Join us this Saturday 1pm for a talk by established contemporary artist Margaret Johnston. Maggy will share her art practice, which is environmentally and feminist based where "I endeavour to highlight environmental issues that we are in the position to make changes and help improve the health of the planet. My work also addresses gender equality issues and the position of women in art, and in the world.
‘Womanly’ skills of weaving, crochet and knitting are employed in order to move them from the realm of craft, into the white cube space of Fine Art.
NO EXIT is a development of Johnston's sculptural, environmental and gender equality directed art practice. We are caught in a cul-de-sac. Our world, our horizons and our control over our lives has been diminished. No Exit. The work presented here, deliberately celebrating the hand-made, recognises this situation, but illustrates the beauty and the pathways that are still inherent in our lives."
"Working in patchwork, stained glass, carpentry and ceramics has encouraged me to experiment with mediums and how they can be combined. Childhood memories of doing patchwork with my mother, and working in stained glass as a young adult have had a particular influence on my compositional style.
Inspiration comes in the form of peaceful landscapes including night skies, houses, birds, fish
and maps. I aim to convey a feeling of home and of our place in the divine universe."
We have had to postpone the opening celebration. We are hoping for a closing celebration in the final week in the meantime do come and see gorgeous new works by Allison Tuckwell in this joyful exhibition.
In the meantime in keeping with our Covid support for our visual artists here is the exhibition online if you can't make it into the gallery. Selected works are available as prints.
A celebration of the Space Overlooked
As someone who has moved around their whole life, Williams has a fascination with the banal interstitial spaces that we move through and occupy every day. Her imagery for the most part, comprises of quiet solitary space - staircases, empty rooms, corridors and the like. These empty rooms have a haunting emptiness and anonymity about them, and yet also a familiarity. The physical process of painting is an important part of William's practise. Her works call for attention to the material surface of the picture. Each painting is made up of layers upon layers of paint, and often these layers are dragged and scraped back to reveal and conceal. This exhibition is a celebration of the space overlooked. It seeks to draw the observer into a moment. To surprise, delight and remind.