“Yorkshire Grit” by Anna Tosney and Emmeline Butler
Mill Bridge Gallery, Skipton
4th – 26th October 2019
Joint exhibition at Mill Bridge Gallery in Skipton, featuring local Craven Arts members Anna Tosney and Emmeline Butler. This first collaboration between these two artists showcases the best of the Yorkshire Dales – its landscape, tradition and people.
The exhibition features Emmeline’s ceramics which reflect the natural textures, cracks and fissures of limestone pavements for which the Dales is well known, through deep cracking in her ceramics which are coloured sometimes with glimmers of gold hinting at the geological seams beneath.
Anna’s prints depict the people, agriculture and wildlife of the Yorkshire Dales – from the wild upland felltops and the birds that inhabit them, to glimpses of farmers and sheepdogs at work.
Anna specialises in drypoint, collograph and monoprint techniques. Her inspiration comes from the
world around her: the changing weather and seasons, the animals in the fields, the birds in the trees,
the farmers and drystone wallers at work.
Emmeline works with tactile and textured ceramics. Like Anna she is inspired by her love of nature, the countryside and the beauty of its many textures. Her unique artworks are wheel-thrown and she creates natural effects by cracking the clay, with different oxides emphasising intricate
details. Cracked limestone pavements, tree bark, dry exposed peat, and colours of moorland heather
are reflected in the surface patterns and colours of her work.
The exhibition is open Thursdays – Saturdays 11-4pm, throughout October. There will be a preview
evening for the exhibition on Friday 4th October, 6-8pm, where everyone is welcome to see the
exhibition and meet both artists.