The spring 2017 art exhibition has now opened in the Chapel Gallery at the Framework Knitters Museum. The exhibition – the museum’s fifth in total and fourth in partnership with the Nottingham Society of Artists – features work by three popular local artists: Doreen Hunt, Richard Simkins and 94 year old Nigel Corlett (scroll down for details).
Having opened on Saturday 4th March, the exhibition will run until Saturday 27th May – taking in the Easter school holidays and benefiting from Sunday opening days at the museum, which start on Easter Sunday.
The Chapel Gallery opened in spring 2016. Regular exhibitions are held in partnership with the Nottingham Society of Artists, and the gallery has also hosted an exhibition of artwork by local schoolchildren. These are enhanced by a varied events programme, such as the ‘Behind the Music’ show and tell evening held in the Chapel Gallery in November 2016.
Nicola Wood, the museum’s manager and curator, who took the helm in December 2016, comments. ‘2017 will be a really exciting year for the museum as a whole, with the Chapel Gallery no exception! We’re really looking forward to developing our relationship with the Nottingham Society of Artists, whilst rolling out an ambitious new events programme at the same time. Many of our activities will take place in the Chapel Gallery, which forms the perfect backdrop to cultural events such as talks, poetry recitals and musical evenings.’
Nigel Boughton-Smith from the Nottingham Society of Artists, added, ‘Nottinghamshire has some amazingly talented people and it’s extremely rewarding to get them in the public eye, in such a unique location. The three artists currently exhibiting in the Chapel Gallery represent a range of different styles from some the county’s best-known artists.’
Visit the Chapel Gallery
The Chapel Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday, 11am to 4:30pm and, from Easter Sunday, also on Sundays from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. Last admission is at 4pm. Entrance to the gallery is free, whilst normal admission fees apply to the museum. The museum shop and café are open to all visitors as well as the public, to purchase refreshments and souvenirs.
If you’d like to know more about the Chapel Gallery or are interested in holding an event in this unique space, please contact the museum. Please keep an eye on our Events page for details of upcoming events in the Chapel Gallery and wider museum site. For information on the NSA, please visit www.nottinghamartists.org.uk.
About the artists
- Nigel Corlett
Nigel Corlett was bought up in the sea side town of Great Yarmouth where he was encouraged to draw and paint by his father and also his elder brother, who was a professional artist.
In 1942 Nigel saw active service in World War II as a navigator in the Fleet Air Arm. After being ‘de-mobbed,’ Nigel attended courses in mechanical engineering in Loughborough and Nottingham.
Once settled in Nottingham, he joined the Nottingham Society of Artists (NSA) in the 1960s, and served as a director for a few years. Nigel has been an active member of the NSA ever since. He was a regular attendee of various studio sessions and over the years, has exhibited his paintings at many of the NSA’s exhibitions. Nigel also co-authored a book, For The Very Joy of Art, with Marjorie Macmillan, which was published to commemorate 130 years of the NSA.
Nigel has used both water colours and oils, basing many of his paintings on holidays taken in the north of France with his family. Nigel eventually became Professor of Ergonomics at the University of Nottingham, where his work gained international recognition and led to the invention of ‘the Nottingham Chair’. Throughout his life, Nigel has continued to paint and exhibit his paintings.
- Doreen Hunt
Doreen’s work is concerned with structure. She paints mainly in acrylics, sometimes incorporating other mediums, and enjoys exploring different techniques in drawing.
Says Doreen: ‘I worked as an art teacher in comprehensive schools and, since my retirement, have established my own art classes for adults. I’ve always been interested in fashion and design, and particularly like creating theatrical costumes. For a number of years, I’ve been the wardrobe manager at The Lace Market Theatre in Nottingham.’
You can contact Doreen at email@example.com or on 0115 9749849. Find out more about her work by visiting https://artuk.org/discover/artists/hunt-doreen-b-1938.
- Richard Simkins
Although Richard worked as a Civil Engineer and Contracts Manager, he has been painting on and off all his adult life.
Explaining his passion, Richard says: ‘My first love was oil paints but in recent years I have been seduced by the benefits afforded by fast drying acrylics. They allow me to work at a pace which lets me bring more of the excitement of the subject into the finished work. I like to work on a variety of subjects; the key is that the subject excites or challenges me.
‘The style I favour is not dissimilar to impressionism but I also like experimenting with other styles. I am a member of the Nottingham Society of Artists, The Arnold Art Society and the Soft Edges Art Group I also attended workshops with the late John Townsend, the International Nottinghamshire portrait painter. I have won a number of awards and have paintings displayed in the USA, Ireland, Portugal & Denmark as well as the UK.’
You can contact Richard at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0115 960 8734.