Collecting Contemporary Art


Collecting Contemporary Art   

Yorkshire Artspace and gallerytop invite you to an evening with collectors of ceramics Paul Swales and  Professor Lucy Wyatt, gallerytop director Keith Logan and artist Susan Disley on Thursday 26th May, 5.30 to 7 pm at Persistence Works, 21 Brown Street, Sheffield, S1 2BS.  

Why run an art and craft gallery ….. or collect art and craft objects ….. or be an artist?

Paul Swales and Professor Lucy Wyatt have been collecting ceramic craft objects since 1994. You will have the chance to see some pictures of the inside their house: a shrine to many beautifully made objects by both well-known and lesser known ceramicists. Paul will talk about how they began to collect and what keeps them addicted.

gallerytop Director Keith Logan has been running this successful gallery in Rowsley, Derbyshire together with his partner, artist Gill Wilson, for the last 7 years. He will talk about how they turned their love of art and craft into a successful enterprise.

 Artist Susan Disley, a well-known ceramicist who regularly exhibits her work all around the UK. She has a studio at Yorkshire Artspace’s new Manor Oaks Studios where she spends approximately 3 to 4 days of her working week. She also works at gallerytop where she recently curated her second ceramic show that featured work by many ceramicists on show at Persistence Works. Susan will talk about her passion for ceramics, the joy of making and exhibiting and will be able to explain many of the skills and techniques used in the ceramic work on display.

If you would like to come to this event, we would be grateful if you could RSVP to or phone 0114 2130111.

Prints and Ceramics in the City’ is a first collaboration between Yorkshire Artspace and gallerytop. The exhibition features work by Yorkshire Artspace artists Susan Disley, Emilie Taylor, Penny Withers and Neil Woodall and Yorkshire Artspace artist in residence Frances Priest alongside some of gallerytop’s exhibitors: prints by Sir Terry Frost RA, Sir Peter Blake, Donald Hamilton Fraser RA, Barbara Rae RA, John Hoyland RA and Bruce McLean and ceramics by Emmanuel Cooper, Eddie Curtis, Chris Keenan, Sara Moorhouse, Sacha Wardell, Gareth Mason and Barry Stedman.

gallertop exhibits contemporary art by emerging and established artists in painting, sculpture, ceramics, glass and jewellery. Located in the heart of the Derbyshire Peak District, their aim is to combine contemporary art with everyday life and provide an enjoyable experience to the interested browser, the art enthusiast and the seasoned collector.

This is their first collaboration with Yorkshire Artspace in Sheffield. Work is available to buy through the Arts Council’s ‘Own Art‘ scheme designed to make it easy and affordable to buy and collect contemporary art and craft. Loans from £100 to £2000 are re-payable in 10 monthly installments completely interest free.

The exhibition is open to the public on Thursday, Friday and Saturday – 10am to 5pm and will run until 28th May 2011 at  Yorkshire Artspace, Persistence Works, 21 Brown Street, Sheffield S1 2BS


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