New works abound and The Times recommends

11th April, 2021

Richard Fitton

We must admit that after being closed for some seven months of the last twelve, we really do hope this is the last time we have to prepare for a reopening! In truth we can’t wait, it’s been too long.

As well as reopening with a small focused exhibition of works by the late Bob Crossley, all from 1958-1961, we’ve also this past week had Richard Fitton in-gallery delivering eight new portraits in both oil and charcoal. As many of you will know, we’ve worked with Richard since his post-graduation days of late 2015 and it’s been fascinating to see him develop and experiment over the last five-plus years; his work of 2021 is of undoubted high quality and looking back,  a step away from that of 2015 and that’s surely how it should be relatively early in any artist’s career.

Jim Malone

Also into the gallery we have sixteen new ceramics from the internationally renowned potter, Jim Malone. All come from his latest firing and all are as tactile as they are beautiful

Grayson Perry

On the acquisition front we’ve just brought to the gallery something very special indeed. A large vase by Grayson Perry (RA) which has the most amazing provenance. Vase Using my Family dates from 1998 and was part of his 2003 Turner Prize winning entry and subsequently exhibited at the Tate, as well as numerous other venues both in the UK and abroad. The imagery applied all relates to Grayson and his immediate family and homelife, with a giant Alan Measles (his childhood Teddy Bear) looking out at the viewer. A truly important and rare piece.

The Times recommends

As said, we open the door on Thursday 15th April with a small Adams Room exhibition of early works by Bob Crossley. This exhibition and the additional on-show works by the likes of David Hockney, Frank Auerbach and the aforementioned Grayson Perry was this last week recommended by The Times as one of the top ten gallery reopenings to visit in the UK. Our thanks go out to Rachel Campbell-Johnston for her recommendation and we hope to see many of you at Castlegate over the coming weeks.

Best to all,

Steve and Christine

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