Sculptor Colin Rose opens new exhibition

This upcoming Bank Holiday weekend will see Cheeseburn Sculpture once again open its gates to the public with its fourth open weekend of the year.

After welcoming over 1,500 visitors already this year, Cheeseburn will give visitors the chance to view a brand new collection of work by acclaimed sculptor and artist Colin Rose. Rose will showcase a new installation at visual art destination Cheeseburn Sculpture in Stamfordham, as well as never-before-seen large-scale drawings in an exhibition entitled ‘Earth Charcoal Paper.’

The artist, who has four sculptural works already exhibited in the gardens at Cheeseburn, is widely known in the region for his major sculptures on Gateshead Quayside including Baltic Place and has exhibited across the UK and Europe for many years.

In this exhibition, Rose presents both an installation and an exhibition of large-scale charcoal drawings. Commenting on the installation, Rose said “The play and the excitement of making are very important to me. They underlie all that I do in the handling and shaping of materials, and run through all of my work, from large-scale site-specific landscape pieces, to small self-referential pieces that belong in the hand.” 

‘Earth Charcoal Paper’ exhibited in the Stables Gallery at Cheeseburn comprises large-scale recent drawings based on tools from his studio transformed into an architectural scale, speaking of the new drawings Rose said “Alongside handling and shaping objects, which can at times, involve long processes, I have always held a passion for the immediacy and sensitivity of drawing and mark making and the excitement that this creates, of being on an edge; where a work could easily be lost with one move.” 

The exhibition is the third in the series developed by Curator Matthew Jarratt. Previous exhibitions have included David Mach RA and Neil and Richard Talbot, all have been designed to give focus to the new work, artistic proposals or exploratory pieces from established sculptors. Giving the public the opportunity to see rare and infrequently shared collections direct from the artist studios. Jarratt commented “At Cheeseburn, we are committed to communicating the language of sculpture and are keen to support both new and established artists in this.” 

In addition to Colin Rose, visitors to Cheeseburn will also be able to view sculpture and installations by a range of artists including Joseph Hillier and William Peers, Andrew Burton and recent North East graduates Sarah Dunn and Katy Curran.

Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the gardens by picking up a map on arrival (or downloading from the website – the tour should take around an hour, and is entirely free of charge, though donations are encouraged, as all proceeds will help support and sustain the gardens and gallery. Home-cooking and refreshments will be available to purchase.

More information can be found at

Advice to visitors

  • Regrettably we cannot accommodate dogs due to active farmland surrounding Cheeseburn
  • Appropriate footwear required
  • Terrain is not fully accessible to wheelchairs

August 29, 2015 - August 31, 2015
11am - 4pm

Cheeseburn Sculpture
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE18 0PT