Helen Dunning

The featured artist for October is HELEN DUNNING

Louth-based Helen is exhibiting a series of her oil paintings. Having studied Golden Age Art at Sheffield Hallam University back in the 1980s, she has rediscovered her interest in painting in recent years. 

Helen paints mainly for enjoyment and enjoys exploring the role that light can play in the depiction of solid forms. The majority of paintings on display have all been created using a very limited palette of just three or four colours. 

Four Vases

Four Vases

Life studies

Life studies

Grimsby Dock Tower

Grimsby Dock Tower



Leo Slater

The featured artist for September is LEO SLATER.

Leo has come to painting in retirement, following a long career in the Royal Navy. Having gained a BA Hons degree in Fine Art at London Guildhall University, he now enjoys working as a full-time artist in rural Lincolnshire. 

His work explores how the brain perceives things based upon memory, nostalgia and imagination. 

”The brain is a funny thing. Use it to coordinate hand and eye to draw Two Feathers and it is fine. Ask it to remember and paint Flower Studies, it does ok. Childhood memories, however, become distorted by Nostalgia and past history becomes a mix of Fact and Fiction. In addition, how can the brain make an image of something abstract like a Conversation you had long ago?”

 “Abstraction allows man to see with his mind what he cannot physically see with his eyes”         Arshile Gorky (American-Armenian Abstract Expressionist 1904-1948)



Two Feathers

Two Feathers

Fact and Fiction - Wolds Triptych

Fact and Fiction - Wolds Triptych





Bob Armstrong

The featured artist for August is BOB ARMSTRONG

Bob is a landscape artist concentrating on the wilder parts of Britain. Inspiration comes from having lived amongst the hills and moors of the North Pennines and this, together with our wonderful coastline, has shaped his work.

His paintings, nearly always developed from sketches, are in acrylic, watercolour, ink and pastel usually in combinations of some or all of them. 

Bob is represented by galleries in the North of England, Wales and Scotland as well as in his home county of Lincolnshire. He is a past prize-winner of the Spirit of Lyn art competition and has been featured in articles in Artists and Illustrators and The Artist magazines.

In 2012 he was a finalist in the Sunday Times Watercolour exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London, and he has just been selected again for the 2018 exhibition. 


Bain Valley

Bain Valley

Colours of the Beach

Colours of the Beach


Gallery view

Dales Farm

Dales Farm

Jayne Cooper

The featured artist for May is JAYNE COOPER

Louth-based Jayne is exhibiting her latest project:  Rebel Daughters 2018

She has imagined a fictitious army consisting of 100 female soldiers, created specially for the centenary celebration of some women winning the right to vote. Each comrade appears at first glance as a domestic, decorative object; forms and shapes resembling functional items such as vessels, teapots and clothes pegs often balance precariously and in improbable ways. Fecund and fertile forms are imbued with a confidence and regimentality that suggest these girls are definitely organised and 'up to something'.

Her playful batallion of Rebel Daughters is up for inspection in the theatre foyer during the month of May, Monday to Saturday 10am to 1pm and on performance evenings.


Jason Carlisle

The featured artist for April is Jason Carlisle.

A return to Art in 2009 at the age of 41, followed by two years of Life Classes and four years to complete a Fine Arts degree (1st Class Hons), gave Cleethorpes-based Jason the basis and desire to move forward with creation and development.

”I can’t settle but portraiture remains my first love. Creating a personality in oils on canvas is the reason to continue” 

 “It’s all about me”

 “It’s all about me”


Deborah Geddes

The featured artist for March is Deborah Geddes.

Deborah is a Louth-based artist who graduated from Nottingham University in 2015 with a BA Hons in Fine Art. The main body of her work explores the impact of moving something or someone from its original place.

“I begin with street maps of everywhere I have ever lived, abstracting them until the familiar becomes unfamiliar, reflecting how continual images over time distort the memory of past places and events. My latest work explores the interpretation of human relationships”

Deborah likes working with oil pastels but also uses graphite powder, inks, acrylics and watercolour. She likes experimenting with colour, drawing inspiration from nature and the landscapes that surround us.



The featured artist for February is Carol Emsley.

Carol is a local artist who has painted for many years. She trained at Hull College of Art from 1989 to 1994.

She loves using all media - oils, watercolour, pastel - and she has won many awards including Best Oil in the Society of Floral Painters' exhibitions and the Derwent Award with the Artist Magazine exhibition at Patchings Art Centre in 2017. She was also a finalist in a Flowers and Gardens competition in the International Artist magazine.

Carol has been a member of the Ropewalk Print Group for the last six years, making original etchings, drypoints and monoprints, and is really enjoying this new medium. Collage and mixed media is another area of interest.


The Snow Queen 


Easby Abbey


The Falconer and his Lady


Gallery view


Once Upon a Time II

Janice Kok

The featured artist for January 2018 is Janice Kok. Her exuberant and colourful canvases will lighten up the Riverhead Foyer and Gallery during our Panto season.


 “After nearly thirty years of office work, I studied A-level Art at evening classes. I had found my place. I fortunately had the opportunity to go on and study for my Degree and Masters in Fine Art.

My painting greats are Barbara Rae, Patrick Heron, Kandinsky and Matisse.  

I have exhibited in London and in the Midlands. My paintings are energetic with explosive colour and extravagant gestures. Critical to my work are the formal issues of colour, composition and balance, with resolution towards a bravely decorative painting.”