An interactive online exhibition by members of ArtSpace.
Online December 1st – January 31st.
The theme “Layered Meanings” has been interpreted in various interesting and thought provoking ways by the 19 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
‘In the Dark’, Déda Dance & Performance Centre, 19 Chapel St, Derby DE1 3GU.
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
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.
I went to Sudbury, Suffolk recently, to see Gainsborough’s house. Very interesting – we devised a slightly alternative version of his life, piecing together the concrete information. I reckon he had quite a stressful working life, going to London early on (the right place for middle-class patrons) – whilst there he would have been obliged to get a posh studio in the right area whether he could afford it or not – posh clients wouldn’t want to be seen in a poor area. Then he went to Bath – maybe that was a bit cheaper, but still posh – we wondered why he moved? Then he returned to Sudbury and we wondered if that meant difficulties, not only in terms of making ends meet, but also he wasn’t entirely in line with Joshua Reynolds, the first principle of the R.A. Looks like his brother (who had made enough money to live elsewhere) moved out and allowed him & family to live in the house their father had originally bought. Looks like Gainsborough felt under pressure to keep up appearances as it were, and we did notice an increase of more ordinary local people in later portraits, so maybe he felt he had to take whatever work he could. What really inspired him though was aristocratic ladies with a bit of va-va-vroom, like ‘Mary, Countess Howe’ – now there was a fabulous woman!