On April 10th we will be moving from urban Branksome (home for 13 years) to rural Burton Bradstock just outside Bridport in West Dorset.
A mere ten minutes walk from our future home, the Chesil beach stretches away towards Portland. In the other direction, the towering orange cliffs, with their precarious overhang, frill their way towards Lyme Regis and Devon. The S.W. Coast Path takes us over the River Bride, through Freshwater Beach Holiday Park and the Bridport and West Dorset Golf Club to West Bay and on to Sladers Yard Gallery.
This newsletter includes an invitation to the opening of the exhibition there, and information about the events linked with it. I am facilitating a workshop and joining Jan Walker in presenting an Artists Talk.
When Anna Powell (the director at Sladers Yard) came to my Branksome studio to select works for the show last year, I had no idea I would be delivering the work from a nearby village two days after moving there.
Also, I include information about the spring show at Kevis House Gallery in Petworth, West Sussex.
Best of wishes for Easter from Frances
Earth and Rock
paintings by Frances Hatch
and Jan Walker
ceramics by Robin Welch furniture by Petter Southall
image above: LADRAM RED in the making. Allowing the sea to displace, disturb and deposit. The pink-tinged wave breaking (suspended particles of Mercia Mudstone and Otter Sandstone) is the subject of the next image below.
Sunday 19th April.12-3pm
you are invited to our OPENING CELEBRATION.
It would be splendid to see you. Do let me know if you are able to accept the invitation.
The exhibition works can be seen here: Included are pieces made in Cairngorm and NW Highlands of Scotland, Devon, Dorset and Pembrokeshire.
EARTH by Frances Hatch a 24pp colour booklet with a foreword by Professor Simon Olding, is available to buy from Sladers Yard or myself for £8 plus £1 p&p within the UK or to download here:
'This exhibition draws attention to the ground beneath our feet, celebrating the stuff of landscape and its extraordinary potential in the hands of very skillful artists. Looking with fascination at spectacular and timeless rock faces or relishing transient fortuitous moments in wild coastal places, both Jan Walker and Frances Hatch in their paintings, and Robin Welch in his ceramics, take the material the Earth is made from and communicate through it and about it'. Anna Powell (director)
LISTED BELOW ARE EVENTS AT SLADERS YARD DURING THE EXHIBITION.
If you are tempted by any of these events I can recommend their splendid licensed café. Places are limited for all the events so do try to book early using the gallery contact details above.
Saturday 25th April 6.30pm
RETORICA RECITAL: World Class Violinists play Baroque gems from Bach, Telemann, Handel and Bartok.
I'm thrilled to say that Harriet Mackenzie and Philippa Mo are coming to play in the gallery during our show. I first heard Harriet play at a friend's birthday party in the summer. It was utterly remarkable. Since then I've heard Harriet as the soloist in the two exquisite performances of Wall of Water, a violin concerto by Deborah Pritchard inspired by the paintings of Maggi Hambling.
Tickets: £15/£30 with dinner to follow.
SEA GULLS IN LIVELY BREEZE, Sidmouth Blush. Mercia Mudstone, Otter Sandstone, gouache on card. 20x15cm
Friday 8th May 6.30pm
ARTIST TALK: Jan and I will discuss our very different approaches to working with and about the wild coastal regions that excite us. Tickets: £10 or £25 with buffet dinner to follow.
COX TOR SUMMIT CLITTER. Dartmoor. January 2014. Summit materials on Khadi paper. 104x71cm
Saturday 9 May 8pm
VIMALA ROWE and the IAN SMITH JAZZ TRIO play Julie London, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday Tickets: £15 or £30 with dinner before and during the jazz.
Sunday 10 May 12 noon
JAZZ BRUNCH: Vimala Rowe with commentary and poetry from Ian Smith and his Jazz Trio. 12 noon. Tickets: £10 entry Brunch a la carte.
Saturday 16 May 10 am - 3pm
LAND MARKS WALK. I propose 'a walk and work' expedition in the environment near the gallery. Participants will make a series of marks and images in the landscape with gathered materials and thereby gain an insight into the way I work with landscape. This is followed by a light lunch and informal review. Detailshere. Cost £25
Do not be concerned about weather- we will work with whatever the day offers. I will provide paper, the landscape will provide the rest!
photo by Dr Cheryl Rogers. CHALK RAIN in the making.
CHALK RAIN, Old Harry. cliff material and beach debris on Khadi paper. 71x36cm
above: detail of MIST FROST MOON: Tomintoul, Cairngorm.
below: SCENTS OF AUTUMN: N.W.Highlands.
My contributions include selected new work from trips to Scotland during the months of September and November. Jonathan Newdick similarly prefers to draw outdoors, and often in stormy conditions. Many of his works take inspiration from the Sussex landscape.