This year’s annual summer exhibition assembles a collection of inquiring images that explore the ever-confrontational nature of abstraction. Sometimes challenging, sometimes comfortably aesthetic, the show invites the viewer to connect with the work and explore the theoretical language that continues to oppose the pictorial world.

The artists John Barker, Ray Burgoyne, Stephen Hicklin, Anne Paton, Bill Pryde and Ruth Purchase all convey their common interest in this universal practice of mark making that can easily be described as inherently primeval in its origin.