UP TO 30,000 VISIT outwoods SCULPTURE TRAIL !

Over six weeks in spring 2019 an estimated 20,000 – 30,000 visitors experienced the ArtSpace ‘Into The Outwoods Sculpture Trail’. Well over 1,000 visitors directly participated in creative workshops.

Nita Rao completed 20 days working as ‘artist in residence’ in the Loughborough Outwoods. In addition 13 commissions were given to local charnwood artists, mostly ArtSpace members, to add to Nitas’ residency work to make a mile and a quarter long trail. Following are some images from the project and some visitor comments.

“Wonderful seeing a very familiar site a fresh. Great for dealing with anxiety. Loved the variety and sensitivity to natural surroundings”

Keeper of the Woods – Nita Rao

I loved the stunning willow sculptures. They all looked magnificent against the wooded surroundings. I also loved spotting the tree men. It made me look up at the trees and their structures above me. I also loved the Earth sculpture with the ribbon messages to help protect our Earth. It was inspiring. I look forward to next year’s event. This event has brought so many people into the woods and together. It encourages creativity and togetherness. Thank you

People of the Trees – 42 ceramic figures hidden in the trees along the trail – Nita Rao

“I enjoyed all the sculptures but particularly liked looking for the 42 tree people, have been twice & only found 34, will need to go again!”

Jack Russel – Lisa Denham

“Wonderful diversity of sculptures, very thought provoking”

“Quality, variety, interest, creativity. An outstanding event”

“Wonderful to experience sculpture in such a beautiful setting. Inspiring and thought provoking and my two year old grandchild loved looking for the tiny people”

Spirit Of The Woods – Nita Rao

“This was wonderful. Attempted on Sunday but far too busy. Had the woods to myself Monday evening. Gorgeous thanks”

Peacock – Lisa Denham

“We came 2 weeks running even though it was raining didn’t stop us it was brilliant loved it please thank everyone for their hard work”

Ashes to Glazes – Erica Middleton

“We thoroughly enjoyed the sculpture trail and highly recommended friends and family to visit. Looking forward to next year’s art installations. We thought it was absolutely amazing!! Well done to everyone involved!!”

“Great that so many families were engaging with it”

“Lots of activities, friendly people, open community vibe, creative. I adored ‘back to nature’ and loved ‘Persephone returns’. I really enjoyed it.”

Owl – Lisa Denham

“Clear labels, wonderfully organic, blended in with woodland colours, eclectic designs, love the spider webs”

Taking Root – Nita Rao

“We saw the woods in a new way. Workshops great. Wonderful and engaging as a family”

“All superb. Excellent that it was so good for adults and not just geared for children”

Framing The Woods -MakeSpace Step-Up project

“Wonderful the way the artworks complimented the beautiful woods and the pieces that really made you think about our impact on the natural world”

“Every little thing was an absolute delight”

Open Cycle – Nita Rao

“Inspiring and thought provoking”

Leaping Horse – Jo Sheppard

“We thought it was absolutely amazing!! Well done to everyone involved!!”

Back to Nature – Sue Barry and Susan West

“Wonderful to experience sculpture in such a beautiful setting. Inspiring and thought provoking and my two year old grandchild loved looking for the tiny people”

Unity Of Time – Nita Rao

“Great that the trail was able to engage the children, the discovery. The sculptures fitted so well with the setting”

REMEMBERING CHRIS ENGLISH

One of the most valued members of ArtSpace Loughborough, Chris English, sadly passed away in April 2021.  

The courage and determination that Chris showed in life, particularly in the face of his continuing health problems, was an inspiration to us all. His passion for painting and poetry was a gift to us all.

We are pleased to post a small tribute to Chris here on our website where Chris will be our featured artist for the next few months.

Click here to view the page which includes a gallery of some of Chris’s paintings and poetry.

Blue – a new ArtSpace Exhibition

on-line 31 May to 3 November 2021

ArtSpace present ‘Blue’, an interactive on-line exhibition. Members offer individual interpretations of the theme. The exhibits range from paintings and mixed media to photography, collage and prints.
Much of the work is for sale. Prices and actual sizes are given in the catalogue or via the info tab for any specific artwork
Please note all work is shown at 2 x actual size in this virtual gallery.
Enquiries are welcomed via individual artist’s emails, if given, or via the group email contact@artspace-lboro.co.uk.

If only I could …

Virtual tour.

Originaly on-line On-line 25th February to 24th May.

ArtSpace present their third interactive on-line exhibition. Members offer individual interpretations of the theme. The exhibits range from paintings and mixed media to photography, collage, video and prints. Please note the two videos in the exhibition are shown at the end of the video.

Much of the work is for sale. Prices and actual sizes are given in the catalogue or via the info tab for any specific artwork
Please note all work is shown at 2 x actual size in this virtual gallery.

Enquiries are welcomed via individual artist’s emails, if given, via the group email
contact@artspace-lboro.co.uk
or via our website
www.artspace-lboro.co.uk.

Layered Meanings

This interactive online exhibition has now closed.

Please watch our virtual tour archive video below.

An interactive online exhibition by members of ArtSpace.

Online December 1st – February 18th.

The theme “Layered Meanings” has been interpreted in various interesting and thought provoking ways by the 17 artists taking part.  Some have chosen to look at the theme in terms of layering of the painted surface, others have used words and phrases as a starting point to develop different interpretations through visual form.  Painting the changing view from windows and using a historical figure re-imagined as a present day eco-warrior are other themes explored by individuals; another has used imagery from childhood. Some have used the natural world as their visual stimulus for developing imagery based on the earth and nature. The exhibits range from paintings and mixed media to photography, collage, 3D work and prints. There are also ideas and creative responses based on the recent lockdown situation to express thoughts and feelings about the world at large; the pandemic and how it affects us all. 

in the dark – our first interactive on line exhibition

Sorry this interactive exhibition has now closed. Please watch our virtual tour video archive.

ArtSpace Loughborough launch “In the Dark”, our first interactive online exhibition. It will be on-line from 21st September until 21st November.  

The exhibition “In the Dark”, was set up and did actually open at Deda (Derby Dance Centre) in Derby UK back in March but unfortunately, as with many other exhibitions and events which rely on public support, Deda and the exhibition had to, with regret, close its doors. Rather than have the work unseen, it was decided to explore the magic of modern technology and investigate the possibilities of an interactive online exhibition. 

This is a new and exciting departure for ArtSpace Loughborough. One that will hopefully encourage and allow a great many more visitors, not just from the local area but worldwide to see the work that this group of local, professional artists is producing. 

ArtSpace Loughborough are a long-established group of mainly graduate artists living in the Charnwood area who are continuing to work in many different styles and a wide range of media from traditional painting and sculpture to land art, textile fine art and ceramics. Their work is contemporary, sometimes challenging and thought-provoking but always interesting and varied. 

 The theme of “In the Dark” was a title agreed upon some time before the threat of Covid19 was apparent and before it disrupted the lives of everyone in the world. It seems ironic that most of us were actually “In the Dark” as to the effect that this time of lockdown would have on all of our lives. 

The work covers many areas. Aspects of psychological feelings of being in the dark about situations, the darkness of night and how it affects the landscape and townscape, dancers performing on darkened and artificially lit stages, the darkness at the bottom of a river bed. The range of work is diverse and individual and there should be something for everyone’s taste or imagination to dwell on. 

In The Dark @ Déda

Déda Dance & Performance Centre, Derby


13th March – 9th May 2020 

ArtSpace  has opened an exhibition titled ‘In the Dark’ at Déda, Derby’s Dance & Performance Centre. 

The show was scheduled to run from 13th March to 9thMay. However, with the current Covid19 emergency Deda is now closed to the public and the future is uncertain.

In addition to this page you can view some of the work on our exhibition page here.

Beryl Miles

Twenty-two members of the group produced a variety of work in different media on the theme. Some are dramatic night scenes and others show more nuanced relationships between light and dark. A number of artists have interpreted the title in a psychological way: being ‘in the dark’ implies lack of knowledge or even secrets.

Erica Middleton

Nature features in much of the art. Erica Middleton has small nocturnes depicting the same river scene on successive clear winter nights. Sally Reayer also uses river imagery, this time the play of light on a river bed. Beryl Miles has an atmospheric painting, verging on abstraction, showing moonlight on the sea, and another of street light on snow. Jemma Rix’s cyanotype prints were inspired by memories of walking through shady woodland with sunlight forcing its way through the canopy. Jonathan Palmer’s photographic prints hint at the past in present nature. Anna Michalska’s abstract work is inspired by the shapes and colours of nature. 

Sally Reayer
Beryl Miles
Jonathan Palmer

There are art works which explore states of being. Pam Everard’s ‘Dreamtime’ depicts the period between dusk and dawn, including dreaming. Judith Eason’s paintings are evocations from periods of significant transition in her life. 

Pam Everard

A number of the artists play with stories and ambiguity. The women in Kate Hooper’s mixed media monoprints are deliberately enigmatic and dreamlike. There seem to be secrets between the people in Mary Byrne’s film noir-inspired narratives. Alison Folland’s pieces, using materials as diverse as maps and music scores, tell stories with layers of different memories and thoughts. Mary Austin references Dylan Thomas’s ‘Under Milk Wood’ in her oil painting ‘Captain Cat Dreams’. 

Kate Hooper
Ingrid Kleins-Daniels

As befits the venue, Ingrid Kleins-Daniels and Jacqueline Palmer are influenced by dance. Ingrid tries to capture the semi-abstract shapes and fleeting impressions of dancers’ movements onstage. Jacqueline sees dance as a link between body and spirit. 

Tony Thory’s composite photograph ‘Eclipse’ references society’s lack of vision as the world plunges into a new period of mass extinction.

Tony Thory

‘In the Dark’Déda Dance & Performance Centre, 19 Chapel St, Derby DE1 3GU. 

Tel: 01332 370911. 

ARTSPACE @ ROSEBERY – 26/27 OCT 2019

New Venue for Annual Art Fair.

The local art group ArtSpace Loughborough is delighted to announce that their annual art fair is on the move- the art fair which ran for 10 years in Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall is relocating this autumn to Loughborough. This year the event will take place over the weekend of 26th and 27th October at the Rosebery Community Centre, on Storer Road.

With 11 members taking part, the group will be exhibiting many art forms include paintings, drawings, ceramics, textiles, photography, fine art prints, collage and digital prints. The group will also be joined by 5 guest artists who have been specially selected to compliment the work of the group.

Do come and join us- it is the perfect place to find an original, unique work of art by a professional artist at an affordable price. Many of the artists will be attending the event in person, so it is also an excellent opportunity to meet them and discuss their work.

All of the works will be for sale with prices starting at £2.00 for an original handmade card; limited edition prints from £25; and many original pieces being priced under £100.With hundreds of pieces to be browsed, there will be something to suit all tastes and pockets, and with Christmas fast approaching you could a snap up the ideal gift for a loved one.

Doors are open from 10am to 5pm both days. Entry is free. Handmade cakes and refreshments will be also be available, the proceeds of which will be donated to the British Legion Poppy Appeal. Last year over £100 was raised- the group are hoping to top this figure and will be baking furiously to ensure a range of delectable bakes are there for your enjoyment.


ArtSpace in Nuneaton

“Delight in Disorder” the current exhibition by 16 ArtSpace members opened on the 9th July at the Nuneaton Museum and Gallery. The show is an exciting mix of paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, ceramic pieces and assemblages which reflect the individuals’ responses to this George Eliot inspired theme.

The Museum and Gallery are open 6 days a week (closed on Mondays) and is just a 40-minute drive from Loughborough. The Museum is on the edge of a large park and has a café which makes it an ideal place to visit over the summer holidays. 

The exhibition runs until 15th September.

Artspace – Contemporary Art Exhibitions