Event category: Art

Time-out, responding to landscape with Terry Flower

A painting of a rolling road over hill with trees and clouds

One-day workshop beginning with short walk from artists studio to gather responses to the landscape: drawings, photos, found objects and words. These will form the basis for participants to create a small bookwork back in the studio.

Outline. The workshop will start with an introductory talk about the day ahead. Examples will be shown of the possible outcomes we might create to help fire the imagination. After the introductory talk we will take a short walk from the studio over to Belchamp Walter church. The purpose of the walk will be to gather responses in the form of words, images and small natural objects. These will be used as the basis, and stimulation, for a small bookwork produced under the guidance of Terry Flower back in the studio. The purpose of the day will not be to make refined outcomes, but small proposal/sketch/ book works to stimulate more refined artworks at some future date. The day will also provide students with a working methodology for the individual to use as a template for future personal responses to landscape.

Since graduating from Goldsmiths in 1986 I have been a committed teacher and practitioner, I divide my time equally between the two and feel one feeds into the other. My theme is landscape, which is explored through sculpture, photography and bookworks. My work is a prompt, encouraging the exploration of the landscape around us. No place is mundane, each has some magic to offer and rewards those with time enough to pause and engage. One does not need an exotic location to begin, it’s out there in the most ordinary of places happening every day.

Shore – Aspects of the Liminal

6 pieces of artwork on the themese Shore

SHORE – ASPECTS OF THE LIMINAL at North House Gallery, Manningtree featuring work by Neil Bousfield, Simon Carter, Daisy Cook, Luke Elwes, Fergus Hare, Melvyn King, Ffiona Lewis and Jasper Startup.

Artists, and non-artists, have always been attracted to the shore, especially in the UK, where it is never far away. Whether sandy beach, salt marsh, mud, rocks or man-made seawalls and quays, the transitional space between the land and the water has a fragile mutability which inspires intentions beyond the merely representational. Now, with increasing concern about climate change, artists are justifiably seeing the shore as a barometer of even greater change that requires a transition in the relationship of humans with their environment.

Neil Bousfield’s Home and Place engravings explore the joys of the beach at the same time as the vulnerability of the east Norfolk coast. The new, larger multiple block relief print, Doggerland Walker, references the Holocene landscape buried under the North Sea: a gentle warning.

Simon Carter works almost exclusively in the in-between space that is neither sea nor dry land, a wild space inhabited by birds. His quick drawings from the seawalls across the saltings of the Walton backwaters are transfigured in the studio to images that include all the information but exist only in paint.

Daisy Cook’s paintings and collages have become increasingly abstract in recent years, a joyful interplay of simple geometric shapes, but still discernable here is the sun over a seawall or a tree by the shore and the colours are always delicate and subtle.

Luke Elwes continues his Waterline series of works on paper, each one produced over the course of a day as the sea water floods the creaks and channels of the salt marshes of the east coast. The light on the surface of the water is recorded as well as hints of what has been, albeit temporarily, erased.

Fergus Hare had access to his local Sussex beach during lockdown, but as often with his work, his beach scenes, although apparently minutely observed, strangely seem to come from another, earlier time and evoke unexpected associations in the viewer.

Melvyn King’s principal sightlines for his paintings are shore to shore across the Stour estuary, tracking the busy flow of shipping in and out of Harwich and Felixstowe, and from the sea shore on the other side of the Harwich peninsular, out to the far horizon.

Ffiona Lewis paints waves breaking on the rocks South Devon coast and views through pine trees of the Deben and Alde estuaries. Her Flotsam series are calligraphic drawings of the skeletons of the less fortunate beech and sycamore trees that have succumbed to the erosion of the waves.

Jasper Startup’s sculpture is all about the nature of wood. He uses found materials, often sea-weathered from the shore, as a starting point, each piece being a search for the identity of form. Some pieces are organised by number, others based on a feeling or character that comes to light during the making process.

More information at www.northhousegallery.co.uk

Archontoula Tsatsoulaki

Photograph of 'Unravelling My Secret Message', a book bound by Andreas Maroulis

Archontoula Tsatsoulaki Unravelling my secret paths.

North House Gallery is delighted to present a show of textile art by Archontoula Tsatsoulaki, work which has grown out of her MA degree show at Chelsea College of Arts in 2019, where her presentation and personality shone out from her contemporaries. Equally noticeable was her thick mane of long black hair, which, as it transpires, she uses in her work.

The focus of Archontoula’s practice is to understand the secret messages, symbols and codes in the patterning of clothes. For her main installation she collected her (naturally shed) hair, transformed it into a yarn and wove it with natural materials such as wool or cotton into a long textile grid. Recalling a map of an urban grid, it represents a map of her own secret thoughts and symbols from her wanderings through London.

North House Gallery website

Norman Ackroyd: New Work

This exhibition of etchings by Norman Ackroyd CBE RA, his twelfth biennial solo show at North House Gallery,
includes two of his annual collections: Reading the Landscape, 2019, and Lockdown, 2020, as well as the small series of Lockdown Rainbow etchings and 20 independent prints, large and small, from the last two years.

The show is hung but the gallery is closed because of COVID restrictions. Please see the website www.northhousegallery.co.uk for a film and all the images which can be ordered unframed. Contact gallery 01206 392717

Flatford Nature Day

Seasonal, nature based activities such as pond dipping, spoon carving, minibeast hunting, arts & crafts, and river trips.

£3 per child

The Path, exhibition at North House Gallery, Manningtree

PATH: A Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Stour Valley Path as part of the River Stour Festival 2019 with artists Norman Ackroyd RA, Neil Bousfield, May Cornet, Jason Hicklin RE, Melvyn King, Kit Leese, Jane Lewis, Sarah Milne, Ruth Philo, Oliver Soskice, Dina Southwell, Jasper Startup & Linda Theophilus
Private View: 6 July 2019, 2–6pm
 

More info: http://www.northhousegallery.co.uk

 

 

South Stour Churches Festival

Craftsman’s Art & Music’s Measure is the theme for the South Stour Churches Festival, a major festival of arts, crafts, music, talks and literature to be held throughout the month of October across the 15 beautiful churches of the South Stour. 40+ events over 33 days in 15 churches.  The festival celebrates the range of local talent in the creative arts in our 15 communities. Join us for a month of creativity in the arts, whilst also delighting in the architectural splendour of 15 historic churches and the surrounding countryside. More information on the South Stour Churches Festival website.

Full programme can be downloaded here