'A Sense of Place' West Berkshire & North Hampshire Open Studios
We once again welcome a selection of local artists as part of West Berkshire & North Hampshire Open Studios in this exhibition 'A Sense of Place' inspired the artists' environment. The works include ceramics, jewellery, sculpture and paintings. Come and meet the artists, see their work and perhaps treat yourself or find a gift that is unique and special. Exhibition free. Usual admission charge applies to the chapel.
Saturday 4 May - Monday 27 May (Wed - Sun & BH Monday only) 11am - 4pm
It is a huge privilege to welcome back a selection of artists as part of the 2019 West Berkshire & North Hampshire Open Studios programme.
The artists whose work you can see and buy are listed below. Your visit supports not only local arts and crafts, but also our work to introduce Sandham to a wider audience.
Jo Arkell, Diana Barraclough, Helen Colling, Paul Harvey, Rebecca Hedges, Lynda Jones, Helen Mortimer, Teresa Munn, Moya Tosh and Angela Willis.
Helen is a local silk painter living and working from her studio in Newbury. Her paintings on silk are inspired by travels abroad and are a response to architecture and their place in the natural environment. Colour, line and composition play an important role in these paintings, which develop from drawings of townscapes and cityscapes. Helen is also developing a range of hand-painted silk scarves inspired by the changing colours of the seasons. Her work is regularly exhibited during both the West Berkshire & Hampshire Open Studios
From earliest times, clay has been used as a medium for scripts.
Here, intriguing shapes and shadows are formed by 3 dimensional slip-trailed text, presented as wall mounted plaques or 3 dimensional pieces, where the words have left the page to create new forms.
The works describe our feelings for landscape, such as Sheers’ verse ‘There are places that speak, Telling the stories of us and them…’ Stories held in familiar landscapes link the past with hopes for the future.
The latest works, ‘Coracles’ represent the stories we take with us as we travel to new homelands.
Moya's work reflects the rugged and imperfect elements of the Hampshire countryside where she lives and works. Recent sculptural pieces have been inspired by the gnarled and peeling character of Silver Birch bark and are hand-built using porcelain clay. Texture is created by pulling and stretching the clay until it wrinkles and cracks and she uses black slip to emphasize the fissured, pitted surface and metallic glaze to highlight the dark interior.
Since completing a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Winchester School of Art Angela has been greatly influenced by her immediate surroundings wherever that might be. After a year in Paris studying Life Form, her focus has been to use mixed media to create images suggestive of the rythym and force of nature and the immensity and dynamism of land/waterscapes around the British isles. Currently her local environment has inspired a softer and more figurative approach in the landscape.
After 46 years of working with clay, usually thrown on the potter’s wheel and gas fired to 1300°c, Jo is exploring her African heritage with new work while still making practical items, which forms the basis of her production. She also make lampwork beads on the torch using Venetian glass with techniques learnt on the island of Murano. Working with glass, she can explore light and colour, then setting the jewellery with sterling silver to produce unique items to treasure.
Born in Birmingham in 1962, Lynda attended the local Grammar School. After a long career in banking she decided to develop her creative side. Taking accredited courses in Jewellery at Thames Valley University and then moving to South Hill Park to continue studying Lynda has now been making jewellery as a hobby for over 15 years.
Lynda lives in Burghfield with her husband and two children and loves learning new jewellery techniques, applying these to her projects to make unique pieces. Working predominantly in silver her jewellery reflects the natural world in stylised form.
Rebecca has always loved photography. She started to use an SLR whilst doing Photography GCSE as an 'extra' to her A-Levels, when taking pictures became her main focus and even a bit of an obsession, not least because she could spend hours in the darkroom printing her own black and white images. She says that “I love being out and about exploring the landscape with my camera; photography adds an extra dimension to everything I like to do. I am always looking for opportunities to create interesting images, and take 'pictures everywhere' I go."
Helen trained at Buckinghamshire New University, is a member of the Society of of Designer Craftsmen, The Embroiderer's Guild and Oxford Textile Artists, and has exhibited at the Mall Galleries and Oxfordshire Museum. Helen experiments with the ethereal absence of presence, interpreted by layering sheer materials with images of her photographs or sketches, transferred to cloth by digital printing, dyes or paint. Suggestions of shadowy figures are stitched into the work. Ruined buildings and historical events provide inspiration.
Ceramicist Diana Barraclough has been exhibiting work and opening her studio with the Open Studio programme for many years. The piece below is called Murmuration, and is inspired by
the natural phenomena of mass collections of starlings who collect in their thousands and fly together forming multi layered patterns in the sky. It is a breath taking sight, never still and ever changing.
Paul has been sculpting since the age of ten, having been introduced to woodcarving by a primary school teacher in West Sussex in the early seventies. Birds have been an interest from an early age, having kept numerous species as pets in aviaries. Paul was keen to carve them in wood, but their delicate features didn’t lend themselves to woodcarving, so the design had to be simplified; a style that combined with his other great interest Art Deco, forms his work today, even though now working in bronze gives an almost unlimited freedom in design.
Paul has sold work all over the world as well as to the Royal family, and has exhibited at Chelsea Flower Show on many occasions. His studio is set in the middle of the Hampshire countryside, on the edge of a half-acre pond/lake, which over the past ten years he and his wife have turned into a small nature reserve, which in turn has encouraged many of the birds he sculpts to show themselves in their true and natural light. He produces two collections of birds, one made at his studio in Burghclere using resins, marble and metals, and a bronze collection cast by the Pangolin foundry.