Mixed exhibitions are held at Hookshouse in Spring and Autumn.
They usually include the work of three or four painters, printmakers or photographers, and four or five craft makers, who may be working in leather, wood, metal, glass, textiles or clay. Each exhibition includes two or three 'new' exhibitors, and has a different 'feel' from the one before.
Exhibition, garden openings and theatre for summer 2021
Exhibition: ‘Openings’ Sat. 29th May to Sun. 6th June, 11am to 6pm.
We now have everything in place for an exhibition to run from Saturday 29th May to Sunday 6th June – our usual early summer slot – and feel reasonably confident that it will be able to go ahead as planned. Bearing in mind that the final easing of restrictions is not scheduled until later in June, we are expecting to observe similar precautions to those we put in place last October, and, sadly, we will have to give the Preview a miss again. However, we do plan to offer ‘home-made teas’ in the garden as usual – this is effectively a ‘takeaway’ arrangement, which is already permitted. Toilet facilities will be made available to those in need, but we would like to keep this use of the house to a minimum.
On the walls and screens this time we are pleased to welcome Ange Mullen-Bryan, who is bringing some really dramatic large-scale landscapes with a Scandinavian feel, and Liz Cooper, who will be sharing her award-winning photographic studies. Both are exhibiting with us for the first time. Returning after a break are the ever-versatile Alison Seymour Williams, this time with intriguing landscapes and still life studies, and Rod Nelson, whose latest woodcuts have found international recognition.
In the indoor space we have, for the first time, Artjoms Ivlevs, an inspirational maker of willow work, both utilitarian and decorative. Repeat appearances are made by Tessa Tyldesley, whose jewellery is created from exquisite combinations of semi-precious stones, by Neil Spalding with a great range of fascinating raku fired heritage buildings, and by felter Anne Rogers with some very special new work.
Outdoors there will be imaginative garden enhancing work from artist blacksmith, Dave Preston, bright and beautiful light catchers and panels from glass artist, Aurora Pozniakow, and wonderful cleft oak benches and other work by Jack Ritson. All three are new to us. Also new are two intriguing variations on a theme of driftwood – Steve Mansfield’s wood sculptures and Steve Tayler’s mobiles. To complete the team are two ‘returners’ - Jane Gray Wallis with a variety of wooden creations including intriguing stools and utensils, and Norah Kennedy with her ever-popular willow plant supports and small sculptures.
The Garden
The garden will be open for the National Garden Scheme as usual, and this time the NGS is offering the option of prebooking via their website if you wish to be sure of not having to wait for access. Simply paying your contribution on the door as usual will also be allowed.
Outside the NGS week we are also offering the following dates this year. They are April 23rd, May 7th, May 21st, June 11th, June 25th, July 9th, July23rd. These are all Friday afternoons and we will be open from 1.30pm to 5.30pm. Donations invited. Prebooking not required.
We may be able to welcome group visits at other times. Please contact us.
Please keep an eye on the website in case any changes to these arrangements have to be made.
Theatre in the garden
This year we have two Pantaloons performances planned for July, when hopefully we will be free of restrictions. They will be presenting a new version of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ in their inimitable style on Saturday July 3rd. And on Wednesday 28th July we are all set to enjoy the fantasy, the laughter – and the touching moments – of their high-octane presentation of ‘The Tempest’ by that old favourite, William Shakespeare. Plenty of time to get it into the diary!
The performances start at 7.30, and you are welcome to picnic in the garden from 6pm onwards. Please bring seats and suitably warm clothing. Don’t underestimate the temperature drop, often sharper on clear days. Last time we had to ransack the house for spare duvets and blankets!
Door prices are £14 adult and £10 under 14. Advance tickets are now available at £12 adult and £8 under 14. You can book via the Pantaloons website, https://thepantaloons.co.uk, or through us here at Hookshouse. We can send tickets out to you on receipt of payment and an SAE, or we can keep them for you to collect on arrival for the performance. Reservations by phone (01666 880297) or email hookshouse@hotmail.co.uk will need to be confirmed by sending payment before the tickets are issued.
Mailing List
As from the next exhibition, we plan to send hard copy mailings only to those who specifically request them. We have made this decision partly because of the sudden jump in the cost of 2nd class stamps, and partly because we find that more and more people are comfortable with email. It does of course also save paper, which makes us feel a little bit virtuous!
Please can you let us know what you would like us to do, by email, phone or post, or by telling us when you visit this next exhibition.
1. Continue sending by post
2. Send invitation by email
3. Stop
If we don’t hear from you, we will assume you would like us to stop bothering you!