Mixed exhibitions are held at Hookshouse in May and October.
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, 'The Art of Seeing’,
Saturday 27th May to Sunday 4th June
Lots of good things to see – and touch and taste! – at the Hookshouse spring exhibition this year!
We have two new artists in the painting department. Pauline Vennard, a painter of great versatility using mainly oils and acrylics, will be showing work with a delightful flavour of impressionism , and Philip Kingsbury will be bringing us examples of his striking and original lino prints, which include house portraits and local scenes. Another wonderful collection of Rachel Vynne’s award winning animal studies is also on the menu, and we are looking forward to welcoming back Gill Ashley, who will offer us an exciting selection of her floral studies and lively landscapes.
In the makers’ section we are pleased to be including Bill Rickinson after a long absence. His ceramic creations are constantly evolving, always fresh and always sure footed. Jo Stafford Michael’s jewellery is with us again, eminently wearable and with a real element of ‘bling’ about it, and Jane Vernon comes back after a long gap with work which has changed considerably over the interval. Her consummate skill with textiles is now deployed in the making of scarves and bags as well as a few of the hangings for which she was known earlier. And Amanda Moriarty’s ‘just right’ colourful fused glass will be on display both in the indoor exhibition and in the form of hangings for the outdoor space.
The garden area is also set to show off, for the first time, the characterful and appealing metal sculptures of Chris Kampf, and our other newcomer outdoors is John Jebb, whose superb stone sculptures will be on show both outdoors and indoors. On a return visit, Phil Hinton will be bringing us his enticing individually made garden furniture, as well as a group of mounted photographs designed to display outdoors. And artist blacksmith Dave Turner is back again with us too, using traditional forging techniques with real creative flair.
The wheel and the kiln, not to mention the potter, are also working overtime to offer you as many temptations as possible!
The garden will be opening throughout the exhibition for the NGS, and the tea tent will again play its pivotal role in your enjoyment of the ‘Hookshouse Experience’! The tree house may be visited on request, and ‘rough croquet’ will be available to play when the weather permits.
Outdoor Theatre. Saturday July 1st
Following on their scintillating version of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in 2016, we are hosting another Pantaloons’ Shakespeare production, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, on Saturday July 1st. Full of fun and fantasy, and ending in the triumph of true love, it makes for an irresistible evening’s entertainment, and the Pantaloons are guaranteed to bring it energetically to life.
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. There is a limit to how many emergency pullovers, rugs and duvets our little house can provide!
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!