Ceramics, collage and creatures exploding, exploring and expiring in the Milking Parlour….this intriguing show brings together the work of David Burns and Mary Tambini for the first time; in a conversation that begins in the cradle of civilisation and ends in planetary implosion at our own hands. Open until 26 November, Tuesday-Saturday, 11-3, it’s a must see.
Having been already familiar with David’s work curator, Deanne Tremlett, on being invited to visit Mary in her studio said:
“From the moment I visited Mary’s studio in Childe Okeford I knew I had to get her in a room with David. There is something fragile here and yet deeply grounded in a collective cultural consciousness.”
She felt that here was a conversation to be had – and here it is.
Mary researched this latest work on a visit to Kurdistan, where images 1000s of years old were the inspiration for the distilled motifs threaded throughout the work. It is a beautiful body of collage and ceramic sculpture with a collective feeling of cultural substance.
David has this to say about his recent work:
“The 11-year ticking clock in which to fix climate change and global warming has led me to respond with the present pots. The way humanity has squandered the resources of the planet we live on for what? Gain is only a relative term, some of the least affected by technology would seem to have a more carefree, healthy lifestyle than the likes of those making a financial killing by killing themselves.
I see the bowls as various versions of the cosmic black hole relentlessly sucking in everything in its path, all the trappings of success and achievement in the modern view going at light speed down the toilet to who knows where. It could be argued by the kinder folk amongst us that our present predicament is due to everyone not firstly understanding our planet home and secondly thinking that because things in the old days changed grindingly slowly it would always be so. Some would say”it’s not about misunderstanding and ignorance” but a pure, couldn’t care less attitude. Human beings are far too smart for their own good.
Surprising then that precious few have seen the writing on the wall. Possibly a condition of having a knowledge base that starts at zero and ends at zero point one.
Over time I have collected various different textured surfaces that are used in combinations on the bowls. They are made into press mouls and combined with thrown surfaces to produce the outside of the bowls complementing the interior pattern. I then use combinations of keys, coins, other metal objects and broken porcelain dolls to create the final images. My direction and ethos to highlight the effects of global warming, climate change, degeneration and decay are thus integrated into the work. I use many unconventional methods and materials to create the surfaces I require by adding brick dust, fibre and ground glass into my clay bodies firing them in different temperatures and atmospheres.”
We have a lot to be excited about in the coming week @thegugg! And we don’t just mean of the sticky, sweet kind….
On Thursday we have our #bringingthetrickback Hallowe’en Party; with the Open Mic stage being thrown open to Trick AND Treaters from 6-7 and then the usual Bakerman Dan Pizzas, singing and hi-jinks with added apple bobbing and the like…why not come take a turn? Dressing up is to be advised….
On Friday, during the day, we are delighted to welcome stone mason, Jonathan Sells, to the Gugg team as he kicks off his work with us with 3 two hour ‘Introduction to stone relief carving’ workshops, running from 10 until 5, at a cost of only £20 [plus £5 for your stone]. A great opportunity to easily get to grips with this fascinating skill and, possibly, make yourself a scary gargoyle…boooooooking advised…
Then on Friday evening Dr Frances Eustace will give her fascinating ‘Death and the Dance’ talk and performance, in the Milking Parlour Gallery, from 7. Tickets £10 or £12 on the door. Why should the kids get all the Spooky fun huh?
Then on Saturday the gorgeous Alex Williams will be closing out his highly successful show CATTLE with the Auctioning of the ‘Cattle Crossing’ sign he made for the occasion. Some of the proceeds from the sale will go to the charity Send a Cow: www.sendacow.org The gallery will be open from 11-3, with the auction taking place at 1pm, this will also coincide with the doors opening on the new Guggleton Farm Crafts Shop, in the Yard Barn…. but more of that in bit.
If you would like to participate in or join us for any of the above then please call the gallery on 01963 363456 or use the contact form below.
A very successful opening night for Alex Williams [seen here in the grey jacket] in the Milking Parlour Gallery. We feel privileged that Alex created these new works specifically for our new gallery space and it was particularly gratifying that so many works sold on the first night.
Alex trained at St Martin’s School of Art and The University of Wales. He became an art teacher, later Head of Art, at schools in Hertfordshire before moving to Hay-on-Wye to set up his design and print studio. Moving to the Welsh Border country in the late 1970’s was catalytic in his development as a painter of farm landscapes, animals, buildings and agriculture.
His work was widely exhibited in the UK and Alex then moved to Los Angeles for three years, exhibiting there and undertaking commissions for Tom Jones and Jackson Browne as well as for magazines and companies.
His images have been widely used in Tableware and Fine Bone China, Limited Edition Prints and Greetings Cards.
His versatility also extends to numerous TV appearances as artist and art teacher, in Australia as well as in the UK. He has exhibited widely in both individual and group shows and his work is in many public and private collections;
The National Museum of Wales has purchased a number of his landscapes of the Welsh Borders and he has collaborated very successful with the National Trust on a range of products.
His recent show at The Fosse, “Only the Lonely” brought together his love of “Period Rock” (his term) and the lives of farming folk their live stock and rambling buildings.
Alex’s work can be seen up until the 2nd of November, the gallery is open from 11 until 3, Tuesday to Saturday.
The Guggleton’s Milking Parlour Gallery hosted a successful ‘Secret Postcards’ Exhibition last Friday and Saturday, for Home Start North Dorset, raising over £2,600 for the charity.
Approximately 70 friends and supporters attended the event and bought most of the 120 cards (displayed anonomously) which had been created and donated by 70 local and national artists, including a few celebrities such as Dame Judi Dench, Sir Antony Gormley, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and Ivana Trump. Local celebrities, aka ‘The Pearlies’ Dave and Paula Hemsley, also attended to add a bit of sparkle. Photographs courtesy of Sally Evans Photography.
The remaining cards are now displayed and available for sale (with the names of the artists visible) on the Home-Start North Dorset website for £40 each. Interested purchasers should visit www.home-start-northdorset.co.uk/news/ to review and select a card, donate £40 on the ‘Donate’ page, then email Chelsey Gowen at email@example.com to organise postage of the card. Home-Start North Dorset is the local arm of the national charity which raises funds to recruit, fund and prepare parent voluteers to support and assist disadvantaged local families with young children struggling to cope.
What an amazing night! Here are just some of the comments from the audience….
“Fantastic evening, wonderful music and fab venue. Loved it”
“Amazing evening, looking forward to the next one”
“Excellent night, beautiful people…and PIZZA, what’s not to like?”
“I had a fabulous time at The Gugg last night. Really enjoyed Jo Burt and his band [beautiful harmonising from the female backing singers]. Looking forward to the fireside gig”
“We had a wonderful night at The Gugg, great music from Jo Burt and the band. Thank you to all who made it a night to remember. We will be back!”
“What a fantastic Show, Oscar was amazing and Jo and Co were awesome, loved every minute and will definitely be back for the next time. great things at The Gugg”
Jo will be back on the 30th of November with his “Me, Myself and Icons” show, playing us through the many and varied aspects of a long and distinguished career. Tickets available soon……
Friday 13th – Tuesday 24th September – 11-3 [Closed Sundays and Mondays]
Agnes was born in Holland in 1973. She read Philosophy at Amsterdam University, specialising in Eastern Philosophy. During and after her University she dedicated a lot of time to Fine Art and taking art classes.
Influenced by both the exquisite, revealing light of early dutch paintings and by the simple beauty found in Japanese ceramics and art, Agnes paints with focus and clarity Her preferred subjects are simple bowls and vessels. In her paintings one recognises Agnes’ Dutch roots through the delicate interplay of light shadows and reflections. She studied and taught herself techniques used by the Dutch Masters to enhance luminosity and depth of colour. The colours she blends are subtle and muted the results are quiet and contemplative, reflective and promising.
- Our exhibition, GO FIGURE, is a mixed media show selected by artists Wendy Elia, David Cobley and Anthony Connolly, from an online submission call. Works included take their point of origin, or departure, from the human form….The show will be open from 11-3 from Tuesday to Saturday up until the 1st of September.The private view on the 19th of July was a well attended affair with both participating artists and guests gathered to here the announcements of who would win the GO FIGURE prizes.CONGRATULATIONS go to Millie Gleeson, who took the first prize of a solo show at Guggleton next summer, and to Sasha Constable, Sue Baker and Matthew Hayward who were awarded a joint show to follow Millie’s.Thank you to all the 25 artists who were eventually selected for the final show, and whom Guggleton hopes very much to be working and collaborating with in the future.
Thanks so much to Anthony for delivering such an entertaining and informative workshop on Friday. The 9 artists who attended all not only enjoyed his teaching and direction but were imparted pearls of wisdom a plenty. The next opportunity to hear some for yourself is on Thursday September 5th and there are still a very few places left. Thank you also to our resident photographer, Sally Evans, for the images below.
Final judging for the GO FIGURE Summer Open overran until today. Unwrapping everything felt like Christmas came early in Stalbridge yesterday. Artists whose work is through to the exhibit will be emailed over the next couple of days, but in the meantime here is a sneaky peak of the upstairs gallery where final selection has taken place….
…..info on the show can be found here.
Milking Parlour Gallery well on the way to being ready for the GO FIGURE Summer Open Show, which starts on the 20th of July. Wonderful amount of entries submitted via the website. Judges [Wendy Elia, David Cobley and Anthony Connolly] currently mulling them over. Watch this ‘space’ – literally…..