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Robert Yates


Robert Yates trained and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1983. In 1985, he returned to the family farm in Suffolk and started growing willow as an experimental crop on surplus grazing marshes to sell to a local basket maker. He soon started to weave the willow himself and set up Brampton Willows in 1988 specialising in designing and making bespoke willow products mainly for the garden although he also made cross country obstacles for top international Horse Trials including Badminton and Burghley. He started exhibiting at various local shows and progressed to achieving award winning stands at the Chelsea Flower Show. The structure of all his work is a combination of steel and willow – the former provides the structural strength and the latter, the aesthetics. He soon realised that with this combination, almost anything was possible.


In 2013, Robert made three modest sculptural pieces for display on the quay at Snape Maltings in Suffolk and was then commissioned to make a 4m diameter ship’s Propeller as a sculptural centre-piece for a project in Suffolk. This then led onto his hardest challenge yet – a 3m sculpture of ‘King Kong’ with a cast bronze face for a client in The Seychelles. He is about to start work on a commission for another very large life form.


Robert has made four giant ‘Mushrooms’ for this year’s Art For Cure, with patinated steel and Oak, as well as willow. These are designed for the garden and, because they have steel ‘caps’ protecting the willow from the elements, they will last for many years.

Liz Cooke

Liz Cooke is a sculptor based in West Suffolk. While living in London, Liz studied with sculptors working in stone and metal and she exhibited her works regularly. She has a piece on permanent display at Peterborough Sculpture park. Since moving to Suffolk, her work has evolved and now she is working with steel and willow.

In 2015 Liz was commissioned to create two willow wolves for the Bury St Edmunds Wolf trail. Twenty-six wolves were displayed between July and November with all works being auctioned for Charity at the close of the exhibition.

Liz particularly enjoys creating animals out of steel and willow. Her menagerie includes, wolves, deer, pigs, a unicorn and giant Easter Bunnies (for Center Parcs). Art for Cure 2016 will debut my first human figures – anyone for tennis?!

Liz runs a series of willow workshops during the year. She is also involved in community-based art workshops particularly those for the older generation. Alongside Rojoart, she created an art garden in a home for early- to mid-stage dementia sufferers.

Along with her brother, she runs Lark Valley Willow, a company specialising in making willow structures. Lark Valley Willow specialise in bespoke, in-situ, willow fences and travel across East Anglia building willow structures.



Rosemary Cook

Born Portsmouth, Hampshire, 1952. Educated St Felix, Southwold, Suffolk (1962 – 69) and Chichester College, Sussex (1970 – 73) Lincoln College of Art and Design (1985 – 87). Rosemary Cook worked for many years as a conservator and restorer of the decorative arts, however, it was during her late teens that she discovered her love of sculpting.

“I was attending a pottery class with my mother, just to keep her company. My pots were dreadful so to pass the time I started making quick, sketchy sculptures. It was like a window opening onto a new world. True love… I never looked back.”

Years later her experience with materials and techniques acquired as a restorer of sculpture at The Royal Academy led on to her present career and success as a professional sculptor. She now lives in Suffolk and works in the “idyllic setting” of her studio in an old, oak framed barn. She works quickly, using clay to produce an original model that is thoroughly distinctive in its strong, impressionistic lines.

“Dogs feature strongly in my work; I hope that my sculptures never fail to capture the immediate spark of liveliness and individual character of the subject. My figures take me in a different direction – they are not of specific people, but evocations of solitary and tranquil moods which lead into a sense of timelessness.”

Kate Denton

Kate was born in Sheffield.  She spent her formative years living in the Channel Islands and went to Goldsmiths College where she studied under Sir Ivor Robert-Jones.

She took a post graduate qualification in foundry techniques and then worked in Poplar, making her one of the first women in the UK to work in a commercial foundry.

Kate has worked for 30 years as a sculptor, working both on her own creative pieces and on private and public commissions. She has exhibited broadly throughout the UK and South Africa, and was elected to the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1993.

She lives in Lavenham, Suffolk, where she also has her studio and a bespoke exhibition gallery and sculpture garden.  

Rob Wyn Yates

Rob Wyn Yates studied 3-dimensional design at Chelsea College of Art and has been painting ever since. He has exhibited at numerous exhibitions including 20/21 British Art Fair, The Affordable Art Fair, Olympia Fine Art Fair and The Battersea Decorative Fair.

He has also been invited by Heals to curate a permanent collection of artwork for their Tottenham Court Road shop.

Wyn Yates paints in acrylic and uses shape and colour with form to convey 3 dimensions in 2 dimensions which give the paintings a spatial realism.

The frames are also an integral part of each painting and these are often complemented by using vintage linen.
Tel: 07760 133607

Catherine Richardson

At the heart of Catherine Richardson’s work lies a fundamental fascination for the internal life of her subjects, subjects captured at the moment when conscious control is given over to the subconscious world. Pivotal themes recur; people asleep, figures enveloped in water and the private internal landscape exposed.

Catherine’s development as an artist has been consolidated by a formal training in the history of art. She studied Fine Art as a combined degree, painting at Edinburgh College of Art with history of art at Edinburgh University. Her style remains freely layered, drawing upon but deliberately not restricted by the mores of traditional painting. Textured marks and imprints, the pattern of a wallpaper print, rollers, brushes, even the bottom of a shoe, can play a part in the building up of the picture space.

Hannah Hann

Hannah’s birthplace of Yell, Shetland, together with Cornwall where she lived and studied for her degree, many visits to Crete and her current home in Norfolk, have strong influences on her work in terms of landscape, colour and subject matter.

My paintings often evolve through a process of working quite intuitively relying on memory, photographs or minimal sketches. This allows me to use paint in abstract ways, preferring to suggest or emphasize certain things, rather than literally describe them.

Sometimes I begin a painting by making random marks and completely covering the surface with colour, rubbing them out with a cloth and just enjoying the materials alone. Then I search for suggestions made by the paint. It can be like bringing a piece of history or an embedded memory to life, sometimes familiar but elusive at the same time. This way of working allows me to enjoy the challenges put before me and the surprise elements of forgotten experiences emerging from my sub-conscious.

email: Tel: 01603 440120, mobile: 07533056866

Studio: Stew, 40, Fishergate, Norwich NR31SL.

1963                  Born, Yell, Shetland

1981-2              Norwich Art School, Foundation Course

1982-5              Falmouth Art School, Cornwall. B.A. Honours Painting

2001                 PGCE course UEA, Norwich

Recent exhibitions:

2010/11/12/13  The Affordable Art Fair, Lena Boyle Fine Art, London

2010/11/12/13   Autumn Show, Josie Eastwood, Hampshire

2010/11/12/13   Christmas Exhibition,Josie Eastwood, Hampshire

2010/11/12        Christmas Exhibition, Lena Boyle, London

2011   “Soul-inside and out” Josie Eastwood, Hampshire

2013 “A Bit of a Do” The Mulberry Tree Gallery, Devon

Work continuously exhibited at:

Lena Boyle Fine Art, London,

Josie Eastwood Gallery, Hampshire

The Mulberry Tree Gallery, Devon

The Shetland gallery, Yell

Baron Art, Chapel Yard, Holt, Norfolk.

Paintings also in private collections in Britain and abroad.

Elaine Nason

Elaine Nason was born in Walton on the Naze, Essex and studied at Colchester School of Art from 1955 to 1959.

She went to Trent Park Teacher Training College in 1961 and taught in primary schools in London and Suffolk from 1963 to 1999 with special responsibility for art. Elaine has continued painting and exhibiting from that time.

She is a figurative painter, working in oils and watercolour. Her subject matter is chiefly concerned with the human figure, still life and the domestic scene and in this she attempts to convey her interest in the everyday and commonplace. Composition, pattern and space are important considerations in her work. Linocuts, monoprints, drawings and etchings follow the same themes.

She has exhibited widely in East Anglia and is a member of the Suffolk Group and Artworks.

Sara Johnson

Sara trained in textile design at Winchester and Loughborough Colleges of Art between 1972 and 1976, specializing in weaving.

Her work ranges from loose, coloured drawings executed on site, to watercolour and mixed media, semi-abstract paintings, produced back in the studio using sketches, photographs and memory.  She is inspired by land and seascapes and rather than producing a literal interpretation and aims to convey the spirit and mood of a place. Sara enjoys exploring  the subtle characteristics of watercolour: the accidental effects achieved by washing out; the marks, textures and edges of the paint and how she can manipulate them to convey the landscape.


Robert Greenhalf

Robert was born in 1950 at Haywards Heath, Sussex, England. He studied at Eastbourne and Maidstone Colleges of Art, graduating in 1971 with a Diploma in Art and Design in Graphics.

Robert works mainly in Watercolour, Oils, Woodcut and Drypoint. The Drypoints and some of the Woodcuts are printed in black and hand-coloured with Watercolour, whilst others involve the cutting and printing of a separate block for each colour.

His subjects are mainly Wildlife, Domestic Animals, and Landscape. He places great emphasis upon observing and sketching in the field and his Watercolours are frequently made directly from life. This approach lends a lively spontaneity and authenticity to the work, which is often difficult to achieve in the studio.

Robert was elected a Member of the Society of Wildlife Artists 1981 and a member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1982. The book Twentieth Century Wildlife Artists (1986, Croom Helm) and  Modern Wildlife Painting(1998, Pica Press) by Nicholas Hammond, contain features on Robert’s work, and further examples have appeared in approximately 30 other publications.

He is a member of a group known as the Artists for Nature Foundationwhich is a charity formed in 1991 to focus attention on threatened areas of the World He visited Poland with them in 1992, Extremadura, Spain in 1994, Wexford, Ireland in 1995 and Utrecht, The Netherlands in in 2005. The resulting highly acclaimed books Portrait of a Living Marsh , Artists for Nature Visit Extramadura and  Sails, Wind and Meadow Birds contain several of his watercolours and dry points, together with comments on his experiences there.

He participated in the S.W.L.A. New Forest and Scottish Atlantic Oakwoods Projects which also resulted in books Aig an Oir At the Edge: The SWLA visit Scotland’s Atlantic Oakwoods and Drawn to the Forest: The SWLA in the New Forest.

For four years, from 1993, Robert visited the Parc des Ecrins in the French Alps as Artist in Residence and his work has been exhibited at the Maison du Parc in Vallouise. In 1999 he was commissioned to provide illustrations of birds for their Atlas of the Invertebrates of the Parc des Ecrins.

He has also worked on a project in The Parc Natural Regional de Briere, Brittany. Robert’s work has been shown in many mixed exhibitions and one man shows throughout the U.K., Eire, France, Holland, Switzerland, Spain, the U.S.A. and Canada.

He has also had work hung in the Summer Show at the Royal Academy on several occasions. His work is in Public and Private collections throughout the World.

Robert has written a book: Towards the Sea, an illustrated diary of his work throughout a typical year. This was published by Pica Press (now an imprint of A.& C. Black) in Autumn 1999 and is still in print.

In 2007,  Baie de Somme & Rye Bay was published in France by Punch Editions. It is a collaboration between Robert and the French illustrator Noelle Le Guillouzic, a visual exploration of the two Bays on either side of the English Channel.