Geoff Rushton- Deep in the Wood
1 March -29 April
I see myself primarily as a psychonaut, an explorer of the mind. The sculptures I create are a physical manifestation of this, crystallized thoughts, snapshots of the constantly shifting processes of the mind. This process works both ways; thoughts influence the physical and the physical influences thought. I find the interaction fascinating and explore it through my work. Most of my materials come from the fields around my home; wind fallen trees, fieldstones, pebbles and scrap metal from the farmyard. I like to source them from the surrounding countryside because I’ve lived in this area my whole life and have a strong connection with the landscape, this feeds my work.
Dawn Chandler and The Levens Quilters -The Art of Quilting
30 March - 7 May
Dawn has always loved sewing and when she inherited a sewing basket containing vintage sewing items she thought they would make an interesting subject to paint, so she began a series of sewing themed paintings. After visiting an exhibition by the Levens Quilters, she was inspired by the quality of work and artistry. The Art of Quilting exhibition is a celebration of these beautiful quilts and Dawn's homage to textiles through her art.
An Apprentice’s Journey - Sara Dennis Embroidery
11 April - 20 May
This exhibitions provides an insight into the teaching at RSN at Hampton Court Palace. Sara spent a busy three years, stitching about 80 hours a week under the scrutiny of some gifted tutors to produce the pieces on show. Each is a different technique illustrating the standard required to pass the course and be able to teach under the auspices of The Royal School of Needlework.
Betty Brown - The Shape of Colour
9 May - 26 June
Betty has a fascination for pattern, both in collage, painting and textile work. This compulsion to use colour is what drives her, but for her the process of using colour to make either paintings or textiles works is very demanding and full of doubt. However when a piece of work is finished she finds great satisfaction in seeing its component marks or pieces give way to a sense of a unified whole. Betty is inspired by many makers and artists including Yayoi Kusama, Hans Coper, Bernard Leach, Mark Rothko, Daniel Gordon, Juan Miro, Paul Klee, Cornelia Parker and of course Picasso.
Nostalgia - Decorum
23 May - 30 June
An exciting textile and mix media exhibition from Christine Standord, Priscilla Edwards Val Jackson and Helen Walsh.
Decorative embellishment has been used for thousands of years and signifies our love of freedom and the celebration of humankind. The exhibition will feature a range of materials including traditional fibre including wool, felt, silk and a range of paper, wire and stitch.
E.M. Lafuente – Landscapes of the Mind
4 July - 28 August
Elisa paintings are inspired by the landscapes of northern England, while mixing Mediterranean colours of her background. To paint is her inner need to look for balance and harmony both within her and in the picture. She allows this process to continually develop, letting the painting talk to her, listening and trying not to interfere too much while searching for the point that is just in balance between the painting and herself. When this happens, it is a delight that both fills and empties space at the same time.
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Ann C. Haslam
17 July - 4 September
Ann is developing new concepts using natural and manufactured materials to explore and express her ideas. In these latest pieces, she expands colour relationships and the qualities of light absorption and reflection in order to stimulate surface movement. Her approach utilises and manipulates the assemblage of an extensive range of threads though a highly labour-intensive process in which, in most cases, a work takes several months to reach completion.