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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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Under Thirteen Category

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First Place – The Bass Maltings by Alice Taylor

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Second Place – Sheep in the Town by Chiara Nel

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Third Place – William Alvey Memorial Plaque by Joshua Lenton

Under Eighteen Category

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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

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Second Place – Princess by Barry Mayes

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

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ThomasMorris_550We are pleased to welcome back The St George’s Academy Photography Department with an exhibition which is a culmination and celebration of the year 13 photography students’ achievements. The students present a selection of their outstanding work from the past two years. It is a chance to reflect and take pride in their personal developments and skills gained throughout their time completing the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Art and Design – Photography.

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The exhibition is open 10 am – 4 pm from 09 May until Sat 20 May (closed on Sunday).

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Lincolnshire

April 24, 2017

An exhibition is support of Sleaford Live 2017

Somersby_550This year’s theme is Lincolnshire.  This exhibition has a range of artworks, mainly landscapes but with a few surprises.  We have paintings, photographs and even a cleverly constructed box with a Lincolnshire Hare design.

SusyChaplin_LincsHareBox_550During the exhibition Mary Newman will entertain us again by painting a large ‘backdrop’ in the gallery which will be used as part of the scenery in a forthcoming play at the Sleaford Playhouse.  You can drop in and see how the painting progresses, watch how a theatrical scene is painted and chat with Mary who will be happy to see you.  You can also see the finished painting in the production ‘Natural Causes’ at the Playhouse  from 24 May – 27 May (click here for more info and book tickets – opens new window/tab).  Pictures will be posted  here as Mary progresses (but you really need to visit the gallery to appreciate the real thing).

Belton House roof 550We also have some poems on display from the Sleaford Hub Writers who will also be performing at the Hub (The National Centre for Craft and Design) during the Sleaford Live Festival on Tuesday 02 May. (Click here for more info on Sleaford Live Festival.)

Exhibition opening: 10 am – 4 pm every day (excepts Sundays) until 06 May.

PLEASE NOTE: The gallery will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday 01 May.

Images from the top:  Paintings by Lorraine Appleton and Malcolm Doughty; Lincolnshire Hare by Suzy Chaplin; Belton House Roof by Martin Cameron; Candlesby Room. All photos by Martin Cameron.

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Update:

Mary Newman’s painted backdrop for the Sleaford Playhouse production Natural Causes.  If you visit the Playhouse you will see more of Mary’s work adorning the walls of the auditorium.  Be sure to take time to enjoy before the lights go down.

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Portrait Exhibition 2016

October 3, 2016

Lincolnshire Portrait Competition

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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.

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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.)

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UPDATE:  COMPETITION RESULT

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.

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“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.

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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.”

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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.”

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

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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.

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

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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.

UPDATE 2 – PEOPLE’S CHOICE.

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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).

An exhibition by two local photographers.

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Sally Faulkner – Contemporary Street Photography

“I am a professional wedding and portrait photographer with a passion for street photography. What started out as an all-consuming hobby years ago has turned into a career.”

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Alison Baldwin – Mists and More (Landscape and Nature)

“I am a Landscape Photographer who loves the outdoors and capturing the beauty of nature.”

Exhibition open 10 am – 4 pm every day until Saturday 17 September. (Gallery closed on Sundays.)

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Images from the top:  Red – Brick Lane, London by Sally Faulkner. Lily Tarn above Ambleside by Alison Baldwin. Girl amongst the Pigeons, Leicester Square by Sally Faulkner. Lonely Tree, Snipe Dales by Alison Baldwin.  Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in new window/tab).

An exhibition of photography by Martin Cameron and paintings and drawings by Robin Hall.

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Local artists Robin Hall and Martin Cameron present a joint exhibition of images exploring natural and man-made aspects of our landscape. Each artist observes different facets of their worlds. Robin, who works with a variety of media including watercolour, oil and pencil, is drawn to nature while Martin uses photography to concentrate on architectural details. Their individual views of the world create an interesting contrast of observations.

Both artists met through their involvement at the Carre Gallery, where this exhibition is being held. Martin explains, “Robin and I often take trips out to Lincolnshire locations with a view to creating images. We came to realise that, although we might share the same location, we observe very different things. Robin notices wildlife that I am oblivious to. I tend to look at the detail of buildings and other man-made features. I have a real love of architecture.”

Robin says, “My paintings are greatly influenced by the Lincolnshire landscape, its skies, and the wildlife that lives there. I enjoy going for walks in the countryside both around Sleaford, and further afield at places such as Gibraltar Point (where I was a volunteer in the late 90’s), and Donna Nook. I have a garden devoted to wildlife, and many of its wild visitors are becoming subjects in my paintings. I use photography as a means of gathering reference material for my pictures, whether it is a dramatic sky, a view across the Lincolnshire coast, or a cheeky squirrel feeding in my garden.”

The pair thought their different styles would make an interesting mix so decided to go ahead with Nature and Structure, their first joint exhibition.

The exhibition is open every day 10 am – 4 pm every day until Sat 04 June.

RHall_GibraltarPoint_500Robin Hall:

Robin is a Sleaford-based artist specialising in landscape, wildlife, and pet portrait painting.  Born in Sleaford, Robin attended York College of Arts and Technology, where he attained a BTEC 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 at the Open College for the Arts, watercolour with Christine Burnett, and drawing with well-known art tutor and author Trudy Friend.

Robin works with a variety of media, including watercolour, coloured pencils, pen & ink, oil, oil pastel, soft pastel, acrylic ink, and graphite.

Robin has recently become Artist in Residence at Carre Gallery, where he is also a volunteer.

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Originally schooled in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire, Martin spent many years as a London-based studio photographer in the commercial fields of advertising, corporate and editorial work. Now living in Grantham, he has moved out of the rigid studio environment enjoying the freedom to travel and photograph people and places.

Martin still undertakes commissions although he mainly shoots images for exhibition prints and stock photography. He prefers to show the world as he finds it and does not create composite images or use digital colour enhancing; what you see is more or less what the camera saw. Martin’s work is held in private collections internationally as well as in the UK.  Local venues, which have exhibited his work, include Lincoln’s Sam Scorer Gallery, Sleaford’s Carre Gallery, the National Centre for Craft and Design, Grantham Museum and Stamford Arts Centre.

Martin is actively involved in promoting Lincolnshire artists and is a great advocate for protecting artists’ rights. He is a director of Carre Gallery and also a director of EPUK (Editorial Photographers UK), an organisation which campaigns for photographers’ rights. He is a law graduate with post-graduate qualifications in commercial and copyright law and has worked as an advisor to the Association of Photographers in London.

Images from the top:  Fly Past – Canada Geese over Gibraltar Point by Robin Hall; Corrugated Lines by Martin Cameron; Gibraltar Point from Mill Hill by Robin Hall; Three Huts – Mablethorpe by Martin Cameron.  Click on any image to see a larger version.

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St. George’s Academy runs a BTEC Level 3 subsidiary diploma in Art and Design, which is photography-based.

Carre-Gallery-2This exhibition is a collection of photographic prints produced by the first cohort of students who have completed the final year of the course.  As a result, several students have been offered places at university for photography or art degrees and others are applying for their Licentiateship with the Royal Photographic Society.

Exhibition opening:

10 am – 4 pm from 08 June until 20 June (Closed Sunday).

Images (from the top) by Aurimas Simas and Ben Harrison.