Behind the Scenes at the Rathbone Studio

Great feature on the 'Remembering Eleanor Rathbone' website supporting the exhibition at the Rathbone Studio.

During the Wirral Open Studio tour on Saturday 11 June and Sunday 12 June, the Rathbone Studio is opening its doors to its pottery studio for visitor to go behind the scenes. Janet will be demonstrating the pottery process to create her sculptural pieces. People will also be encouraged to have a go and try some of the pottery techniques themselves.

The artists also exhibiting their work at the Rathbone Studio this year are Linda Evans, whose abstract paintings and felt paintings are exhibited throughout the Northwest and Wales. Jean Maskell will be exhibiting her poetry, pottery and paintings that have very strong social messages, and have been exhibited at many galleries in the Wirral including the Williamson Art Gallery. A new comer to the Wirral Open Studio tour this year is Anita Varey, who runs her own watercolour workshops in Moreton. Anita will be also holding watercolour demonstrations over the Open weekend.

Behind the Scenes is arranged in conjunction with the Wirral Open Studio tour, which is an annual showcase of work by artists in the Wirral. Wirral Open Studio tour is on Saturday 11 June between 10.00 - 5.00 and on Sunday 12 June 11.00 – 5.00. The pottery demonstrations start at 1pm on the Saturday and at 11am on the Sunday.


Remembering Eleanor Rathbone website

Great feature on the 'Remembering Eleanor Rathbone' website supporting the exhibition at the Rathbone Studio.

Thank you to Lesley Urbach and Susan Cohen for all their help.


Eleanor an Inspirational Woman exhibition

Ten artists have come together and created and very fitting tribute to Eleanor Rathbone. The exhibition includes paintings, sculpture, pottery and poetry, making this a very diverse display.

Shown here is just a small section of work in the exhibition. Will put more online but there is nothing like seeing them in the Studio. Exhibition open Tuesday to Saturday 2.00pm - 5.00pm until the 11th June.

1 - 'Eleanor Rathbone' by Vicky Dolan

2 - 'A Woman's Work...' by Fiona Philipps

3 - 'Not Forgotten'


Sean Style Radio Merseyside interview about Eleanor exhibition

Radio Merseyside's Sean Style came to the Rathbone Studio for an interview about 'Eleanor, an Inspirational Woman' which was broadcast on Wednesday 27 April. Please follow the link on the left hand-side of the news page for an edited recording of the interview.


Eleanor, an Inspirational Woman

Merseyside's historical social campaigner Eleanor Rathbone is to be commemorated in a special exhibition.

Eleanor's reforms were among the most significant of the last century. 2016 marks the 70th anniversary of her death, and the Wirral's Rathbone Studio is holding an exhibition of women artists inspired by this most inspirational woman.

‘Eleanor, an Inspirational Woman’ exhibition is the art work of ten women artists influenced by the life and work of Eleanor Rathbone. The work on show includes paintings, ceramics, poetry and sculpture. The artwork focuses on the extent and diversity of her work creating a very thought provoking and powerful exhibition.

Eleanor Rathbone was the first woman to be elected as a member of Liverpool City Council in 1909, a position she maintained until 1934. The same year, she published her first book, How the Casual Labourer Lives. She co-founded The Liverpool Women Citizen's Association to promote women's involvement in political affairs. At the outbreak of World War I, Rathbone organised The Town Hall Soldiers' And Sailors' Families Organisation to support wives and dependants of soldiers. She also foundered The 1918 Club in Liverpool (still meeting at The Adelphi Hotel), is reputedly the oldest women's forum still meeting. She became a member of parliament in 1929.

The exhibition ‘Eleanor, an Inspirational Woman’ will open on Saturday 30th April and run until Saturday 11th June and is part of the ‘Remember Eleanor Rathbone’ events

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