What can we say about Mike that hasn’t already been written by novelists, poets and journalists. Iain Sinclair even dedicated a chapter of his novel ‘Lights out for the Territory’ to the enigma that is the driving force behind Goldmark.
As a new member of staff at Goldmark, one of the first things that Mike will tell you is that if a person walks in to the gallery and they are feeling 5 out of 10 we must try to make sure that they leave us feeling 7 out of 10. Oh, and he loves buying art.
Jay has served a true apprenticeship at Goldmark. From part-time delivery boy in his twenties while pursuing his musical aspirations, to box-maker and gallery junior, fifteen years on has now taken over from Mike as MD. His emerging talent as a photographer was immediately evident in his artist portraits, leading to a commission from A&C Black, and can now be seen in exhibition catalogues.
Jay continues to make music, has released an album of self-penned songs, has appeared on stage at Glastonbury Festival and the Royal Albert Hall, still finds time to play in two diverse bands and composes and performs music for Goldmark Films. He has been instrumental in the conception and design of the new Goldmark website and says if he never sees a computer screen again it will be too soon!
Roger trained and worked for many years as an architect before opening his own picture framing business in Uppingham. He joined Goldmark as head framer in 1998 and is now our chief designer. All the beautiful catalogues that land on your doorstep and the adverts that you see in magazines like the RA, Tate and Art Quarterly have been lovingly put together by Rog.
A core member of the Goldmark team, Mike relies on Roger’s keen eye and sense of balance and aesthetic in all of our projects from publishing to websites.
Roger is able to deter even the keenest buyer when approached. Please just let him get on with his work when you visit.
Em has been working for Mike since 1997 and managed his second-hand bookshop until 2001.
Now Mike’s PA, she has to utilise many of her widely varying skills. She’s still trying to work out how to use her A Level in Further Maths and her Grade 6 Flute! Em and Jay’s two daughters, Holly and Rosie, couldn’t help but be gallery babies
when they were little and are now to be found in various corners during school holidays.
Em is a qualified yoga teacher and, as well as teaching members of the public, gives a weekly class for the Goldmark staff. Alex says it’s the first time he’s ever been able to touch his toes!
Kate has been working at Goldmark since 1999. She started as one of two framers and is now head of sales and artist liaison. As if bringing up three children and working a full-time job is not enough Kate has also managed to fit in an MA in Fine Art.
Her passion for art and her love of printmaking is always evident. She is
often the first person you will speak to when you call and is more than happy to chat about the art we offer. Kate’s hobbies are not only restricted to the Goldmark Print Club. She has just been awarded her Grade 1 in tap dancing and at Christmas parties has been rumoured to dance on tables.
Roger is our non-exec Financial Director. He has many years experience in commerce and industry and also in the accountancy profession. Roger’s connection with the Goldmark group now extends over 30 years, where he has worked closely with us initially as the senior partner of our external accountants and subsequently as a director. Having sold on the
accountancy business he built, Roger now provides financial and business advisory services to selected businesses through his personal consultancy company. Roger’s input at Goldmark is in financial reporting and strategic planning and includes responsibility for our relationships with our bankers and external accountants and for dealing with legal matters.
Jo’s in charge of all of our stock: no mean feat when you consider our current total reaches 50,000. Whilst others would require a map, compass and, in winter, a thermos flask to navigate the labyrinth of stock rooms we have behind the scenes, Jo could tell you where that signed etching (no. 39/100 to be precise) can be
located without much hesitation. Also responsible for uploading all information to our ever-growing database, Jo can reel off a painting’s date, price, provenance, edition size etc, with a speed that defies all logic of memory. It’s sometimes fun to test her, but you know she’ll always get it right.
Vicki has been a familiar voice with our customers for many years, in her previous role as customer liaison. Fortunate enough to have grown up using hand-made pots, she has a particular affinity for ceramics and as our involvement with some of the UK’s
top potters has grown, she now heads up this department.
She is at her most dangerous when on a baking kick – profiterole week still hangs heavy in the memory!
Trained at St Martin’s, Christian has a strong art background. Alongside Kate, he works on our front desk, talking with customers and taking orders. He’s always happy to chat with you on the phone or in person if you visit. Also a photographer, he’s responsible for most of the images that appear in our monthly catalogues and on the website.
His taste in music is notorious. It is rumoured that his current playlist consists entirely of Japanese ambient minimalism, and tone cluster dronescapes (sounds like mosquitos to the rest of us!).
Jonny has an incredible ability of being five different places at one time. Bringing in stock from the warehouse, tidying the main gallery, wrapping up parcels – Jonny remains unflustered by his hectic agenda. What’s more, he’ll always make himself available to our gallery visitors, offering you tea and coffee as you walk through the door and taking the time to tell you about the latest work that’s up on our walls.
Jonny’s your first port of call when it comes to deliveries. He liaises with Sales and Framing, ensuring everything runs smoothly from the moment you click ‘buy’. He’s very happy to discuss delivery times with you so that you receive your chosen piece at your convenience, and always in perfect condition.
You’ll soon be able to follow Jonny’s eventful routine online via our super high-tech JonnyCam™.
Marc is in charge of our touring exhibitions, showing our art in venues across the UK. Churches, schools, university colleges, Marc and Alli know how to hunt for the best locations, giving you the opportunity to study our stock up close from further afield.
Marc likes a challenge and last year ran the London Marathon with no training and just a few cigarettes for sustenance. He has just applied to be a fireman in his spare time.
Alli arranges our external exhibitions, loaning out selected works to public and private galleries. She is able to curate a show for your venue, choosing from some of the biggest names in 20th century art that we hold in stock.
Also working with husband Marc, she helps take our work out on the road with frequent touring exhibitions. Alli has organised many successful events up in Yorkshire, including a big David Hockney show, after which she was lucky enough to share a smoke with the man himself.
Ian began his career as an artist and exhibited his paintings and prints in several mixed and solo exhibitions. In 1993 he joined the renowned Curwen Studio where he worked alongside the master printer Stanley Jones. He then worked at the Gresham Press.
Mike had always wanted to open a print studio in Uppingham and a chance encounter with Ian and his wife Jan was the catalyst for this new venture. In 2006
the Goldmark Print Atelier in Uppingham was born. Ian and Jan have printed for Paula Rego, Eduardo Paolozzi, Elisabeth Frink and now many of the contemporary Urban artists.
Ian is renowned for encouraging artists to push the boundaries of printmaking. He also has the strangest taste in music, including yodeller Mary Schneider and rap/poet Bingo Gazingo.
Jan has worked alongside her husband, Ian, for many years. Jan and Ian have printed for Paula Rego, Eduardo Paolozzi, Elisabeth Frink and now many of the contemporary Urban artists. Her in depth knowledge of the printing processes combined with her warmth
and hospitality has made her a hit with all the artists who visit the atelier.
Jan runs a weekly print club for members of Goldmark staff, freely giving her time and expertise to encourage the craft of printmaking.
It’s rumoured that Babs has lived in (almost) every house in Uppingham and as such is a real local character and a favourite with our nearby customers. Babs has been framing with us for around 10 years and enjoys the non-stop activity that goes on in the workshop.
Having trained as a nurse in the past,
you know you’re in good hands with Babs – especially if you have some tired old frames that need restoring back to health.
Babs is the proud owner of a brood of chickens and often brings delicious fresh eggs to the gallery. They just might make it into a lunch-time frittata.
Having started at Goldmark as our junior boxmaker, making sure pictures and pots were delivered in one piece, Callum has spent the last few years training to be a gilder and is now head of our gilding department.
Water gilding is a highly skilled and very labour intensive technique. Each stage in the process is time consuming. The quality of finish is unrivalled and to an expert it is instantly recognisable. Callum is never happier than when surrounded by gold leaf. Just don’t open the window.
Alex is our in-house filmmaker, producing artist documentaries, and videos of goings-on at the gallery. We send him off to film the artists in their natural habitat, from the Baltic coasts of Denmark to the moors of Devon.
Look out for Alex during one of our events: he could be filming an art demonstration, recording an unmissable music gig or even (gently) persuading you to say a few words in front of the
camera on your favourite artwork.
His filming projects are available to watch via GoldmarkTV. He also works on external commissions for local and national organizations.
Alex enjoys the humorous driftwood sculptures of Sid Burnard with whom he was lucky to go on a recent beach-combing expedition, hunting for Neptune’s treasure.
Claire is Vicki’s able assistant in the pot shop. A fine artist in her own right, Claire was one of the founder members of the Leicester Print Workshop.
Having worked with and lectured on ceramics for many years Claire brings a wealth of experience with her and has a great eye for beautiful pots.
Having worked in the gallery during holidays and weekends, we are delighted that Holly has now joined us full time.
Holly studied performance art at university and we look forward to spending the next few years trying to discover what exactly that is…
Can I be notified when artworks by a specific artist become available?
Yes, create an account and register your interest.
Do I get an email confirmation of my purchase?
How will my picture be framed?
Framing is carried out in our own workshops using high quality mouldings, acid-free mounts and acrylic glazing.
What if I have specific framing requirements?
You can upgrade your frame online or contact us with your specific framing requirements. Our framers are happy to chat with you about bespoke framing.
How long will it take to frame my pictures?
We try to frame works within 14 days. However, if you are in a hurry, let us know, and we will do our best to help.
How can I get free delivery?
If you live in the UK all artworks are delivered for free (books and ceramics excepted).
I don’t live in the UK, do you ship abroad?
Yes, we regularly ship all over the world in our purpose made shipping boxes.
Can I ship to a location other than my home?
Yes, when you ship from Goldmark you are given the option to ship to any address that you choose. Note that delivery takes place Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm so take this into account when choosing your location.
How do you ship framed work safely?
We make purpose built tri-wall cardboard boxes for shipping pictures. We use high quality acrylic glazing to prevent breakage and damage to the artwork.
How do I arrange a delivery date that is convenient for me?
We will call or email you as soon as your item is ready to deliver and organise a day that is suitable for you.
Can I track my order?
Yes. When you buy online you will set up an account with us. You can then login and check the progress of your order.
Can I cancel my order?
Yes, contact us within 48 hours and we will cancel the order and refund your money.
What happens if my item is lost or damaged?
In the unlikely event that the work arrives damaged or is lost in transit, please contact us. We will guide you through your options. These may include replacing the damaged work (if possible), credit towards another purchase, or a full refund.
If I’m not happy can I return my purchase?
Yes, you can return goods within 14 days after receipt (view full returns details).
What do I do if I have a question that is not answered here?
Call or email us and we will endeavour to help.
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Once you have bought from us we will send you regular art catalogues, newsletters and special offers.
We make frames in our own workshops ranging from the simple oak to the finest hand-finished gesso and water-gilded. We are delighted to be able to include free framing on most orders.
If there is something in particular that you are looking for let us know and we will do our best to find it for you.
Please consider us if you are thinking of selling work by any of the artists that we stock.