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.


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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.


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.

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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



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.




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

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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.



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.



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).


An exhibition by two local photographers.


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.”


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.)


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).