Mixed exhibitions are held at Hookshouse in Spring and Autumn.
They usually include the work of three or four painters, printmakers or photographers, and four or five craft makers, who may be working in leather, wood, metal, glass, textiles or clay. Each exhibition includes two or three 'new' exhibitors, and has a different 'feel' from the one before.
Events Update Spring 2022
This year our exhibition and garden open event will be held from Wednesday June 1st to Sunday June 5th.
The line-up of pictures promises something for everyone, and includes some really exciting newcomers. Jenny Riley whose landscape work has been going through some fascinating and very successful new developments, will be with us for the first time. Also new is Lesley Whitwell, talented not just as a creator of hugely atmospheric landscapes, but also as a portraitist who miraculously captures the essence of her subjects. Abi Chambers is a first timer too, with her impressive mastery of the evocative technique of needle felting.
Returning artists include Beth Jenkins, showing a further selection of her much admired prints to tempt you. And a new flight of Emily Lawlor’s delightful mosaic swallows will complete the vertical display space.
In the makers’ department we are pleased to be showing Harriet St Leger’s exquisite enamel jewellery for the first time, and the beautifully executed calligraphy of Andy Moore is new to us too. In another premiere, we have the impressive perfection of Susan Early’s baskets for you to admire – and acquire! And we have persuaded returner Liz Dart to bring us some more of her sparkling glass creations.
And of course there will be a few pots too, lots of familiar things but some new developments too.
Outside we have a particular emphasis on glass, forged iron and wood.
Two new exhibitors will be bringing brightness to the garden area. Kate McMahon-Parkes is showing some colourful sculptural pieces combining glass and wood, and Chris Beckett’s intriguing designs takes inspiration from the world of nature around us.
Our two artist blacksmiths, Andrew Findlay and Dave Turner, have both exhibited at Hookshouse before, and both are represented in our small permanent collection. We are delighted to welcome them back, and look forward to discovering what they have been up to! Whatever they make, from major sculptural pieces to plant supports, we know it will be work of superb quality, both technically and aesthetically.
Wood has a strong presence too, in the persons of Geoff Hannis and Graham Morgan. Geoff will be showing the products of his work with the pole lathe, and giving regular demonstrations. And Graham will be offering coppice products and comprehensive advice on woodland management.
The Garden
The garden will be open for the National Garden Scheme as usual throughout the exhibition, from 1st to 5th June. Card payment on arrival has become the new normal, but prebooking through the NGS is available, and if you are cardless money is still acceptable!
Supplementary openings, offering further opportunities to enjoy the garden as the season unfolds, are scheduled for Friday 17th June and Friday 1st July from 1.30pm to 5.30pm.
Private group visits can also often be arranged. Please enquire.
Please keep an eye on the website in case any changes to these arrangements have to be made.
Theatre in the Garden
This year the Pantaloons will be presenting the ever popular Much Ado About Nothing on Saturday July 2nd at 7.30 pm, and you can be sure the repartee between Beatrice and Benedict will crackle and sparkle with our friends’ usual inimitable energy!
The performance starts at 7.30, and you are welcome to picnic in the garden from 6pm onwards. Please bring seats and suitably warm clothing.
Door prices are £14 adult and £10 under 14. Advance tickets are now available at £12 adult and £8 under 14. Most people are now booking via the Pantaloons website, https://thepantaloons.co.uk, but if you prefer you can still book through us here at Hookshouse. We can send tickets out to you on receipt of payment and an SAE, or we can keep them for you to collect on arrival for the performance. Reservations by phone (01666 880297) or email hookshouse@hotmail.co.uk will need to be confirmed by sending payment before the tickets are issued.
Mailing List
As from the next exhibition, we plan to send hard copy mailings only to those who specifically request them. We have made this decision partly because of the sudden jump in the cost of 2nd class stamps, and partly because we find that more and more people are comfortable with email. It does of course also save paper, which makes us feel a little bit virtuous!
Please can you let us know what you would like us to do, by email, phone or post, or by telling us when you visit this next exhibition.
1. Continue sending by post
2. Send invitation by email
3. Stop
If we don’t hear from you, we will assume you would like us to stop bothering you!