It has been an exceptional year so far in respect of the many exhibitions visited. Stand out encounters included, Abbot Hall Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria to see ‘Women of the RA’ and, surprisingly – two large Frink sculptures which were in situ for a forthcoming exhibition – so intensely Frink. Doug Binder at both the Ropewalk, Barton on Humber and also at the Dean Clough Art Gallery, Halifax. Although I was unable to access his studio there were many of his beautifully executed nudes adorning the hallways, an exceptional colourist. Whilst at Dean Clough we were also treated to ‘Across Borders’ an exhibition by Members of the Manchester Academy of Fine Art – superb; ‘Travelling Light’ an exhibition of sculpture by members of the Yorkshire Sculptor Group and Baltimore Sculptors USA – interesting use of materials. ‘Making Material Memories’ a craft project by Charlotte Goldthorpe was also featured, which brought together craft and storytelling together – wonderful work and well worth seeing – craft at its best.
The Lincolnshire Artists’ Society is going from strength to strength, with many members exhibiting throughout the county and at the Sam Scorer Gallery Lincoln. This year’s Summer Show brought together the work of 35 artists with their inventive and original art. Sleaford Embroiderers presented their latest body of work ‘An Exhibition of Embroidery and Textiles’ at their biennial at the National Centre for Craft & Design, Sleaford; a real pleasure.
The rest of the year looks promising, and I am appreciative of the value to my own creative work, of having experienced wonderful, impactive and sensational work, available to all of us. Galleries should be visited as often as we can, they are frequently inspiring, and usually calm, quiet places where we can reflect and indulge our senses.