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.
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.
“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 willow Earth and workshops based around it, initially part of the May 27th ‘Sculpture in the Woods day’, were successfully staged at the Timber festival over the 5th-7th July. We were able to rebuild the earth structure at Timber and run an extended set of workshops there. Visitors were encouraged to write positive healing thoughts on ribbons of muslin to hang in the ‘Earth” – these became symbolic roots to protect the Earth as well as acting like prayer flags to take these messages away on the wind. Adults and children took part in this, writing, then tying their message in the Earth. Over the weekend more strips were added to the installation, a space where visitors could go inside, read positive thoughts and contemplate our place in nature.
It became particularly beautiful in the evening as the sun set through the willow, illuminating the colours in the muslin, as they moved in the wind. We installed some of the tree spheres from the outwoods in adjacent trees, and ran 2 drop in workshops to make small willow earths. These ran over both afternoons and proved very popular. In the mornings we held sewing workshops, sewing meditative words on prayer flags to take away. Both these were for adults and older children, or families working together. Around 130 people wrote on muslin, 60 people made a willow sphere and 10 people sewed prayer flags.
ArtSpace workshops at the Into The Outwoods Sculpture Trail were declared a great success. Despite the challenging weather at the sculpture trail opening event, around 700 visitors, adults, children and families, worked together and enjoyed getting creative willow weaving, felting, monoprinting, making woodland mobiles and weaving yarn. Hundreds more attended the ‘Sculpture in the woods day’, with workshops taking place at 5 locations along the trail.
Here are a few photographs to remember the occasion ……
Over six weeks this spring an estimated 20,000 – 30,000 visitors experienced the ArtSpace ‘Into The Outwoods Sculpture Trail’.
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.
Continue on this blog to take a virtual walk along the trail ……
Click here to visit Nita Rao Art to see some of her more ephemeral work from her residency.
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ArtSpace are inviting the public to come along to the Loughborough Outwoods on 27th May for our ‘Sculpture in the Woods Day’. Get creative in a series of free sculpture drop-in workshops spread along the Sculpture Trail. Eight drop-in trail-based workshops will run between 10.30am and 4.30pm allowing visitors to both make work to take home as well as work on a larger collaborative piece to remain on the trail.
Workshops will aim to inspire, engage and challenge adults, young people and children, enhancing their opportunity to experience and be inspired by the sculpture trail and reconnect with this ancient woodland. Try felting a pebble or contribute to making a fantasy woodland landscape using clay and natural woodland materials. You will also be able to make your own fish from willow withies and much more. The full program for the ‘Sculpture in the Woods Day’ is posted below.
The workshops are all part of the Into The Outwoods Sculpture Trail, an ArtSpace initiative which will see a 1 1/4 mile sculpture trail weave its way through the Outwoods for 6 weeks, from 27th April to 9th June. Find the ‘Keeper of the Woods’, giant felted bluebells, willow tree spheres, an owl, jumping willow horse and much more!
Twelve commissioned artists created and installed their work in the woods over the Easter holiday period, 15-26th April, allowing visitors to observe the process and talk with the artists. Work is figurative as well as abstract, using natural materials, felt, willow, ceramic and metal.
The opening event for the sculpture trail on the 27th and 28th April was a great success despite the howling gale at the start. It included two days of free public drop-in workshops.
ArtSpace are a Charnwood based group of professional and semi-professional artists that formed in 1997. The Project has been generously supported by Arts Council England, The National Forest and Charnwood Borough Council.
May 27th Workshop Programme
Create a mini landscape 10.30 – 1.00 with Lisa Denham
Come and join in a collaborative workshop and help to create a mini landscape. Add as much or as little as you want using clay and things found in the woods. The woods will be the inspiration, the creatures that could be
found there, or ones from
Don’t Mess with Mother Earth 10.30 – 1.00 with Jacqueline Palmer
Re-using the material of the piece which is imbued with the elements Air, Water, Fire (Sun) , Earth and Spirit, this workshop expresses respect for the environment and will contribute to its protection through your Memory Bundle.
Earth 10.30 – 1.00 and 2.00 – 4.30 with Nita Rao
Help create roots to symbolically heal and hold our Earth together. Write down positive thoughts on ribbons of muslin and tie them inside the willow ‘Earth’. Wrap branches and twigs to create trees to take home as a reminder of these healing thoughts.
Felting with found objects 10.30 – 1.00 and 2.00 – 4.30 with Susheel Rao
Come and play with felting! Find a fallen stick, a stone or something similar and cover all or part with felt. We will have some pebbles if you prefer, a selection of coloured wools, and warm water to felt it all.
Make a fish with willow withies 10.30 – 1.00 and 2.00 – 4.30 with Jo Sheppard
In this workshop you will use willow
withies and recycled materials to
make two and three dimensional fish.
ArtSpace have won national funding to stage the biggest woodland art event to happen in Charnwood for decades, perhaps ever! Mountsorrel artist Nita Rao, main creator behind the event, has undertaken an 8 week ‘artist residency’ in the spectacular woodland setting to wet the public appetite and set the scene. This will be followed by a six week long sculpture trail leading through the woodland featuring artworks from eleven commissioned artists.
The Sculpture Trail in Charnwood’s Outwoods, just outside Loughborough, will be opened with
a weekend art event, including free creative drop-in workshops for the public, on 27th and 28th
April. The Trail will be open until the 9th June. Nita’s residency started on 18th February and will
continue until the opening of the Sculpture Trail.
Mountsorrel based photographer and ArtSpace member Tony Thory, said ‘last year’s smaller
event was such a success, and because the public appetite for opportunities to be creative
outdoors in beautiful natural surroundings was clearly so large, ArtSpace members decided to
go all out and stage a bigger and better event that would last longer and meander through a
large part of the woodland.’
As artist in residence, Nita will spend 2 or 3 days a week developing new work in the woods
from natural and found materials, taking inspiration from the Outwoods itself.
The eleven commissioned artists will be creating and installing their work on site over the Easter
holiday period, 15-26th April, allowing visitors to observe the process and talk with the artists.
The opening event for the Sculpture Trail will include two days of free public drop-in workshops
developed in response to work in the trail. During the six week trail further free workshops will
be held during a ‘sculpture-in-the-woods day’. Four day-long drop-in trail-based workshops will
allow visitors to make work to take home as well as work on a larger collaborative piece to
remain on the trail.
The Project has been generously supported by Arts Council England, The National Forest and Charnwood Borough Council. For further updated information see facebook – Into the Outwoods Sculpture Trail.
Our latest exhibition is at the Stamford Arts Centre
1st to 18th June 2017
18 members of the artists’ group Artspace Loughborough explore the theme of ‘Odyssey’. Each artist has responded differently and with a variety of media to the theme of a journey.
Several artists have chosen to explore actual journeys: narrow boat journeys in central England, photos from a train in India, the journeys of refugees to a safer life, Australian aboriginal songlines, wallpaper seen in an old cottage in New Zealand, shoes and other objects that remind us of travel.
Some journeys are imagined: the possible aftermath of a shipwreck, the exploits of a travelling circus.
Other work has a more metaphorical quality: the artist’s own journey to develop their art or to find meaning.