Wivenhoe Bookshop Magazine & Newsletter | Thursday 20 June 2024

Over The Sofa Gallery

Over the Sofa


The Wivenhoe Bookshop’s Over-the-Sofa Gallery is probably the smallest of its kind worldwide,  occupying a space of 4ft x 4ft above our much-loved Bookshop sofa. Space being at a premium in our shop, we were delighted to be able to fit one in!

The idea for the gallery came when we were given a delightfully comfy red velvet sofa where readers can relax whilst browsing, and an artist friend suggested she show one of her pictures in the space above it.Ten years later the gallery is still going strong, largely due to the abundance of artistic talent in Wivenhoe and the locality, where many of our exhibitors  live and work.

We show a different artists’ work each month and each December hold a unique annual retrospective where we ask each artist to produce a work no larger than 7” x 9”, in order that they will all fit into the space.

Books and artists go so well together and some of the artists who have shown their work in our gallery are also printers, notably James Dodds and Dale Devereux Barker, who exhibited their books as well.

As well as established professional artists we have also shown the work of young artists who are keen to have a platform for their art. We show a range of media include photography, textiles and woollen crafts and pottery as well as painting.

Artists wishing to put forward a proposal for an exhibition are advised contact us by email for terms and conditions.

 

Current


Over the Sofa June 2024 – Rebel

Dates: 05/06/2024 - 30/06/2024 |

Be sure to catch #essexartist #spraycanart #spraycollage Rebel

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Previous Shows


Over the Sofa May 2024 – Jo Rizzato

Dates: 01/05/2024 - 31/05/2024 |

Be sure to catch Jo Rizatto's beautiful work

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Over the Sofa April 2024 – Margie North

Dates: 05/04/2024 - 30/04/2024 |

Be sure to catch Margie North's wonderful work

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Over the Sofa Mar 2024 – Joephine Kingsford

Dates: 02/03/2024 - 31/03/2024 |

Be sure to catch Josephine Kingsford's wonderful work

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Over the Sofa Jan 2024 – Simon Peecock

Dates: 02/01/2024 - 31/01/2024 |

Be sure to catch Simon Peecock's beautiful lino prints.

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Over the Sofa Nov 2023 – Sheena Clover

Dates: 01/11/2023 - 30/11/2023 |

"Most of my paintings are rooted in landscapes both in Essex and further afield."

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Over the Sofa Sept 2023 – Miranda Campbell

Dates: 01/09/2023 - 30/09/2023 |

For September we have an exciting new exhibition of contemporary art black and white photographs by Wivenhoe artist, Miranda Campbell. Miranda studied photography with the British photographers John Blakemore, Peter Goldfield and Fay Godwin. The photos in the exhibition were made using a light sensitive emulsion which has been painted…

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Over the Sofa July/Aug 2023 – Anthony Jones

Dates: 01/08/2023 - 31/08/2023 |

Be sure to catch Anthony Jones' evocative interiors

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Over the Sofa June 2023 – Lone Quist Edwards

Dates: 01/06/2023 - 30/06/2023 |

Lone Quist Edwards studied design in Copenhagen in the 60s......

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Over the Sofa May 2023 – Grace Woods

Dates: 03/05/2023 - 31/05/2023 |

My pieces... embrace the beauty of all womankind.

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Over the Sofa April 2023 – Amanda Jenkins

Dates: 04/04/2023 - 30/04/2023 |

Local landscape from memory and a sense of place.

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