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).




End of course Exhibitions from KSHS students studying Arts .

This two-week exhibition is split into two parts so be sure to visit twice!

The first week is a GCSE end of course exhibition: A mix of work by students from the Fine Art and Graphic Communication course from 2017.

The second week is an A level end of course exhibition: A mix of paintings, photography and mixed media work by students from the Fine Art and Photography A level 2017.

Exhibition open 10 am – 4 pm from 19 June until 01 July.


Photographs by Robin Hall.  Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in new window or tab).


New Year – New Work 2016

January 11, 2016



Our first exhibition of the year. An exhibition of work by Lincolnshire artists which has not previously been exhibited. Dust yourself off after your Christmas break, get some fresh air, visit the gallery, feed your artistic appetite and get inspired to make 2016 a great year.


Exhibiting artists: Ellie Benton, Muriel Elliott, V Wendy Else, Ronald Feeney, Doug Fossey, Robin A Hall, Katy Hearn, Pearl Hudson, Graham Humphrey, Mike Weston.




Exhibition open from 10 am – 4 pm from 11 January until 06 February 2016. (Closed on Sundays)

Images from top:  Lake at Belton by Pearl Hudson, Cockatoo by Ellie Benton, Summertime by Graham Humphrey, Gibraltar Point by Robin A Hall, Battle of Trafalgar by Mike Weston.

Artwork photographed at the gallery by Martin Cameron

Mixed media, mixed styles and mixed subjects from Eric Cox, Ian C Cox, Stuart Cox and Thurston Cox.



Eric_E_Cox_450Eric E Cox

Born in London, one of five siblings, Eric moved to Bracknell then to Worthing, West Sussex, in the 1930’s, where he spent most of his creative time painting and drawing. He often visited East Anglia and regularly exhibited in Ipswich but most of his work centred on Worthing and its environs. His real inspiration was the River Arun and the South Downs. Sadly there is little evidence of what was painted, when and for whom, as most of his records and sketch books seem to have been destroyed following his death in 1969.

Eric was a gentle man, quiet by nature, a bachelor for much of his life, and methodical in all aspects of his work.

The exhibition is a cross section of surviving examples of his work held by his nephew, Ian C Cox. Most are from a collection of work submitted for criticism by a group of artists that he belonged to, possibly dating between 1930s and 50s. No names, just pseudonyms! Eric was Tally Ho but there seems to be at least 20 members ranging from A. Tyke, to Chuckles, Dumpling, Yendis and Guinivere.

Ian_C_Cox_450Ian C Cox

I have drawn and painted from childhood. Although no formal education at art college I was fortunate enough to have an uncle who was an artist and as a child I spent many happy holidays with him drawing and painting on the South Downs and along the River Arun. Always encouraging and forever patient with the words, ‘look, observe and draw’, but with the over riding post script; ‘enjoy!’ My work is developing all the time. I find inspiration from both the natural and constructed worlds as well as the written word. I love to experiment and with all the materials available now the scope seems endless. Since retiring I’ve certainly been able to enjoy the freedom it has given me and I hope that is conveyed in some of my work here today.

Stuart_C_Cox_450Stuart C Cox

In 1985 I studied Fine Art at Lincoln Art College then went on to Cambridge where I obtained my Degree.

My work on show depicts my profound love of the natural and man-made world, how it changes moment by moment and how we interact with it. The oil paintings are of landscapes that I have a strong relationship with and span a period of twelve years. They document a developing stylistic transformation. The photographs of landscapes and places were all taken on Nokia Lumia mobile ‘phones and treated in camera using the Lomogram app. Examples of my pen and ink drawings, mono prints and sketch books illustrate views and features that I have seen across Europe.

Currently I have the privilege of studying for an MA in Fine Art at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge which has led to quite a dramatic departure of style and output. Although in the early stages of development my current course project is based on the Honywood Oak at Marks Hall, Essex.

Thurston M Cox

Is the youngest son of Stuart. Born in to a household of artists Thurston has displayed a creative streak from a very early age and examples of his work are on show in this exhibition.



Hugo L Cox

Is the eldest of three boys. Born and living in a co-operative for many years in Cambridge, Hugo was surrounded by art. Often using natural forms for inspiration his power of observation and interpretation has allowed his own distinctive style to develop. He now lives and works in Edinburgh.




Exhibition Opening:  10 am – 4 pm from Monday 23 November until Saturday 05 December 2015.  (Gallery closed on Sundays.)  Exhibition organiser and exhibitor Ian Cox will be in the gallery on Nov 26, 28, 29 and then again on 1st Dec 01 (afternoon), 04 and 05. “If anyone wishes to pop in for a chat and see me working they will be more than welcome.”


Images of Artwork:  Top left, South Downs above High Salvington by Eric Cox. Top right, River Arun near Greatham, Sussex by Eric Cox.  Bottom left, Bowthorp Oak 2 by Ian Cox.  Bottom right, The Flailing Beech by Ian Cox.   Click on any image to see a larger version.  Photographs of the exhibitors supplied by Ian Cox.



Carre Gallery is pleased to welcome back popular Lincolnshire artist Malcolm Doughty who has created an excellent exhibition for us.

MDoughty_WalkingIntoEdale_500Malcolm says, “It’s a great pleasure to be exhibiting at the Carre Gallery again.”

“I have over fifty pictures on show this time, most of which are new and are for sale. The exhibition title ‘Near and Far’ simply refers to where I’ve gleaned subject matter. The emphasis is on landscape close to Sleaford and surrounding villages but there are scenes from other counties and coastal scenes. A few more fanciful pieces are included and one abstract.”

“These days I favour acrylics as my main medium but still use oils quite often. Now that I’m well into ‘retirement’ and largely free of commission work I am enjoying a new lease of painting life which I hope shows in my work.”

MDoughty_BrightSideOfTown_500Malcolm is well known for his detailed landscapes but this is not all you will see in this exhibition. And he often injects subtle humour into his work. Look carefully and some of these pieces will reveal his nickname ‘Alf’. In one particular painting (no clues) this takes the form of cleverly arranged items within the painting. Come and see; you will not be disappointed.

Exhibition opening:

10 am – 4 pm from Monday 12 October until Saturday 24 October. (The gallery is closed on Sundays.)

Images from top:  Greeting the Day, Walking into Edale, Brighter Side of Town.  Click on any image to see a larger version.  Artwork and artist photographed in the gallery by Martin Cameron.


Sleaford Art Group

September 14, 2015


A welcome return to the members of this local art group displaying a variety of work.  Sleaford Art Group is a very friendly group of people who like to draw and paint in a variety of media and would welcome new members to come and enjoy painting with them.

Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month between 7pm and 9pm in the Village Hall at Leasingham unless otherwise stated in their programme.  The group also hosts demonstrations and outdoor painting sessions as well as some social get-togethers throughout the year.



Further details about the group can be seen on their website http://sleafordartgroup.wordpress.com/ (opens in new page).  But first, come to the gallery to see an excellent varied display of work.

MWeston_HaverholmePriory_500Exhibitors: Angie Fahy, Tony Woods, Anne Barnham, Ian Cox, Joan Lawton, Carol White, Barbara Kew, Margaret Chamberlain, Mary Newman, Peter Hayward, Barrie Prodger, Mike Weston.

Images – Top: Allotment Glory by Joan Lawton. Centre: Haverholme Priory by Mike Weston.  Bottom row of images (left to right) by Barbara Kew, Mary Newman, Joan Lawton, Tony Woods.  Click on any image to see a larger version.

The Exhibition is open 10 am – 4 pm from 14 September until 26 September inclusive (closed on Sundays).


Mixed Exhibition

August 10, 2015


A 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.

Exhibitors: Harriott Brand, Frances Brice, Ian Cox, Elaine O’ Donnell, Liz Elliott-Williams, Wendy Else, Robin A Hall, Peter Hayward, Paul Howard, Graham Humphrey, Ann Mackenzie, Anita Mortimer, Mary Newman, Krisztina Theisler, Tony Whiston.

Exhibition open daily from 10 am – 4 pm (closed Sundays) from 10 August until 12 September.

Images: Liquorice Allsorts by Mary Newman, Norfolk Broads by Ann Mackenzine, Simply Tallin by Wendy Else, A Burst of Light by Frances Brice, Fallen Willow by Ian Cox.  Click on any image to see a larger version.  Artwork photographed at the gallery by Martin Cameron.