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Solo Exhibition for Ruth McCabe at Burnham Grapevine Gallery

Burnham Market is home to Burnham Grapevine Contemporary Arts where Ruth McCabe’s solo show opens on Saturday 8th April 2017. Over 30 pieces of her work in oils and watercolour will be on display in the gallery throughout April.


Burnham Grapevine is an independent gallery with a reputation built over the last 15 years both for the range and quality of work shown and for its friendly and approachable character. Situated in one of the oldest buildings int Burnham Market, the gallery is just a five minute stroll from the Green, along either Front Street or North Street towards the eastern end of the village.


Ruth’s work in oils and on canvas are most often a response to the East Suffolk landscape, and are either energetic and textured, or worked into smooth flowing abstract forms.


Her watercolours arise from similar inspiration and are worked in translucent layers of pure watercolour on hand made paper.


With over 30 pieces in the show at Burnham Grapevine Contemporary Arts, there are a range of unusual pieces, coming out of different landscapes such as North Wales, and sometimes, a result of her love of the creatures of the Suffolk landscape.


Ruth has been an exhibitor in the Royal Watercolour Society Contemporary Competitions.
Bankside Gallery, London, and a finalist and exhibitor in Sunday Times Contemporary Watercolour Competition, Mall Galleries, London.

In 2016 she made a brief television appearance as a competitor at Stowe House, in the Sky Arts “Landscape Artist of the Year 2016”.


Burnham Grapevine Contemporary Art
Overy Road
Burnham Market
PE31 8HH
Tel: 01328 730125

Follow Ruth McCabe on Twitter: @mccabe_ruth

Inspired by Becker Art Society (IBBAS) exhibition, Wenhaston Suffolk

Artworks’ Ruth McCabe on the Inspired by Becker Art Society (IBBAS) annual exhibition in Wenhaston, Suffolk:

Inspired by Becker Art Society (IBBAS) exhibition comes to St. Peter’s, Wenhaston again!

Over four years we have celebrated a Suffolk village’s connection to the artist Harry Becker, whose work superbly recorded the sweat and toil of pre-mechanised farm labour in the early years of last century. Becker trained across Europe and worked for a time in London before moving out to Wenhaston, Suffolk. Unfortunately, in contrast to Constable, his work has been largely overlooked by the art world.

Enthusiastically supported by artists and the public, IBBAS is delighted that, again, we have been inundated with applications to exhibit in our annual exhibition, and this year 34 East Anglian artists are offering contemporary work which is in some way ‘inspired by Becker”. Over half the artists are new to the show, so visitors can be assured that there will once again be an exciting and inspiring collection of work.

Jo Lowrie exhibits with us for the first time this year, “Autumnal Hush” in oil giving a sense of her sensitive response to the Suffolk landscape, confirmed in the words of her statement:

Having lived in Suffolk most of my life and conscious of the old farming traditions, I was thrilled to be introduced to Harry Becker’s work some 15 years ago. It immediately tapped into long forgotten memories of that rural world he was recording, and which ever since, I have tried to express through my own work. The images I am currently producing are of that hushed sensation when harvest is over, the fields are bleached gold, the sun is low and the journey towards the solstice has begun.


Jo Lowrie, “Autumnal Hush”

By way of contrast, IBBAS also welcomes artists whose work tends more towards the abstract, Ruth McCabe offering this large watercolour in which the landscape is interpreted in translucent layers built up over time and reflecting the distant horizons and unfolding forms so much a feature of the Suffolk agricultural habitat.


For visitors who love the loose, swiftly executed drawings of Harry Becker, Margaret Wyllie’s work in charcoal might appeal: Hereford mother and child, Suffolk Show, 2016.


Margaret Wyllie, Hereford mother and child, Suffolk Show

We believe this exhibition has at its heart a very special feature: the fact that its purpose is to celebrate and raise public awareness about the work of Harry Becker. It’s a work of love!

In addition to our annual exhibition, IBBAS now runs a drawing event for all ages once a year in the village, and recently we began work with the village school on a drawing and painting project, donating our bespoke sketchbooks paid for with money we received for our work in a local arts project in 2015. In these we encouraged the children to make their own marks, responding to the village around them. The school’s project will culminate in a large mural in the Village Hall based on their drawings, which will be completed with the children in the Autumn term.

A NEW FEATURE has been introduced this year: Plein-Air Painting competition: “PAINT OUT” open to all. It will take place on Saturday 6th August 2016. Work produced will be exhibited from 1pm onwards and can be for sale. Prizes will be awarded! Come and have a go!!! Participation is free. Bring your own materials and register at the church 10am on Saturday.

We’d be delighted if readers could support us at the exhibition this August.
Opening times: Friday 5th and Saturday 6th August 10am until 5pm, and Sunday 7th August 10am until 4pm. Card payment available.
Venue: St. Peter’s Church, Wenhaston, Suffolk IP19 9BJ.

St. Peter’s will be providing their delicious refreshments in the Church Room over the weekend.

Find out more about Becker, the exhibition and the competition on

Inspired by Becker Art Society

Ruth McCabe and Alfie Carpenter art exhibition at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge

Artworks members Ruth McCabe and Alfie Carpenter have paired up to exhibit their evocative landscape paintings at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge.


The exhibition follows on from Alfie’s display entitled Circulation at St James’ Hospital, Leeds, where over £4000 was raised for cancer charities. Fundraising continues with the opportunity to sponsor a large painting donated to the hospital and enter a raffle where you can win an original mini artwork which Alfie will paint for you. To be in with a chance, please make a contribution here – http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AlfieCarpenterPainting


Alfie Carpenter, Fenland

Of his work at Addenbrookes, Alfie says he “wanted to capture the expansive patchwork of the flat fenlands around Cambridgeshire. I love the inescapable horizon which forces you to gaze into the far out distance; asking you to look forward and ponder that which lays ahead. For me, I thought of the NHS, the state of our planet and our society’s wellbeing in these uncertain times.

In recent years, evidence has emerged which shows that displaying artwork in hospital spaces is successfully encouraging patient and staff wellbeing. A study at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital found that 75% of patients found the presence of art in the hospital reduced stress levels. Remarkably, evidence also suggested that patients exposed to visual art and live music during the post-operative period required less analgesia per day than patients recovering in the absence of visual art and live music. These patients also stayed one day less in hospital.


Alfie Carpenter, Sewing seeds

As an artist with a background in botany and zoology, Ruth McCabe has exhibited with the Royal Watercolour Society at Bankside Gallery, London, and in the Sunday Times Contemporary Watercolour Competition at the Mall Galleries, London.


Ruth McCabe, Estuary reed bed

I love the natural world in all its shapes, forms and climates, whether it is classically beautiful, or scarred by industry. The nature of living organisms fills me with awe. As an undergraduate I studied Botany and Zoology, which taught me to look very carefully. It also deepened my appreciation of the immense complexity of form and function in living things. I enjoy the translucency of watercolour and its flow over the surface, and the rich texture and depth of colour of oils.

The collection presented for Addenbrookes offers Ruth’s responses to two contrasting landscapes: the quiet undramatic agricultural landscape of east and coastal Suffolk and, from her 2015 residency in Snowdonia, the massive powerful forms of that mountainous region and its slate quarries.


Ruth McCabe, Dark Gorge

Ruth is also one of the organisers of Inspired by Becker, an exhibition that will take place at St Peter’s Church in Wenhaston, Suffolk  from 5th to 7th August 2016, and will tell the story behind this initiative, now in its fourth year of presenting contemporary artwork by artists inspired by the work of Harry Becker who lived in Wenhaston early last century.