Belton artist has fringe in the frame

Isle artist Neil Rands.
Isle artist Neil Rands.
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Fringe art was in the frame when a Belton artist co-curated and took part in a new exhibition.

Expressionist work by artists from across the region went on display at Doncaster’s Frenchgate shopping centre as part of the Yorkshire Contemporary, 15 exhibition - including Isle artist Neil Rands, known as Rama Ramski.

Neil Rands and fellow artists at the exhibition.

Neil Rands and fellow artists at the exhibition.

Karen Staniforth, Frenchgate marketing manager, said: “Following our latest round of investment, we have created a wonderful space which connects the centre to the town’s transport hub.

“It’s a busy thoroughfare, which offers dining and recreation facilities and is used by thousands of people every week.

“Local artist and co-curator Rama Ramski spotted the space and asked if we would consider an exhibition of work from a group of Yorkshire-based artists which seemed like an excellent idea to bring something new to Frenchgate while supporting our creative and cultural communities.”

Rama Ramski, who has exhibited and sold work internationally, developed the idea of Yorkshire Contemporary in support of Doncaster’s Arts Fringe which encourages contemporary artists to come together, collaborate and share ideas.

With assistance from co-curator Lewis Grimes and Adam Berry he has been able to turn it all around in a matter of weeks.

Artists who went on display were Rama himself, award-winning duo Grimes and Jones, sculptor Hilary Cartmel, Bruce Hardwick who works with ceramic stoneware and Adam Berry, who specialises in fine art paintings.

Rama said: “Like young British artists of the 1980s before us, we are often frustrated by what can appear to be a ‘closed-door’ establishment approach, so it is great to get such an enlightened response from the Frenchgate management. In addition to providing a dynamic retail offering, Doncaster’s Frenchgate Shopping Centre hosted a contemporary art exhibition that we believe to be one of the most exciting in the region.”