VENUE: Rosebery Community Centre, Storer Road, LE11 5EQ
Some members of ArtSpace are taking part.
Rosebery Art and Craft Fair
Over 25 Leicestershire based artists and makers will be taking part in a new event this October. The Rosebery Community Centre on Storer Road in Loughborough will be hosting an Art and Craft Fair over the weekend of Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October.
Among many of the creative disciplines represented will be painting, printmaking, textiles, sculpture, ceramics, photography, digital art, wood crafts, jewellery making, assemblage and wire sculpture. No two artists are alike, with styles varying from complete abstraction to more literal representation.
The venue is situated on Storer Road, Loughborough LE11 5EQ. Doors will be open from 11am to 5pm both days. There will be plenty of free parking and admission is free. Refreshments will also be available. Hope to see you there.
Please contact Jo Sheppard on 07984 316292 for any further information
21 members of ArtSpace Loughborough present an exhibition on the theme of ‘Inside/Outside’. In varied media, they explore how the inner and outer worlds of our lives connect. Sometimes this is literally the contrast between interiors and outside as seen through a window or doorway, or hinting at natural patterns in a man-made environment. Some artists wanted to focus on their private creative thinking in relation to the bigger world. Some artists chose to think about the contrast between our inner lives and the self we present to other people.
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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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.
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.
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.
Over the weekend of June 7th and 8th June, two Artspace members opened up their studio in the village of Quorn, Leicestershire. It proved to be a very successful event with over 200 visitors perusing the work of painter Jo Sheppard and sculptor/ceramist Nita Rao. Also exhibiting was guest silversmith Susheel Rao who had a collection of contemporary jewellery. If you would like to be notified of their next event, please join our mailing list.