third Place – The Wyvern Railings by Lucy Hubbert

Over Eighteen Category

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First Place – Night Fish by Colin Brammer


Second Place – Princess by Barry Mayes


Third Place – Graffitied Wall At The Boston Road Rec by Sue Shaw

Portrait Exhibition 2016

October 3, 2016

Lincolnshire Portrait Competition


The Carre Gallery Portrait Exhibition – a mixture of painting, drawing, photography and ceramics. The exhibition will be judged in the early stages of the exhibition with the winner being announced on Thursday 06 October.  Revisit this blog post for updates.


As usual we invite all visitors to vote for their favourite portrait for the ‘People’s Choice Award’ presented at the end of the exhibition.

dpeterson_jack_500Exhibiting artists: Laura-Jane Luff, Neil Topley, Keith Flint, Bob Bradley, Laura McKeegan, Mary Newman, Anita Mortimer, Eric Weil, Rosi Campbell, Laura Davies, Ellie Benton, Jennifer Cottis, Gillian Beale, Mona Storey, Ann Mackenzie, Donnas Peterson, Peter Hayward, Rebecca Henson, Martin Cameron, Irina Smyth, Gail Sylvester, Dave Leggett, A K Smith, Kim Wooldridge.

Exhibition runs 10 am – 4 pm from Monday 03 October until Saturday 15 October.  (The gallery is closed on Sundays.)



The results were announced at the private view on Thursday evening 06 October.  It was a pleasure to see artists with family and friends at the gallery.  Gallery Director Andrew Fotheringham welcomed our guests and announced the results.


“Our judge was Lucy Lumb from Arts NK who was very impressed with the high standard of work.  She said that, as well as judging the merits of the work on composition and technique she was looking for a portrait that communicated the personality of the sitter to her.”  Andrew went on to share Lucy’s thoughts, reproduced below, on her shortlist before announcing the winning image.


Winner of the Carre Gallery Portrait Competition 2016

Lara by Rebecca Henson  “A portrait of a young girl, unusual in as much as she has her coat hood up.  The colouring is unusual but works perfectly. The picture has a ‘glow’ and the girl’s expression is very engaging.  I kept being drawn back to this image so I had to choose it as my favourite.”


Julian by Rosi Campbell.  “Very accomplished technically and aesthetically.  The sitter seems in deep contemplation.  I could easily imagine this painting displayed in a top gallery.”


Gertie by Gail Sylvester.  A lovely character; every time I look at this I smile.


Dad by Neil Topley.  Simple, confident application of the media.  It is not over-worked yet still communicates the character.   Even though the title would suggest it, the piece gives the impression that the sitter is very comfortable with the artist.

Norman by Laura-Jane Luff.  This showed something of the ‘twinkle’ in Norman’s character.


Carre Gallery would like to congratulate our winner and offer our sincere thanks to our judge, Lucy Lumb, and to all exhibitors and volunteers for their continuing support.



Nicholas (oil on canvas) by Laura-Jane Luff won the People’s Choice Award.  Congratulations to Laura-Jane.  Other popular images were Gertie by Gail Sylvester, Peter with his Guitar by Jennifer Cottis, and Julian by Rosi Campbell. All these images can be seen in the blog post above. (Peter is on the left in the top image.)

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


Presented by Carre Gallery and Lincolnshire Pride Magazine


Visitors to Carre gallery are in for a treat when they visit this year’s annual Summer Show. The work on display is high-quality and features both traditional and contemporary styles.

There are almost sixty exhibits created by twenty-five Lincolnshire artists. Many different media have been employed by the artists; traditional paints such as oil, acrylic and watercolour as well as mixed media, acrylic ink, pastel, pen, silk painting, and scraper board. The exhibition also contains photography, grogged stoneware and glazed stoneware.  Subjects include traditional landscapes – including local Lincolnshire scenes, architecture, animal and pet portraits, boats, floral, and abstract. Almost all of the work is for sale and prices range from £45 to £800.

The prize winners will be announced at the private view on Thursday 14 July and the results published on this blog shortly afterwards.  All exhibitors are invited and encouraged to attend – it could be you receiving a prize.

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.  Come and see. You will be inspired.

Exhibiting Artists:

Margaret Allton, Anne Barnham, Gillian Beale, Ellie Benton, Francis Brice, Martin Cameron, Susy Chaplin, Ian Cox, Laura Davies, Elaine O’ Donnell, Ronald Feeney, Moira Garrick, Robin Hall, Jenny Hammerton, Iain Harkess, Peter Hayward, Janey Hill, Pearl Hudson, Ann Mackenzie, Anthony Pegg, Ira Smyth, Paul Stuchbury, Wendy Tait, Mike Weston, Kim Wooldridge.

The exhibition is open 10 am – 4 pm from 11 July until 06 August.  (Gallery closed on Sundays.)


UPDATE:  Competition Results.


Leopard by Ellie Benton (acrylic) – Lincolnshire Pride Magazine Award.


Lincoln Cathedral by Anthony Pegg (oils) –  joint winner of the Directors’ Award.


Free by Laura Davies (acrylic) – joint winner of the Directors’ Award.


Stumbles Head Lighthouse by Kim Wooldridge (oils) – The Carre Gallery Award.

Congratulations to all our winners and a huge thank you to all artists for contributing to an excellent exhibition.

UPDATE 2: People’s Choice:


White Gladioli (oils) by Janey Hill was voted People’s Choice by our gallery visitors during the exhibition.  Congratulations to Janey.

Carre Gallery would like to thank Lincolnshire Pride Magazine for its continuing support of the Summer Exhibition.


Click on any image to see a larger version.  Photography by Martin Cameron


Carre Gallery and Lincolnshire Pride Magazine Summer Exhibition

Private View and Presentation Evening

Private View and Presentation Evening

2014 is another record year for entries.  Mary Newman of the gallery management team says, “The Summer Show increases in popularity each year and the general standard of work improves every time.  We are very pleased to see some excellent work from new exhibitors as well as from many of our regular contributors.”  At the private view and presentation evening, held on Monday 14 July, the Carre Gallery Award and Directors’ Award were presented by Director Eddy Double.


Pomegranate (oil) by Janey Hill wins the Carre Gallery Award.  Chosen by the gallery Management who were, “impressed by how paint was applied in an almost sculptural way using a palette knife.  Choosing to study a single object the artist has created presence and power.   Layers of colour give the image depth and solidity.”


Yellow Field (acrylic on board) by Euan Boyd-Wallis wins the Directors’ Award.

SummerPV_7421The Lincolnshire Pride Magazine Award was selected by our guest judge, artist Michelle Bird, who kindly joined us to make a presentation on the evening.  “Having to choose from all the entries was not an easy task, particularly as there is merit to be found in all the works of art.  The paintings have been a real delight to look at.”


Leaves from Eternity (acrylic) by John Lincoln wins the Lincolnshire Pride Magazine Award.  Says Michelle, “I found this painting, inspired by a poem by John Clare, both beautiful and intriguing. I sat for quite some time looking at it. The subtlety of colouring and layering of paint were quite mesmerising.”

Gallery Director Christopher Hodgson presenting award certificates to (form left) John Lincoln,  Janey Hill and Euan Boyd-Wallis.

From left to right: Gallery Director Christopher Hodgson presenting award certificates to John Lincoln, Janey Hill and Euan Boyd-Wallis.


The winner of the People’s Choice Award is Chris Jones for her study of a dog called Bad Hair Day.  Chris came into the gallery to have her prize presented by Christopher Hodgson.

Bad Hair Day by Chris Jones

Bad Hair Day by Chris Jones

Christopher Hodgson presents Chris Jones with her People's Choice Award for 'Bad Hair Day' (pictured).

Christopher Hodgson presents Chris Jones with her People’s Choice Award for ‘Bad Hair Day’.

Other work which receives a special mention from our guest judge:


Baby Stay Close  by Anita Mortimer (graphite) “shows a powerful composition and areas of fine detail and contrast.”


The Old Barn Woolsthorpe (graphite) by Tony Whiston “shows a wonderful variety of mark-making that creates the form and sense of place for this wonderful little drawing.”


The Beck – Staithes (oil) by S. Amelia. “One can see a lovely blending of colours and gets the sense that the painter really was sitting down in this area of sand, painting life as it passed her by. A fleeting moment is captured.”

Janey Hill explores the properties of paint and colour vividly in her still-life Pomegranate (see above), an ordinary object easily taken for granted which here has a strong presence of its own and, might I add, looks ready to eat.”


Just a little bit of cheese (watercolour) by Elaine O’Donnell.  “Continuing with the theme of food, this watercolour shows beautiful fine detail, particularly around the doyley. Both the angles and the colour create a vibrant composition. (I think though, just looking at the mouse, he’s had rather a lot of cheese – contrary to the title.)

Click on any image to see an enlarged view.

The exhibition is open from 10 am – 4 pm Monday to Saturday from 14 July until 09 August.  Admission is free with free parking available nearby.

Carre Gallery would like to thank Lincolnshire Pride Magazine for its continued support of the Summer Open.


Awards evening and artwork photographed by Martin Cameron.






Carre Gallery and Lincolnshire Pride Magazine Summer Exhibition

Awards Presentation Evening

Awards Presentation Evening

This year attracted another fantastic mixture of art from talented Lincolnshire artists giving our judges and exhibition team the unenviable task of creating the final, very impressive, gallery layout.  The Awards were presented by Gallery Director, Eddy Double who told the audience, “This exhibition is a huge display of talent, technical competence and creativity.  It was a difficult task choosing the prize winners.  Congratulations to all concerned, and to all the artists whose work has ensured a very high standard for the whole exhibition.”


Sunset over Silk Willoughby (watercolour) by Robin Hall wins the Carre Gallery Award.  Chosen by the gallery directors this is “a painting that caught the eye of every judge in terms of subject, composition and technique; an image that conveys much more than a pure illustration of landscape”.


Down by the Abbey – Whitby (oil on canvas) by Jennifer Cottis wins the Directors’ Choice Award.  This award was heavily debated with seven images shortlisted.  “The Whitby scene had an indefinably quality, conveying mood and atmosphere in an unusual perspective that was hard to categorise. Every director was impressed with this submission.”


Life is a Gift (batik on cotton) by Barbara Melling wins the Lincolnshire Pride Magazine Award.  Guest judge, Rob Davis, Executive Editor of Lincolnshire Pride Magazine comments:  “It’s a lovely sentiment, and I can see how Barbara has translated the sentiment into the finished piece. I really enjoyed this on every level – the cheeriness behind it and also the fact that it uses a really imaginative batik medium.  I love the colours and the energy and the cheeriness of the artwork and perhaps most important of all, it just… makes me feel good. It elicits an emotional reaction and makes me smile.”

Other work which gets a special mention from our guest judge.

“I am really sorry I was unable to attend the presentation evening, but thank you so much for once again affording me the pleasure and privilege of choosing a winner.  As always picking a favourite was so difficult. I think the difficulty in picking just one piece comes from the variety not just in the subject each entrant has chosen for their work, but the medium too. From oils and acrylics to sculpture and photography, it’s so lovely to see such a wide range of art and some really interesting techniques.   I was especially drawn to a number of pieces and just wanted to acknowledge a few, and recognise the artists’ work”


Blue Jug (watercolour) by Clair Leach.  “I loved its cheerful colours, imaginative crop and bold colours.”


Harvest (mixed media) by Anthony Pegg.  “A really bold piece of mixed media on canvas whose crop and lines draw you into the centre of the image.”


Distant Relative (oil and aluminium on board) by Neville Hull.  “Definitely on of the exhibition’s most visually commanding pieces.  I love the contrast between the black & white and red & blue.  It’s got terrific depth and an almost aggressive quality.”


The Importance of Remaining Positive (photography) by Danielle Farrell – one image shown from a set of three.  “Well composed, fun, quirky, pop-arty and the images are beautifully cropped.”

Exhibiting artists are: Frances Brice, Jennifer Cottis, Ian Cox, Malcolm Doughty, Baz East, Muriel Elliott, Danyelle Farrell, Cheryl Gallimore, Robin Hall, Peter Hayward, Janey Hill, Neville Hull, Claire Leach, Jenny Lidsey, John Lincoln, Laura-Jane Luff, Jim Lyes, Barbara Melling, June Morris, Wendy Morris, Elaine O’Donnell, Anthony Pegg, Glyn Rushworth, Jilly Shore, Mona Storey, Maggie Ward, Sian Williams, Kim Wooldridge.

The exhibition is open from 10 am – 4 pm Monday to Saturday until 10 August.  Admission is free with free parking available nearby.

Carre Gallery would like to thank Lincolnshire Pride Magazine for its continued support of the Summer Open.

Awards Evening and artwork photographed by Martin Cameron

Last-minute Touches by Baz East

Paintings and Haiku

Once again Carre Gallery supports Sleaford Live by staging a two-week exhibition of images celebrating performing arts.  The Sleaford Hub Writers will create Haiku poetry especially for these images and each short poem will be added to the exhibition alongside its partner image for Sleaford Live Week (04 – 13 May).

You too are invited to drop into the gallery and compose Haiku on the theme of performing arts, taking your inspiration from the exhibition.  Haiku is three lines long and ideally (but not necessarily) contains 17 syllables arranged in the order 5-7-5 as shown in the example below, which also contains your instructions!

Hey Hamlet, your dad's calling again! by Neville Hull

Performing Arts Haiku

Look at a painting,

See colour, movement and life –

Then let your words sing.

Write your Haiku on the simple entry form (available in the gallery) and hand in at the desk.  Prizes will be awarded for best modern Haiku in two age categories, under 16 and over 16.  There will also be an award for the best traditional Haiku.

In the Mood by Carol Bratley

The Somersby and Bainton rooms have an excellent mixture of images on the theme of Performing Art while the Candlesby room displays a mixed exhibition of various subject matter to give you a wide source of inspiration. Anyone can do it, young or old; so come in and have a go.

Exhibition Opening:  10 am – 4 pm every day from Mon 30 April until Sat 12 May.

Performing Arts Haiku by Summerdaze