The Forbidden City

The Forbidden City

‘The Forbidden City’ painting is currently on display until autumn 2018 at
The Forum House Restaurant
52-54 Woollards Lane
Great Shelford
Cambridge CB22 5LZ
The acrylic painting is for sale. To make enquiries or to purchase it please contact me directly via the contact section of this website.

Displaying ‘The Forbidden City’ at the restaurant came about when Euan & I went out for a meal at the Forum House. While sitting at our table and taking in the paintings and openwork on the walls I drifted away to recall artwork I had created earlier inspired by the sculpture and buildings of the Forbidden City. While on this trip down memory lane the menu was handed to us, on its cover was a sketch of the same sculpture and buildings I had painted but from a different angle.  Curious at the coincidence I had a good chat with the restaurant owner and found that we had a shared interest in art and the Forbidden City. He had chosen that subject for the menu cover after he had visited The Forbidden City in Beijing and been inspired by exactly the same setting.

The Boat Race

 

The Boat Race - mosaic & sculpture in relief by Artist Sarah Rintoul

The Boat Race is an annual rowing race between teams from Cambridge University Rowing Club and Oxford University Rowing Club. The course of the boat race is just over four miles long and covers a stretch of the River Thames between Putney and Mortlake in west London.

Thousands of people turn out on the banks of the River Thames each year to watch the spectacle and enjoy the day’s events. To sense first hand the power and grace of rowing eights going by in a race is a wonderful experience and the source of inspiration for this wall hung mosaic that celebrates the boat race. 

Congratulations to all those involved in this year’s success for Cambridge University Boat Club.

Commissioned mosaic triptych

This commissioned mosaic triptych of deer on a hillside was created for a lovely couple from Hertfordshire. We met when they come to see my artwork first hand while it was displayed at All Saints’ Church Harston, last July, as part of Cambridge Open Studios.

They were taken with the wall hung mosaic work in particular and approached me with their interest to commission a wall hung mosaic triptych for their bedroom. After an initial conversation and pointing out aspects that they liked most in the exhibition, they mulled it over. We then progressed the project with me paying a visit to get a feel for the room, their home and what they wanted from the mosaic to better understand the nature of art work that would best compliment these considerations.

Kiln fired ceramic artwork

The addition of a new kiln into the studio has caused much excitement, opening a world of opportunity and development. Clay is a wonderful medium for creating sculpture, bas relief and mosaics. It enables me to work instinctively, allowing creativity to flow alongside technical considerations. 

I first learnt to prepare different clays for firing as a teenager, at that time firing was carried out by a technician at school or in a commercial kiln when the work was too large for the school kiln. Now, decades later, having used a range of other sculptural medium and techniques I have comeback to kiln fired ceramic artwork as part of my practice. 

Different types of clay lend themselves to different uses creating an impressive range of possibilities for both outdoor and indoor applications.

 

 

Mosaics Day School

 Creative Mosaics Day School

Saturday 2 December 2017

10 am – 4 pm

at

The Moor, Melbourn, Royston, SG8 6EF

The Creative Mosaics Day School is a light, enjoyable introduction to mosaics using a simple, direct method that enables the creative side to take over. There is a choice of different tesserae available to use which are included in the £35.00 fee. The methods covered do not involve cutting tiles, but explore ways of arranging different tesserae together, as they are, to create pleasing effects.

Sarah conducts the classes through The Cam Academy Trust as part of their Adult Learning and Skills Programme for 2017-18.

To Book:

Bookings are made through Comberton Village College.

Community Education Tel: 01223 264 721
Email: commed@combertonvc.org

Creative Mosaics Day School

 

 Creative Mosaics Day School

Saturday 7 October 2017

10 am – 4 pm

at

Comberton Village College
 West Street, Comberton, Cambridge CB23 7DU

The Creative Mosaics Day School is a light, enjoyable introduction to mosaics using a simple, direct method that enables the creative side to take over. There is a choice of different tesserae available to use which are included in the £35.00 fee. The methods covered do not involve cutting tiles, but explore ways of arranging different tesserae together, as they are, to create pleasing effects.

Sarah conducts the classes through The Cam Academy Trust as part of their Adult Learning and Skills Programme for 2017-18.

To Book:

Bookings are made through Comberton Village College.

Community Education Tel: 01223 264 721
Email: commed@combertonvc.org

 

 

Exhibition at All Saints’ Church

All Saint’s Church in Harston is our local Parish Church where my husband, Euan, and I were married in 2008. Following an invitation from the Reverend Professor Brigid Hadfield to exhibit my artwork in the church, it also became an idyllic setting to exhibit sculpture and mosaic as part of Cambridge Open Studios.   With over 60 pieces of artwork on display, the exhibition filled the church, and the natural stone mosaics and sculpture were very much in keeping with the stone and flint work of the building. In the preceding months, working with various members of the Church community to prepare for the exhibition was a joy; together we organised floral interpretations to accompany the artwork and the Church provided a great café.

The artwork was popular and appreciated through sales, orders and commissioned work that arose from the exhibition. Judging by the comments and number of visitors, the atmosphere and event itself was also very much enjoyed, bringing parishioners, villagers and Cambridge Open Studio visitors together.

The Reverend Professor Brigid Hadfield writes:

“The exhibition of the artwork of Sarah [Rintoul] was held at All Saints’ Church over the weekend of the 8th and 9th of July as part of Cambridge Open Studios. The Church proved to be a wonderful place to showcase Sarah’s considerable talents. Around 250 people visited the Church over the weekend. It was good to see all those visitors in our Church and it was so pleasing to see Sarah’s work rightly appreciated.

“The Church was beautifully decorated with carefully co-ordinated flower arrangements so that we also enjoyed an accompanying flower festival.

“Throughout the exhibition a first-class café was in place and scores of people enjoyed excellent fare in either the Church or the Churchyard. A marvellous sum in excess of £550 was raised for our restoration funds.

“Also, Sarah very generously donated to the Church a proportion of the sales of her artwork made through the exhibition.

“It was, all in all, a very memorable weekend for the Parish: great works of art on display; beautiful flowers; a top-notch café cheerfully supplied and organised … and a lovely atmosphere.”

http://www.harstonhauxtonnewton.org.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cambridge Open Studios

  • Cambridge Open Studios 2017
  • CAMBRIDGE OPEN STUDIOS 2017
  • & Garden Café
  •  Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th July
  • 10 am – 6 pm both days
  • at
  • All Saints’ Church, Harston, near Cambridge CB22 7NS
  • Free entry and a warm welcome
  • Enjoy the café inside among the artwork or outside in the garden
  • Browse a broad range of mosaics, sculpture, relief work, tiles, prints & cards
  • Includes Cambridge, rural and garden themes
  • Come and meet the artist and find out how the art work is made

View my Artists Page on the Cambridge Open Studios website

Cambridge Open Studios (COS) is one of the oldest open studio events in the country. It has its roots in the 1960s when a small group of artists invited local people to visit their studios and see how their art was produced, as part of a movement to demystify the arts and make them available to all. Today COS has around 470 members working in studios throughout Cambridgeshire making original works of art and craft.