104, St Helens Street
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The Freudian Sheep Contemporary Art Gallery, in Ipswich, England exists to promote visual art by increasing wider public engagement. We help emerging artists in the Anglia Region and beyond, by enabling them to exhibit with experienced artists and to get their art seen by a wider range of people than the traditional art audience provides.
We happily accept submissions from artists interested in interpreting any of our themes, or exhibiting off-theme art which is now also accepted every new month.
Email:- firstname.lastname@example.org and enclose examples of your art or a link to where we can see it, plus a little about yourself.
Gallery for hire:
The gallery is no longer for hire except for in exceptional circumstances. If you think your circumstances are exceptional, then please do get in touch.
See Hire the Gallery for more details.
WANT TO SPONSOR THE SHEEP? We're always happy to hear from patrons who have an interest in helping visual art to survive & thrive. Artists rely on goodwill, and often do a great deal for their communities in return for little other than thanks. The gallery sometimes feels a bit like that - and since we exist to help these artists, a bit of help is very much obliged. In return, we'll promote you/your business (should you wish) on our website/social media and in the gallery. Contact us at: art @freudiansheep.co.uk. We'll of course be delighted to hear from you.
The Freudian Sheep - just up the road from The Regent Theatre, Ipswich. Come and see us every month.
at The Sheep
EXHIBITIONS during June
June 11th - July 1st
ALL WELCOME - INVITE YOURSELVES & THOSE WHO MAY BE INTERESTED!
From 11th June – 1st July, the gallery will be choc-full upstairs & downstairs with the art of 23 professional artists from throughout the region – this month covering Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex, & Hertfordshire. The given theme of ‘Reflections’ has inspired new art from many – whilst others display art from their existing collection.
Anthony Joyce’s naughtily playful paintings always encourage the viewer to think, as do Michelle Bowden’s beautifully abrupt ‘global warming’ protests. There’s humour here too: Jake Francis’s surreal comedy and a couple of pieces by Romanian artist, Ilie Mihali – the witty image of a Marilyn Monroe as an elderly lady, and his ‘Three Graces’ . Portuguese artist, Carlos Fernandes’s sculpture harks back to the time of Marcel Duchamp and Dada. Colin Widdup’s humour is caught in the
fragility of his sculptural constructions and their high chance of collapse.
Borin Van Loon’s surrealism is well-known – though on this occasion he provides a lovingly created study of a family member, and two bright abstracts that are part paint and part mirror, asking us to look deep into the art to see ourselves looking back.
Emma Robertson’s extraordinary, large and small ceramic pieces encourage the viewer to reflect upon all the life that came before on Earth, and Sue Laughlin-Smith’s eye-catching, big landscapes show a world reflecting in waters and a world we should perhaps reflect-upon. Hertfordshire graduate, Jade Probitt’s Elesym IV, made like a sign writ large almost demands the presence of a semiotics expert. More ‘macro’ is the art of Essex art teacher, Emma Connolly, who homes-in on the gentle workings of plants, scaling-up the biology. Verity Newman, teacher at Suffolk One, here provides some unusual, delicate ‘pate de verre’ glasswork and abstract paintings.
Ever popular Suffolk New College art tutor, Malcolm Moseley includes a set of delightful, small abstract paintings full of muted colour. Husband & wife art team, Martin & Nicola Coe return to the gallery – Martin’s small, high contrast, monochrome landscapes are reflections on his ‘beaten tracks’, whereas, Nicola’s delightful studies of moths introduce sumptuous gold.
Art therapist by day – David Hardy explores emotive surfaces, and his large painting here is almost spiritual in its presence. Anyone who knows of Antoni Tapies will understand David Hardy’s art. In a similar, but more colourful place is the textural art of gallery co-owner, Ian Moss, whose coloured mesh patchwork and golden pathway seek the beautiful places we can reflect upon.
There’s photography here again this month, as is always the case at The Sheep. Tom Owens seemingly out-of-focus images of Ipswich play with your own ability to understand what you are seeing; the images are of course, in focus. Pavel Kricka’s series explores reflections in wonderful cars – sure to please car enthusiasts.
Laura Beardsell-Moore’s skilful paintings place British wildlife in amongst colour theory and sit rather well with the many expressive landscapes of Patricia Colyer.
Phil James’ cheerful prints round-off proceedings.
Plenty to see then, with around 100 artworks throughout the gallery – including more from gallery owners Eleanor May and Ian Moss.
The exhibition opens on Saturday 11th June, with an opening event from 3pm-6pm. Complimentary wine & snacks are served, plus music, and the usual Sheep good ambiance. Everyone is welcome – no invite necessary. The exhibition runs from 11th June – 1st July inclusive.
Open Weds-Fri 10-2
Opening Saturdays 3-6
More info on The Freudian Sheep web site: www.freudiansheep.co.uk or www.facebook.com/freudiansheep
A 'Bid System' remains in operation for those who would like an artwork but can't stretch to the full asking price. If the art remains unsold at the end of the exhibition, your 'cheeky' bid will be run past the artist and if they're happy with it, then you have yourself a piece of great art at a price you can afford. Worth a punt if you can risk the chance it may be sold during the show - and artists are very happy to receive offers.
The Sheep are always pleased to see children & young people at the gallery for their exhibitions, and would like to hear their views on the art too.
Parking Saturdays all day in Rope Walk (New College car park) £3 all day. Weekdays park in the nearby streets - times range from 30 minutes free to 2 hours free. Town & Waterfront/Marina just 5 minutes walk.
A visit doesn't necessitate a purchase. Come and have a look - plenty of others do.
We are a gallery that seeks to provide fantastic contemporary art to all, without unnecessary exclusivity. We like to work with other galleries/art organisations for the good of art and artists. Once everyone has art on their walls at home & work and has visited an art gallery, we'll rest a little better at night. Until then, we are Batman; all of us are him. Art can do that.
JULY AT THE SHEEP:-
SAUL TIMOTHY'S 'WYRDWORKS'
Opening event Saturday 9th July - 3-6pm
Exhibition 9th July - 29th July 2016.
See our Visitor Info page for opening times etc.