Most grateful to Ripon-based artist John Cockshaw for letting us know about the fabulous fantastical art exhibition he is organising with gallery owner Elaine Grinter of Art in the Mill in Knaresborough.
A collective of three Yorkshire artists and three internationally acclaimed artists are gathering for a show inspired by JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. With magic and fantasy at its heart, the exhibition is called ‘Far from the Shire’.
Here is the press release. It sounds wonderful.
“For almost the entire duration of JRR Tolkien’s books The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, the central hobbit characters from the Shire yearn for and fight for their homeland, and the greater good of the world beyond their borders.
“The hope offered by the sanctity of home when toiling in dark circumstances is a powerful thing and is at the heart of a new exhibition at Art in the Mill in Knaresborough, entitled ‘Far from the Shire’ (30th Sept until 15th October) with three Ripon-based artists leading the charge in a collective of fantasy-inspired artists.
“Devised by artist John Cockshaw, who comes to this fresh from The Great North Art Show at Ripon Cathedral, the artwork on show largely places JRR Tolkien’s hobbits at the centre of events or has events witnessed through their eyes.
“Set in the magical surroundings of Knaresborough near the castle, the exhibition is very magical and adventurous in tone. Joining John in the show are Ripon artists Jay Stelling and Guy Brady, who in turn join diverse artists and illustrators Tomas Hijo, Soni Alcorn-Hender and Jemima Catlin (the official HarperCollins illustrator of The Hobbit in 2013) who joins the show with brand new artwork.
“Says John Cockshaw of the exhibition, ‘Collaboration is important to me and the combined work of these varied artists creates a strong sense of story that is true to the original works of JRR Tolkien we are inspired by. We have brand new paintings for this show as well as print, photography, drawing and illustration – and not to mention custom-made dolls by Jay Stelling whose work has enjoyed an excellent showing at Newby Hall.
“‘Guy Brady is an up and coming artist whose work has enjoyed good feedback from The Tolkien Society. My own work has been exhibited widely and culminated in a recently published art book which will be available. Having Jemima Catlin onboard is exciting because, as a previous official Tolkien illustrator for HarperCollins publisher, she has created some brand new drawings inspired by The Lord of the Rings.'”
‘Far From the Shire’ opens in the Blue Sky Gallery at Art in the Mill on Green Dragon Yard in Knaresborough on Saturday 30th September and runs until 15th October. A special open afternoon will be held on Saturday 30th September, with a chance to talk about the exhibition with artists John Cockshaw and Guy Brady.