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.
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
email@example.com or see the website www.artspace-lboro.co.uk.
Our new exhibition, Beyond Words, will be opening at the Sock Gallery, Loughborough Town Hall, on Friday 15th May. The exhibition will run until 27th June, Monday through Saturday, 9am – 5pm; closed Sunday.
You are welcome to meet the artists at the Sock Gallery on Saturday 16th May between 1pm and 3pm.
Autumn Art Fair In Woodhouse Eaves.
The artists’ group ArtSpace Loughborough will be holding their annual art fair at Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall (Main Street, Woodhouse Eaves) on Saturday and Sunday 8th and 9th November. This will be their 7th autumn art fair and this year is promising to be bigger and better with a total of 16 artists taking part.
Here you will be able to buy 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 and discuss their work with them. The group will be exhibiting many art forms include paintings, drawings, 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 a whole school art competition for pupils from the village primary, St. Paul’s. The competition is to design bunting inspired by ‘My Special Place’- the entries will be collected and hung in the hall over the weekend, with prizes donated by the group to be awarded in school assembly.
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.
If you would like further information on ArtSpace, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or see the website www.artspace-lboro.co.uk