It is quite a luxury for established makers to have the time and space to develop their work. In ‘New Directions’ the four makers featured for h.Art at the Lion Gallery Leominster have all done just that.
Nicola Haigh well known for her hand-painted batik silk scarves has risen to the challenge of the title by producing a series of bird pictures. This is a new subject matter for her and she does it by combining existing skills in a totally new way. We will also have a good display of her unique scarves on show.
Daniel Griffiths who trained locally as a blacksmith and later at Norwich School of Art in sculpture. Until now he has had a working forge, but having moved has had to change techniques. His new pieces develop his existing skills in mould making and casting, continues his interest in natural history but in a completely new and free way. He feels he has more direct contact with the work by being able to directly model materials, which was not an option when forging steel.
Helen Vine who has had much experience in the Creative Industries and trained originally as a printmaker, has become well known for her devoree textile work. Up to now this has largely been on an architectural theme. For this show however she has explored new subjects from natural history and experimented with her colour palette. For Helen this is a work in progress as her creative development is due to extend further with new art collaborations and techniques. We have an earlier jacket for comparison and Helen is happy to work to commission. Helen has kindly agreed to give an informal demonstration of her work on Wednesday September 11th between 2pm and 5pm. Space is limited so entrance may have to be staggered.
Rowan Mconegal (who is also a practising herbalist) has made a name for herself in stained glass making. After recent training in Japan she is now practising the art of Japanese woodblock printing. Originally trained as a printmaker Rowan has discovered quite a few similarities in the two disciplines, including economy of form and the use of layering. As a direct comparison of the two techniques we are showing some of the last stained glass Rowan made, often using prized pieces of glass saved for her best work and using a much simpler, more graphic approach than her usual glass. These pieces will be available to purchase. Rowan has kindly agreed to give an informal demonstration of woodblock printing on Tuesday September the 10th . Space is limited and entrance may be staggered. The Gallery will also be showing its usual high standard of contemporary art and craft sourced locally and throughout the British Isles.
Herefordshire ArtWeek (h’Art) 8-16 Sept 2018.
We are once again taking part in this established art event ( now in it’s 16th year).
After the success of last year’s sculptural exhibits by artist blacksmith Daniel Griffiths we have decided to extend our show to a broader metal theme. Entitled ‘On Their Metal’ the show will include the work of artist blacksmiths, sculptors, jewellers and printmakers.
Makers exhibiting include Ali Tregaskes (etched silver jewellery), Annabelle Oppenheimer (metal plate etchings),Claudia Petley/Paul Shepherd (artist
blacksmithing/sculpture) ,Daniel Griffiths (blacksmithing,sculpture),Helaina Sharpley (wirework) ,Jim Stringer (pewter), Peter King ( metal sculpture),Rozie
Keogh (wirework sculpture and jewellery), Sharon McSwiney (mixed metal wall art and jewellery) and Sue Brown (enamel wall art and collagraph prints).
The metal exhibition will be held along with our usual varied collection of contemporary local and British art and craft. Our h’Art exhibition is a selling exhibition and will extend to the 30th of September.
Brochures are available from the gallery or can be posted on request.
The Lion Gallery has once again been pleased to award a prize to an outstanding student at the Hereford College of Arts, 2018 Summer Show. Over thirteen years we have been pleased to mentor and support new designers and give them the additional opportunity of exhibiting with us. Past winners have included ceramicists and jewellers, some of whom have continued to work professionally and still exhibit at the gallery.
This year’s recipient is Tom Nicolson, a final year student on the BA Hons Artist Blacksmithing course.
He describes his work as an exploration of culture. Using traditional techniques he creates contemporary forms inspired by medieval West African blacksmiths who forged currency bars out of recycled materials. These bars were used as ceremonial objects and as dowry pieces containing steel from broken tools used by previous generations, as proof of labour and to be traded as currency.
Tom’s modern interpretation also includes recycled material and takes the form of ‘wearable art’, dramatic neckpieces with a tribal feel. The fluidity of design caused by the molten metal means his work can also stand alone as striking sculptural pieces in their own right.
Well here we are at last! The long promised new website, a work in progress but at least getting there. We have tried to give a flavour of the variety of designer art and craft we show in the gallery, with new pieces arriving frequently.
Work by established local makers is displayed alongside quality contemporary craft from all over the British Isles. We travel widely to source new work and meet many interesting makers along the way. Some have purpose built studios and workshops, some prefer the kitchen table or a spare room, but all have a passion for their subject and a skill in their field perfected over years.
This summer we will once again be awarding the Lion Gallery prize to a worthy student graduating from Hereford College of Arts. The prize also comes with the opportunity to exhibit at the gallery and thus encourage and support a new generation of designer makers. Past winners have gone on to continue to work professionally and some still show their work at the Gallery several years later.
As this blog develops I hope to introduce you to some of the faces behind the work we show and perhaps give an insight into some of the techniques used. I knew that media and techniques module would come in useful one day.