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One to visit
IN December, the New School House Gallery in Peasholme Green, York, will be one year old. To celebrate this anniversary, co-directors Robert Teed and Paula Jackson are staging the appropriately named One show, a group exhibition that combines artists and makers from the first year with several newcomers.
Among the returnees is York fine-art printmaker Catherine Sutcliffe-Fuller, who featured prominently in the gallery’s Navigation exhibition in June and was selected for the Royal Academy Summer Show for the first time this summer, since when she has been busy preparing a further body of new work.
The fruit of these labours is the largest print ever to come off her press, and the artist’s proof of this linocut forms one of the highlights of One.
“This print represents a good six weeks’ work, from sketching on my tummy in Redmire, to taking the first proof off the press a few weeks ago,” says Catherine. “I’ve also been developing a new way of adding colour, and enjoying pushing the possibilities of linocut even further than I have before.”
Paula Jackson is delighted at the range of work on display. “We’re so proud of our first year and all those who have shown with us, and we’re especially pleased to develop our relationship with Catherine, who is an outstanding artist worthy of much wider recognition.”
Two young ceramicists are to the fore in One: Hannah James and Helen Beard, both originally from Yorkshire and surely ones to watch.
“Hannah started her ceramics career as assistant to Helen, but moved on to become one of Edmund de Waal’s apprentices, where she has developed her own language of simple, unglazed porcelain that stretches the material to its full effect,” says Robert Teed.
“In contrast, Helen’s hand-thrown porcelain is decorated with pastoral scenes in a method of glazing that retains the delicate quality of watercolour.”
Two key jewellers from the gallery’s first year return with new work: Gina Cowen, whose sea-glass jewels have delighted men and women alike, and Anke Hennig, who has sent more examples of her finely woven necklaces and earrings from Dresden.
The exhibition introduces to York two exciting personalities, Stuart Dawson, a contemporary artist from Dean Clough in Halifax, and young ceramicist Billy Lloyd.
Dawson’s beautifully spare, meticulous paintings are inspired by York Minster, where the full series was exhibited earlier this year, while Lloyd’s domestic ware, such as his stacking coffee cups, has been championed by Priscilla Carluccio at her Few And Far shop in Kensington, London.
Glassmaker Erin Dickson is exhibiting in York after graduating this summer from Sunderland University’s MA course.
“Erin’s glass tumblers are just exquisite,” says Paula. “They recently won the Craft+Design Award at the British Glass Biennale, were finalists in The Art Of Giving competition and were exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery in October. They will be featured too in a three-page spread in Craft+Design magazine in December. No one can say we aren’t current.”
To coincide with the opening of One, the gallery has introduced a new shop section in time for Christmas. A large choice of hand-made crafts and jewellery is complemented by quirky apple lamps, Lomography cameras, Happy Hopperz inflatable animals and Casa Cabana cardboard play houses.
• One will run until December 29; opening hours are 10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday.