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‘Flow’

The Sock Gallery, Loughborough Town Hall.  

7th March – 20th April 2024.  

Open Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm and Saturday 10am – 3pm. 

ArtSpace Loughborough are staging a major exhibition of new work at Loughborough Town Hall’s Sock Gallery. 23 artists were given free rein to interpret the exhibition theme ‘Flow’ in their own way. 

Inspiration for this exhibition has come from sources as diverse as dance, meditation, relationships, the natural world, the climate crisis, written stories and communication in all its facets. The exhibitors are from the Charnwood area of Leicestershire and include painters, printmakers, sculptors, photographers, jewellery, textile and digital artists. 

Beryl Miles_Breath
Beryl Miles_Breath

Beryl Miles’ work encompasses the idea of Samadhi meaning ‘the flow state’ a state of oneness, complete absorption, being in the moment. Spatial concepts have always been important in her work. Compositions are often sparse and asymmetrical and the idea of simplicity and an absence of elaboration or decoration appeals. In ‘Breath’ and ‘Deep Pool’ she is attempting to portray a single moment in a heightened experience where the figure is suspended and caught in total absorption. 

Liz Macfarlane_The Crimson Tide

In contrast Liz Macfarlane looks at blood through the lens of microscopy, revealing nature’s unseen world of cells and vessels that we all possess and which are fundamental to the life sustaining flow of blood in our bodies. She juxtaposes this with a more social comment on real life experiences and reflections of women in relation to their menstrual cycle. 

Kate Hooper_Flow of Thought

Kate Hooper explores non-verbal communication in her work ‘Flow of Thought’. She uses the ideal vehicle for this – facial expressions.  “I wanted to inject a little humour into the work but also wanted the piece to be decorative incorporating pattern and colour.  Mixed media and collage worked well for this purpose. The faces were taken from newspaper and magazine articles, and family photographs.” 

Rod Shaw_Incoming Tide at Marazion, Cornwall.

Rod Shaw has a passion for the beauty of the natural world and turns to landscapes and the fleeting effects of light and weather as a source of inspiration for his paintings, while Frances Ryan utilizes lyrical shapes and bright colours to epitomise a sense of movement and energy in her images of fishes and birds. 

Frances Ryan_Wonderland

Over 50 diverse works are on show with references as varied as intergenerational family connections, the flow of emotion, of time and tide, the flow of flood waters and concerns about future climate and justice.  

And why not pop in and talk to some of the artists at the ‘Meet the Artist’ session on Saturday 23 March 11am-1pm, free and open to all. 

Ingrid Kleins-Daniels_Fluid Motion

BLURRED BOUNDARIES

18th Jan- 02 March 2024

Blurred Boundaries is a beautiful solo exhibition of immersive colour by Anna Michalska at the Sock Gallery, Loughborogh.

In this exhibition Anna explores the power, language and meaning of colour. Her work references colour in all its nuances and encourages us to find meaning on a physical and spiritual level. She examines the blurred boundaries that we create through our use of and response to colour.

Anna is also an experienced and inspiring teacher of adults and children. In her classes students are encouraged to express themselves and evolve through creativity. In her teaching she encourages a mindful and spiritual approach.

‘Rhythm & Movement’

ArtSpace Loughborough’s Exhibition At Déda Derby 

17th May – 31st August 2023. Open Mon-Sat 9 am- 4.30 pm. 

ArtSpace Loughborough, which created the phenomenally successful Outwoods Sculpture Trail in summer 2023, has an exciting new venture in Derby. The group of artists from the Charnwood area of Leicestershire has collaborated with Déda, Derby’s dance and performance centre. Members were given the opportunity to sketch and photograph in a selection of dance classes and performances and then use their responses to create work. The result is ‘Rhythm & Movement’, an exciting exhibition of new art. This will run from 17th May to 31st August 2023 throughout the Déda building in Chapel Street, Derby. 

Beryl Miles  ‘Flight’ (oil & cold wax on board)

Ballet and contemporary dance feature as inspiration in the work of Beryl Miles, Ingrid Kleins-Daniels, Mary Byrne, Kate Hooper, Pam Everard and Frances Ryan among others. Sue Barry sketched student rehearsals for a drama performance. 

Other sources for ‘Rhythm & Movement’, not so directly related to Déda’s activities, vary from Judith Eason’s paintings of birdsong patterns and Sally Reayer’s paintings of birds in flight to Gill Hugman-Perkins’s work based on patterns in reflections. 

Sue Barry   ‘Drum Beat Joy’ (mixed media on textile)

Ingrid Kleins-Daniels also organised a collaboration between BA/MA dance students at Déda and MA Fine Art students from Derby University and some of the art students’ work features in the exhibition too. Mary Byrne, who is a prize-winning author as well as an artist, will lead a creative writing workshop, inspired by work in the exhibition, on 18th May 2-4 pm at Déda. 

Kate Hooper   ‘Let’s Dance’ (linocut)

‘Rhythm & Movement’, Déda, 19 Chapel Street, Derby DE1 3GU (opposite Chapel Street car park).

Layered Meanings – in Relation to the Written Word

An Exhibition by ArtSpace.

Members of ArtSpace Loughborough, Charnwood’s group of professional artists, who have just finished their fantastically successful sculpture trail in the Loughborough Outwoods, are exhibiting paintings and drawings at West Bridgford Library Gallery, West Bridgford Road, Nottingham, from 4th to 22nd October. The exhibition is titled ‘Layered Meanings – in Relation to the Written Word’: the gallery is in a library so the artists have linked their work to books or words.

Ingrid Kleins-Daniels: ‘Time Passes’ (pastel)


Most of the artists have been inspired by texts – from writers as diverse as Dante, Sigmund Freud and Virginia Woolf. Some artists have related their work to wider aspects of the written word such as the conveying of meaning or the patterns of rhythm in language.

Kate Hooper: ‘Interpretation of Dreams’ (acrylic)

Ingrid Kleins-Daniels has an atmospheric pastel drawing ‘Time Passes’ inspired by part of Virginia Woolf’s novel To the Lighthouse. Kate Hooper’s ‘Interpretation of Dreams’ is an enigmatic acrylic painting about the artist’s own dreams and imaginings. Mary Byrne is fascinated by the character of Estella in Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations. Erica Middleton was encouraged by some words of Dante about making proper use of every day: she painted five exquisite little oils of dawn over the River Soar as seen from her house on five different days. Sue Barry liked the poem ‘Leisure’ by William Henry Davies: it made her stop and look afresh at details in the natural world. Greta Thunberg’s rousing words about saving the planet encouraged Sally Reayer to paint her as Joan of Arc!

Pam Everard: ‘Writer’s Block’ (acrylic)

Anna Michalska Tomajer translates rhythms and patterns in poetry visually. Judith Eason was moved by the symbolism on medieval tiles. Jemma Rix has a haiku as well as an art work. Frances Ryan’s narrative paintings are about women searching. Alison Folland has actually used cut-out parts of old books in her collages. Pam Everard’s abstract acrylic painting is about writer’s block!

An exhibition for everyone to enjoy, not just art lovers.

Sally Reayer: ‘Eco Warrior’ (oil)

Venue and opening times:

  • Exhibition runs 4th to 22nd October at West Bridgford Library , West Bridgford Road, Nottingham NG2 6AT.
  • Sunday/Monday closed
  • Tues-Thursday 9am-6pm
  • Friday 9am-5pm
  • Saturday 9am-4pm

ArtSpace for Ukraine

A fundraising exhibition to support refugee families from Ukraine.

1st May – 30 June 2022.

All proceeds from this online exhibition of artwork by members of ArtSpace will be donated to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC ) to help support refugee families from Ukraine. All artwork is priced at £100 or less. This is a rare opportunity to purchase quality artwork at very reasonable prices. If you wish to make a purchase and help refugees email contact@artspace-lboro.co.uk.

Shire Grants and the National forest award funding !

We are very pleased to announce that ArtSpace have been successful with funding bids to Leicestershire County Council’s Shire Grants and The National Forest’s Arts Grants for the 2022 Outwoods Sculture Trail.

Into The Outwoods Sculpture Trail 2022 is based on the theme ‘Harmony and Healing for Planet and People’. Much of the sculpture will directly reference issues of climate change, sustainability and ecology. Through these trail works, and the outreach workshop programme, we aim to raise awareness of the climate emergency and encourage people to think about our place in the natural world.

Felting workshop at the 2019 trail.

The Shire Grant funding will enable us to work with local schools and vulnerable groups to co-create work for the woodland trail. Mapelwell Hall School, Cobden School, Glebe House, the Wellbeing Café, and Albert Street Artists are all taking part. We aim to provide a vehicle for creative practice to help improve mental health and well being for the participants.

Funding from The National Forest Arts Grants will enable us to commission inspiring work for the trail, work with an additional school and run drop-in workshops for the public. 

Clay workshop at the 2019 trail.

The sculpture trail will encourage people from different backgrounds to come together, be and walk in nature, engage in the creative arts and learn new skills participating in workshops. These are all well proven ways to improve and develop relationships between participants as well as supporting improved mental health and emotional well-being.

We want to encourage people to visit the natural woodland environment and create a meaningful experience for them there so that they look on the woodland as a sanctuary in difficult times, enhancing a sense of place and where, through art, we can all make connections with our social and environmental context, with other people and with the natural world.

Willow workshop at the 2019 trail.
Willow workshop at the 2019 trail.

Into The Outwoods 2022 Sculpture Trail will be open from June 2nd to July 24th. It is free and open to all, dawn to dusk, at The Outwoods near Loughborough.

‘A Sense of Place’ – A New Show by the Association of Leicestershire Artists.

Charnwood Museum

12th March – 5th June 2022

Zenobia Girl by Mary Byrne.
Zenobia Girl by Mary Byrne.

Two members of ArtSpace are currently in an exhibition at Charnwood Museum, Loughborough. Judith Eason and Mary Byrne are also members of The Association of Leicestershire Artists. The Association – a small group formed after the artists graduated from Loughborough and De Montfort Universities – is exhibiting ‘A Sense of Place’ from 12th March to 5th June.

The ‘place’ referred to in the title is Charnwood. Artists were inspired by the Charnwood landscape and by items in the Leicestershire Museum Collections, some of which are on display with the artworks. There are paintings, drawings, collage, digital works and sketchbooks.

Storm Warning by Vivien Blackburn.
Storm Warning by Vivien Blackburn.

Glen Heath and Vivien Blackburn focus on nature in Charnwood. Vivien uses many different media, including digital art, to explore light and pattern in the landscape. Glen’s interest is chiefly in the damage that man has done to nature and the repercussions. She’s also interested in myths associated with the countryside.

Owl or Hare by Glen Heath.
Owl or Hare by Glen Heath.

Judith has landscape drawings too but also paintings based on medieval tiles in the Museum Collections. She was fascinated by the symbolism and surface texture. Sue Graham is interested in the fossils in the Collection but also rocks in the present landscape and how time erodes and changes them. 

Medieval Floor Tile by Judith Eason.
Medieval Floor Tile by Judith Eason.

Christine Johnson-Hume has paintings and sketches of Bradgate House which evoked thoughts of the young Lady Jane Grey before her future fate.

With a focus more on people, Ros Kite is fascinated by the colours and patterns in the Leicestershire Museum dress collection. (There is also an original 1850s dress on display!) Mary has paintings and drawings inspired by a 1920s photo archive of women workers at a Loughborough perfume factory. The women are surprisingly individual and ‘modern’ looking.

Blue Dress by Ros Kite.
Blue Dress by Ros Kite.

There is something for everyone to see. And a café too!

The Museum (Granby Street) is open Wednesday-Saturday 10am-3pm. After 15th April, it’s open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 1-4pm.

There is a ‘Meet the Artists’ session on Saturday 2nd April 1-3 pm.

Exhibition flyer.
Exhibition flyer.

Crowdfunder Launched for Outwoods Sculpture trail

To donate follow this link…

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ArtSpace have spent many hours developing plans and submitting funding applications to Arts Council England and Charnwood Borough Council for an Outwoods Sculpture Trail in 2022. Unfortunately we have not been successful with these core funding applications. We have, however, secured a Leicestershire County Council ‘Shire Grant’ of £5000 to run a series of creative workshops with  Mapelwell Hall School, Glebe House and Cobden Primary School to co-create three or four woodland installations for the trail. 

We are now launching a ‘justgiving’ crowdfunding page in the hope of raising some funds to offer modest commissions to a number of local artists to produce and install work for the trail and create a more substantial experience for the people of Charnwood and Leicestershire.

Open Cycle – Nita Rao

The proposed theme, ‘Harmony and Healing for Planet and People’, aims to promote personal and community well-being and increase awareness of environmental sustainability and draw links between the two.  

Please help us make these plans become a reality . Any donation, however small, will be very helpful and appreciated. All funds raised will be used to build a bigger and better Outwoods trail. 

To donate follow this link…

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ArtSpace New Work


Sorry, this exhibition has now ended. An archive exhibition tour video will be uploaded soon.

ArtSpace present ‘New Work’, our next interactive on-line exhibition. The exhibits range from paintings and mixed media to photography, collage, video and print.
Much of the work is for sale.
Please note work is not shown actual size in this virtual gallery. Price and actual size are given in the ‘list of works’ (via drop down menu top right when in gallery view) or, along with an artist statement in some cases, via the info tab (top right when viewing a specific artwork) for a given work.
Enquiries are welcomed via individual artist’s emails, if given, via the group email : contact@artspace-lboro.co.uk.

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

This exhibition is now closed. Please watch our archive virtual tour video.

Originally 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.
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. 

Rosebery Art & Craft Fair

27TH JANUARY & 28RD OCTOBER 2018

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

INSIDE/OUTSIDE – 10TH JANUARY TO 23RD FEBRUARY 2019

VENUE: Sock Gallery, Loughborough Town Hall.

Open 9am – 5pm    Mon – Sat.

A group exhibition by ArtSpace.

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.

Layers and Edges 19th April to 19th June

Our next exhibition will be ‘Layers and Edges’ at the Charnwood Museum LE11 3DU

Thursday 19th April – Tuesday 19th June 2018
Tues – Sat 10am – 4.30pm, Sun 2 – 5pm

Preview Saturday 21 April 2-4.30pm
Jill Vincent, who is a former Mayor of Loughborough, will be opening the exhibition on Saturday 21st April 2-4.30pm