Latest news

Here we'll keep you up to date with news of our design activities - but also with details of exhibitions, events and artists who we're being inspired by.

You might also like to visit our Facebook and Pinterest pages.

Workshops for December August 17 2017

Later this year I'll be exhibiting at the City Art Centre in Edinburgh as part of A Fine Line, alongside Lizzie Farey (who I have curated the exhibition with), Frances Priest and Bronwen Sleigh. I'll be sharing further information about the event over the coming weeks.

As part of the exhibition there will be two related workshops.

On Saturday 2nd December 2017 between 10.00-16.00 I'll be hosting a one-day wood engraving workshop.

I'll start the day by sharing examples of the work of fellow wood engravers. Then we'll experiment with tools on a practice block before engraving and printing your own woodblock. You are welcome to bring sketches/reference material with you for inspiration. It’s important to note that wood engraving is a slow and precise process and some participants may not leave with a completely finished print but will learn all stages of the process. This course is suitable for adults (aged 18+) and you will need to have some drawing skills to benefit fully from this workshop.

This one-day workshop costs £75.00 and is limited to 10 participants. If you'd like to book a place, please contact the City Art Centre reception on 0131 529 3993.

I'd also recommend a workshop that's being hosted by my good friend Lizzie Farey on Saturday 16th December 2017 from 10.30-16.00. This class will teach you how to make willow Christmas trees, wreaths and stars for the festive season. The cost for the workshop is also £75.00 and this will need to be booked on through the City Art Centre on 0131 529 3993.

If you'd like to see more of Lizzie's work, she will be exhibiting at The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh from 6th-30th September 2017. Find out more

block

Working on a wood engraving

LIZZIE1

Lizzie Farey in her studio - photo courtesy of The Scottish Gallery

LIZZIE2

Lizzie Farey 'Almost Spring' woven willow - photo by Shannon Tofts

The Lumber Room: Unimagined Treasures July 31 2017

We're delighted to announce the publication of our latest Random Spectacular project, The Lumber Room: Unimagined Treasures (RS011).

Prior to the reopening of York Art Gallery in 2015, Mark Hearld spent two years visiting the stores of the Yorkshire Museum and York Castle Museum as well as the Gallery researching the objects and artworks to include in his curated exhibition, The Lumber Room: Unimagined Treasures, which engaged visitors from August 2015 until May 2017.

His choices included pottery, costume, oil paintings, works on paper, furniture, and taxidermy, many items of which had not been on public display before.

Alongside these were new works that Mark has created especially for the show which is inspired by the collections.

The exhibition is influenced by a short story called The Lumber Room, by Saki, which was read to him in an English class when he was 15.

Mark explains…

“Since I heard Saki’s story I have always been intrigued by the idea of a locked room that contained treasures so wonderful they are beyond what your mind can imagine. In this exhibition, I wanted to create the sense of excitement and wonder that you get when you discover the key to the room and see the “forbidden” objects for the first time.”

The exhibition closed early May 2017, but we’re delighted to publish this Random Spectacular journal which records and celebrates the spirit of Mark’s curation and creation with contributions from Emily Sutton, Chloë Cheese, Alan Powers, Jonathan Gibbs, Angie Lewin, John Andrews and many more.

Take a look inside The Lumber Room: Unimagined Treasures

LUMBER1_1024x1024
LR2_lo_1024x1024
LR4_lo_1024x1024
LR7_lo_1024x1024
LR10_lo_1024x1024

LR13_lo_1024x1024

LR22_lo_1024x1024
LR32_lo_1024x1024
LR35_lo_1024x1024

Mark Hearld’s Platters April 19 2017

As part of the new work presented at this year's York Open Studios event, Mark Hearld has created a series of hand-decorated platters, a few of which are pictured here.

Emily Sutton and Mark Hearld's Open Studios, 104 The Mount, York YO24 1AR on 21st (6-9pm), 22nd (10am-6pm) and 23rd (11am-5pm) April 2017 and again on 29th (10am-6pm) and 30th (11am-5pm) April 2017.

HERON2

DOG

HERON1

HAWK

Sutton & Hearld at Home April 10 2017

Artists Emily Sutton and Mark Hearld will soon open their doors again as part of the 2017 York Open Studios event.

Running over the last two weekends of April, Emily will exhibit a selection of new paintings, drawings and prints while Mark has created a series of new mixed-media collages, limited edition prints, hand-decorated slipcast cockerels and painted platters.

Emily Sutton and Mark Hearld's Open Studios, 104 The Mount, York YO24 1AR on 21st (6-9pm), 22nd (10am-6pm) and 23rd (11am-5pm) April 2017 and again on 29th (10am-6pm) and 30th (11am-5pm) April 2017.

You might also like to view Mark and Emily's fabrics and wallpapers for St Jude's.

Wood Pigeon by Mark Hearld

Mark Hearld 'Wood Pigeon' mixed-media collage, 2017

Allotment with Cardoons by Emily Sutton

Emily Sutton 'Allotment with Cardoons' watercolour, 2017

Crows by Mark Hearld

Mark Hearld 'Crows' mixed-media collage, 2017

Swans on the Seine by Emily Sutton

Emily Sutton 'Swans on the Seine' watercolour, 2017

Cockerel by Mark Hearld

Mark Hearld 'Cockerel' slipcast and hand-decorated, 2017

Glass House Jardin des Plantes by Emily Sutton

Emily Sutton 'Glass House, Jardin des Plantes' watercolour, 2017

Mandarin Duck by Mark Hearld

Mark Hearld 'Mandarin Duck' mixed-media collage, 2017

Pont Neuf Finches by Emily Sutton

Emily Sutton 'Pont Neuf Finches' watercolour, 2017

A Printmaker’s Journey February 26 2017

Posted by Angie Lewin

I'm delighted to share news of a forthcoming exhibition that I have curated for Hampshire Cultural Trust, A Printmaker's Journey, which opens in Winchester on Saturday 11th March and then tours Hampshire until early November 2017.

A Printmaker's Journey includes work selected from a wide range of disciplines and periods which will lead the visitor through the inspirations and affinities which have influenced my journey as a printmaker and designer. Paintings, textiles, prints, posters and ceramics by artists and designers including Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden, Mark Hearld, Alan Reynolds, Emily Sutton and Paul Morrison will be displayed alongside work from various stages of my career.

I'll be at The Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre on and off throughout the opening day, Saturday 11th March. I hope that you might be able to visit. Find out more

For those of you further afield, over the next few months I'll share details of some of the works selected and their significance to me. Keep an eye on my Instagram and Facebook pages for updates.

A Printmaker's Journey runs from 11 March – 30 April 2017 at The Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre then tours until early November 2017. Find out more

angie_lewin_sollas_sands_1024x1024

Angie Lewin 'Sollas Sands' linocut, 2015

bawden-1

Edward Bawden 'The Road to Thaxted' linocut, 1956

Lizzie+Farey+Pussy+Willow+Bowl

Lizzie Farey 'Almost Spring' woven willow, 2017
(photograph by Shannon Tofts)

HCT_013

Eric Ravilious King Edward VIII Coronation Mug, 1937 (originally designed in 1936)

Angie_Lewin_Festival_Mug_lithograph_print_1024x1024

Angie Lewin 'Festival Mug' lithograph

olive

Emily Sutton 'Olive Cook's Settle' watercolour, 2013

bawdenpaper

Edward Bawden 'Church and Dove' wallpaper, 1925

Sussex Modernism at Two Temple Place February 06 2017

Looking forward to visiting the latest exhibition at Two Temple Place in London where Sussex Modernism - Retreat and Rebellion has just opened.

Created by the Bulldog Trust in partnership with nine museums and galleries based in Sussex (including Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Charleston, De La Warr Pavillion, Towner Art Gallery and Pallant House Gallery) the exhibition examines why artists and writers were drawn to the rolling hills, seaside resorts and villages of Sussex in the first half of the 20th century, creating artistic communities whose innovations developed alongside political, sexual and domestic experimentation.

Curated by Dr Hope Wolf, Lecturer in British Modernist Literature and co-Director of the Centre for Modernist Studies at the University of Sussex, the exhibition runs until 23rd April 2017. Visit the Two Temple Place website for opening times.

David-Jones,-The-Garden-Enclosed,-1924,-@-Tate,-London-2015

David Jones The Garden Enclosed, 1924
Oil paint on canvas © Tate, London 2015

John-Piper,-View-of-Chichester-Cathedral-from-the-Deanery,-1975

John Piper View of Chichester Cathedral from the Deanery, 1975
Ink, watercolour and crayon on paper © The Piper Estate / DACS 2016

Eric-Gill,-Divine-Lovers,-1923-©-Ditchling-Museum-of-Art-+-Craft

Eric Gill Icon (for Divine Lovers), 1923
Courtesy of the Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

Barnett Freedman January 19 2017

Posted by Angie Lewin

I'm currently curating an exhibition which will open at Winchester Discovery Centre on Saturday 11th March 2017. A Printmaker's Journey will then tour Hampshire until the end of November.

The exhibition will include work selected from a wide range of disciplines and periods which have in some way influenced my work as a printmaker and designer. Paintings, textiles, prints, posters and ceramics by artists and designers including Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden, Alan Reynolds and Paul Morrison will be displayed alongside examples of my own work.

Full details of the exhibition will be announced soon - do subscribe to my newsletter if you'd like to find out more.

I'll be including two works by artist and illustrator Barnett Freedman, a contemporary of Bawden and Ravilious.

Over at Spitalfields Life, author David Buckman takes a look at the work of this prolific artist and illustrator...

"Barnett Freedman is among my top candidates for a blue plaque, as one of the most distinguished British artists to emerge from the East End. There was a 2006 campaign to get him one in at 25 Stanhope St, off the Euston Rd, where he lived early in his career, but English Heritage rejected him, along with four others as of “insufficient stature or historical significance” – an unjust decision exposed by the Camden New Journal. The artist and Camden resident David Gentleman was one among many who supported the plaque, writing “He was a very good and original artist whose work deserves to be remembered. He influenced me in the sense of his meticulous workmanship. He was a real master of it.” Read David Buckman's article in full

21

A portrait of Barnett Freedman

festival-of-britain001

Advertisement for Shell, 1951.

baynard-claudia001

Barnett Freedman’s ‘Claudia’ typeface.

Oliver-Twist-004

Lithographs for ‘Oliver Twist,’ published by the Heritage Press in New York, 1939.

Barnett Freedman works courtesy Special Collections, Manchester Metropolitan University

Emergent Landscapes December 04 2016

Over the past couple of years we've had the pleasure of working with artist, writer, musician and cultural geographer Rob St. John on several projects. Rob and Tommy Perman contributed to our Random Spectacular No. 2 journal, discussing their Water of Life project and we've since collaborated on the Concrete Antenna 12" vinyl/print release and the Creative Edinburgh Awards shortlisted Score Tae The Toor book/CD.

Emergent Landscapes is a collaborative installation at Tate Modern Switch House, exploring the boundaries between art, geography and the Anthropocene. Between 9th-11th December 2016, Rob invites the public to participate in the creation of new visual and sonic sculptures that will continue to evolve beyond the Tate Exchange space.

From the layering of a soundscape echoing visitor contributions, reflections and perceptions to the collective construction of a cairn, piles of stones that historically act as markers of time and space, Emergent Landscapes will act as a beacon; marking the newly-built Switch House and re-situating its emergence within an ever-changing London landscape.

Once the installation period is over, the whole structure will then be transported to Hooke Park woodland in Dorset, where in collaboration with the Architectural Association and Common Ground charity, it will be made freely accessible to visitors and documented for years to come. Over months and years, the spores and seeds ‘painted’ onto the cairn materials will germinate and grow; to emerge, pattern and even destroy the structure created together.

On 10th December 2016 between 17.00 and 18.00 Rob will introduce the project with an artist's talk and on 11th December between 16.00 and 17.30 Rob will discuss the future of the project with writer, curator and artist Amy Cutler.

Find out more about the project and the free (but ticketed) talk and discussion.

el

p1030186-copy-1612x907

emergent-landscapes-insert-trees-1612x1136

emergent-landscapes-insert-gramophone-decal-1612x1136

p1070716web-1612x907