Exhibitions Archive

The following information covers the exhibitions that were held at the gallery between 2005 and 2011.
In 2012 funding was secured from the Arts Council to carry out essential  restoration works to the building and exhibitions resumed in 2013 when the gallery re-opened, showing the work of the studio artists.
We have Open Studio days  followed by exhibitions of the work of the studio artists three times a year, at Easter, in the late summer and at Christmas.

The Smallest Cinema

Damien Roach

And then, just for a moment… 2005 3 second loop

Mostly working in painting and sculpture, themes of altered states of perception are shared by most of Roach’s works. He is beginning to attract international attention.

Consisting of a three-second moment from the film Dazed and Confused played backwards and forwards again, it isolates a single and almost unnoticed moment of reverie, and draws it out into a state of dreamy beatitude that can easily lull and envelop the viewer. The screen is positioned on the floor so that the character appears to be gazing, vaguely, towards the viewer.

Cao Guimarães

From The Window Of My Room 2005 3.54

Guimarães, internationally known for his film and video work, is capable of locating the most ordinary, but most astonishingly compelling of moments.

From the Window… shows two siblings play/fighting on a rainy beach, shot by chance on Super 8. Achingly intimate, comical, and careless, the work is a glimpse into the absorptions and minor battles of childhood.

Peiote 2005 2.53

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Peiote is another chance moment, witnessing a toddler’s impromptu participation with a display of ritual aboriginal dancing in the Brazilian town of Belo Horizonte. His modern clothes at odds with the traditional costumes of the dancers, he prances unnoticed and completely at ease amongst the pomp and machismo of the display. His childish lack of self-consciousness and simple enjoyment of the moment suddenly appears far more magical than the staged efforts of the professional dancers.

Amy Engles

When I Found The Knife Again 2006 4.43

Engles is an emerging filmmaker and animator.

This animation video was made in response to a competition set by Swedish electro/pop duo The Knife. This offbeat urban fairytale tells of a rabbit’s obsession with their music and his epic quest to find his idols and be taken away by them.

Sheena MacRae

Gone  2002 7.30

UK-based MacRae frequently uses her extensive post-production experience to adapt found footage from popular cinema and television.

The fabulous palette and epic scenographic sweep of Gone With The Wind is not lost, oddly, when you speed it up to be seven and a half minutes long. The film only pauses to take in the repetition of a single line by the character Scarlett O’Hara, a rarely-noticed moment testifying to her refusal to face up to reality.

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz

Listens  2004 7.21

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz lives and works in Puerto Rico. She addresses the issues of trust involved in working with her subject matter through sensitive negotiations of the fictions they can produce. Her work is rarely shown in Europe.

A. Listens is the outcome of an outreach project conducted at an inner city specialist school for young people with emotional behavioural problems. The video is a collaboration with Ann, a student who connected with Santiago Muñoz through her exceptional ability to weave fantastical stories. Never probing into Ann’s personal life, the collaboration results in a strange and poignant combination of truths and fictions.

Santiago Muñoz

Everything Leads To Nothing 2003 9mins

Santiago Muñoz worked with a group of girls who, living in an isolated region of Puerto Rico, had become even more cut off by the collapse of a local bridge. She asked them to perform fantasies of escape, to practice, and to prepare. The resulting video holds all the weight, longing, and explosive potential of adolescence.

Matt Stokes

Matt Stokes, based with Workplace Gallery, Gatesehad, is the 2006 winner of Beck’ Futures.

Long After Tonight 2006 6.40

For this work Stokes organised and filmed a northern soul night in a Gothic revivalist church. Sharing the strategies but not the cast of the pop video dance scene, the work features instead unglamorised members of the northern soul scene in serious abandonment to the music.

Rosanna Guy Greaves 


Greaves is an emerging London-based artists whose practice generally focuses on sound installation.


A Bit Of Elgarian Passion 2006 2.12 (no picture available)

The valiant efforts of a small string orchestra’s rehearsal are the soundtrack accompanying a most fascinating piece of cinema picked up seemingly accidentally. Filmed romantically through a restaurant window, the voyeuristic pleasure of watching a dining couple is compromised by the amateurish soundtrack and the eventual comic denouement.


As one object is removed, another takes its place.

Artwork by over 40 artists, which can be bought straight off the shelf
Painting, photography, jewellery, printing, artists’ books, ceramics, glass….

Preview: Friday 26th October, 7 – 9 pm
Exhibition runs from: 27th October – 23rd December 2007
Gallery opening times: Wednesday – Sunday, 12 noon – 4pm

Children’s workshops:
Saturday 10th November; 11am – 3pm.
Saturday 1st December; 11am – 3pm.
Open to children aged 8 upwards. Free. Spaces are limited, so please call the gallery or email rachel@saltburnartistsprojects.org.uk to reserve your child’s place.


Memories, Moments and Other Curiosities

Nicola Dale, Claire Douglass, Liz Frolich, Simon Le Ruez and Kelly McCallum

Preview: Friday 10th August, 7 – 9 pm
Exhibition runs from: 11th May – 7th October 2007
Gallery opening times: Wednesday – Sunday, 12 noon – 4pm

Artist’s Talk: Saturday 22nd September, from 2.30pm. Free
Simon Le Ruez and Claire Douglass will discuss their work. All are welcome to attend.

Children’s three-dimensional workshops:
Saturday 25th August, 10am – 12 noon, 1-3pm
Open to children aged 8 upwards. Free. Spaces are limited, so please call the gallery or email rachel@saltburnartistsprojects.org.uk to reserve your child’s place.

All Images – Photography: Ahlberg Keate


Work and Play – Kerry Harker

Ceramic installation playing with perceptions of the fine and decorative arts, selected editions and multiples

26th May – 22nd July 2007

Although trained in Fine Art (at the University of Leeds, under the influence of Terry Atkinson, Fred Orton and Griselda Pollock among others), my practice has broadened over recent years to embrace media and ideas not traditionally associated with the fine art arena. This development in the work echoes a cross-disciplinary approach adopted recently by many visual arts practitioners, and reflects new developments in the broader creative field, where fashion, craft, music, film and other disciplines are seen to be moving close together into a new category of ‘cultural production’. This move in the work has also been accompanied by a broadening of activities to include curating and the initiation of several artist-led projects including Artsparkle (a rolling programme of exhibitions, events and publications focusing on artists’ multiples) and Vitrine (an 18-month curatorial project for Leeds’ city centre utilising non-gallery spaces).

A particular focus in the studio practice at the present time is the relationship between ceramics and painting and the relative status traditionally afforded to each. Whilst painting in the West has long been considered the highest form of ‘fine art’, a definition that persists even in the age of new media (and despite the ‘death of painting’ often-heralded by the artform’s detractors), ceramics have been considered as decorative or utilitarian objects and labelled rather dismissively as ‘craft’ or ‘applied art’. The study of non-Western ceramics, particularly Japanese wares, has proved instrumental in developing an alternative narrative for ceramics relating to their place and status within that country’s traditional culture. Seen in this light, ceramics can be considered as a carrier for ideas on contemporary society, and can furthermore be imbued with politic and social commentary. This makes ceramics, in my practice, an ideal vehicle for the discussion of cross-disciplinary practice, as well as an examination of the language and labelling utilised in the production and consumption of cultural artefacts.

This false distinction between materials is a boundary I wish to transgress in my studio practice, producing conceptual ceramics which carry visual elements associated with painting in the modern era, such as text and abstract or graphic elements, as well as with traditional (historic) painting, such as narrative and picture-making. Conversely, my paintings will sometimes carry ‘decorative’ elements, or forms associated with the craft or applied art disciplines, such as pattern. In ceramics I work with existing forms, usually glazed white bone china dinner plates, as a ground akin to the blank canvas associated with the tradition of Western easel painting. I try to work with the china as a conceptual ground for ideas and images relating to these issues, to talk self-referentially about the genre’s status, and to question how objects are read. In this, of course, context is crucial, and the siting of these ‘conceptual ceramics’ within a gallery or ‘fine art’ setting allows for the staging of these debates around the work. This is often enhanced by the writing, photography and publications that accompany the work, acting as an extension of the work itself, where these issues can be teased out more fully and cultural contexts for painting and ceramics played with.


Alluring Order

Katie Lewis, Bethan Maddocks, Hannah Marsden and Janey Xuereb

Inconclusive narratives, disparate objects and manipulated environments

Preview: Friday 23rd March 2007, 7 – 9 pm

Exhibition runs from: 24th March – 25th May

Gallery opening times: Wednesday – Sunday, 12 noon – 4pm


Disinformation: Painting with Electricity

SALTBURNARTISTS’PROJECTS presents ‘Fire in the Eye (Painting with Electricity),’ a selection of works by acclaimed artist group Disinformation. Disinformation makes electronic music, sound and installations and pioneered the use of amplified electromagnetic noise as the raw material of musical and fine art presentations. The exhibition is funded by Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts programme.

The exhibition features the highly interactive, entertaining and accessible sound, light and live performance installation The Origin of Painting. This enables members of the public to photograph their projected shadows onto a giant phosphorescent painting – to a soundtrack of live (and surprisingly musical) electromagnetic noise. The installation also enables visitors to draw with light directly onto the phosphorescent surface – producing portraits, abstracts, graffiti etc which are literally incandescent. The installation references the myth of “The Corinthian Maid, or The Origin of Painting” depicted by the painter Joseph Wright in 1782.

Reflecting this preoccupation with simple technology, Barry Hale’s Blackout video documents monolithic, ruined, concrete air-defence Sound Mirrors found at various sites on the UK coast – including Boulby and Markse. The Sound Mirrors formed a primitive, acoustic version of radar – an early-warning system designed to pick up sounds of attacking enemy aircraft and ships. “Blackout” articulates Friedrich Schelling’s concept of “architecture as frozen music”.

Joe Banks from Disinformation will be at SALTBURNARTISTS’PROJECTS to talk about the group’s work on Saturday 10th February from 2-4pm.

The preview for ‘Fire in the Eye (Painting with Electricity)’ takes place at the Saltburn Gallery on Friday 19th January, from 7-9pm. The exhibition continues until 11th March. The gallery is open Wednesday – Sunday, from 12 noon – 4pm.


Off The Shelf

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Artwork by over 40 artists, which can be bought straight off the shelf

Painting, photography, jewellery, printing, artists’ books, ceramics, glass….

Preview: Friday 17th November 2006, 7 – 9 pm

Exhibition runs from: 18th November – 31st December

Gallery opening times: Wednesday – Sunday, 12 noon – 4pm

Surface / Layer

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Eva Bauer, Effie Burns, Bren Head and Jo Jones

Painting and Glasswork
Experiences and responses to locations, journeys and memories

Saltburn Artists’ Projects’ next exhibition, Surface/Layer, involves work by North East- and North Yorkshire-based artists working with either glass or paint. Each artist creates their pieces by either manipulating or layering the surface of the medium in which they work.

Jo Jones was born in North Yorkshire, but grew up in South Africa. These early experiences, together with her more recent travels to India, Brazil and Puerto Rico, are reflected in her colourful glasswork. In contrast, Bren Head draws inspiration from closer to home – her paintings were made in response to archaeology uncovered after a fire on Fylingdales Moor.

Eva Bauer is also a painter. She uses large amounts of varnish, giving the surface of her pieces a glossy, polished effect. Effie Burns often works with architects and creates pieces for specific locations – she says that “each project becomes like a journey”. Her glasswork in Surface / Layer is reminiscent of Indian printing blocks.

The preview for Surface / Layer takes place at the Saltburn Gallery on Friday 29th September, from 7-9pm. The exhibition continues until 12th November.



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Sue Lowday, Brian Holland, Helen Peyton, J Alec Pearson, Melanie Hopwood

Saltburn Artists’ Projects invites you to the preview of an exhibition of contemporary ceramics, printmaking and metalwork

Fragmented landscapes, memory, form and surface

Preview: 10th August, 7-9pm

Exhibition runs from: 11th August – 24th September

Gallery opening times: Wednesday – Sunday, 12 noon – 4pm


By the Metre

Mags Hayden, Alison Nelson, Kathryn Wren, Katharine Himsworth and Glenn Humphrey

Saltburn Artists’ Projects invites you to the preview of an exhibition of new works by Saltburn Artists’ Projects Studio Tenants Responses to size and time constraints Preview: 9th June, 7-9pm Exhibition runs from: 10th June – 30th July Gallery opening times: Wednesday – Sunday, 12 noon – 4pm


New Blood

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Ginny Reed, Keri Townsend, Lesley Rayner, Maggie Hunter and Steven Walker

An exhibition of works by recent BA and MA graduates. Explorations of segmentation, residue, fragility and repetition

Preview: 31 st March 2006 – Exhibition runs from: 1st April – 27th May 2006

Steven Walker
Ginny Reed


Longer Looking

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An exhibition of photographic works by Paul Kenny, Liz Johnson, Claire Parr and Shaun Hines
Saturday 4th February – Sunday March 26th 2006

The photographic process is often seen as immediate – capturing a fleeting moment, an instant. But the danger is that, by focusing on the immediate and the urgent, the photograph then risks becoming an object that only exists within a wider context – it is a slice of life, one brief segment of a bigger picture.   The aim of Longer Lookingwas to present images that are not dependent on anything but themselves, to bring together photographs that celebrate a calmer, more detailed and textured view of the world. Longer Looking focused on photography that is self-contained, that is beautiful and fascinating not because of what might be happening before, after or around it, but simply because of what it is.   To co-inside with Longer Looking, Saltburn Artists’ Projects organised two pinhole photography workshops and an artist’s talk by Paul Kenney for members of the public to attend.

Winter Open

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Sarah Blood, Dawn Brooks, Andrew Cheetham, Thomas Donaldson, Katie Gill, Georgina Peak, Maggie Walker, Bernie Wisniewski
Saturday November 5th – Sunday December 30th 2005

The Winter Open 2005 exhibition consisted of a variety of works chosen from open submission by professional artists living and working in the North East of England. It reflected the diversity of disciplines and talents that can currently be found within the region.

Works in the exhibition included paintings, collages, prints and three-dimensional pieces. A wide variety of subject matter was shown, from images investigating the metamorphosis of the body during pregnancy to organic textile grid structures and seascapes of the North East coast.


Drawings in Space

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Tony Charles
Psyche Department Store, Tuesday 25th October – Sunday 30th October 2005

A site specific installation which used steel wool as a medium for drawing.

Tony Charles studied for his BA (hons) Fine Art at Cleveland College of Art & Design and went on to gain an MA at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle.

His interests have led to an investigation that has often focused upon a collision between industrial and domestic environments. Using disparity between object and material, his sculptural installations have involved hybrids of these bi-polar worlds, often within site specific contexts.

At present, steel wool holds particular significance to Tony due to its connection to the industry that is indigenous to this region; and is central to an ongoing investigation into its versatility as a medium for art making.

Tony has exhibited nationally and has recently been accepted for a three month residency by Camac Centre D’Art near Paris which is scheduled to begin in 2006.

Tony is a director of Platform Arts Ltd, an artist led studio group based on Teesside that is committed to the provision of studio facilities for artists.

Grounding the Figure

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Paul Wright, Deborah Ward, Jonathan Worth and Kelda Savage
Saturday 23rd September – Sunday 30th October 2005

This exhibition consisted of a selection of paintings and photographs from four artists based in Leicestershire. The works look at the relationship between the figure and the landscape to explore personal connections, memory and identity.


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Debbie Covell
Saturday 6th August – Sunday 18th September 2005

This collection of paintings records and documents personal aspects of the artist’s life which are informed and inspired by living in the coastal region of Saltburn.

Each painting begins on a gesso ground, onto which words are inscribed and engraved. These are then developed further until their content informs the mood and sentiment of the painting. Washes of ink are applied to more layers of gesso which are then partly sanded away, allowing previous imagery to be seen. This process can take months to complete, allowing the artist to record many different moods and experiences in the layers of imagery.

The paintings reflect the passage of time, as previous thoughts and memories intermingle with the present. The final images suggest land and seascapes, clouds and sky, which are created by delicate nuances of light and shade, mood and emotion.

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