A Small Box of River: Jake Attree & Robert Powell

20th October 2016 - 12th November 2016

Inspired by a series of walks along the Rivers Ouse and Foss in and around York, this exhibition showcases the stunning results of a collaboration between artist Jake Attree and poet Robert Powell.

This is an exhibition which explores both a physical-geographical space as well as the real and abstract stories of the people that live, or once lived, within these places. It is also, quite literally, an exploration of the relationship and interplay between the visual & the written word: the boundaries that differentiate a book from a work of art or a series of words from a drawing...the symbols of creative communication.

The exhibition marks the launch of a limited edition artists’ book produced by Attree & Powell in the form of a box - A Small Box of River. Signed copies of the artists' book (in a limited run of just 150) will be available for purchase throughout the period of the show, whilst the original drawings produced throughout the project by Jake Attree will be showcased within the Gallery alongside lithograph prints of Attree's drawings and Powell's accompanying poems.

To pre-order your signed copy of the book please email info@lotteinch.co.uk


A Small Box of River - Free Events at Lotte Inch Gallery

Meet The Artist | Saturday 22nd October 2016, 2pm : Jake Attree will be in the Gallery on Saturday 22nd October from 2pm offering an insight into his collaboration with Robert Powell whilst also providing a clue to the processes of creating his utterly precise, yet wonderfully fluid, drawings. A Q&A session will follow this short talk. Please note that due to the small size of the Gallery, numbers are restricted for this event. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment. 

A Night River Walk for Illuminating York | Saturday 29th October 2016, 7-9pm |: Led by artist Jake Attree and poet Robert Powell, this event offers the chance to take part in an exclusive torch-lit walk along the banks of the Rivers Ouse and Foss. Guided by Attree & Powell, you will be given an insight into the creative processes and the physical influences behind the production of their collaborative project, A Small Box of River. With poetry readings at stages throughout the walk, the event will end with a heartening drink back at the Gallery. Tickets for this event are free, but booking is essential. Please email the Gallery to book your tickets.  Please remember to dress appropriately to the weather. Children under the ages of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Meet the Poet | Saturday 12th November 2016, 12pm & 2pm: Robert Powell will be in the Gallery on Saturday 12th November offering an exclusive reading of some of the works from this collaborative project. Readings will take place at 12pm and 2pm with the opportunity for a short Q&A after each event. Please note, once again, that numbers are limited so please arrive early to avoid disappointment. 


Jake Attree

Born in York and now living in Saltaire, Jake Attree is one of Yorkshire’s best known and respected artists. A graduate of Liverpool College of Art and the Royal College of Art, he has exhibited widely in Britain and in New York. His work is in numerous civic and gallery collections in the UK and abroad, including Leeds, Bradford, York, Calderdale and Dortmund. He currently works from a studio at Dean Clough, Halifax, and is represented in London and internationally by Messum’s.  www.jakeattree.co.uk

Robert Powell

Robert Powell was born in Ottawa, Canada, and now lives in York. He has worked for many years in the fields of journalism, photography, urbanism, and the arts. Robert’s first collection Harvest of Light was published in 2007 by Canada’s Stone Flower Press. His second collection, All, was published in the UK in 2015 by Valley Press. He was the winner of the 2012 Elmet Prize, and his poems and stories have appeared in Bridport Prize: The Winners(2010), Dreamcatcher, Orbis and The Rialto, as well as numerous Canadian journals.  

Featuring artists

  • Jake Attree
  • Robert Powell

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