The Gallery is currently closed for annual leave and exhibition re-hang. It reopens on Friday 5 September at 6pm for the preview of 'Land with Opportunity', Catherine Sutcliffe-Fuller's solo exhibition, which will present for the first time a series of striking new works that document the changing ‘edgelands’ of a city during the construction of an out-of-town shopping centre.
Since work began on the controversial new John Lewis Monks Cross II site in York last year, Catherine Sutcliffe-Fuller has been working on a unique project to document the transformation of this important landscape. As the project developed, Catherine gained the confidence and support of contractors Caddick Construction and Bowmer and Kirkland. Both companies generously granted Catherine unprecedented access to the site to continue her documentation.
Catherine works in the tradition of fine art printmaking – notably combining linocut and etching in 2-plate prints, using the contrasts in the two plates to explore the relationship between the natural and the man-made environments. For the Monks Cross project, she has also worked with laser-cut plates, incorporating these to represent the precision of commercial logos and images in the changing landscape.
'Land With Opportunity' is an important exhibition of a hugely significant body of work, documenting a key point in the cultural heritage and social history of the city of York.