Make a real art fest weekend by going to see the Heatons on one of the other days.......
Day 2: Hanging the garden themed rooms.
It was so exciting yesterday as we began to unwrap all the work. There's sculpture, photography, painting, textiles and printmaking, with the widest interpretation of the garden theme. It's going to be a fantastic exhibition in a beautiful setting. We're looking forward to seeing you all!
Margaret Cahill’s work is concerned with memory and time and reflects on the nature of our relationship to landscape whilst acknowledging contemporary anxieties in an increasingly unstable world.
She uses her own photographs as source material as well as appropriated images from a variety of media.
These images are the principle source for series of paintings and collages that are informed by a particular place yet allow for a universal resonance. They explore the possibility... of multi-layered narratives: the sense of places known and unknown - incidents remembered and imagined - the elusive nature of memory, both collective and personal.
Her interest in abandoned sites containing resonances of social, political and historic shifts has resulted in travel to places such as a shelled Roma village in Kosovo and an ex Soviet Military Airbase on the Baltic coast.
She was visiting lecturer in Fine Art at the University of Bolton 2003-2008 and has exhibited widely in London and the UK as well as internationally.
Work is held in the collection of Salford Museum and Art Gallery, South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust and Halliwells as well as private collections in the UK, Europe and America.
Mike Black: my work is about found spaces, I love the sense of freedom to just walk and find hidden corners of green space in the urban environment. I work in bursts and quickly but with my later work I have learned to slow down find the elements I like and wait for the light and space to present itself I then see design and shape come together.
Michelle Leigh is a painter who is widely exhibited, both in the UK and abroad. Her work is in many private collections and she has featured in publications.
'These are nostalgic paintings but never sentimental,hewn from the paint in gashes of colour,they remain freshly present yet reminiscent at the same time.' Robin Neville, Art Dealer/Collector
Gina Hopman is a Dutch born sculptor who works in stone and wood. She has made site specific carvings for gardens. One of her sculptures will compliment the garden during the exhibition.
In her works, Liz Cooksey’s inspiration comes from natural habitats; hedgerows, garden boarders, meadows. She creates shapes and structure with wire and copper in which she combines delicate fine crochet in a varied palette of subtle colours.
In her more recent work there has been a development from mainly framed relief pieces to free standing three-dimensional work, where simple wooden plinths become fertile ground from which springs an exuberance of natural forms.
Derek Johnson made these painting at his local allotment. The challenge was to work quickly and capture the changing light and “abstract” coloured patterns. Mood and atmosphere became specific qualities with forms becoming benign or threatening in the subdued or dramatic light.
I am exploring our inextricable link to the natural environment, the way we perceive and treat it, and our dependence on it moving forward: The delicate ecological balance between pollinating insects and food crops, the need to nurture and protect the soil to maintain fertility and the creative recycling and upcycling of materials to reduce waste.
Often the theme of work dictates what outcome is produced. This may result in drawing, print or sculptural installation made from appropriate materials (I like to use recycled if possible).
At Open House I'll be showing large scale immersive charcoal drawings, prints and sculptural installations.
Artist Steph Shipley
My concerns lie with those public and private
spaces where a state of flux, transition...
or separation exists and where there is a
certain temporal or spatial indeterminacy.
The bearings of a specific locus continue
to intrigue me as ‘space for the imagined’
and potential for transformation into the
incongruent outcomes of the final works.
Here is a recent post about work I am making for the exhibition http://whereandwhichway.blogspot.co.uk/…/levens-hall-garden…
On Sunday 2nd July we are also taking part in Old Trafford Open Gardens and all the artists and especially the invited artists have made work connected to this theme. http://www.opengardens.co.uk/open_gardens.php?id=1543
Film maker, installation artist and photographer Andy Fear is taking part in the garden themed exhibition. He is showing a series of new photographs that relate to gardens and vegetation.
Showcasing artists: Estella Scholes:
‘’Most of the references in my work come from the inspirational colours, textures and eroded shapes, both natural and manmade, found during many happy hours wandering along the shorelines of North Wales. I am interested in the little things in the landscape, things we walk on and through, which are an essential part of the bigger picture- the stones, shells, bits of rope and plastic, the changes of surface underfoot, from sand to rocks to tarmac or concrete.