Exhibitions
 
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.
 
Hookshouse Pottery Autumn Exhibition – ‘Back to the Future’ – Saturday October 24th to Sunday November 1st
 
Here is an update on what we are now planning here.
 
After the cancellation of the summer exhibition/garden opening, and the outdoor theatre performance, we are now proposing to offer an autumn exhibition from Saturday 24th October to Sunday 1st November. Sadly we are not arranging a Preview, which we feel would be difficult to manage safely, but we hope you will come and see us during the week of general opening, and if you usually only come to the Preview for the glass of wine, you can claim it when you come anytime during the week! We have been very committed to the safety of others – and ourselves – during the crisis, so we will be requiring masks, providing gel, and making sure that movement around the exhibition does not result in threats to social distancing. Card payment facilities will be available for all sales.
 
Artists and makers have still been beavering away at their creative pursuits over recent months, so you may even detect a whiff of new ideas and extra time given to the work.
 
Old favourites head the list of our exhibitors this time. We are delighted to have Ian Shearman with us again, bringing along the freshness of his landscapes and seascapes all created ‘onsite’. There is another chance to view Nat Morley’s nature inspired prints, widely admired and indeed adopted by the National Trust, and Christine Dack is back too, evoking place with paint in her magical way. And then we have our newcomer in Marisa Tommasini, whose highly original work evokes the strong patterning of natural forms.
 
In the makers’ department, Tim Blades’ enticing jewellery will again bring the soft glow of silver into our lives, and Hazel Moore brings her exceptional skill and experience to maintaining the tradition of top quality artist blacksmithing. Phil Hinton has often shown his outdoor work here before, but this time we have a new and wonderful selection of pieces for indoors – lamps, mirrors, stools and sculptural pieces – all beautifully designed and finished. And our newcomer amongst the makers is Sarah Woodrow, whose beautiful and practical willow baskets are true works of art.
 
There will also be plenty of pots to tempt you – actually the quietness of lockdown was a productive period, with time to try out a few new ideas!
 
Outdoor theatre 2021
 
P.S. For those of you who are Pantaloons addicts, we can announce that we are planning two performances for 2021. 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 next year’s diary!
 
 
 
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!