Ropewalk Contemporary Art and Craft

Ropewalk Contemporary Art and Craft
Maltkiln Road
Barton upon Humber
DN18 5JT






01652 660380

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The Ropewalk
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Welcome to The Ropewalk, where you will find a wide range of contemporary art and craft, including one of the most comprehensive collections of contemporary ceramics in the region. The Ropewalk is host to a number of activities and events throughout the year. The Ropewalk is situated slightly to the east of the Humber Bridge, on the southern bank of the River Humber. Stretching out towards the bank, at almost a quarter of a mile long, The Ropewalk was initially part of a rope making factory; opening in 1767, the factory eventually closed in 1986. The Waterside Artists' Cooperative was formed in 1998 and, with partners The Proudfoot Group and North Lincolnshire Council, redeveloped the most southern 167ft of the Grade II Listed Ropewalk building into a contemporary Arts Centre and Heritage Display, which opened for business in April 2000. In addition to two galleries, the building also houses four artists' studios and a bespoke picture framing service, as well as a number of facilities available for use by the general public, including a sculpture garden, meeting rooms and a printmaking studio.

Venue Type:


Opening hours

Galleries Open 7 days a week
Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sundays and Bank Holidays 10am – 4pm

Admission charges


Collection details

Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Alternative Tonal Etchings with Charlie Downes

  • 28 February 2015 10:30am-4:30pm *on now

Traditionally tone is produced on an etching plate by using aquatint rosin and is fused to the surface by heat. The tonal range is made by stopping out certain areas and etched, repeated and etched to the required amount.

Using car touch up paint, a layer is dusted over the surface and can be used instead of the rosin. We will be using stencils and objects instead of stopping out varnish. The results can be surprising and rewarding.

Suitable for


£45 / £40 members


Wood Block Printmaking with Jo McChesney

  • 21 — 22 March 2015 10:30am-3:30pm

During the weekend you will be creating a woodcut print by carving and printing onto Birch plywood using knives and gouges.

After the print is carved it will be hand burnished using a Japanese baren (hand tool) onto fine paper. There will be experimentation with adding a second colour by carving a second plate and creating an offset print.

Suitable for


£85 / £75 members


Drypoint Etching and Chine Cole with Angela Lindsley

  • 18 April 2015 10:30am-4:30pm

The participants will produce a drypoint printing block by scratching on to a Perspex plate. A coloured background will be created by either adding chine colle (fine paper) or a simple block coloured background using a basic collagraph block.

Suitable for


£45 / £40 members