Saturday 12 May - Sunday 3 June (Wed - Sun & BH Monday only) 11am - 4pm We welcome a selection of local artists presenting ceramics, jewellery, sculpture, textiles and works in wood who are part of the West Berkshire Open Studios programme. 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 to the chapel.
Its is a huge privilege to welcome back a selection of artists as part of the 2018 West Berkshire 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.
Having studied textiles and drawing separately for many years I now combine fabric and stitch with more traditional artists' materials including inks, acrylic paint and graphite. For the most part I colour or print the papers and textiles I use, then distort and join them to create interesting surfaces to work with. My work focusses on evoking impressions and feelings of places I visit, using colour, layering and distorted scale to indicate how different objects and elements draw my attention.
I feel very privileged and excited to be asked to display some work at Sandham.
Sandham Memorial Chapel, is in my view one of the great works of British twentieth century works of art and as such it is fascinating to be permitted to exhibit here.
My work is related to reality and memory. This can be an instant in time or a cumulative filter of events or people. I mainly paint in oils, but have used photography and computer manipulation also.
Cathy Newell Price
My work expresses my passion for the natural world, especially plants, this is not surprising as my original degree was in Botany. The materials I use are precious metals, vitreous enamel and some gemstones. The pieces are sometimes symbolic, sometimes figurative and others just evoke a sense of a walk or just being in a particular environment.
The pieces on display in this exhibition are mostly from my Garden range, jewel bright enamelled silver pieces that are inspired by plants in the garden. Each piece is made by cutting individual flowers out of silver by hand, these are then given form and coloured by fusing vitreous enamels onto the silver in a kiln. Other techniques I use include chasing and repousse´ and direct casting (pouring molten silver directly onto hand carved moulds).
Working with clay allows me a secondary voice, a line of communication through form. I combine the gentleness of undulating landscapes, the turmoil of the sea and the soft sensuality of the human form into my work. Using a variety of traditional hand building techniques I create contemporary sculptural forms.
The work of Sir Stanley Spencer at Sandham is mesmerising and really does provide a remarkable and unique environment in which to hold an exhibition. I am excited and truly honoured to be participating.
For me the challenge is to create a painting that immerses the viewer into the scene and live it for a few moments.
My prime inspiration is atmospheric contrasts in light, shade and colour. These themes are explored in differing light conditions and locations around the world, through the bold use of watercolours and oil painting. The subjects vary from moody urban street scenes to sunlit coastal landscapes.
Stephen’s work is in private collections in the USA, Canada, Australia, UK and Europe.
I am a textile artist who also enjoys exploring painting, print and mixed media. I was brought up at the coast and have found much inspiration on the beaches of North Norfolk, Cornwall, Lindisfarne and Iona. Recently I have begun to visit the West Highlands of Scotland, another rich source of sea and landscape.
I have developed my turning skills and ambitions thereof over the last three years as befits a retired furniture maker. I use different woods in juxtaposition to interesting effect both linear and segmented. Watching wood spin while making a mark equipped with a gouge is a simple concept but throws up ever more complex and invigorating ideas.
I am glad to be exhibiting at Sandham as it is always a privilege to be exhibiting with such an illustrious selection of my Open Studio colleagues and to be in such close proximity to one of Britain's great War Artists.
I am inspired and pleased to be exhibiting my work in this wonderful building in the Armistice centenary year. The Sandham Memorial Chapel has been an influence on the final design I’ve made for this exhibition.
I first trained in woven textiles and then moved into machine knitting, developing my designs using silk and wool yarns, making knitted textiles for fashion and interiors. I am currently exploring layers and reveal and placing contrasting fine yarns and colours back to back as a double faced cloth.
The qualities and character of different media fascinate me. It is the feelings and moods they convey, that involve me both physically and emotionally. I mainly work in glass and use the fragility and sensitivity of the material, to express and convey social issues, reflecting time and personal experiences. It is this sense of discovery and the challenge of the unknown that inspire me to explore new avenues.
Properties, like Sandham Memorial Chapel, lend themselves well to combining Contemporary and Historical Art. As Artists we welcome the opportunity to exhibit our Art outside the formal Gallery setting and extending it to a wider community.
I make figurative sculptures in a narrative, mythical style. My imagery focuses on natural forms; animals and plants, combined with man-made structures; boats and buildings. I wish to explore our relationship to the world with an emphasis on inter-dependence and compassion for all forms of life.
Much of my inspiration is drawn from ancient art, and I am particularly interested in the continuing relevance of the combined human/animal figure, which links us back to the heritage of our deep prehistoric past. Animal forms and postures strongly lend themselves to portraying mood and feeling, and with the addition of human elements this can be a powerful communicator.
I work with many mediums; bronze, ceramics and mixed media, including papier mache, paper pulp, fabric and stitch and plaster polymer. Moving between different mediums helps maintain a feeling of discovery and immediacy. This keeps a sense of play alive which is, for me, a prerequisite for creativity.
I am very pleased to be participating in an exhibition at Sandham Memorial Chapel, an outstanding heritage site in my area, with its nineteen extraordinary murals by Stanley Spencer.