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Montage Exhibitions

Solent: From Both Sides Now – pictures and poetry at the Depozitory

Sat, 03 - Sun, 18 August 2024

11am - 4pm every day with late opening until 8pm on Tuesdays & Wednesdays.

Opening event Fri, 02 August 2024

6pm - 8pm


Rosemary Lawrey, Amanda Bates and Adeliza Mole, accompanied by the poetry of Jeremy Hooker.

Ryde artist Rosemary Lawrey has teamed up with Hampshire artists Adeliza Mole and Amanda Bates for an exhibition of work inspired by the strait that separates their homes. 

Last year abstract artist Rosemary’s successful solo exhibition, here at at the Depozitory, took the form of both a static display of her paintings and a live drawing throughout the exhibition period on a 30-metre length of paper.  This long drawing featured aspects of views from the windows of this stunning light-filled upstairs ballroom overlooking the Solent and the rooftops of Ryde, together with aspects of Rosemary’s abstracts on its walls, all intermingling with the room’s unique architectural features.  The drawing has since had new marks added in paint and textile, and will be unfurled, together with energetic new work, at the exhibition. Visitors can involve themselves in the creative process, using a viewfinder to select their own perspective on the Solent, vertical, horizontal or diagonal, large or small, and so cut their own new windows from the original piece.  This gives people rare opportunity to purchase work with creative compositions of their own.


Amanda Bates is an associate member of the Society of Graphic Fine Art and exhibits regularly in London, Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey, where she is becoming known for her intricate black-and-white studies of trees. The Solent has carved its contours into the land of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in a way reminiscent, when seen on a map, of the knots, whorls and branches of a tree. Amanda has taken the cartographic representation of the Solent as a basis for many of her contributions to “From Both Sides Now”. She has populated old Admiralty charts with drawings and lino prints of some Solent residents: herrings, seahorses, molluscs and black-headed gulls, while elements of the region’s history, wildlife and culture emerge in the curls and ripples drawn into her own woodcut outline of the Solent. ​Adeliza Mole currently has work in the RA Summer Exhibition and her painting "Ideal Landscape" sold early on the first preview day. She is the second-great-granddaughter of Victorian watercolourist J H Mole. Like him, she has exhibited with the Royal Watercolour Society, and landscape and seascape painting is very much in her blood. Adeliza filters the landscape of coastal Hampshire and the Solent through her own highly distinctive artistic perception, translating what she sees on land and sea into her own vision of the landscape. ​The three artists are delighted to have permission to display their work alongside evocative verse from poet Jeremy Hooker’s 1978 collection Solent Shore. Jeremy has looked across the waters of the Solent over the years with a combination of wit and sensitivity to the haunting history, edgy beauty and intrigue of this stretch of water. His own father was a painter, and Jeremy continues to publish poetry. His book Preludes is available from Shearsman Books and contains several new Solent poems. Now living in Wales, he says that “distance has intensified my perception of, and feeling for my original home ground… I love Wales, but my heartland is the area between the New Forest and the Island”. Jeremy is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Learned Society of Wales.

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