1ST - 30TH APRIL
Black and White and Gold
An exhibition of photographs by Mike Morrison and jewellery by Polly Gasston
For the month of April, Polly and Mike will be sharing the Updown Gallery in Ramsgate, exhibiting their work under the title Black and White and Gold. Both Polly and Mike relish the way in which their respective genres allow them to blend the skill of the artisan with the vision of the artist to create work that seeks to be timeless, whilst paying a deep respect to those who have influenced them.
Mike Morrison has been photographing for over 40 years, inspired to buy his first camera in his late teens after watching a BBC2 documentary on the work of five seminal photographers, including Bill Brandt and Don McCullin.
An English and Drama teacher by profession, Mike has photographed professionally throughout his career, holding a number of successful exhibitions from the late 1970s onwards, and his work has moved with the times. Early exhibitions focused on classic Black and White darkroom printed images in a high contrast style, set alongside colour work that explored patterns and shapes. Since the advent of digital photography in the 90s he has become increasingly experimental without ever leaving behind that initial love of the stark B&W image and the abstract use of colour. Recently he has created pieces that can be backlit like stained glass as well as exploiting the impact of infra-red and polarised filtering. Each distinct area of the gallery will feature a different style of Mike’s work. He has also always taken portraits, driven by the challenge of capturing not only the look but also the character of those he photographs. As a result, a portable portrait studio will be set up in the Gallery on Saturdays during April as an adjunct to the exhibition.
Polly Gasston was born and brought up in Kenya. She came to England in her teens and, after completing her secondary education, was able to fulfil her childhood dream of becoming a goldsmith. Polly completed the 4-year, full-time course at the Sir John Cass College in London, after which she worked in Hatton Garden for 7 years, developing a distinctive style of her own.
Then, for 30 years, Polly’s life put the art of the goldsmith on hold. However, in the summer of 2007, she decided to begin again, setting up her workshop with all her old hand-tools, the very same tools she continues to use so successfully today, regularly selling her work at specialist fairs such as the annual Goldsmiths’ Fair in London.
Polly works only in 22ct. gold and semi-precious stones, which, she says, forms a direct link with the ancient goldsmiths who used the same materials: high-carat gold and vibrant, bright stones such as lapis lazuli, turquoise, garnets, amethysts and coral, as well as the subtler tones of pearls and agates, jaspers and webstones. Her strongest influences are the jewels of the Ancient Near East, from deep antiquity to the end of the Roman Empire. Each of Polly’s pieces is a new design; to own one means you will have a wear a jewel to wear that is not only beautiful and dramatic, but unique.
Throughout April, Polly and Mike will be sharing the Updown Gallery in Ramsgate, exhibiting their work under the title Black and White and Gold. Both Polly and Mike enjoy the way in which their respective genre blend the skill of the artisan with the vision of the artist to create work that seeks to be timeless whilst paying a deep respect to those who have influenced them.
10TH MARCH 6.30 - 8.30PM
As part of POW Thanet week, UpDown Gallery is delighted to collaborate with POW to present ‘An Evening With…..’ MAGGIE GEE.
Novelist and professor of creative writing Maggie Gee has published 14 books, her last one a comedy that brings Virginia Woolf back to life in New York in the 21st century, where Woolf gains a Turkish lover and tries to open a lap-top with a fruit-knife. Maggie did not come from a literary family and has always combined writing with encouraging other people to write.
This evening she will talk about Virginia Woolf in Manhattan but also about how you can find the confidence to write; how to keep going as a writer; how women try to find a middle way between selflessness and selfishness, and anything else her audience is interested in.
28TH JANUARY - 10TH APRIL
25TH OCTOBER - 29TH NOVEMBER
UpDown Gallery is delighted to announce an exhibition of works from the estate of the esteemed Royal Academician, Ivor Abrahams.
For the full press release please click on the link below.
21ST AUGUST - 18TH OCTOBER
Loukas Morley was born in 1973 and lives and works in Cambridge. He has exhibited widely, recently – What Cannot Be Contained: Contemporary British Painting, Smiths Row, Bury St Edmonds; The Fall Of The Rebel Angels – VENEZIA 56, 56th International Biennale, Venice; Sunday in the Park with Ed, Display Gallery, London, Expresso Library Café, Cambridge and Churchill College, Cambridge. His work is held in a number of private collections and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
This exhibition is a survey of work from the past 5 years and focuses on his longstanding interest in the materiality of paint and love of wood and the exploration of the act of creativity.
21ST AUGUST - 18TH OCTOBER
UpDown Gallery is pleased to announce its 2nd exhibition with London based artist Martin Grover.
Following on from the success of his first show at UpDown Gallery, Grover, will showcase new Bus Stops and prints.
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3RD AUGUST - 21ST AUGUST
6TH JUNE - 2ND AUGUST
Julie Westbury graduated from Chelsea School of Art London; she works with drawing, collage and photography.
Her work is informed by a personal wide – ranging eclectic knowledge of art history, which crosses all times, civilizations, both high and low culture. Connected to this is a great love of and familiarity with museums that range from national collections to small local and specific collections.
Full press release coming soon.
6TH JUNE - 2ND AUGUST
Kate Matthews breaks down the rules of established, modernist, two-dimensional abstraction. Her practice explores the limits of geometric and optical painting through the use of colour, repetition, sequence and distortion. Obscuring the rules of fixed, consecutive arrangements, her work generates a sense of unease by creating broken and fragmented shapes whilst in a uniform composition. An endless battle between systems and disorder, structure and chaos echo throughout her paintings.
Click here for: KATE MATTHEWS press release
25TH APRIL - 31ST MAY
‘Club Banger 1′ guarantees to stimulate your visual senses with Contemporary Prints, Experimental Film and Photography.
UpDown Gallery is delighted to collaborate for the first time with Jealous Print Studio, who are a Contemporary Screenprint Studio and Publisher based in East London’s creative hub of Shoreditch and Crouch End. Jealous works with leading international artists and recent London graduates. Their editions combine technique with fresh iconography, producing some of the most sought after prints being published today.
Cedric Christie and Pascal Rousson, both London based artists, will inject another dimension to the exhibition by asking the viewers to form a relationship between Jealous’s imagery and that of some of the most talented photographers and filmmakers working in London and Europe.
7TH MARCH - 19TH APRIL
UpDown is excited to announce its first exhibition of work by the artist Leise Wilson.
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30TH JANUARY - 1ST MARCH 2015
Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso are undoubtedly the most influential artists of the 20th Century. Their influence on each others work has been the focus of countless major exhibitions around the world and looks set to intrigue generations to come.
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22ND DECEMBER 2014 -31TH JANUARY 2015
21ST NOVEMBER - 21ST DECEMBER
Millions of years ago in the “deep heart’s core” of the earth these rocks were forming. Volcanoes erupted high into the atmosphere and intruded underground becoming rivers of magma: as they cooled they solidified into a root like intrusion of basaltic sills and dykes.
12TH DECEMBER - 21ST DECEMBER
UpDown Gallery and Albion House announce the hottest new Open Art Exhibition. Open to all in Kent, the successful submissions will go in display at Albion House Hotel from the 12th December - 21st December 2014.
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The gallery will be closed until the 30th of August for staff Summer Holidays. We look forward to seeing you for our next show: Colin Booth – Omnia Somia which will open on the 30th of August.
7TH JUNE - 5TH JULY
Line & Value Part 1 will run alongside Cedric Christies solo exhibition “When Dreams Become Promises’. These 2 exhibitions will fill both the ground and first floor exhibitions spaces. As part of Christies exploration of drawing he will be curating an exhibition on drawing as he sees it. A unique opportunity to explore the very beginnings of the creative process, where drawings serve as a sounding board to other works or stand alone as works in their own right.
3RD - 31ST MAY 2014
Starting from a love, respect and admiration for nature, Stephen Melton’s current practice discusses the human impact on the natural world, both in a historical & contemporary context.
7TH DECEMBER 2013 - 7TH MARCH 2014
UpDown Gallery is ONE! Join us in celebrating our first birthday with a mixed media exhibition that brings together a selection of the best pieces exhibited over the previous year alongside carefully chosen works from future shows. Exhibiting artists will include Sir Peter Blake, Bridget Riley, Patrick Caulfield, Piers Secunda and Cedric Christie.
3RD AUGUST - 31ST AUGUST 2013
UpDown Gallery is delighted to present an exhibition of new work by the landscape painter Katharine Le Hardy.
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21ST JUNE - 27TH JULY 2013
6TH APRIL - 11TH MAY 2013
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16TH FEBRUARY - 30TH MARCH 2013
8TH JANUARY - 9TH FEBRUARY 2013
Mixed Exhibition of over 30 different artists including Gillian Ayres, Francis Bacon, Charming Baker, Peter Blake, Patrick Caulfield, Cedric Christie, Ian Davenport, Martin Fidler, Martin Grover, Richard Hamilton, David Hockney, Howard Hodgkin, Katharine Le Hardy, Henri Matisse, Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso, Bridget Riley, Piers Secunda, and Andy Warhol.
17TH NOVEMBER - 22ND DECEMBER 2012
Inaugural UpDown Gallery Exhibition:
Celebrating Sir Peter Blake’s 80th Birthday.
Over 100 limited edition prints on show by the Godfather of British Pop Art.