Rock Paper Scissors opens

Art and objects produced with their making in mind
17 May, 2021
Painting the gates at Houghton Hall by Elaine Pamphilon ©2021
Painting the gates at Houghton Hall by Elaine Pamphilon ©2021

Painting the Gates at Houghton Hall by Elaine Pamphilon © 2021

The gates at Houghton will open up soon to welcome visitors to see the sculptures now in place - by renowned artist Tony Cragg.
Knowledge of material and process has been the point of departure for many of the artists and makers C&C works with today. They have accumulated a wellspring of personal insight and experience in manipulating a range of natural and manmade materials coaxing their creative ideas into being.
Carved stone bowls, precise single sheet paper cuts, collages, poured abstract paintings, welded and hand-cast sculptures, tactile turned vessels and hand-hewn wooden platters reveal their material origins through each stage of the creative process. Each exhibit shows the alchemy that can occur between creative intent, material choice and dexterous fabrication.

About the author

Paul Vater, Director of Contemporary and Country

Paul Vater

Paul conducts studio visits to maintain strong relationships with artists, designers and craftspeople who show their work with us. He manages the main C&C website and has developed the online shop where selected works are presented for sale.


Paul established his design company, Sugarfree, in 1990 and quickly gained a reputation for delivering fresh, effective marketing campaigns and brand identities for clients including Save the Children Fund, United Nations Association and UNHCR. Over the years those added to the roster include IPC Magazines, Arts Council England, The Roundhouse, Barbican Centre, Arts Marketing Association, Look Ahead Housing and Care, Paddington Waterside, BBC Worldwide, Commonwealth Foundation, Prestel, City of London Corporation, Baker Street Quarter, Victoria BID and the University of East Anglia.