From the Friends Committee

Welcome to the May Bulletin.

This edition includes entry forms to the Friends Summer Exhibition which this year runs from 15th July to 3rd August. The hand in day is Saturday 13th July and full details are set out in the following pages.

There was a very good turnout for the April Annual General Meeting. The existing committee was re-elected and will be working to keep you up to date and involved in the Friends activities, some of which are included here. We are also putting together a questionnaire aimed at seeking your views and preferences for future activities. This will be circulated with the next bulletin in July.

The committee are always appreciative of members’ comments, ideas and contributions. Please contact the current Secretary, Richard Thompson by emailing Richard Thompson.

Brief update from our Social Media Co-ordinator

Thank you to everyone who submitted images of their work for use on the new website and Facebook page. They are looking really strong. I have added these to an Image Credits page too along with links to the contributing artists websites.

Talking of the new website, I have some last minute tinkering to do behind the scenes before the new website goes live but it will be live very soon.

Did you know, you can also now support Friends of the Hatton every time you shop at Amazon, just visit and select the Friends from the list of available charities to donate with every eligible purchase.


Report on CACH Lecture at the Gallery – 11th May 2019

London by Enrique Azcobar

On the 11th May members enjoyed an exclusive lecture at the gallery delivered by Enrique Azocar, a Chilean/British artist.

Enrique, who is a part time lecturer in Art and Drawing at Durham University, lives and works in Northumberland. He has worked on art educational programs for TWAM including work at the Laing Art Gallery. Enrique also runs a successful art studio where he tutors painting sessions in various media. Further details can be found at

The talk at CACH generated much discussion, notably with his painting entitled “London” (see above) (oil media, 137 x 125 cm) which depicted an aerial cityscape:

Enrique enjoys the process of making art, the development of an idea within the imagination and its workings in to a physical form. He said “These aerial perspective paintings can be said to encourage a dialogue between the pictorial sublime and the physical relationship between the viewer´s image and their experience of an imaginary urban area, from global macrocosm to the microcosm of its inhabitants’ perspective. These imaginary cities do not simply seek to revisit the urban past or our relationship with it, but to invade and reinvent it closely through its history and geographic design’s patterns.

“My paintings show colour relations and imaginative structures, within one varying composition. I placed pure colours next to each other with mesmerizing effect. I see my paintings as an ambiguous game that moves between the figurative and the abstraction. I have no intention whatsoever to imitate what I see. I’d like to think that I am exploring how artificial and arbitrary “The Sublime” can be, when reconstituted in the context of the studio, by using an imaginatively elevated perspective (aerial view).”

The lecture, which was interesting and informative, slightly overran its time limit due to the engagement of those present. More about the artist and his work can be found on his website,

If you are nterested in joining CACH (Contemporary Art Club at the Hatton)? Please email Marion Thompson

Your membership is important!

Membership renewals were due on the 1st of January. (Note – If you joined after the end of September last your membership is already valid until 1 January 2020). Although the vast majority of members have renewed and we have quite a few new members, it is all too easy to forget to update your membership.

If you have not yet renewed you should do so before the end of June.

To renew your membership, download and fill in the form. Send it together with your remittance to the Treasurer (address on the form) (Note – If you pay by standing order this will automatically renew so you need do nothing).

“Conceptual Art in Britain and the U.S.” a lecture by Dr Stephen Moonie

Saturday 8th June, 11.00–‐13.00, Learning Room, Hatton Gallery

Dr Stephen Moonie is an art historian. He specialises in the art and theory of the post-war United States, with a particular interest in the discourse of Modernist painting in the 1950s and 1960s. More broadly, he is interested in art writing, aesthetics and contemporary painting.

Previously, Stephen taught at the Department of History of Art at the University of Warwick. He completed his MA (Hons) at the University of St Andrews, and completed his MA (2005) and Ph.D. (2009) at the University of Essex.

His research interests focus upon post-war art and theory, especially Modernist painting and its criticism. He contributed to the catalogue for the exhibition at Tate St Ives and Warwick Arts Centre, The Indiscipline of Painting (2011).

Stephen is interested in art criticism and the problem of value judgments, and has written articles on the writing of British art critic Lawrence Alloway and the late critic/historian Leo Steinberg.

This lecture is part of Contemporary Art Club at the Hatton, to which all members of the Friends are invited.

Complementary coffee and biscuits available. Booking not necessary.

Weaving Workshop with Janis Embleton

Janis Embleton's small loom

Saturday 22nd June, 13.00-15.00, Learning Room, Hatton Gallery

Summer‐themed Weaving

Janis is a designer and hand weaver of luxury fabrics with many years’ experience. Having completed an Honours Degree in Woven Textiles; she spends her days weaving her fabrics which are for sale, both direct and on line. She works on commissions as well as teaching a new generation of weavers. Janis’ own work ranges from the small gift items such as greeting cards, fabric covered notebooks, zipped purses, keyrings, and scented pin cushions to one-off luxury scarves for both men and women; throws, cushions and framed artwork. Recently, for a commission she had to weave four and a half metres of herringbone tweed which will ultimately become a tailored jacket. Janis has been a professional weaver and designer for 25 years. During this time she has taken part in numerous community and educational projects. One particular project was to create a series of woven panels to be displayed at the Borders General Hospital in Melrose. In 2019, Janis was fortunate to travel to China where she was employed to teach two groups of female weavers. Janis taught them to use more contemporary, marketable fabrics to help the women have an income from their textiles.

During the weaving workshop in June, participants will make a Summer themed wall‐hanging using a range of decorative weaving techniques, fancy yarns, and embellishments to create a vibrant beach scene. All materials will be provided and the small looms will be warped so participants can begin weaving straightaway. Please bring a pair of scissors with you. If you have any yarns or maybe something with a memory attached to it and would like to incorporate into your weaving please feel free to bring them. One the day of the workshops, Janis will bring a small range of textiles, which will be for sale at 10% discount. There will be something for everybody from greeting cards, lavender filled pin cushions, covered notebooks, zipped purses and scarves for both men and women all made from luxurious fibres such as line, silk, cashmere and alpaca.

There will be a summer drink and strawberries and cream following the workshop.

Cost: £14.00

For a place please email Jo Cousin (please register for a place before the 13th June).

Summer Exhibition 2019 forms

Members are invited to enter their recent work to be shown in the Long Gallery.

The following two-dimensional media are acceptable:

  • original prints
  • painting
  • drawing
  • photography

but NOT photographs of your artwork.

Please see conditions of entry.

The exhibition will run from 15th July – 3rd August 2019

Hand in day: Saturday 13th July 09.30-12.00

Preview: Monday 15th July 18.30–‐20.30

Please note, This is a Friends only exhibition. However, if there are any non-members you know who wish to exhibit they have the opportunity to join in by completing the Membership form and paying the appropriate membership fee.

Membership Application forms are available online and in the Hatton reception area.