More than ever, the people of York are culturally hungry. With the opening of the new Art Gallery, our UNESCO status and collaborative movements and pop-up spaces happening across the city, tourists are visiting increasingly to sate their appetite for art as much as history. This is causing York to develop and essentially retro-fit its contemporary attitude and creativity against its grand, historical backdrop: we aren’t so much rebelling against our historical perception as we are working in harmony with it.
The opening of a new, independent gallery, therefore, is the perfect zeitgeist for our evolving cultural climate. Lotte Inch has been curating art for near a decade and three years ago she put her expertise into action with the Lotte Inch Gallery, initially a pop-up shop located in the shadow of York Minster. Fast forward to 2015 and curator Lotte Inch has found a permanent home for her gallery in the old C.E. Seymour tailor’s shop on Bootham.
Lotte, whose previous project saw much success and great popularity, has once more brought her creative flair to this new space: "I’ve always wanted to set up my own art gallery. I’m not really sure where that desire came from although I have watched both my parents set up their own businesses and do very well with them. Thanks to them, I have also always been surrounded by art in all it’s guises, and from as early as I can remember, I was taken along to exhibitions and art openings on a regular basis.
"As I’ve got older, I have worked in many an art-focused work environment too, but often found the large, organisational nature of these jobs stifling, creatively. I learned masses from these experiences but somehow none of them ever felt quite right. The new Lotte Inch Gallery comes out of these working experiences and from my own obsession with art, design, aesthetics and the constant search for beautiful objects! It also of course, comes directly out of the previous pop-up gallery spaces that I have initiated in York over the past four years."
The Gallery will offer a new and individual space dedicated to supporting the work of regional and national – as well as established and emerging – artists. The Gallery will launch with an exhibition of works by 20th Century British Artists including Sir Terry Frost RA, Anthony Frost, Sandra Blow RA, Tessa Jaray RA and Bob Law, amongst others. Ceramics from Holmfirth based David Roberts and St Ives’ maker Rick Henham will also feature.
Alongside the regularly changing and varied exhibitions planned at the Gallery, design-led gifts from British studios and makers will be showcased on a regularly changing basis. With jewellery from the well-loved Tatty Devine, stoneware pottery from the Leach Pottery Studios in St Ives and cards, homewares and specialist magazines and publications, there will be something for all tastes and for all budgets.
Lotte is extremely excited to be opening up again: "This time I’m in a space that is truly mine" she said. "It has been a tiring and pretty stressful few months renovating the new gallery spaces, but I can’t wait to show people what’s been done.
Lotte Inch Gallery opens on Friday 13 November 2015 with the inaugural exhibition Profile: An exploration of Line, From & Colour. The exhibition will run until Wednesday 13 January 2016 and will be open Tuesday to Saturday 10am-6pm.Lotte Inch Gallery, York