Looking West – (woodcut print) by Pine Feroda
Our next exhibition at Staithes Gallery is something really special. Swan Song has been curated by Ian Burke to mark his retirement from Eton College where he has held the post of Master of the Drawing Schools for the last 16 years.
The exhibition brings together the artists he has invited to work in the school as Artists in Residence, inspiring students, staff and Ian himself throughout his career.
So there’s a lot of excitement in the air as we prepare to welcome Royal Academicians as well as members of the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers to the village. Concentrating for the most part on printmaking, drawing and works on paper, Ian has put together an all-star catalogue. Many of these artists are seldom shown in the North-East of England so bringing them to Staithes provides a rare opportunity for local art-lovers to see them.
For some of the artists it has provided an opportunity too. The collaborative printmaking group Pine Feroda, based in the South-West of England, travelled to Staithes earlier this year to create a new print “Looking West” based on drawings made from Staithes beach. The resulting print will be on show at the exhibition.
SWAN SONG will open at Staithes Gallery on Sunday 22nd October and continue until Saturday 4th November 2017.