Kooroon is a small, independent gallery dedicated to the support of artists at various stages in their career through exhibitions, networking, pricing advice and general niceties.
Curated and run by artist Glenda Gibson, Kooroon Gallery exhibits artists and artist groups during the first two weekends of each month. A co-founder of the Belvoir Art Trail, Kooroon also co-runs collaborative art projects based around a themes that raise awareness of social issues.
Kooroon Gallery at the Old Sorting House is open 11am to 4pm the first Friday and Saturday of each month. Most exhibitions are accompanied by workshops which you can book through the links where detailed. Dates vary so please check below or for more information about all the activities can be found at the Kooroon website, facebook page and Instagram.
August 6th, 7th, 13th and 14th
Sharon Dickinson is a metal artist and jeweller who works under the name of Archives Crafts. She is perhaps best known for her beautiful jewellery and unique pewter repousse plaques and mirrors inspired by myth and magic, pre Raphaelite maidens and mermaids. For this exhibition Sharon will also be showing her Goddess Collages, large and glorious celebrations in paper, paint and pen.
Sharon will be running a workshop during this exhibition, details of which are to follow.
She also runs Beginners Jewellery making workshops part of the Old Sorting House programme which can be found on the workshops page.
September 3rd, 4th, 10th and 11th
Donna Drouin and Roger Lee
Painter, printmaker, bookmaker, occasional maker of sculpture Donna Drouin is also a workshop leader, mother of 4 and explorer of creative living.
Her work often relates to her relationship with the natural world. That might be trees, sky, lichen and birds in drawing, print and sculpture. It might be memories of long walks in wild landscapes, and the hot colours of summer in abstract landscapes.
She exhibits annually at Kooroon Gallery launching new work each year in various media including dry point, lino and gelli plate print, acrylics, gold leaf and oil pastorals artists’ books and sculptures.
Roger Lee is a long established sculptor working predominantly in metal. Together with his fashion designer wife Carol, he has created and runs the beautiful destination venue Priory House in Long Bennington, which combines their passions to create a truly visual and emotional experience for its guests.
Roger brings his fascinating sculptures to Kooroon for the first time.
October 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th
Jane Millum & and Mark Hodson
Jane Millum works primarily as PollyWhistle to tell tall tales of small folk and the worlds they inhabit in textiles, paper and mixed media. Currently studying for a Masters in Illustration from Falmouth University, Jane’s work has grown to incorporate imagery in a variety of 2d and 3d media including papier mache and artist books. For this exhibition Jane will bring together some of her new work including that from her Field Fayre Faux-lore illustrated poem and textile explorations mapping her Family Folktales
Textiles continues to play a large part in Jane’s works and she promise to fill the foyer in true PollyWhistle Pop-Up style with Angels, Churlings, Huglets, and Scowlers plus a wide range of other textiles treats including for the first time PollyWhistle Angel Cushions. Having this year launched her first ranges of fabrics working in partnership our very own Dian Harrison under the name of TizzyWhistle there will be plenty of opportunity to see these as well.
In addition, Kooroon is delighted to bring the delightful, quirky sculptures of Mark Hodson to the gallery and into The Old Sorting House’s beautiful Quiet Garden. Mark works with recycled materials including metal and wood to create sculptures for both garden and indoor decoration.
November 5th, 6th, 12th and 13th
More info to follow
December 3rd, 4th and 5th
Kooroon Christmas Event
Now an annual favourite and this year open on Sunday as well, the Kooroon Gallery Christmas event brings together numerous artists and makers to offer fabulous decorations, cards and unique gift ideas for every budget.
Past Exhibitions include:
July 2nd, 3rd, 9th and 10th
David and Julie Powell
Kooroon Gallery is delighted to bring you the detailed and realistic oil paintings of Julie Powell and the beautiful photography of her husband David Powell who capture wonderful images at home and on their travels around the UK. Together they are ‘BluStorkStudio’.
David is a photographer who captures wonderful atmospheric moments on his camera and Julie paints realistic scenes in oils. Having had to side-line their creative practice’s whilst working jobs they loved, an opportunity for early retirement meant they were able to concentrate on their development as artists.
The Powells had long held a dream of owning a motorhome and taking off on adventures. They realised that dream and began to record some of the beautiful places they were visiting, with camera, pen and brush.
“Your photos are like paintings … and your paintings are like photos!” (Eric Desvergnes – photographer)
Limited edition prints and original paintings will be available for purchase.