Jennifer Cottis was educated in London, the hub of art and design in the ‘swinging sixties’. Two years at Ealing School of Art were followed by three studying Industrial Design at the Central School of Art and Design, in London, one of the top colleges in the country. She graduated top of year and was twice awarded the Royal Society of Arts student travelling bursary for Design. This was followed by a successful career as a staff designer and design consultant.

J_Cottis_550As a design educator she has been a visiting lecturer and external examiner at many university Art and Design Departments, a Senior Lecturer at Swindon School of Art and Goldsmiths College, University of London, Principal Lecturer and Head of Industrial Design at the Central School of Art and Design, and Academic Development Manager at Lincoln College of Art and Design.

Following a career as a designer and educator she now concentrates full time on Art. Her drawings, paintings and sculptures have been exhibited widely in public and private galleries throughout the country and have won several top prizes.  Examples of designs and a biography have been included in major exhibitions at the prestigious Design Centre Stuttgart and the International Design Centre Berlin. Jennifer also runs courses in drawing and oil painting for adults.

JCottis_MarketDayStRemyDeProvence_550This exhibition displays examples from her work. It ranges from both large and small landscape paintings in oils, developed from the many watercolours in her travel sketch books (some of which are available to purchase as prints) to portraiture, seascapes and sculptures.

The depiction of the sea is a recurring subject with a personal visual language that frequently moves between two and three dimensions. Drawings translated into sculptures – sculptures into further developments in drawing and painting.


Exhibition opening times: 10 am – 4 pm from 27 March until 08 April.  (Gallery is closed on Sundays.)

JCottis_Owl_550Jennifer will be in the gallery on the following days and will be happy to talk about her work.

Monday 27 March: 1 – 3pm
Tuesday 28 March:  1 – 3pm
Monday 03 April:  1 – 3pm
Wednesday 05 April:  11am – 1pm

Images from top: Shade by the Church near Nyons: Jennifer Cottis at Carre Gallery: Market Day – St-Rémy-de-Provence: Owl.  Gallery photographs taken by Martin Cameron.  Photos of paintings supplied by Jennifer Cottis.  Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in new tab or window).


Portrait Competition

October 6, 2014

Lincolnshire Community and Life Portrait Exhibition sponsored by Chattertons Solicitors


Our first Portrait competition attracted a high number of entries resulting in a gallery packed with over 80 exhibits. Our hanging team, led by the indefatigable Robin Hall and Mary Newman had the unenviable task of displaying the work and they have done a champion job. Our first visitor on a rainy Autumn Monday perused the exhibition for some time and told us he was ‘very impressed’, a conclusion which was echoed by following visitors. And it is little wonder; this exhibition is a fantastic selection of interpretations from a very talented mix of Lincolnshire Artists.

Candlesby_9110_450The competition will be judged by a representative from our sponsors, Chattertons Solicitors, with the prize-winner being announced at the private view on Thursday 09 October. All exhibiting artists are invited to attend with their friends.

Visitors to the exhibition are invited to choose their favourite picture (not an easy task) for the ‘Peoples’ Choice’ Award, which is becoming a regular feature of Carre Gallery exhibitions. So come along, enjoy the exhibition and have your say.

Somersby_9093_450Exhibiting artists:

Keith Andreetti, Derek Ashman, Andrew Barke, Euan Boyd-Wallis, Harriott Brand, Carol Brazier, Carol Butler, Martin Cameron, Colan Campbell, Rosi Campbell, Jennifer Cottis, Ian Cox, Liz Elliott-Williams, Angela Fahy, Ronald Feeney, Moira Garrick, Anne Hall, Neil Hanlon, John M. Harris, Pearl Hudson, Mary Jacobs, Julia Law, Jane Kay, Barbara Leaning, Joe Leaning, Jenny Lidsey, Laura-Jane Luff, Ann Mackenzie, Maureen Marriott, Barbara Melling, Anita Mortimer, Mark Nightingale, Bill Pepper, A.K Smith, Mona Storey, Paul Stuchbury, Kate Taylor, Krisztina Theisler, Janet Wain, Gloria Ward, Eric Weil, James Woods, Kim Wooldridge.

The exhibition is open 10 am – 4 pm from Monday 06 October until Saturday 18 October. (The gallery is closed on Sundays.)



On the evening of Thursday 09 October Carre Gallery hosted a private view where the winning image was announced.  Gallery Director Eddy Double announced the results chosen by our judge, John Roper from Chattertons and  Ben Ellis from Chattertons Sleaford Office kindly presented the award to our winning artist.


1. Ben Ellis from Chattertons Solicitors presents award certificate and prize to Jennifer Cottis.  2. Peter by Jennifer Cottis.

1. Ben Ellis from Chattertons Solicitors presents award certificate and prize to Jennifer Cottis. 2. Peter by Jennifer Cottis.

Peter by Jennifer Cottis was judged the Winning Image by our judge who described it as “a skilful, beautifully composed depiction of a character which engages with the viewer. You feel you know something of the man, but he has an enigmatic expression and you would like to know what he is thinking.”  You can see more of Jennifer’s art on her website jacottis.com (opens new page).



Greek fisherman by Mona Storey:  “A compelling study that conveys a world-weariness in the character; you can imagine the hard life of a fisherman. It is full of detail – I see something different every time I look at it.”


Jesse by Mona Storey: “This has an old-fashioned, almost nostalgic style about it which captures the innocence of the child; a lovely picture.”



 From left to right: The Child by Maureen Marriott, Clare by Anne Hall, Archie by Anne Hall and Bob B by A K Smith.

Click on any image to see a larger version.

The exhibition is open 10 am – 4 pm until Saturday 18 October. (Closed on Sundays.)

People’s Choice Award

All visitors to the gallery were asked to vote for their favourite image.  The People’s Choice Award is given to Anita Mortimer for her graphite study ‘The Eyes of Wisdom’.  Ben Ellis, from Chattertons, kindly returned to the gallery to present Anita with her prize and certificate.

Ben Ellis presents artist Anita Mortimer with The People's Choice.

Ben Ellis presents artist Anita Mortimer with The People’s Choice Award.

Carre Gallery would like to thank our sponsors Chattertons Solicitors for their generous support of this exhibition.Chattertons-LOGO - Equal Height

All Photography by Martin Cameron

An exhibition featuring the winners of Carre Gallery Summer Show


Jennifer Cottis

Educated in London at Ealing School of Art and the Central School of Art and Design and twice winner of the RSA student travelling bursaries awards for design.  Examples of Jennifer’s designs have been included in major exhibitions at the prestigious Design Centre Stuttgart and the International Design Centre Berlin.  Her drawings, paintings and sculptures have been exhibited widely in private and public galleries throughout the country, winning prizes and awards including, Finalist in the national Arts Council-funded ‘Culture Cloud’ competition in 2012 at the New Art Exchange in Nottingham and Winner of the ‘Peoples Choice’ in the Carre Gallery Lincolnshire Community and Life exhibition, also in 2012.  Her work is in private collections in England and the USA.

Jennifer Cottis

Vaison La Romain – Old Town (oil on canvas) by Jennifer Cottis

“My work as an artist builds on a sound foundation in drawing skills and in the development of my personal visual language. I frequently move back and forth between two and three dimensions – each exploration informing and feeding back into the other – drawings translated into sculptures; sculptures translated into a further development of drawings and paintings.”

“The depiction of the sea has been a recurring theme throughout my career with an analysis of the constantly developing waves and the visual interpretation of movement. I have now moved these drawings into a three-dimensional form that tries to express the feelings and colours taken from the sketches – I think of them as three-dimensional paintings rather than functional pots. I am currently working on ceramic sculptures expressing the tension and compression of wave forms.”

“Recent Landscapes in Oil on Canvas from a painting excursion to Provence and the Ardeche depict the strong colours of the rhythmic landscape. Flat areas of colour and passive decorative zones are a description of the landscape reduced to bare essentials.  The paintings and ceramic sculptures of Whitby are in contrast to the vibrant colours of the South of France and depict the quirkiness of the area around the steps of Whitby with a vertiginous decent from the Abbey.”  Further information at  www.jacottis.com (opens new window).

Robin Hall

Robin has been painting since he graduated in Graphic Design in 1993.  His first subjects were wildlife, particularly birds, and he exhibited at Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve.  Robin stopped painting for a while in the late 1990’s due to ill health but returned to creating art after recovering.  In 2002, to develop his skills further, he took a course with Christine Burnett at her studio in Grantham and discovered a love for painting landscapes, especially skies in watercolour and he has spent a number of years perfecting his watercolour technique. He also studied drawing with Trudy Friend.

View Near Mareham Lane, Sleaford by Robin Hall

View Near Mareham Lane, Sleaford by Robin Hall

“I believe that creativity is a necessity to all people whether it is art, music, poetry or photography.  I began to exhibit my art again at Carre Gallery when I entered my first painting (a view of Mareham Pastures in Sleaford) into the 2010 Summer Show. Since then I have been a regular exhibitor and sold a number of paintings.  Recently I have begun to experiment with other subjects and media and I am currently working on a series of abstract paintings exploring texture and colour.”

Robin is available to take on commissions including pet portraits which he produces using coloured pencil. Recent commissions have included a King Charles spaniel, an American Bloodhound, and several cats.  He also produced a portrait of Lady Carre in 2012 as a special commission.  Robin teaches small groups and one-to-one lessons in art. “I particularly like to use abstract and experimental art techniques to help both beginners and the more experienced artists to loosen up.”

Barbara Melling

Barbara has been making art for around 30 years and now works mainly in batik using silks, cottons and paper to make pictures, wall hangings and scarves.  She has been successfully designing and holding creative workshops for over fifteen years.

Mousehole Harbour Looking West

Mousehole Harbour Looking West (batik) by Barbara Melling

“When making batik work I use a mixture of traditional tools and processes along with experimental methods in the creation of my pieces. I work directly onto cotton lawn, cotton poplin or silk stretched on a frame. I use cjantings, but often work with brushes and with other techniques for applying the wax – the simpler the better. I choose Procion cold water reactive dyes to colour the cloth, which I apply by painting with brushes and also by dip dying, taking particular enjoyment from the crackle effect created by the dye penetrating cracks in the wax.  The textile drawings which I make on cotton fabrics using pen and inks also add to the body of my work.”

“Life, memory and death are the underlying philosophies behind most of my work. We have our allotted time and the space we inhabit is temporary, given to another when our time is ended. We cannot remember everything, but that which we can makes up the picture of our lives.”  More information at  www.theoldforgeartstudio.co.uk (opens new window).

More information on the Carre Gallery Summer Open Exhibition can be seen in the previous blog post or by clicking on this link (opens new window).

Photography of gallery 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

Sponsored by McKinnells Solicitors

1. John Roper (left) from McKinnells with Gallery Director Christopher Hodgson. 2. Visitors enjoying the exhibition.

For the second year Carre Gallery presents an exhibition with the broad theme of Lincolnshire community and life.  This year has again attracted exhibits in a variety of media and styles depicting a broad slice of this popular theme.  This includes textiles, oils, acrylic, pencil, linocut, watercolour and photography.  Subjects range from light-hearted to serious with images of people relaxing, working and surviving.

Gallery Director Christopher Hodgson says, “It’s a pleasure to see a wide range of interpretations of ‘Lincolnshire Community and Life’ and we are extremely grateful to McKinnells for supporting this locally-themed event.”

Seaside (acrylic on canvas) by Martin Page

Martin Page’s ‘Seaside’ is a quirky study of summer activities at the Lincolnshire coast.  Martin explains, ‘the painting has elements of Mablethorpe and Skegness.”  A casual viewing will give the essence of the subject but closer inspection reveals a host of individuals enjoying different activities – building sandcastles, flying kites surfing and snorkeling.  Any fan of the VW camper van will notice two distinct models of the classic traveller.  Says Martin, “I researched them in some depth to ensure the details were correct.”

Passing the Time in Sleaford (watercolour) by Robin Hall

Robin Hall’s ‘Passing Time in Sleaford’ is a beautifully observed study of a group of senior gentlemen relaxing on a bench, while Frank Emonds shows a slice of village life with photographs of a local village fete.

This is just a small taster of the artwork on display.  Come along to see for yourself and vote for your favourite piece in our ‘People’s Choice’ ballot.

Leyo Juggling by Frank Emonds

Exhibiting artists: Martin Page, Peter Hayward, Rosalyn Mulhern, Baz East, Ann Mackenzie, Louise Stebbing, Carol Bratley, Robin Gooch, Muriel Elliott, Laura-Jane Luff, Jennifer Cottis, Robin Hall, Phil Janes, Frank Emonds, Anne Dolan, Martin Cameron.

The exhibition is open 10 am – 4 pm Monday to Saturday until 13 October.

Carre Gallery would like to thank McKinnells Solicitors for their generous support in sponsoring this exhibition.

UPDATE: People’s Choice.

The People’s Choice (voted for by gallery visitors) was awarded to Drying Nets – Boston Docs by Jennifer Cottis.  John Roper from McKinnells Solicitors presented Jennifer with her certificate and prize at the Carre Gallery.

John Roper presents certificate to Jennifer Cottis, winner of the People’s Choice Award for “Drying Nets – Boston Docks”.

Photography by Martin Cameron