I have been a member of Artspace Loughborough for a decade now having been a member, moving abroad, and come back so I thought it apt to write a few lines about belonging to an art group.
As artists, we tend to work in a fairly solitary manner. However in order to evolve, it is essential we communicate with like-minded people every so often, to support one another and divulge ideas.
One thing which I particularly like about being part of the group, is the diversity of the work of our group members. We often have positive critiquing sessions before we collectively exhibit. These are useful, insightful meetings where we show our work, conceptually, part way through, or finished and talk it through with others.
Skill sharing is another positive feature, which allows us as artists to evolve. We all use a wide variety of media, and can learn and share other skills on a didactic level as well as really useful things like setting up an exhibition (and all the jobs it entails!)
We all share a common interest which is a love of art in all of its’ forms. I highly recommend to anyone who is considering it. Find your tribe and stick to them.
This is a fabulous retrospective of ben Nicholson’s first wife at Djanogly Gallery at Nottingham University. First and foremost she was a terrific colourist, and also as an older person I found her inspirational as she remained so inspired, positive and interested in all things beautiful. Her subjects are often flowers, typically in a jar on a window sill, but then she was left with four children to look after while Ben went off with Barbara Hepworth – so are we surprised her subjects are often home-based? Anyway, I found the colour a real WOW! It’s inspirational, and her flowers are thick gutsy affairs, playing beautifully against the immediate surroundings. There are also her letters (nice friendly open handwriting). This show lifts the spirits – and it’s free.
The artists’ group ArtSpace Loughborough will be holding their annual art fair in Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall (Main Street, Woodhouse Eaves) on Saturday and Sunday 12th and 13th November. This year a total of 19 artists will be taking part. Many art forms will be shown including paintings, drawings, printmaking,
sculpture, ceramics, textiles, photographs and digital prints. 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.
Additionally, to the art fair, the group is running its fourth annual art competition for pupils from the village primary, St. Paul’s. The competition this year is to design a t-shirt for The Beacon Country Park May Day Challenge.
Doors are open from 10am to 4pm 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.
Saturday 14th and Sunday 16th May 2016
10am to 4pm
The artists’ studio, based at the Clearview Business Park, are preparing to open their doors to the publicover the weekend of 14th and 15th of May. If you have not visited before, here you will find an eclectic array of contemporary artworks as a sculptor, painter, photographer and silversmith can be found all under one roof.
Sculptor Nita Rao, painter Jo Sheppard, photographer Tony Thory and silversmith Susheel Rao will be showing their wares and whilst most of the works on show will be for sale, you are more than welcome to come simply to peruse and talk to the artists about their work.
Prices start from £2.50 for an original hand-made card. Limited edition prints start from £30, and as some works come ready framed, they are an ideal Christmas gift. If it’s an original you are after, you can find smaller pieces from £40, with much larger work also being available.
The studio is situated on Loughborough Road (by the traffic lights) in Quorn. Admission is free with doors open from 10am to 4pm. Refreshments will also be available. There is ample parking but please note that access is via stairs.
Meet the Artist, 10am – 2pm Sat 30th April
Nita Rao and Tony Thory are taking part in the exhibition ‘Passing Through’ at the new Mountsorrel Heritage Centre, and will be at the Gallery on Saturday with the other participating Artists.
Exhibition continues till 8th May, open every day 10-5
Mountsorrel & Rothley Heritage Centre, Swithland Lane, Rothley, Leics
25th April – 8th May
Six visual artists have collaborated to mount “Passing Through”, an exhibition of contemporary art, in the beautiful new Mountsorrel and Rothley Heritage Centre which is the culmination of the
Mountsorrel railway restoration project.
There are few inventions since the industrial revolution that inspire us in the way that trains and train journeys do. Artists, writers and musicians often turn to railways as a way of symbolising the passage of life’s journey – conjuring up images of adventure, love and hope, loss and sorrow. Views glimpsed and gone forever.
Mountsorrel and the surrounding area epitomises the state of journeying through in a physical sense, dissected as it is, not only by railway tracks, but also canal routes, roads and river, all of which bear the traces of human activity and industry of the past.
With all these ideas in mind, the exhibition explores the emotional and metaphorical potential of journeying, and will include painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics and photography. Artists include Sue Barry, Janet Foster, Jacqui Gallon. Nita Rao, Tony Thory and Katherine Moorhouse.
Any enquiries, please contact either Sue Barry at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jacqui Gallon at email@example.com.
Information about the centre can be viewed at heritage-centre.co.uk
Artspace Loughborough Spreads its Wings
Charnwoods’s thriving artists’ group ArtSpace Loughborough are to exhibit at the Atkins Gallery in Hinckley this spring. 16 artists including painters, printmakers, sculptors, photographers, ceramicists, and textile artists will be presenting an exhibition titled ‘Renewal’ from Thursday 4th March to Saturday 26th 2016.
ArtSpace is now into its 19th year, having been formed in 1997 to encourage the development of artists’ careers through networking, skill sharing and making high quality contemporary artwork available to the community. The group has grown over the years and now has 25 members. Artists exhibit high quality contemporary work individually and in small groups all over the country, but come together several times a year to exhibit as a large group. Working to the brief ‘Renewal’, the artists have produced a rich and varied exhibition which demonstrates once again how ArtSpace encourages artists to develop their own way of looking and responding.
One reoccurring theme is recycling and upcycling as abandoned detritus is given a new lease of life. Alison Folland worked with discarded photocopies, using origami techniques and thread to create a mixed media textile piece. Pam Everard exhibits both two and three-dimension works using rescued remnants from a bonfire and skip.
The constant ebb and flow of renewal that occurs along with the passage of time also proved to be a popular starting point, with Beryl Miles producing a painting representing the breaking of maternal ties. Mary Byrne explores the history of Skegness pier in photo collages and paintings imagining holidaymakers past and present. Gillian Hugman-Perkins explores the relationship between an ancient site and our constant attempts to understand it, the strategies we use and the layers of meaning that result.
Also acknowledging the inner dialogue related to changing family relationships, Erica Middleton exhibits an installation including miniature ‘standing stones’ which reflect upon the concept of renewed dawns and family relationships.
Exploring the themes of decay, change and renewal, Nita Rao exhibits a mixed media installation. Using metal and willow she has created a large scale ‘ribcage’ that can be walked through. Her painting represents
unconscious energy, and from it emerges a rope ladder leading to a golden bird of change (constructed from
The ‘One Planet’ series by photographer Tony Thory juxtapose beautiful patterns and intriguing imagery with
fundamental environmental, ecological and political concerns. The images at first appear beautiful and
intriguing, it is not easy to see what they are, but underlying that aesthetic the images are symbolic of global
catastrophe. Also concerned with ecology and the need for change, new member Helen Sutherland exhibits
with the group for the first time. Her inks, watercolour and gouache pieces voice her ecological concerns and
the need for change.
Jo Sheppard has produced a series of lino prints and paintings depicting plants at the end of their life cycle,
but with the capacity to create life further life.
The work by Sally Reayer considers the renewal of health and wellbeing after illness or trauma. ‘Healing
Hands’ recalls the work of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. ‘Safe Haven’, a set of ceramic pieces, expresses these
things through a sleeping figure in imaginary settings.
Judith Eason’s found her inspiration in the use of old drawing instruments. By incorporating these in into an
image they remain a link to the past but are now in the present, stimulating memories on how we used to
Colourist Anna Michalska explores the renewal associated with the colour green, with both its psychological
and physiological effects.
All in all, ‘Renewal’ provides an excellent insight into the quality and breadth of contemporary art being
produced by this exciting group. There is an effective combination of two and three dimensional work, all of
which rejoice in their individuality whilst being linked by a common theme. This show is well worth a visit, and
with the exhibition being free, it’s one you can’t afford to miss!
‘Renewal’ exhibition. Atkins Gallery, Hinckley. Thursday 4th March to 26th March. Opening times Mon to Sat-
10.00am to 4.00pm. If you would like further information on ArtSpace Loughborough, please email
firstname.lastname@example.org or see the website www.artspace-lboro.co.uk.