Monday, 29 November 2010

"Miniature masterpieces are giving art lovers a micro-sized glimpse of the past. "

What's on: Thomas Bewick: Tale-pieces. Review of the show at Abbot Hall by By Adrian Mullen, Arts correspondent of The Westmorland Gazette.

Read his review here.

Jeanette Edgar, communications director for Lakeland Arts Trust: “I still find Bewick’s work intriguing, a real mixture of craft, illustration and a wicked observation on mankind.”

Thomas Bewick: Tale-pieces is at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal from November 12 until December 18.

Friday, 12 November 2010

Open now in Kendal

Tale-pieces, the popular exhibition organised by the Ikon Galllery, is now open at Abbot Hall Art Gallery
Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 5AL
11 Nov- 18 December

At the same venue from 1 November - 18 December there is an exhibition "Wood Engraving in the North: The Continuing Tradition" (in the coffee shop).
Full information here.

This display of works by members of the Society of Wood Engravers runs concurrently with the exhibition of Thomas Bewick’s engravings in the main Gallery, demonstrating the continuity of this technique in the North and exploring the extraordinary versatility of the medium.

Wood Engraving Demonstrations:
Free Event - Museum Lakeland Life & Industry
Wednesday 17 November, 11am - 2pm
Paul Kershaw, a member of the Society of Wood Engravers and Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, will be demonstrating wood engraving techniques and using the Museum’s printing press to print one of his blocks. He will also be available to explain some of the tools and processes involved in wood engraving.

Wednesday 24 November, 11am - 2pm
Edinburgh-based artist and educator Jonathan Gibbs is a member of the Society of Wood Engravers. He will be demonstrating wood engraving techniques and will be available to answer questions about his practice. Engravings by Jonathan Gibbs are on display in the Coffee Shop.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Words and Music

BBC Radio 3's Words and Music, November 7th 2010

"This edition of Words & Music was recorded in front of an audience as part of Radio 3’s Free Thinking 2010. Reflecting the festival’s theme of The Pursuit of Happiness, “celebration” is the subject of tonight’s programme. And, just as the artistic line up largely celebrates the finest the Northeast has to offer, so the texts and music often celebrate the Northeast’s writers, landscape, and heroes."

Performers included Kathryn Tickell, Donald McBride and Zita Frith.
Music from Smetana, Tallis, Mendelssohn, Grieg, Per Nørgård, Purcell, Brendan Murphy and traditional sources.
Texts form Swinburne, Wordsworth, Kirkup, Bunting and Bewick.

Programme available here to UK listeners until Sunday 14th November 2010.

“In these rounds I had the opportunity of seeing the kindness and hospitality of the People – the countenances of all, both high & low, beamed with chearfulness, and this was heightened every where, by the music of old Tunes from the well-known exhilarating wild notes of the Northumberland pipes amidst the buz occasioned by various foulploughs.”
Memoir, Chapter 6.

Bewick in Ithaca

End Grain: A History of Wood Engraving
Exhibition at Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University.
Thomas Bewick's wood engraving is the starting point for this historical survey from the eighteenth century to the present day.
Details on the museum website here.
A review article by the Cornell Daily Sun here.

The exhibition runs from November 6 2010–January 9 2011.

Illustrated: Winslow Homer, American, 1836–1910,  Snap-the-Whip, 1873, Wood engraving on newsprint .