Summer Exhibition 2019

Friends' Summer Exhibition poster 2019

Following another excellent response from our members, this year’s summer exhibition began with the submission of works on 13th July (see photos above). Thirty-one artists submitted 56 works. During the hand in members were invited for refreshments, hosted by the Contemporary Art Club in the Learning room. It was interesting to hear about the various views and opinions held by others on the art scene.

A group of volunteers set out the artwork to maximise on presentation then, working in two teams, proceeded to hang the works.  With some minor adjustments the exhibition was in place by 3pm the same day.


The perennial preview took place in the evening of 15th July.  Hosted by our Chairman, Geoff Mills, this was attended by over 70 members and guests who enjoyed the evening, viewing the work accompanied by a light buffet with drinks.

A good number of members volunteered to invigilate during the course of the exhibition, which at the time of writing is on-going. The Exhibition will end on 2nd August.

Many thanks to all those who submitted art work, our volunteer organisers and helpers and the galley staff for the loan of tools and equipment and other furniture and facilities that helped the process run smoothly.

Caroline Coode is this issue’s Featured Friend

Caroline Coode by her work in the Friends Summer Exhibition 2019

Q: Caroline, please tell us a little bit about yourself and your passion for art:

A: I often made little cards for my mother when I was quite young but was not a compulsive ‘scribbler’. As an adult I went to local adult art classes. Eventually to art college age 45 and specialised in printmaking. I graduated at 50! 


Q: Can you tell us more about the artwork featured on this page?

A: These are conte and pencil drawings of the kind I make on the spot for a travel journal. Sometimes these get used as reference for a collagraph or wood engraving


Q: What are you currently working on/planning to work on?

A: I have an ongoing project about my allotment. It is a large ‘map’ – mixed media piece. I will make a set of small ‘ books’  about some  individual vegetables and fruits, with printed elements, to accompany this. Also a set of small wood engravings about Castlerigg Stone circle which may also be a concertina book.


Q: Are there any events/exhibitions upcoming that you’re particularly excited about?

A: I have quite a lot of work in The Biscuit Factory summer show [open till august 25] My one paper sculpture ‘Bumblebees and Beans’ in an exhibition called ‘Seeking Routes’.. That is at the Quaker house Swarthmoor Hall  in Ulverston, Cumbria and is supported by the Quaker Arts Network. Open until September 8th.

 It is accompanied by other activities throughout the open period.


Q: Who is your favourite artist and/or what is your favourite art movement?

A: Impressionists and wood engravers!


Q: When did you become a Friend of the Hatton Gallery and why?

A: I think about1995, after I moved to Newcastle from Surrey. I needed to find a group to be involved with. I was chair from 1998 to 2005.


Q: What is your favourite part of being a Friend of the Hatton Gallery?

A: Meeting like minded people and sharing ideas.

Contemporary Art Club at the Hatton (CACH) August meeting

Contemporary Art Club at the Hatton logo

The next meeting of the Contemporary Art Club will be held on Saturday 10th August, 11:00-13:00, Learning Room, Hatton Gallery

The purpose of CACH is to give an opportunity for Friends of the Hatton who are interested in meeting informally to talk about their work and how it relates to art of today. The Club also hosts guest lecturers, most of who are highly qualified speakers or practitioners in art (see diary dates below).

If you are interested in joining CACH or want more details, please contact Marion at

CACH is only accessible to Friends of the Hatton. If you are interested but not yet a member, you can join here.

Dates for your diary

Further details of the following events and talks will appear in the next bulletin issue.

In the meantime, please make a note in your diary where appropriate.

Lecture by Prof Richard Talbot

Wednesday 6th November, 13:00, Venue to be confirmed

Organised jointly by FotH and Newcastle University Retired Staff Society (RSS)

Should all art students learn to paint and draw

Lecture by Jeffrey Sarmiento

Jeffrey Sarmiento is from the National Glass Centre Sunderland and Sunderland University

Saturday 9th November, 11:00, Learning Room, Hatton Gallery

Organised through the Contemporary Art Club

Title to be confirmed

Christmas Market

Awaiting confirmation of dates. We are aiming for Saturday 7th December with a second option of Saturday 14th December, 10:00-16:00

Short Course in Printmaking by Vhairi Cardinal & Caroline Coode

Vhairi Cardinal & Caroline Coode will be running a short course in printmaking on the following dates:

  • Saturday 23rd November 2019
  • Saturday 30th November 2019
  • 25th January 2020
  • 1st February 2020

The course sessions will take place in the Learning Room, Hatton Gallery and will run from 10:30-16:00

The course will include an introduction to simple screen-printing and the 2-plate process in addition to other techniques.

Booking forms and further details will be available in the September bulletin.

What’s on at the Gallery? Summer 2019

New gallery entrance and shop, photo by Colin Davidson

Some exhibitions in the gallery over the summer:

Gallery Opening Times: Monday to Saturday. 10am to 5pm

Summer Exhibition 2019 is now on

Friends' Summer Exhibition poster 2019

The Summer Exhibition 2019 opened with a busy preview on last night between 6:30 and 8:30pm in the Long Gallery. Lots of the Friends and their partners (and friends) came along to enjoy a glass of wine and a chat on a beautiful summer evening.

Several Friends were photographed by their work and we are hoping to feature them in future bulletins and posts on the website and Facebook.

We noticed as well that the Long Gallery has recently added a frosted covering to the windows along one side of the gallery. This diffuses the light and makes it much easier to view the works on display.

The Exhibition is open Monday to Saturday 10am – 5pm until 2nd August.