16 Apr 2018

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Becki Harper will be undertaking her second year of York Open Studios this month, an annual community arts event which celebrates the best artists and makers living or working within a ten-mile radius of the city. Each year York Open Studios provides an opportunity for the public to visit artists’ studios and exhibitions.

This year Becki will be showing her new work on the subject of bees, and has developed her ceramic installations, in addition to creating a series of original complimentary paintings, prints and merchandise. Her latest work explores the natural life cycle of the bee throughout the seasons, and employs limited palettes, which remain simple yet colourful.

Becki says 'working on the Latest Edition project has enabled me to think more deeply about how my work can highlight current social and environmental matters, and how I can reach out to the public with my artwork in order to inspire change. If lots of us can make little changes then the benefits can be great. I intend t...

9 Oct 2017

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We visited The Witham at Barnard Castle, which will be the third venue for our touring exhibition of the Latest Edition project. The building itself is made up of two historic buildings which have been joined together to create a light and spacious development. There is a striking combination of beautiful heritage features displayed alongside more contemporary, usable spaces, which highlight how the building has evolved through the ages.

The Witham today is a not-for-profit organisation, and is largely supported by a team of committed volunteers. It is at the heart of the town, and plays host to a wide variety of events such as exhibitions, gigs, artist talks, supper clubs, children's theatre, and wedding receptions, as well as providing tourist information and acting as a important community asset attracting many loyal regulars.

The Dispensary Cafe Bar, so named because of its former use as a healthcare facility, houses a beautiful ceramic installation by Judy Caplin which explores the...

10 Aug 2017

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As part of our Latest Edition project we visited the studios of the three more established artists involved.

The first studio we visited belongs to Alex Sickling, who works from a converted garage in Gateshead. She has been working in this location for about 8 months, and has one big kiln and one little kiln. The space also houses a large table, lots of shelves, pottery in progress as well as some charming finished pieces, and other bits of stock.

I would describe Alex as a ceramicist and illustrator. She sells her work through various stockists and galleries, including The Baltic in Gateshead and The Hepworth in Wakefield, as well as online and at markets.  When she finished studying in Leeds, Alex started her own online shop selling t- shirts, and small ceramics based on her Wuthering Heights project work. She happened to meet the buyer for the Salts Mill in Saltaire who wanted to stock her work. Through this opportunity her exposure slowly grew and she went on to stock ceramics with Y...

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