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.
Spring Exhibition ‘Love Thirty’
Saturday 27th to Wednesday 31st May
This year our annual Exhibition celebrates its thirtieth anniversary, and as usual we have a good balance of talent new to Hookshouse and ‘old friends’.
Our picture artists include first timer Hannah Linfoot, working mainly in oils, whose work features an appealing original take on landscape. She is joined by two more first time exhibitors, Alison Vickery, who uses a variety of techniques to create evocative landscape and still life, and Rachael Bott, using mostly watercolour to convey the wonder of the world of flowers. In complete contrast we have the return of Philip Kingsbury of the Wooden Spoon Press with a new selection of his brilliant woodcuts.
Our makers list too includes a couple of new faces. Rosie Mockford could be seen as a link to the woodcuts, with her collection of beautifully crafted wooden utensils, and Sarah Davis’ glass hangings and panels will dazzle and delight you. Returners are Sarah Woodrow, whose baskets reach out as ever for perfection and originality in the weaving of willow, and Tim Blades, whose finely detailed working of silver jewellery never fails to astound us.
Outdoors we have the usual mix of the useful and the decorative. New work will include more sparkling glass for outdoors by Sarah Davis, wonderful wood carvings by Tom Harvey, and willow creatures by Audrey Forbes. Returning will be Jack Ritson’s expertly riven benches and hurdles, and a further flock of Steve Mansfield’s fantastic driftwood fowls, plus the masterful forged creations of our artist blacksmith, Dave Preston. And to complete the show woodcarver Jane Gray Wallis will again be demonstrating, and making unique spoons and bowls for you to admire and acquire.
The Garden
The garden will be open for the National Garden Scheme as usual throughout the exhibition, from 27th to 31st May. Card payment on arrival has become the new normal, but prebooking through the NGS is available, and if you are cardless money is still acceptable!
Supplementary openings, offering further opportunities to enjoy the garden as the season unfolds, are scheduled for Friday 16th June and Friday 30th June from 1.30pm to 5.30pm.
Private group visits can also often be arranged. Please enquire...
Theatre in the garden
This year the Pantaloons will be offering us their version of Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’ on Saturday 1st July. We are sure that our energetic and resourceful friends will do ample justice to the colourful characters and gripping plot of what is possibly J A’s finest creation.
The performance starts 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. On occasions we have had to ransack the house for spare duvets and blankets!
Door prices are £15 adult and £9 under fourteen. Most people are now booking via the Pantaloons website, https://thepantaloons.co.uk/, but if you prefer you can still book 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.
Please keep an eye on the website in case any changes to these arrangements need to be made.
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!