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Sanding the Plate – The Chapel Bromyard
Between 10th and 18th September 2016, as part of h.Art, Herefordshire Art Week there will be a significant exhibition by six local artists at The Chapel in Bromyard, Details shown below followed by biographies of the six participating artists.
Niel Bally: Niel studied fine art at the Ruskin in Oxford and at West Surrey College of Art in Farnham.
He has lived and worked in London, Mexico and South Africa. But in 1997 he returned to Wales to set up home and studio near Talgarth where, in partnership with his wife Sue, he runs a programme of art courses known as Art Courses Wales.
He is a painter who has worked in a variety of ways broadly within the themes of still life, landscape and figure. He has held a number of solo exhibitions and been selected for group shows including the RA Summer Exhibitions, Royal Watercolour Society, Royal Portrait Society, Royal West of England Academy, National Eisteddford Wales, Hunting Art Prize Awards, Brecknock Museum and various galleries in London, UK and abroad.
His work was first shown at The Chapel, Bromyard earlier this year in The Land We Hold Dear.
Rae Harrison: Rae used to work as a sociologist/lecturer, and then counsellor at Birmingham University.
Following early retirement in 1992 she studied Fine Art and Art History at Ludlow College, afterwards gaining a Higher National Certificate at Hereford College of Art and Design.
Perhaps stemming back to working in London in the late 1950’s Rae has been intrigued by abstraction, enjoying its freedom and ambiguity.
Initially her work was semi-abstract but recently she has enjoyed the challenge of working in the abstract, often using mixed media and collage. “Sometimes I begin with a stored memory of an abstract image; then I experiment with shape, tone, texture, line and colour to create an interesting composition.”
In 2004, Rae founded Abstract Edge, a group of like-minded artists, who meet monthly to review work in progress. Rae has exhibited locally on the Welsh Borders and also in Birmingham, Hereford, Leominster, London, Ludlow, Newtown, Shrewsbury and Telford.
Pippa Meddings: Working experimentally in acrylics and watercolours, Pippa tries to capture the spirit of a plant through translucent glazes, loose expressive strokes and drawing back into the surface she has created to introduce detail.
Some paintings also include still life elements: vintage vases and hints of treasured textiles, inviting the viewer to look more closely.
Pippa originally worked as a Footwear Designer in London, after gaining a degree in Footwear and Accessories Design from Cordwainers College at London College of Fashion. Before this she went to Herefordshire College of Art and Design.
A much anticipated return to Herefordshire after nearly a decade in London gave her the opportunity to develop her artistic practice.
Vivienne Sole: Returning from a career in Education in the Far East, Vivienne studied Fine Art at Hereford College of Art and now exhibits locally and throughout the UK.
Her life events and experiences have provided the inspiration for her art. When a close family member developed Alzheimer’s Vivienne found her work provided an outlet for thoughts and emotions associated with illness, grief and loss. The themes have since expanded in her work to include issues that relate to us all: love and loss, war and suffering, isolation and vulnerability, and most recently “dislocation” as families are shattered when they become refugees leaving home and homeland.
Painting, print and photography have gradually given way to works which are predominantly three dimensional. Using paper cuts, collage and assemblage to book art, sculpture and installation, the works have increasingly shown her passion for selecting materials which relate directly to the subject.
She sometimes uses non-traditional materials such as textiles, wax, wool, soap and hair. “Found” objects and clothing that carry a memory of their own, can prove a poignant starting point. She likes to create an atmosphere of calm, exhibit a lightness of touch and make quiet statements which might lead to contemplation and reflection.
David Spurrier: A member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists and Kidderminster Art Society, David Spurrier’s paintings and prints have their origins in urban or rural landscape, maps or the materials that make up the landscape, rock, stone, woods etc.
The paintings are mainly mixed media using collage, charcoal, pastels, graphite and various water based paints and inks.
The prints are all original pieces produced from collagraph, drypoint or carborundum plates, or a combination of techniques.
Some pictures are quite representational whilst others have a more abstract form exploring, emphasising or simplifying shape, colour and texture.
He finds achieving more abstract images to be the most satisfying, freely improvising the spontaneous effects that emerge without losing the sense of place and the impact of the original subject.
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Jane Tudge: Jane’s first job after school was Archives Assistant at the County Record Office. That official memory house proved influential to her current practice.
She is interested in those things that cannot be readily seen: memory and loss; shadows; the workings of the mind, often combining imagery of what is physically around her with her own internal landscape.
Her practice is process driven – tracing, then sculpting in wax, and the ensuing burying and finding of the image in pigmented wax – it resonates with the mechanics of memory and thought. These are what she calls her physical photograms.
She graduated in 2006 with a first class degree in Fine Art from Hereford College of Arts.
Her work is in national and international private collections and the Women’s Library. She has been selected for numerous Art Prizes and Opens including the Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize 2015, the National Open Art Prize 2014 and Drawn, The Royal West of England’s Drawing Open 2013, as well as their Autumn Open Exhibitions and the Ludlow Summer Exhibition of Contemporary Art Opens.
She has had four solo exhibitions since graduating, the most recent of which was I saw this and thought of you, at three, BPN, Birmingham, 2013.
She has just moved to her new open studio gallery in Bromyard which you are very welcome to visit.
Herefordshire Art Week is happening again this year from 10th – 18th September 2016 and venues around Bromyard have put together their own mini trail. Within just 5 miles of Bromyard you will find the work of more than 30 artists on display in studios and galleries. It is an excellent chance to look at a wonderful variety of original work and to meet the artists themselves. Work will be on sale at all the venues and at most you will be able to get a cup of tea and enjoy the creativity or even have a go yourself on a potter’s wheel out in Stoke Lacy!
With a pop-up café at The Chapel Bromyard in Sherford Street is an exhibition called “Sanding the Plate”. The title comes from a description by local artist David Spurrier of an element of his printing technique and this exhibition celebrates the processes of six artists: Niel Bally, Rae Harrison, Pippa Meddings, Vivienne Sole, David Spurrier and Jane Tudge.
At Bromyard’s Hope Centre the work of local artists including Rachel Cross, Jo Williams, Fiona Potter, Sheenagh Davis, Rosalind Johansson Barry Lockwood, Jono Simpson and Maggie Kingston, all showcasing a range of textiles, paints, wood, ceramics and oil paintings. The art is exhibited in Oscar’s Cafe with locally sourced food and stunning views of the Frome Valley.
Out in Pencombe, artist Annabelle Oppenheimer opens her studio with original prints, etchings, collagraphs, linocuts and woodcuts.
In Stoke Lacy landscape artist and ceramicist Nigel Montandon gives young and old alike the chance to have a go on the wheel. Also in Stoke Lacy is artist blacksmith David Preston whose unique skills produce work of lasting beauty in crafted metal work for all occasions.
At Frome Valley Vineyard in Paunton near Bishops Frome, Artists at the Vineyard present an exciting selection of artwork, created by five local contemporary artists with sculpture, paintings, photographs and iron work displayed in the Winery where you can relax with tea, coffee, homemade cakes or take the opportunity for a tour of the vineyard and wine tasting.
At Whitbourne Hall follow the pink signs to the studios and Whitbourne Ceramics where you will find Mary Ann Scadding who makes original hand built ceramic pots and Liz Cousins who as a paper artist explores different ways of using paper from the creation of tiny images to large installations.
At Crumplebury Farm, Whitbourne is The Green Cow Collective: Bill Evans paints landscapes and interiors mainly in oils and Megan Evans uses litter collected from the natural landscape to create collagraph prints and illustrator Shelly Perkins creates mixed media work inspired by British wildlife and countryside.
And finally Ralph Court Gardens in Edwyn Ralph takes part in H.Art with a renovated barn housing local arts and crafts.
The Bromyard Mini trail is a feast for mind, body and soul – look out for the pink road signs and the flyers and brochures in and around Bromyard.
Studio based workshop suitable for beginners or improvers (aged over 16) and as I keep numbers very low you get lots of attention to develop or hone your skills and techniques.
Basic to all work with paper are good (and safe) cutting skills and every beginner will be given help to develop these.
Each session will have a theme and new skills will be introduced. To support these I will provide basic templates for you to work on.
You may have already started to work with paper and want to use the workshops to develop your ideas – I will be on hand with advice and support.
Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 4:30 PM
h.Art week takes places across Herefordshire between 10th and 18th September 2016. A record number of participants from Bromyard and its surrounding villages will be taking part this year. The map below shows their locations.
Full details on h.Art and these artists can be found here.
Ledbury Poetry Festival, 1 – 10 July 2016
Edmund de Waal and Jesse Norman will chat about their desert island poems. Poets including Frieda Hughes and Sarah Howe. Poetry and Music with singer-songwriter Kathryn Williams and Hollie McNish. Indian poet Karthika Naïr will give a re-telling of The Mahabharata. Sir Jonathan Bate will talk about Ted Hughes.
The Festival turns the spotlight on refugee and migrant experiences. Actress Juliet Stevenson reads her selection of poems by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, with narrative by Mark Fisher. Theatrical events include the highly recommended The Book of Job the Musical. Also The Magnetic Diaries written by Sarah James.
There are still a few places on the Poetry and Meditation Retreat led by Maitreyabandhu, Matthew Sweeney and Fiona Sampson. Maitreyabandhu’s illuminating Poetry East style interviews with Medbh McGuckian, Matthew Sweeney, Fiona Sampson and Arundhathi Subramaniamare illuminating. Maitreyabandhu’s interview approach unpacks how poetry is relevant, accessible and meaningful and are an opportunity to enjoy thought-provoking conversations with some of our most challenging and respected poets.
Punk ‘n’ Poetry combines great music and the voices of Spoz and Jonny Fluffypunk. The Festival is excited to launch Heath with Penelope Shuttle and John Greening. Another highly recommended event is Voices from the Cillín, which is accompanied by an exhibition inspired by Ireland’s unmarked graveyards.
The Festival finale is Bards without Borders, an uplifting and inspiring performance by a troupe of multilingual bards who speak back to Shakespeare with newly written poems.
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