Colour Code is a selected exhibition across media featuring the work of over 25 artists. Colour is a powerful communication tool and is used world wide in myriad ways to convey everything from emotions and political allegiance to identity and instruction. Colour is both fascinating and seductive.
29 July - 26 August
Opening Friday 28th July 7:30pm, hospitality provided
"My walk on the Camino was a journey across a varying landscape , sometimes at high elevations: the Pyrenees and mountains of Galicia, sometimes endless plains and vineyards - the regions of Navarra and Rioja, Castille Leon, and the legendary Meseta. It was an experience of long days of walking, surrendering to the rhythm of my footsteps. The connection of the pilgrims from medieval times to those I had followed on Youtube in preparation, numberless over time." John brokenshire
2 September - 14 October
Opening Friday 1 September 7:30pm, Hospitality Provided
This exhibition puts forth the premise that it is possible to buy an 'orignal' artwork for £200.
Amid by Shaeron Caton Rose
21 October - 18 November
Opening Friday 20 October 7:30pm, Hospitality Provided
25 November - 6 January 2018
Opening Friday 24 November 7:30pm, Hospitality Provided
FREE Workshop: Physics of Colour
Sunday 18 June 2-4pm
The physics of colour – What you see isn’t necessarily what you’ve got.
A hands on day of exploring the physics of colour. What we “see” as colour is a complex process combining the human brain, the eye and what we are looking at. The hands on demonstration of colour will include painting with phosphors, light emitting Lego bricks, prisms and spectroscopic glasses.
Mark Wrigley, Fellow of the Institute of Physics will be on hand to explain it all.
Suitable for all ages. No physics knowledge necessary.
Two Benefit Events for Hillsfest
Sunday 28th of May in the City Hall Ballroom, Cupola Gallery is running two benefit events for Hillsfest:
From 1-4PM there will be free entry to An Afternoon in the Ballroom, where stalls and activities will be set up alongside a children's area, and art, books and food will be available. Featuring music from Dan Whitehouse, Rusts, The Silver Darlings, and Eastern Seaboard Radio Station. If you fancy a stall, please click here.
From 8PM-Midnight A Benefit for Hillsfest will run, featuring musical performances by Sieben, Cellar Door Moon Crow, Delerium, and The Fargo Railroad Co. Between sets "fiery" entertainment will be provided by Captain Jackdaw & The Rumbucket.
Tickets are now available for £8 in advance from wegottickets.com, us, Cupola Gallery and the City Hall Box Office, or £10 on the door.
From this to that by Neil Tunnecliffe & Ian Fink
6 May - 3 June
Opening 7:30pm Friday 5 May, hospitality Provided
Neil Tunnecliff has regularly shown with Cupola Gallery over the past 7 years. Neil's first solo show with Cupola took place in 2012. Neils work is reductive building layers of paint before excavating through the sedimentary strata to reveal a painterly style reminiscent of the classic American Expressionists.
Ian Fink will be making his Cupola Gallery debut. Ian comes from a background in contemporary urban art and graphics having previously shown at Surface Gallery in Nottingham. His style has shifted becoming expressive and painterly since 2014.
"Experimentation and chance play major roles in the work I produce. The methods are developed through layering, deconstructing and recomposing existing visual elements, allowing chance to play a role." Neil Tunnecliffe
A mixed Group Show
FREE talks:Saturday 22 April, 2pm
Mark Wrigley - Electro Magnetic Waves
Rachel Carter - Weaving in bronze
Here is a short video of Rachel working on a bronze cast http://bit.ly/2nx3ZrF
Details will be posted shortly. Booking advised due to limited space but not required. To book a place click here
Featuring Sabine Bieli, Russell Lumb, Jacob Weeks, Aurore Garnier, Klaus Pinter, Rachel McDonnell, Patricia Ferguson, Adrian Lock, Rachel Carter, Patrick Gomersal, Kim Hubball, Kate Walters, Rachel Collier-Wilson, Maggie Thompson, Hannah Robson, Ryan Gaylor, Eileen White & Belinda Mitchell, Nick Hunter, Adrian Look, Morwenna Catt, Shaeron Caton-Rose
noun: perception; plural noun: perceptions
the ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses.
"the normal limits to human perception"
awareness of something through the senses.
"the perception of pain"
the neurophysiological processes, including memory, by which an organism becomes aware of and interprets external stimuli.
the way in which something is regarded, understood, or interpreted.
"Hollywood's perception of the tastes of the American public"
intuitive understanding and insight.
Beyond Demons & Angels
11th February - 11th March
opening 7:30pm Friday 10th February
Bruce Rimell will be giving a free talk on 4th March 3.30pm to book a place please click HERE
“Out beyond ideas of Right and Wrong, there is a field. I'll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about...”–Rumi
Beyond Demons & Angels presents a retrospective of Bruce Rimells paintings over the past 5 years.
"Dreams, visions and meditations reveal shimmering animisms, playful magic and novel mythical beings abounding in a visionary space which is simultaneously accessible and familiar to all while being oddly esoteric and otherworldly. The direct experience of these inner images is often estranging yet deeply life-affirming: come and see how the curious world of the mystic meets the inner vitality of the shaman." Bruce Rimell
Kate Sully is investigating 'within ' using images from bio engineering research as well as cutting edge technology in the world of reproduction as inspiration to create mixed media artworks that become the conduit between art and science.
Under The Bed Sale 2017
Jan 10 – 4 February
Evening opening: Friday 13 January from 7:30pm – all welcome. Hospitality provided.
For those unaware of the Under The Bed Sale, it is a sale unlike any other. Prices are not reduced on current work displayed at the gallery. Cupola asks artists to send in older and early work that they no longer hold dear, that may have been stored 'under their bed' or hidden in an attic, loft, studio, garage or even at their parent's or friend's house. All artists constantly make new work and this is an opportunity to sell off that older work at bargain prices to make room or even 'head space' for something new.
Uniquely this sale is completely unselected*, so everything the gallery is sent is put out for sale. This creates a huge diversity in the sale offer and makes for excellent rummaging opportunities. Cupola wishes to stress this is a 'sale' rather than an exhibition and is likely to make the hanging of the summer exhibition at the Royal Academy look 'sparse' in comparison. Expect around 2000 items to be available for sale and some incredible bargains!
Prices will not exceed £350 for any single item and there will be work from as little, if not less than, £1.
In fact the Sale has proved so popular, other Under The Bed Sales have been popping up around the country. Well, if an idea is a good one, it is likely to catch on. But remember, Cupola's Under The Bed Sale is the original and still the best!
Expect to find work across all media:
Painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics, glass, jewellery, sculpture, textiles and 'other' will be represented!
Doors open 10am Tuesday 10 January.
'To please a few' is a selected mixed group exhibition of work across all media. Painting, printmaking, ceramics, glass, sculpture, photography, jewellery, textiles and new media will be represented. Work for sale. Over 50 artists will be presenting work as part of this exhibition with approximately 20 artists new to the gallery. Prices from under £5-£2000.
"Art work made with integrity and unique vision is not going to please everyone, but we hope this selection may absolutely delight a few." Karen Sherwood, Director & curator
Please note: Cupola will open the following Sundays in the run up to Christmas
27 November, 4, 11 & 18 December
Sunday opening times: 12-4pm
Caught in the act
22nd October - 19th November
Artist talk: Sat 19 November, 11am.
Corinna has kindly agreed to deliver a short informal talk about her work. All welcome. Booking not required but places will be limited so come promptly to avoid disappointment.
It is 24 years since Jessica Briggs first struck metal with a hammer at a Jewellery/Silversmithing evening class in Sheffield. This was Jessica's 'eureka' moment which led to the setting up and running of her successful jewelry business.
This exhibition gives the artist an opportunity to show her making career through key past pieces to new work, whilst placing them in the wider context of influences and methodologies.
From Jessica's drawing days as a Manchester ‘Textiles’ student, through early recycled and daisy pieces, recurrent themes emerge as her skill base broadens. The MA work shows a departure from more accessible/commercial jewellery and it is during this course that Jessica first introduces her Type 1 Diabetes as an expressive theme.
The intricacies of having to manage this disease form the age of 13 provided the artist with a rich seam to explore and interpret. These pieces are 3 dimensional drawings in wire.
Whilst studying for an MA in Metalwork and Jewellery at SHU, Jessica began using the rolling mill to texture and pattern silver sheet. Sharing the studio space was a visiting Korean tutor who introduced the artist to the ancient Korean technique of fusing gold to silver known as kuem-boo. This, in combination with rolling sheet silver was to provide the key to future work.
Through texturing, patterning, adding gold selectively and often oxidizing pieces to produce tones of grey, Jessica has developed a series of low-tech methodologies which allow her to fully explore jewellery as a series of decorative surfaces.
Jessica says of these techniques, “I love this way of working and the possibilities it holds are endless and diverse.”
Jessica explains that inspiration for work can come from anywhere: “the 70’s patterned glass in my workshop window spawned a whole series of work ; buttons have provided many a starting point ; plants and insects are always interesting ; a new fabric texture can suggest new forms.”
When making work, the artist often keeps the flotsam that remains. These leftover bits of fabric and paper have a fragile beauty of their own and have been elevated from drawer to frame as part of this exhibition.
“I hope that this exhibition of both jewellery and supportive work will provide an interesting and informative view into my life as a maker.”Jessica Briggs
"The Beautiful is Always Bizarre."
Selected mIxed group show
The title of the exhibition is a quote from Charles Baudelaire and artists were invited to submit work that responded to and/or resonated with the quote.
The result is an incredibly diverse selection of work featuring photography, sculpture, painting, printmaking, ceramics, textiles and mixed media work.
The extraordinarily talented sculptor David Mayne will be bringing his fantastic metal work to the gallery.
Since graduating from Sheffield Polytechnic in 1986 David Mayne has developed his work from raw assemblage with found objects to the much more refined pieces he now creates. One thing has remained constant – the use of metal. David started using steel after visiting one of the (then) many scrap yards in Sheffield and was instantly drawn to the colour and texture of discarded metal.
David has a lifelong passion with nature and landscape – from early days of climbing and hill walking to mountain biking and fell running. He now lives in Holmfirth near areas of stunning woodland and wild and beautiful hills and moorland. The work he now creates is a response to this landscape and his past adventures within it.
When he is not working on exhibitions and private commissions, Mayne continues his practice as a sculptor working in the public realm, creating landmark features for local authorities, visitor centres, large scale PLCs and health trusts. Clients include Carilion Civil Engineering, Taylor Wimpey, British Waterways, Marks and Spencer,
Leeds University and the sustainable transport charity Sustrans.
Cupola Contemporary Art has invited artists to respond to the Pablo Picasso quote in the title of this show.
The Sheffield-based artist Mandy Paynes series of unforgiving paintings of Park Hill, a set of brutalist flats over looking Sheffield. Mandy Payne often paints directly with aerosols on to concrete. Her compositions - bold arrangements of blank-faced geometric walls, empty windows and deserted walkways - similarly pull no pictorial punches.
In Japanese, raku means 'enjoyment, comfort or ease'. The wood firing technique of raku was created in Japan in the 16th century and was originally used for decorating tea bowls. It is the unpredictable nature of raku that gives Hilary's pieces their unique organic decoration.
"The ‘Under The Bed Sale’ is back. The gallery has lost count of how many Under The Bed Sales it has hosted but as it is now such a popular feature on the gallery calendar, there may just be a riot if we decided not to host it!” Karen Sherwood
Enjoy the tradition of exchanging gifts.