We’ve just taken the show down, but it looked great. Well done to all of the 14 artists who participated!
We will be holding a group exhibition on 17th, 18th and 19th June 2011 at Brooklyn Studios in Hebden Bridge. Watch this space for details.
The Bankfield Exhibition has now ended. Many thanks to everyone who visited our exhibitions at Bankfield, Dean Clough and Todmorden.
The BA Showcase ‘Degrees of Vision’ at Bankfield Museum is now open, and runs until 31st October 2010. The show has been hung by a team of Bankfield curators alongside our BA graduates, and the result does credit to both the venue and the artworks. There are some clever juxtapositions in the hanging of the works, and carefully thought-through relationships between artworks and architecture. There is also an impressive exhibition of textiles work by students working with Hilary Bower at Bankfield, and the museum houses an fascinating collection of costumes and toys. You can easily spend an afternoon wandering around the place, and the architecture itself makes the building well worth a visit.
Our exhibition at Dean Clough has now closed. The next opportunity to see our work will be at Bankfield Museum in Halifax, opening on Saturday 4th September and continuing until Sunday 31st October 2010.
Described by Dean Clough as “A genuinely impressive selection of graduation work from students at Calderdale College that ranges from representative painting and photography to mixed media and assemblage.” Degrees of Vision: Link opened on Saturday 19th June 2010, and will continue until 18th July. It is open from 10am – 5pm, 7 days a week.
Visual arts graduates hold first gallery exhibition at Dean Clough
Only a week after holding their final degree show, Visual Arts Graduates from Calderdale College and Leeds Metropolitan University opened their group exhibition ‘Degrees of Vision: Link’ at Dean Clough Galleries in Halifax. This is the first time that an exhibition of Calderdale College graduates’ work has been held at Dean Clough. The exhibition opened on 19th June and will run for a month.
The exhibition, described by Dean Clough as ‘a genuinely impressive selection’, includes painting, photography, ceramics, textiles, sculpture, assemblage and found objects. With work ranging from abstract to highly figurative, themes cover issues such as the everyday, identity, space, and collecting. Dean Clough has opened up a new temporary exhibitions space especially to accommodate this show.
“I’m genuinely impressed by the quality of the work”, said Vic Allen, Arts Co-ordinator at Dean Clough. “This is one of the best student shows we’ve had.”
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for us,” said Carole Kirk, one of the artists. “As a new arts graduate it can be difficult to get your first gallery exhibition, and it is great to see a gallery like Dean Clough supporting local emerging artists in this way.”
And it seems they have plans to continue exhibiting together. “We’ve got an exhibition opening at Bankfield Museum in September,” said Roo Waterhouse who is exhibiting a life-size oil painting of her Mum’s cupboard, complete with doors.
Many thanks to all of you who visited our BA Degree Show at Todmorden Community College last week.
If you would like to see more, or if you missed our show in Todmorden, we will be displaying a selection of our work at Dean Clough Galleries in Halifax from 19th June until 18th July 2010. Open from 10am – 5pm, 7 days a week in the Link Gallery.
The students from Calderdale College (Todmorden)
BA Visual Arts
DEGREES OF VISION
Monday 7th June – Saturday 12th June 2010
from 11am – 4pm
The show will be followed by two different showcase exhibitions
at Dean Clough, Halifax, in late June 2010
and Bankfield Museum, Halifax, in September and October 2010
The Bearder Charity
Sweet & Maxwell, Mytholmroyd
Beauty by Grace, Hebden Bridge
Element Jewellery, Hebden Bridge
Mardan Display, Todmorden
Monkey and Ellie, Hebden Bridge
Pennine Provisions, Hebden Bridge
Spirals, Hebden Bridge
Something Special Cards and Gifts, Todmorden
The Bookcase, Hebden Bridge
& special thanks to all our tutors and staff
In the last twelve months of my degree course I have been working in an increasingly abstract way and have enjoyed the freedom this gives enormously. My work is experimental and experiential. It is the process that excites me as I seek the effects of using colour to create light, space and luminosity. I like to work spontaneously and the element of chance can often take over. I work mainly in oils, acrylic paints and inks, experimenting by painting on a variety of different surfaces. These include inkjet photographic paper, card, paper, and board as well as canvas. Each one offers a different challenge and requires a different process. It is these processes that have led me to using a layering technique of adding and subtracting paint to seek the colours beneath. I am passionate about colour, using highly pigmented colours to give vibrancy and purity and others to give transparency, depth or a blending of hues. The classic writings of Patrick Heron and Josef Albers on colour have been very inspirational for me. As have the large abstract paintings of Gerhard Richter.
My work is based around a complexity of emotions. I decided to work with clay for its malleability to help me to express my feelings.
The souvenirs and valuables which we put in pride of place on the mantlepiece may be the obvious objects of significance and veneration in our lives; however, of equal importance are those ordinary tools of domestic life with which we connect on a daily basis – the crockery on the table, the cutlery in the drawer, the contents of the household cupboard. All of these things resonate, provoking associations and emotions. The artefacts which we accumulate in our homes each contain their own story. Together they form a narrative: an echo of personal and family identity.
I am a printmaker and in my practice I am currently exploring the co-existence of contrasts, in particular, chaos and order. In the creation of monotype prints I aim to achieve a balance between randomness and control, both in the images and in the printmaking process itself. Each print is unique and unrepeatable.
Material home……our houses provide us with shelter and contain objects which support us to feel safe and secure in the world.
Physical home……our bodies provide us with a vehicle for experiencing the world through our senses (sight, sound, taste, smell and touch).
Psychological home…….our minds provide the filter through which the material and physical are perceived, and can provide us with a variety of experiences ranging from peace to terror.
The importance of each aspect will vary for different individuals but, when there is harmony between these parts of ourselves, then we know how it feels to be ‘home’.
Sometimes I start with a personal response and end up with something universally felt and understood.
At Other times, my response is prompted by the universal and expressed in a very personal manner…
I explore the act of collection. How do objects change when we choose them? Do the things we collect have a life of their own? How much are they animated by our desire to possess them? I collect second-hand and found objects as a way of exploring these questions. My collection acts as a resource for thinking about things in new ways. I find that objects are always on the move, forming assemblages, displays, recollected on film or as photos. And I find myself caught between them in conflicts of control and disorder, connection, dead-ends, excitement and boredom.
The work containing no given narrative acts as an invitation to the viewer to construct their own responses. To experience psychologically and physically the work.
I create figurative work which explores issues of identity, childhood development, and memory. I work from family photographs, asking questions about photography and its role in capturing the ‘truth’ of our past. I’m curious as to why we take snapshots, particularly of children, and use my paintings to visually explore this.
My work has emerged as a walking practice in which I accentuate a positive relationship with the land; one which brings an appreciation of our multi-layered connectedness and offers ways of interaction with the environment. At a deeper, more personal level, it seeks to explore the metaphors of visual stimuli. Images are collected from a local, familiar landscape, inviting a reappraisal of views, experiences and reactions, whilst reflecting on chosen paths and perspectives.
My work is about light, matter, movement and change. Drawing lightly from macro and micro cosmic imagery, with a large dose of imagination and play, these paintings are impressions of the infinite patterns and expressive moments that make up the world we live in.
We are surrounded by and made up of so much mystery and ambiguity, so much detail. Wave, particle, form, energy, nothingness, something-ness; all existing within the potential of harmony. And all held in a continuous state of flux. There is fragility, tenacity and an underlying quietness.
As an artist I wish to capture my imagination’s take on life, in its barest and grandest elements, in its beauty and truth.
Let’s Face It
My goal is to visually express the concept that people have an inside and an outside layer of personality. An outer layer shown to the world and an inner layer kept private. These layers may change from moment to moment, from day to day and from year to year.
We all have different layers of personality and emotion and ‘what you see is not always what you get!’