Welcome to Duckett & Jeffreys, a multi-space studio gallery and home of the Touring Caravan and online shop. Yorkshire based, in Staithes and Sledmere and exhibiting further afield in our 1960′s vintage Sprite Touring Caravan Gallery.


Find us at the Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage where we will be at Sunnyside, High Barrass with PRINT 3 14th & 15th Sept 10am - 5pm

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Questions & Answers with Sally Taylor

When we met Sally in preparation for her first solo show with Duckett and Jeffreys Stef spent time with her probing and questioning. It is interesting to see how many of these ideas are still relevant isn Sally's work today and how they have developed over the past 4 years
Your mouths come over as being very noisy, are you a talker or a listener?
Predominantly a listener and an observer. I feel it can get dangerous if you start to like the sound of your own voice too much.

Does drawing through your ideas create solutions or problems?

Both. I certainly draw to wrestle with ideas, problems and anxieties, and for me it’s an essential part of understanding and making sense of the world around me. 

The triangle is a recurring motif in your work, what is its origin?

Formally its origin is rooted in the geometric shapes in work I admire by the likes of Ben Nicholson, Sandra Blow and Ellsworth Kelly. Conceptually it’s rooted in writing by Louise Bourgeois stating that triangles mean trouble. 

How does repetition develop your understanding of the hold certain ideas have on you?

Drawing for me is an obsessive process in terms of the ideas I focus on, it is ritualistic and, therefore, repetition is an essential part of the process. 

  Drawing is a very primal, powerful and immediate action, has there ever been a point when your drawing has kicked back and set the hairs on your arms tingling?

Always. Drawing cannot be controlled - it will always kick back. It is a life-force in its own right and demands authenticity and integrity.

Fellini is quoted as saying, “ I make myself available to ideas as they happen.” How do you keep an open mind to occurring ideas throughout the process of your work.

Keeping an open mind to ideas is imperative to move work along. I love it when new ideas suggest themselves and filter through. Certain variables are important - for example I aim for a balance between controlling certain aspects of my prcatice - such as limited materials, the constraints of a piece of paper or canvas and certain motifs and then I allow free reign to other elements to suggest new directions.

In talking about her work, Louise Bourgeois states, “ all my sculptures are portraits of relationships between me and another person.” Are your works specific portraits, or suggestive of a more generalised figure?

Suggestive of a more generalised figure. Drawings come from direct experience - in an attempt to understand and find my place in the world around me - but they are not literal interpretations of specific conversations overheard. They are an erruption of feelings that emerge from life experiences.

Your triangles look like they have tumbled out of a 1950s candy jar, what informs your choice of colour?

1950s colour palettes are a part of my thinking. I love working with fragments of colour on a very neutral background. 

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

studios open

Throughout our current show and through the Easter weekend as resident artists both Ian & Stef will be opening their studios at Sledmere - looking very tidy! Open daily 11am - 6pm until and including Easter Monday.

Saturday, 23 March 2013

A House full of Artists

Alongside Sally Taylor's 'Confused Heads' we are very pleased to be showing a range of fantastic work by the following artists plus lots lots more.

Danielle Creenaune


Lynn Wait

Mp Landis

Susan Laughton

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Happy birthday

To tie in with Duckett and Jeffreys 4th birthday, Sally Taylor has returned with “Confused Heads” 

In 2010 Duckett and Jeffreys launched with its inaugural show ‘Mouths and Triangles’, by Sally Taylor with the aim of showing contemporary art that would both excite and challenge, the kind of work that was rarely seen in a Market Town or rural location.

Owned and curated by artists and partners Ian and Stef Mitchell, Duckett and Jeffreys quickly has established itself as a leading Northern contemporary gallery providing a much needed space for artists to show, sell and reflect on their work by exhibiting a solo show.

Four years later Duckett and Jeffreys has developed into a nomadic, multi space gallery with the aim of reaching an even wider audience, taking Duckett and Jeffreys into towns, cities and rural locations. 

Since her first show at Duckett and Jeffreys Sally has gone form strength to strength, being selected for the third time for the Jerwood Drawing Prize; representing Britain in ‘Afternoon Tea’, with WW Gallery at the 54th Venice Biennale; having a solo show ‘Marks and Mouths’ at MIMA, Middlesbrough and being included in Drawing Paper 6. Co-curated with Gavin Delahunty, Tate Liverpool.

In “Confused Heads” Sally is exhibiting recent work where she has introduced gaffer tape into her drawing. Older work is also available.

Sally’s considered and yet intuitive approach to mark making results in a highly personal visual language which communicates directly with the viewer. Her use of her body within these drawings is also apparent, bridging the imagination and resultant image, with gestural mark making, acting as a reminder of the importance of physicality in the daily act of communication.

Confused Heads runs until Mon 1st April - Throughout this time we will be open daily 11am to 6pm but are more than happy to do evening viewings by appointment


Tuesday, 5 March 2013

How time flies

Can't believe it was 4 years ago that this photo was taken showing us preparing with Sally Taylor for the first ever Duckett and Jeffreys Exhibition. We have now moved out of the Malton venue and are very excited to be developing as a nomadic gallery with bases at Staithes and Sledmere. 

A snapshot of some 2 Old Maltongate moments