Jill MacKeith is the curator of a recent show in Stroud, ‘Motherhood & Metamorphosis’ at the Lansdown Gallery. Guest SITblog contributors and artists, Sarah Dixon and Sharon Bennett, interviewed Jill about the show and the thinking behind it.
What is your background – are you an artist?
Inspired by Design
Allomorphic was first conceived as a shop which focused on well made and artisan gardening, we sourced carefully our projects from independent gardening journals to handmade gardeners bags, aprons and strings. As the shop developed we introduced handmade tools and worked with local makers to introduce soaps and ceramic art works to our range. With the opening of our second shop we realised we were interested in living beautifully but always being inspired by the garden – it seemed with more space a natural fit that sculpture, paintings and making were also at our core, to this end we have started a collaboration with The Art Catalogue based in Cheltenham which manage one of the biggest art studios in Gloucestershire to bring artists and their work to our stores.
Opening on 21 September will be paintings by Betty Harrison.
9 August – 1 October
‘’The idea for this series of paintings came from a simple wish to bring the outdoors inside, and an initial vision of how I would love to see images of life-sized animals leaping around the space. My desire is to capture the sense of the animal, their very nature and traits and of course, their beauty. The deer in particular, have been a joy to paint, the lightness and skittishness of their personality make them all the more intriguing; I love that they hide and watch so carefully then bound away into the shelter of trees and foliage.”
Exciting works by Andy will grace the walls at the Malthouse from Wednesday 21 June. Prints on canvas and paper framed and unframed, inspired by the Malthouse Bar & Kitchen.
A b/w series of photopolymer gravure etchings derived from experimental monoprints exploring themes of landscape, both remembered and real, through abstraction, pattern and texture + large-scale, unframed, monoprints and large scale digital prints on canvas.
Showing 31 January – 15 April
Malthouse Kitchen Bar, Salmon Springs Stroud
Large oil on canvas paintings by Nettle Grellier and George Lloyd-Jones will be on show at the Malthouse until 15 April.
The BoonRig Studio
George and Nettle live in Spain and exhibit widely in Spain and the UK.
These large colourful paintings will adorn the walls of the Malthouse Kitchen & Bar.
Showing at Wetpaint Gallery
November 3 – 26
Anna will be exhibiting alongside John Piper paintings & prints at Wetpaint Gallery Chalford GL6 8NR
Anna S King has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions in the UK, Europe and Internationally for the past 50 years.
She studied at Gray’s School of Art and Edinburgh College of Art. A retrospective of her work was held at National Museum of Scotland in 2007 and she has exhibited at Collect: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects and SOFA Chicago.
Date: 1st -31st July 2016
Opening Times: Thursday – Saturday 10am – 5pm
Venue: Hallidays Mill, London Road,Chalford, Stroud GL6 8NR, UK
This exhibition celebrates the art of printmaking and will feature an exclusive selection of contemporary printmakers from all over the country. Included in the exhibition will be linocuts by Melvyn Evans and Lucy Farley.
Ceramics by Rowan Whimster – Papier mache by Gill Hackett
Further artists to be announced. On show will be a range of techniques including screen prints, linocuts, etchings and wood engravings. Further artists to be announced and all works will be for sale.
A huge welcome to Cheltenham’s newest and most gorgeous gallery – The Guild at 51. Opened last week at 51 Clarence Street as part of the £6m redevelopment of the Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum, it offers lovers of contemporary applied arts the chance to browse, buy and commission work by members of the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen. SIT has long been an enthusiastic supporter of the Gloucestershire Guild (which, incidentally, is the oldest Guild of Craftsmen in the country) and will be collaborating with them on various projects beginning next month with an exhibition of work by ceramicist Joseph Hartley. I will be posting more about the Maker in Focus programme and the very talented Mr Hartley in due course so watch this space. In the meantime, here are my highlights from the inaugural showcase.
innovation, excellence and creativity