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James Rock: Gathering Hay : My Tribe at Play

6th October-10th January

James is a photographer and writer using images and words to create visual narratives. He now lives in Hay on Wye and feels he has finally discovered his home here.

James observes people and places and their interactions, seeking where social anthropology and ethnography meet everyday events. He has a particular interest in places with a literary background and history, and he likes to link the visual image with the writers narrative. After recently returning to work in monochrome with film equipment he concentrates on making every image count, something that brings renewed discipline to the photographers art. He now travels light with a Leica rangefinder camera in true reportage style to carefully convey his storyline. He combines traditional film with modern digital post-processing, making archive quality exhibition giclee prints using the best art photo papers printed with the latest professional printers.

After becoming an habitual visitor to both the 'Hay Festival' and 'How the Light Gets In' he began to question why so many, like himself, return year after year? The artists at the festivals are always well documented, but he wanted to photograph the people at play during their annual festival visit, as a way to explore their experience. He discovered a ‘Tribe’ of like-minded people, with a set of shared values and behaviours - inquisitive, liberal, open-minded, politically aware, slightly bohemian, culture loving, and creative. He discovered that for them a literary festival is not necessarily about books, but a place where they come to share ideas, explore new ones, to hold conversations, meet old friends and make new ones…

James is pleased to present an exhibition of this new body of his work: Gathering Hay : My Tribe at Play

For art sales, please email events@globeathay.co.uk

Upcoming Exhibitions...

'Our Beacons' - Photography from Lucy Gold and Adam Tatton-Reid

6pm - 8.30pm

Come along and view some stunning photography from local artists Lucy Gold and Adam Tatton-Reid capturing the beauty of nature and our idyllic surroundings the Brecon Beacons.

Exhibition on display : Friday 19th January - Tuesday 27th March

"My favourite time of year is the autumn and winter. The colours that carpet the hills are reds, rich yellows, deep greys and purples. When it snows, it sticks in the ancient face of the mountain, the crags, the heather and the sheep's fleece. This exhibition is part of an ongoing project to capture off-season in the Brecon Beacons, there are less people about, it's not quite a ghost town, but it is a great time of year to run wild and be alive in the mountains with no one around." - Lucy Gold 

"I love nature and the outdoors, so having the stunning Brecon Beacons on my doorstep gives me plenty of opportunities to share my passion for this beautiful countryside with as many people as possible through creative photography. My focus is usually on local points of interest with an unfamiliar twist by means of long-exposures,layering images, multi-image panoramas or capturing unusual occurrences in nature." - Adam Tatton-Reid  

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Previous Exhibitions:

Janet Lewis-Jones: 

5th August - 25th September 2017

This exhibition by Hereford College of Arts student, Jan, will be running between July-September. Jan studied fine art after her retirement and this is her first exhibition in this area. Known for her mixed media and practise approach, there is a vast amount of work to be seen. After her sudden passing, the globe at hay are proud to be able to showcase her extraordinary talent, as it was a real dream for Jan to have her very own exhibition in Hay-On-Wye. All work is for sale. Please email eleanor.adams@globeathay.co.uk for all enquiries. 

Jan’s work explains the creation of significant form and its power to draw an emotional response. Taking inspiration from iconic structures found in the built environment, she used repeated lines and forms in 2D and 3D works that combine figuration and abstraction. Colour was an important element in her practice.

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In memory of Jan Lewis Jones

'Life Class': Robin Scott

8th April 2017 - 8th July 2017

Private View Saturday 8th April, 8pm

Robin Scott attended Croydon Art School with fellow contemporaries Jamie Reid and Malcolm McClaren. All three migrated to the music business in the 70's, but the fine art connection remained.

Scott's early paintings were both abstract and figurative, exploring landscape as well as still life. His earliest work was never exhibited as he pursued a career in the music industry.

The 'Life Class' collection fuses a traditional view of the female form enhanced with digital software filters, the visual equivalent of digital processing in the generation of contemporary pop music.

This series of images became a frame for the musical narrative of a retrospective album released by Scotts independent label Yup! Records, to coincide with an exhibition at the London Ensign Gallery in 2003.

Limited edition giclée prints on paper are included from this period, together with some abstract work on canvas from the same era.



24th November 2016-24th March 2017

Winslow Court at the globe at hay

Private View Thursday 24th November 3pm

The globe at hay are proud to announce that it's next art exhibition features work by the residents of Winslow Court, a SENAD group centre based in Bromyard that provides education, care and community support for the most complex, vulnerable and hard to place young people and adults. All artwork featured in this upcoming exhibition is by residents of this care facility. One of the most important traits of the human condition is the desire to communicate and the globe at hay and Winslow Court believe art is one of the means we use to achieve this. Thus, this exciting new exhibition will showcase all forms of artwork, by many different artists and showcasing many forms of artistic expression. All work is for sale and proceeds will go toward facilitatory art funding within Winslow Court itself. Beginning Thursday 24th and running until March 2017, this is a rare opportunity to see and discover previously unveiled work. The globe is rooted in its belief that all art forms are valuable and this exhibition is central to this ethos. Come along and join in the conversation! 

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9th September 2016 - 20th November 2016

Billie Charity and eoh-mit showcase their photography at the globe in partnership with H-Art

 Private View 9th September 2016, 6-8pm

This is part of the Herefordshire Art Week trail: we will be open for the full 10 days of the trail to give you an opportunity to see this eye-catching art work by two greatly talented photographers.  

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8th July - 4th September 

Amy le Bailly/ Stacey Wilding/ Gary Benson

Opening Night Friday 8th July

Amy Le Bailly produces analog photographs on film, employing manual techniques using basic or “toy” cameras popular in years gone by.  Gary Benson’s black and white images similarly play with traditional processing techniques to create strange and intimate snapshots.  Whilst Stacey Wilding presents disquieting yet beautiful assembled sculptural works from unwanted book material and natural found objects. 

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3 March – 15 May 2016

Laurel Gallagher Film Still Bird BoyLaurel Gallagher: Shadow of a Feral State

Private View 4 March, 6-8pm

Laurel Gallagher is a visual artist and educator whose practice explores the feral within modern life.  Thoughts on isolation, freedom and security combined with the desire to connect with our instinctual past inform her collection of otherworldly characters.

The act of image making is as important to Laurel as the completed artwork; from an initial black background shadow forms emerge to be covered with ethereal washes and architectural structures, creating visual depth. Drips of free flowing paint break the continuity of the image inviting the viewer to consider both the physical qualities of paint as well as the illustrative forms it takes.

Working from her home in the shadow of the Peak District, surrounded by relics from an industrial era, Laurel develops projects that question our desire for domestic security by offering seductive visions of a feral state. www.feralstate.com


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Tottie Aarvold: Torn

4 December 2015 – 28 February 2016

An artist and fine art photographer studying at Hereford College of Arts, Tottie Aarvold captures the abstract qualities of the world around us through paint or through a lens. Drawn to textures, layers, colour and line - to the unnoticed, the abandoned, the unusual and random in everyday life - Aarvold finds beauty in decay.

Aavold’s work is very personal and involves self-exploration. Working for many years as a Psychotherapist has led to an interest in the hidden and revealed, in what lies beneath.

‘Torn’ is a series of photographs revealing the effects of time and the power of nature and mankind on surfaces in everyday life. Aarvold sees these images as ‘found paintings’.  She aims to create a story, an uncertainty and psychological confusion in her work.  It is important that the image is as she sees it and that it isn’t highly manipulated in Photoshop. The camera is her eye; it captures what stands out to her in the world.

All of the works on show at the Globe at Hay are for sale.  Please contact eleanor.adams@globeathay.co.uk for a price list and details.


Shelton Hospital 2012 – photography.
TrosGynnal Plant, Aardvark Books 2012 – Paintings.
Hereford College of Arts Summer Show 2012 – Paintings, Ceramics, Photography.
Applestore Gallery, Hereford 2015  - Photography.
Chang Thai, Ludlow 2015 Solo Show – Photography.