A New Beginning…

Well…it’s been a while since we last posted anything, but seeing as there’s so much happening here at the studio, we thought it was high time to mention a few of the recent happenings, along with some future plans too!

The biggest piece of news concerns the studio itself as recently, we were granted planning permission to extend and re-model the exisiting site. This is indeed an excellent development opportunity that will hopefully lead to some exciting changes over the coming years, with the overall aim of opening a Heaton Cooper Museum & Gallery moving ever closer to fruition. A chance to put on display various artifacts from within the treasure trove of the Heaton Cooper archive is a mouth watering prospect…All of this undoubtedly inspired our next and latest bit of news – the installation of our very own ‘pop-up’ gallery here at the studio in Grasmere! Hasty preparations began in early spring to convert the main storage room into a gallery space with the capability of displaying paintings, artifacts and basically anything Julian (Cooper) wanted to bring out from the archive! I mention Julian at this point as he curated the very first exhibition held at our bright new space. To make the room ready and set it up for the exhibition often proved to be a considerable task for all of the staff. Especially as the studio was open for normal business throughout the whole installation period. However, nobody flinched at the prospect of taking down numerous heavy units of shelving or moving thousands of prints, (at least they didn’t show it openly!) As the clock ticked down for opening the new space, an exquisite piece of new flooring was laid down, with a new lighting system put up. Final preparations including painting the ceiling and walls, and scrubbing all the dusty corners away. 

Alfred Heaton Cooper’s 150th anniversary exhibition ‘A Painter’s Journey’ opened with a highly succesful private view on Friday June 14th, featuring brief introductions from Julian and Becky Heaton Cooper about the exhibition and studio development project, plus an excellent speech about the life and work of Alfred from Jane Renouf (Alfred’s Biographer). Now into its third week, we’ve already received many favourable comments from visitors in our comments book about the evocative sketchbooks on display. The exhibition runs until Sunday November 3rd – why not come along and have a look at both Alfred’s legacy and the next stages for the studio yourself, we’d love to hear what you think…

Life at the Heaton Cooper Studio

Well, this is it – the first online blog from the Heaton Cooper Studio. This is only a test page so don’t get too excited yet but hopefully, over the next few months, we will try to create an inspiring taste of life in Grasmere, the Studio and indeed anything else which comes to mind.

So if you are creatively minded, keep watching! We hope you like it; and we welcome your comments, suggestions and feedback – so get involved with our little community! the studio in grasmereoutside the studio on April 26th

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