KENTMERE House Gallery, in Scarcroft Hill, York, will be open every weekend
until December 22, complemented by late-night openings on Thursdays.
“Those who have everything may be the bane of your life, but you can be
absolutely certain that they don’t have any of the paintings available
from this gallery because all are originals,” says owner and curator Ann
“We have the usual Christmas Aladdin’s cave to rummage around in, with a
price range from £50 to £2,500, plus books from £10.
“There’s a slight emphasis on cats in this year’s collection – anticipating the imminent arrival of the film musical, perhaps?! – including Susan Bower’s Can They Be Mine?, a watercolour by York artist Frances Brock and a delightful linocut by Norfolk artist Hannah Hann, discovered in a small gallery in Norfolk.”
On display too is new work by Kentmere House favourites such as John
Thornton, Rosie Dean and David Greenwood, along with work from nationally known
printmakers Valerie Thornton, John Brunsdon and Richard
“And if it’s all too difficult, there’s the gallery’s gift voucher
service, allowing the recipients themselves to make the choice and with the
gallery adding five per cent to the value of any voucher,” says Ann.
“Alternatively, if you buy a painting as a gift and the recipient would
prefer another, return it by the end of January and a full credit will be given
against another painting.”
Kentmere House Gallery can be visited each Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm, plus Thursdays from 6pm to 9pm. “You are also welcome at any other timeswith a telephone call in advance to check on 01904 656507 or 07801 810825 – or just ring the bell.”
The gallery will re-open after the Christmas break on Saturday, January
Ambulance ambassador Amanda Owen and her farming family feature in a new
charity Christmas card painted by Harrogate artist Anita Bowerman.
Owen, alias The Yorkshire Shepherdess,
is at present drawing more than 1.5 million viewers to the second series of her
Channel 5 documentary Our Yorkshire Farm on Tuesday nights.
She was first the focus of a Yorkshire
Air Ambulance (YAA) charity card last year, showing Amanda surrounded by her
beloved sheep and dogs on a harsh winter’s day.
Painted by Anita, it became the
charity’s best-seller, with cards flying off around the world.
This year’s card for the YAA already is
proving more popular than ever and once more all the proceeds will go to the
delighted to feature again on the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Christmas cards,”
says Amanda. “Anita Bowerman is a fantastically skilled artist who has a unique
ability to depict children and animals in wonderfully intricate detail.
“I’m hopeful that these cards will go worldwide and raise much-needed funds for
this incredible charity. 100 per cent profit goes to the YAA.”
Amanda, hill farmer, mother of nine, photographer, public speaker and author, lives with husband Clive and their family at Ravenseat in Upper Swaledale, North Yorkshire, one of the highest, most remote hill farms in England.
She has always supported the work of the YAA, given the remote area where they live and the nature of the charity’s work, but it was an introduction through Anita that brought Amanda and the charity closer together.
“I was contacted by
Anita last year to ask if I’d be happy to collaborate with her and the YAA by
painting me and my sheep as a scene for one of their Christmas cards,” says
“Obviously it was a
real honour for me to accept, and the card went on to be the Charity’s
best-selling Christmas card.
“I hear they were
sending them out all around the world, and as far away as Canada. We have kept
in contact since and when I was asked to be an ambassador, I was absolutely
delighted. I genuinely couldn’t think of a better organisation to be involved
with. I was very emotional when they first asked me.”
adds: “I’m aware that living as remotely as we do, the YAA is a vital service
that can make the difference between life and death. We have had our fair share
of medical emergencies, though we’re fortunate to have never yet ourselves
required the services of the YAA.”
Painting Amanda and her family and animals is always such a joy for Anita. “In the card you can see Amanda with some of her children, sheepdogs, a robin, Tony the Pony, an owl, a robin and much more,” she says.
“The holly hanging above them is kept
in this ancient barn all year. The original painting can be seen in my Dove
Tree gallery and studio in Harrogate.
“It’s a privilege to be able to support
the vital work of the YAA through the sale of these cards, and having Amanda as
an ambassador is a bonus.”
Priced at £4 for ten cards, they are
available at yorkshireairambulance.org.uk/product/Yorkshire-shepherdess-2/ or
from Anita’s gallery in Back Granville Road, Harrogate. (Visit
anitabowerman.co.uk for location details and opening times.)
Anita has illustrated two more cards
for the YAA this Christmas: Ribblehead Viaduct and Malham Cove. Meanwhile, copies
of last year’s card are still available at yaa.org.uk/shop.
If you are seeking Christmas presents
or cards, Anita will be hosting champagne and canapes events to mark the eighth
anniversary of her gallery on December 5 from 6pm to 8pm and December 7, 10am
artist-in-residence this year at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, in Harrogate, where
I’ll be appearing in the shop there every Saturday, from 4pm to 8pm, during
Harlow Carr’s Glow winter illuminations until Christmas,” says Anita, who will
be doing mini-demonstrations and chatting to visitors.
“I’ve finished all 12
paintings of the gardens, one for each month, all
made using moss, twigs and leaves, and now have my prints and cards in the shop.”
The Glow winter illuminations
at Harlow Carr light up the gardens after dusk every Thursday, Friday and
Saturday until December 28, from 4.30pm to 8pm, except on Boxing Day, with last
admission at 7pm.
On those days, special lighting effects transform Streamside, the Queen Mother’s
Lake, Winter Walk, the Doric Columns and Alpine House.
New for this year, as part of the Glow adventure, you can enjoy
illuminated sculptures, such as a silver angel; meander through a tunnel of
twinkling lights as you enter the Kitchen Garden, and finish the trail at a
festive-themed marquee with Christmas carols.
Glow tickets can be booked at gardentickets.rhs.org.uk/
Did you know?
Yorkshire Air Ambulance serves five million people across Yorkshire, carrying out more than 1,500 missions every year. The charity operates two state-of-the-art Airbus H145 helicopters and needs to raise £12,000 every day to keep saving lives.
Chris Gorman’s film footage of Anita Bowerman at work at RHS Harlow Carr, Harrogate, during her year as artist-in-residence.
YORK artist and writer Harland Miller’s largest ever solo exhibition
will be held in his home city next year.
Harland Miller: York, So Good They Named It Once will run at York Art
Gallery from February 14 to May 31 2020.
Supported by fellow North Yorkshireman Jay Jopling’s White Cube
galleries in London, the show features Miller’s best-known series, the Penguin Book Covers
and the Pelican Bad Weather Paintings.
These works directly refer to the 55-year-old artist’s relationship with
York, the city where he was born and grew up before moving to London, as well
as making wider references to the culture and geography of Yorkshire as a
The titles are all sardonic statements on life: York, So Good They Named It; Once Whitby – The Self Catering Years; Rags to Polyester – My Story and Incurable Romantic Seeks Dirty Filthy Whore.
addition to these dust-jacket paintings, Miller will show works from his recent
Letter Painting series: canvasses made up of overlaid letters to form short
words or acronyms in a format inspired by the illuminated letters of medieval
Miller left Yorkshire to study at Chelsea School of Art, graduating in
1988 with an MA, since when he has lived in London, New York, Berlin and New
He has held solo exhibitions at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art,
Gateshead, in 2009 and Palacio Quintanar, Segovia, Spain, in 2015. Group
exhibitions include the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, in 1996; Kunsthalle
Mannheim, Germany, 2004; Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2005,
2006 and 2007; Sculpture in the Close, Jesus College, Cambridge, 2013, and Somerset
House, London, 2016.
In 2008, Miller curated the group show You Dig The Tunnel, I’ll Hide The
Soil, an homage to Edgar Allan Poe to mark the bicentenary of his birth, at
White Cube and Shoreditch Town Hall, London.
His first novel, Slow Down Arthur, Stick To Thirty, the story of a child who travels around northern England with
a David Bowie impersonator, was published
by Fourth Estate in 2000.
That same year, Book Works published his novella,
At First I Was Afraid, a study of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder,
based on the true story of a female relative, whose box of Polaroid images, all
of oven knobs turned to “Off”, was discovered by Miller.
In his artwork, he continues to create work in the vein of his Penguin covers, wherein he married aspects of Pop Art, abstraction and figurative painting with his writer’s love of text. He now includes his own phrases, some humorous and absurd, others marked by a lush melancholia.
THE Centre of Ceramic Art’s annual Day of Clay is expanding into two
Days of Clay this weekend at York Art Gallery.
The event involves hands-on activities, talks and workshops by experts
and the launch of Gillian Lowndes’ exhibition, At The Edge.
CoCA’s Days of Clay offers the chance to watch, make and hear about the
art of clay from leading figures from the world of ceramics, including working
with animal sculptor Susan Hall and participating in performances from Milena
Dragic and Mila Romans, while David Horbury will discuss Emmanuel Cooper’s
This evening’s CoCA lecture will be given by potter Alison Britton OBE
on the subject of being part of the emergence of a radical abstract
expressionist style of ceramic work.
The Days of Clay coincide with the opening of a display of works by
Gillian Lowndes, the most radical ceramicist of the 20thcentury.
Fiona Green, assistant curator at York Art Gallery, says: “This year we
have extended our popular day event to a whole weekend, with fantastic
opportunities to celebrate, discuss and work with clay.
“We have some incredible experts involved, who are looking forward to
discussing their work and sharing experiences and techniques with visitors, and
there are plenty of opportunities to get hands-on and have a go yourself.
“Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to join other experts,
enthusiasts and novices who all share an appreciation of clay.”
All activities are included in admission to York Art Gallery with the
exception of the CoCA Lecture. Visit yorkartgallery.org.uk for more
details and tickets.
Days of Clay is being held in conjunction with York Ceramics Fair 2019,
running concurrently at the Hospitium, York Museum Gardens, with support from
the Craft Potters Association.
Tickets to York Ceramics Fair are on sale at yorkceramicsfair.com; tickets
to York Art Gallery can be bought at a reduced rate if you hold a York Ceramics
Days of Clay full programme
Saturday, November 23
10.30am to 4.30pm: Artist Susan Halls in the Studio.
Come and help fill part of the gallery with a crowd of watchful clay
rabbits. Animal sculptor Susan Halls will be running a hands-on workshop
showing you a quick and effective way to make a hollow rabbit that will form
part of her Meadow installation.
Annual CoCA Lecture 2019: Alison Britton OBE,
lecture at 6pm; Q&A, 6.45pm; drinks in Gillian Lowndes exhibition, 7pm;
Alison Britton was part of a group of radical women artists graduating
from the Royal College of Art’s ceramics course in the early 1970s.
In 1993, Britton co-curated The Raw And The Cooked with Martina Margetts,
at the Barbican and Modern Art Oxford, which then toured in East Asia and
In her lecture, Britton will reflect on this exhibition and on being
part of an emergence of a radical abstract expressionist style of ceramic work.
Sunday, November 24
In the CoCA 1 gallery:
1pm to 3pm, Clay Participatory Performance.
Joinperformers Milena Dragic and Mila Romans as “artist” and “clay”
as they sculpt out clay movements and then invite you to participate in making,
looking and moving clay to become part of the performance.
3.30pm to 4.30pm, Talk: Making Emmanuel Cooper.
David Horbury discusses how editing Emmanuel Cooper’s memoirs has provided
fresh insights into his pots and practice. David’s book on Emmanuel will be on
sale in the shop and he will be available to sign them.
In the Studio:
11.30am to 12.30pm, The Life Of A Slipware Potter.
Join potter Doug Fitch and his wife Hannah for a talk about their lives
as slipware potters, followed by a hands-on session where you can try out slip
2pm to 3.30pm,Texture and carving workshop.
Learn about hand building with artist Wendy Lawrence. Take the
opportunity to get hands on yourself and create a piece of carved, textured
clay to take home with you.
In the CoCA 2 gallery:
11.30am to 12.30pm, Children Curate in conversation
with Anthony Shaw and artist Susan Halls.
Meet the collector and the artist who helped inspire the children who
curated the current Anthony Shaw Collection display.
2.30pm to 3.30pm,Alison Britton in conversation with
Alison Britton will be talking with Anthony Shaw about the practice and
work of Gillian Lowndes in CoCA’s new exhibition, Gillian Lowndes: At the Edge.
2pm to 3pm, Book Reading: The Ups And Downs In The Life Of The Fabulous
Join Jane Hamlyn for a reading of a quaint little book
about the 16th century French Huguenot potter Bernard Palissy and his
desperate struggles to discover the lost secrets of Italian tin-glazed
3pm to 4pm, Film Showing.
Watch a screening of Potshots, starring Johnny Vegas as Bernard Palissy.
Produced by Roger Law and Anya Course. Running time: 25minutes. Jane will be
available to answer any questions.
Both Saturday, November 23 and Sunday, November 24
Installation: Recycling the Tower of Pots.
The tower of pots was created by artist Lou Gilbert Scott and visitors
during the 2018 Day of Clay event. Now you are invited to watch as it slowly
dissolves, returning to soft malleable clay ready for re-use.
Hands on Here.
Get hands on with York Art Gallery’s historic and contemporary ceramic
collection; sessions usually run between 11am and 1pm and 1.30pm to 3.30pm.
Children’s ceramic trail available at front desk all day.
Gillian Lowndes: At the Edge
November 23 to May 2020
See the ground-breaking works of Gillian Lowndes (1936-2010), the most
radical ceramicist of the 20th century, in this major new exhibition.
From the 1970s onwards, artist Gillian Lowndes was at the forefront of a
new style of contemporary ceramics which explored the materiality of clay.
Her abstract expressionist way of working brought together a range of
materials and found objects that she recycled to create new sculptural work she
called collages. This exhibition showcases more than 40 artworks drawn from
CoCA’s collection, alongside loans from Anthony Shaw’s collection, many on
public display for the first time.
Accompanying the exhibition will be further displays featuring new
acquisitions by artists including Kate Malone, Emmanuel Cooper and David
OWL & Monkey, the
homeware and lifestyle store in Heslington Road, York, is unveiling its annual
artist’s window installation for the festive season today.
The festivities will
launch from today until Sunday as York illustrator Elena Skoreyko Wagner
becomes the third artist chosen to celebrate the wonder and magic of a
As well as revealing
Elena’s papercut installation, Helen and Matt Harris’s shop will be hosting
events to herald the season, including fountain pen-making and a Letters To Santa
opportunity, plus the chance to meet Elena and watch her papercutting in action
“Come down on Sunday between12 noon and 4 pm and ask Elena to create a mini paper version of you, your friends or family to take away on the day,” suggests Helen. “You can watch Elena make her cut-and-create decorations to purchase for £10. So, come prepared with some photos for your desired creation.”
As the installation
goes on show, Helen says: “We’re excited to be hosting Elena’s beautiful
creations and are delighted to welcome her installation and work to the shop.
“It exudes a sense of
joy and hopefulness, celebrating the everyday elements of life through her
collages, illustrations and zines. So, when we discovered her creations, we knew
they were just what we were seeking.”
Matt adds: ‘We love
the joyful nature of Elena’s work and how it captures the magic of the everyday.
It matches so well with what we hope the shop offers; a happy place to
celebrate the everyday.”
Canadian-born Illustrator Elena, who gained a BFA in studio art from York University in Toronto in 2006, specialises in colourful hand-cut paper collages, pieced together from paper snippets, along with zines. Her work is often narrative, depicting women and children, to touch gently on health and social issues, find magic and uncover meaning in the mundane.
“The theme of a
childhood Christmas really appealed to me, capturing that wonder and magic,” she
says of her new installation. “I have also been working with some local
designers and makers to bring my designs to some exciting new products, so I’m
really looking forward to bringing them to Owl & Monkey.”
An added element of
the window from today is the re-use of vintage Japanese papers found by the Owl
and Monkey duo. “A lot of my work uses up-cycled papers, so when Helen and Matt
gave me some old, damaged Japanese papers, I was super-excited to see how they
could gain a new story as part of the window,” says Elena. “Watch out for them
in the very many garlands I’ve been busy sewing together these past few weeks.”
The Owl & Monkey homeware and lifestyle range “celebrates the simple pleasures of home and life with a carefully chosen selection of sustainably and ethically sourced goods to enhance the everyday”.
“From studio pottery
to an ever-growing range of stationery, all the products are selected with good
ethics, function and joy in mind,” says Helen.
“We also focus on the
power of sharing the skills and passions of the people behind the goods, so an important
part of our ethos is collaboration with local designers, makers and artists.”
You can discover more
about Elena’s work at elenastreehouse.com, on Instagram, @elenaskoreyko, and Facebook,
Owl & Monkey, 16a Heslington Road, York, is open Wednesdays, 11am to 5pm; Thursdays and Fridays, 11am to 6pm; Saturdays 10am to 5.30pm, plus Sundays, 12 noon to 4pm, November 17 to December 22, and Tuesdays, 11am to 5pm, November 19 to December 17.
YORK Ceramics Fair is returning for a second year as a “top of the pots” gathering of British ceramicists in The Hospitium on November 23 and 24.
Running alongside will be the newly expanded Days Of Clay, a ceramics discovery programme run by the Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA) at nearby York Art Gallery
Forty potters from Britain and beyond have been chosen through competitive selection by the fair’s organisers, the Craft Potters Association, to showcase their hand-crafted pieces.
On display and for sale in the medieval Hospitium, in the Museum Gardens, will be hundreds of pots of all shapes and sizes work ranging from vibrant to serene, minimal to magical, sculptural to utilitarian.
Among those taking part are Jenny Southam, whoseeccentric figures explore her love of gardening, as well as her interest in both Staffordshire mantelpiece figures and Etruscan tomb sculptures.
Dylan Bowen’s bold expressionistic ceramics capture the spontaneity and energy of how they are made. His work is sought by leading interior designers and his collaborations include the interior lighting specialist Porta Romana for their Bohème collection.
Lara Scobie’s ceramics balance composition and form with pattern and bright pops of colour; Shipton-by-Beningbrough ceramicist Ruth King, one of the event organisers, specialises in the salt glaze technique and a preoccupation with structure, containment and balance in her luminous pots. RAMP Ceramics is a partnership between Alice Hartford and Rupert Johnstone, wherein he throws the pots and she decorates them and they share a liking for simple, clean forms.
Anna Lambert, from Crosshills, near Keighley, makes hand-built arthenware ceramics using such techniques as slab-building and painted slips. Her creative ideas reflect an interest in place, exploring narratives relating to farmland, floodwater management, woodlands and the regeneration of orchards. Inspired by new nature writing, she combines drawing with abstract qualities of pots, their spaces, edges and surfaces.
Over the same weekend, York Art Gallery’s annual Days Of Clay offers the chance to “get your hands dirty” at live demonstrations by makers on the Saturday and to enjoy a series of talks, conversations and demos on the Sunday, showing how raw clay can be pinched, carved, rolled, thrown and transformed through this ancient craft.
Animal sculptor Susan Hall and potters Milena Dragic and Mila Romans are taking part; esteemed ceramicist Alison Britten gives the annual CoCA lecture; David Horbury discusses the memoirs of studio potter and arts and crafts writer Emmanuel Cooper, and the event coincides with the launch of a new exhibition by “the most radical ceramicist of the 20th century”, Gillian Lowndes: At The Edge.
York Ceramics Fair, The Hospitium, Museum Gardens, York, November 23 and 24, 10am to 5pm; entry £5, under 16s, free. For more details, visit yorkceramicsfair.com.
The 40 potters taking part in York Ceramics Fair 2019 are:
Justine Allison; Matthew Blakely;Dylan Bowen; Daniel Boyle; Katie Braida; Ben Brierley; Karen Bunting; Rebecca Callis; Isabel Denyer; Antje Ernestus; Doug Fitch; Hannah McAndrew; David Frith; Kerstin Gren; James Hake; Richard Heeley; RAMP Ceramics; Ruth King; Anna Lambert; Tony Laverick; Wendy Lawrence; Sophie MacCarthy; Sean Miller; Jenny Morten; Stephen Murfitt; Jeremy Nichols; Adela Powell; Michaela Schoop; Lara Scobie; Jill Shaddock; Patricia Shone; Jenny Southam; Ilona Sulikova; Tricia Thom; Keith Varney; John Wheeldon; Emily-Kriste Wilcox; Deiniol Williams; David Wright; Paul Young.