Ten Artists celebrated art and nature in this temporary woodland sculpture exhibition. They made work in response to the Outwoods and the natural rhythms of our environment, some of which was created on site in the lead up to the exhibition.
Better known for her paintings, Jo Sheppard used the Outwoods Sculpture Week as an opportunity to produce three dimensional work using willow. Inspired by her love of horses, she produced a brood mare and foal using a sustainable sculptural process (as it is made purely from willow with no metal frame or support structures).
‘This Tenuous Earth’ Iron and steel
My work is mainly about the interlinking of the terrestrial and the celestial and a reverence and humility in the face of Nature.
I have exhibited in three ‘Sculpture in the Garden’ exhibitions at National Trust properties. The Outwoods Sculpture Week has enabled me to work on a larger scale and is a continuation of a piece I exhibited some years ago called Matter and Material.
As stone turns to sand and sand turns to stone with the passing of time, so our world is in a constant state of ux and renewal. I hope my work is an echo of this.
Through working with willow and natural materials I have become ever more aware of the cycles of change within the natural ow of the world around me.
To be able to combine Art and Nature for the Outwoods has been a joy.
I have a background in graphic art and a degree in printmaking.
My printmaking and my painting work focuses on nature and the environment. I have always had a keen interest in the crafts and knitting has enabled me to create these tree stems. I have made an interpretation of tree trunks with their roots and the textures of bark.
This piece is made from cones of crank clay and low red using the ancient technique known as Raku. The cones are set in a stoneware tray and contain r cones collected from the Outwoods.
Sally Reayer and others: ‘Ceramic Woodland Birds’ This installation has been created cooperatively by a small group of artists during a skill share workshop. The birds are made from crank clay and red to stoneware temperature without glaze. They represent and celebrate a range of British birds which reside in the Outwoods.
Sally Reayer and others: ‘To draw the eye’ . Take time to stand and stare. Take time to stroll and listen. Take time to enjoy the sounds and the scents of the woodland. Free yourself from the noise and rush of life if only for an hour.
My work is about the objects we gather throughout our lives, to remind ourselves of events, people and moments in time. These objects prompt our memories and result in stories. Stories we tell and retell to remind ourselves of those we love and experiences we had. Stories to enlighten, to warn, to guide, to explain what we don’t understand. To remind ourselves of times past. With each telling the stories change – layers within layers, of memories, thoughts, belief and hope. Ultimately, stories are about the ties that bind; weaving those you love closer together and keeping them safe.
Originally trained as a painter, I’ve approached this new foray into sculpture as a three- dimensional extension of some of my 2D painting work which explores painterly surfaces and characteristics.
This three-part work echoes forms, textures and colours found on the forest oor such as bark, rock, fungal growth, twigs, holes and general detritus. The out-sized robin’s nest stands apart, but is linked in form via the arched twigs.
I am usually a 2D artist and this is my first venture into sculpture. This work is inspired by waves and by Barbara Hepworth’s scuplture of the same name.
Sculpture inspired by walks through the Outwoods. Stopping and looking around me, observing beautiful bark found on the trees and woodland oor, taking in the beauty of the natural landscape.
Created using hand wet felting techniques, mixed media and willow.
Sue is a mixed media Artist who has worked as a Community Artist, across the East Midlands, for 25 years.
There is so much to enjoy in the woods but it’s hard to stay in the moment and focus on the present. When in the present for long enough to hear/see/smell/feel something special Pam rewards herself by picking something resembling a tally stick off the ground. For the last few weeks she has collected sticks in this way and has arranged them appropriately to see how well she can discipline her mind.
ArtSpace were delighted to be featured in the BBC East Midlands Today programme on Monday 30 April !
Following unprecedented interest in the ‘Into The Outwoods Sculpture Week’ event and after around 2000 public visited over the sat and sun, a film crew came to record a feature on the Monday morning which was then broadcast in the evening and late evening news shows that day.
‘ArtSpace Loughborough’ have been successful in securing funding to stage an outdoor sculpture event in the Loughborough Outwoods in April 2018. The Outwoods hasn’t seen an event like this before, so it will be a first, with a temporary woodland sculpture exhibition and a series of art workshops.
12 artists will be involved in setting up a temporary sculpture exhibition in the area of woodland next to the Outwoods car park and bungalow. Artists will be showing their current work, as well as work developed collaboratively in a series of skillshare workshops. The artists will also run a series of ‘drop-in’ workshops for the public (adults and children). Workshops will take place in the Outwoods, using the outdoor exhibition as a dramatic venue.
Charnwood Borough Council, The National Forest and Arts Council England have all agreed to fund the project proposed by ArtSpace. Nita Rao, a professional sculptor and key ArtSpace member, says
“we have wanted to organise an outdoor sculpture event for years, we finally found the perfect venue and have now been assured financial backing to stage what we hope will be a fantastic and unique woodland art event that will benefit many, artists and public alike. Thanks to the Arts Council England, The National Forest and Charnwood Borough Council! “
The idea was hatched by some of the artists during their regular dog walk in the Outwoods. They walked once a week, whatever the weather, over the course of a year, observing the changing seasons. This provided the inspiration, and although a larger sculpture trail is planned for the future, Artspace are delighted to be hosting this sculpture week in April.
The Outwoods is a beautiful place, especially in spring, so why not combine a walk in the woods and visit the exhibition, and perhaps take part in a workshop.
The artists will be developing work on site and setting up their woodland exhibition between Tues 24 April and Fri 27April.
Free drop-in workshops for the public, including feltmaking and working with willow and natural materials, will be run over the weekend of Sat 28 – Sun 29 April, mornings and afternoons.
No need to book, just turn up and get creative ! Its Free !
To find out more visit our website www.artspace-lboro.co.uk or our facebook page IntoTheOutwoodsSculptureWeek
Artspace present an exhibition on the theme of ‘Seeing the Light’ at Déda Derby (Derby’s dance and performance centre) from Friday 5th January to Saturday 24th February 2018. Artists were asked to respond in their own way to the theme and with their chosen media.
Some artists have chosen to explore literal physical light in the world: how it continually changes and changes what we see, the contrast between darkness and brightness, the patterns created, and how it makes colours more vivid.
Some have interpreted ‘light’ as energy or primordial life.
Others have interpreted the theme in a metaphorical way – a desire for enlightenment and understanding of the world and ourselves.
‘Seeing the Light’, 5th January to 24th February, Monday – Thursday 9:00 am – 9:00pm, Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm Saturday 9:00am – 4:00pm,
A Journey of Discovery
Painter, ceramisist, teacher, traveller. Quorn artist, Erica Middleton, uses all her experiences and sensibilities to take viewers of her work on a fascinating journey of discovery as Kevan Porter has been finding out…
Erica’s broad aim as an artist is to make work which touches people’s sensibilities. She would
like her painting and ceramics to resonate with similarly minded people on an emotional level. Her recent work falls into various styles and media.
Regarding her semi-abstract paintings, Erica’s abiding subject over recent years is the river – she and her family have lived with the Soar running at the bottom of their garden for thirty two years. Rather than setting out to depict pictorial conventions, Erica seeks to express a meld of observation and emotional response. The mode of semi-abstract has the potential to communicate on a number of levels simultaneously, for example the personalised surface qualities achieved by
Erica by making her own paint from genuine pigments.
Riverine ceramic sculptural forms evoke watery moving environments through wavering edges and transparent glazes.
Occasionally Erica’s abstract paintings are politically motivated; they follow her
various travels in Europe. Es tut mir weh (meaning ‘it hurts’, but literally: ‘it does to me hurt’) explores the former East Berlin through the metaphor of the running drip. The drips reference the great lament (all the crying associated with the Berlin Wall), dark times, familial ties (some broken, some tightly knotted), cross-references, veins – the life blood, the nervous system, anxiety, the sinister, the reaching out, the map of roads surrounding Berlin on which the captured were driven prior to interrogation, veils of darkness and the overall tangled web of truth and untruth.
Erica has travelled (and taught art history to a group of doctors for thirteen consecutive years) quite extensively within Europe. She has also travelled in and around Dubai where her daughter lived for six years.
Wherever she travels, within her handbag are a very small sketchbook and watercolours. Sketches done on-site sometimes evolve into studio paintings. Erica’s Arabic pots aim to
speak ‘desert’ – evoking something of the harsh arid landscape around Dubai with elegant Arabic calligraphic script. The texture evokes sand and scrubby desert.
Recently Erica has been experimenting making her own glazes from local materials including granite dust from Redlands Quarry and wood ash from prunings in the garden which have been burnt in the stove. “It is very satisfying to create your very own personalised glazes” she says. Erica’s symbolic still lives use small scale, old, domestic objects. Although specific to Erica’s family, they aim to address our collective past – evocations from another time which bind us together. Gold and silver leaf denote the value of generational links, enhancing these modest objects.
Erica’s working life is spent teaching art / art history. Erica taught undergraduates Art History for the Open University for fourteen years. She now teaches Painting and Drawing courses for the Worker’s Educational Association in Loughborough and organises student exhibitions. Erica also teaches practical workshops and art history seminars privately in small groups. She has exhibited in Venice, London and numerous exhibitions locally including Stamford, Leicester, Hinckley Nottingham, Derby and Loughborough. Her qualifications include a Master’s Degree in Art History at Nottingham University, B.A. (Hons) Fine Art: Painting at Loughborough University School and Certificate of Education at Reading University
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