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Made in the Middle: exhibition at Bilston Craft Gallery

One of my favourite little venues has done it again. The Bilston Craft Gallery has decided to showcase a travelling exhibition which brings together a wealth of talent from across the Midlands. Made in the Middle is the seventh in the series of this touring exhibition by Craftspace.

The exhibition features cutting edge work by contemporary makers from the East and West Midlands across a wide range of media, exploring key themes such as- how are craftspeople embracing digital technologies in their practice and what are the varied pathways in which artists have taken to use craft as a career?

English Hedgerow plate by Andrew Tanner and Unanico

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The work of Gillian Tyler

I’ve been very lucky this week in that I have been notified of two great topics to blog about via my friend Philippa Toop who I met at a York University Alumni gathering last year. This first post involves a great little exhibition at Nunnington Hall, a National Trust property.

The exhibition itself is Quentin Blake and Friends: the Great Generation of Children’s Book Illustration which is running from the 2nd of March to the 14th of April. As well as showcasing the popular work of Blake, the exhibition also displays works from a variety of talent, including some fantastic illustrations by Gillian Tyler.

Gillian Tyler

Gillian Tyler

Gillian’s style captures the traditional essence of children’s illustration, and I am particularly drawn to her work, having been interested in magical and whimsical illustrations for some time now (see previous blog posts).

Gillian Tyler has always felt a deep connection to art, having made pictures from an early age. Born in a small mining community, Thurnscoe in the Dearne valley of South Yorkshire, she was renowned for her sunny disposition, earning herself the nickname ‘Smiler Tyler’ on her street. From a very early age she realised that making pictures made people happy and enjoyed being a part of that process.

The Snail House

The Snail House by Gillian Tyler

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Into the Wild: a photography exhibition

I am pleased to announce this fantastic project which is being organised by my good friend Radka Myslikova, who I have known for several years. Me and Radka met in Aberystwyth where we worked as Curator Assistant’s for a while. While I moved to York, Radka moved to Norwich and has been working hard on the art scene ever since. She is now a self-employed artist, photographer and curator. She has been producing her own artwork for years, which can be viewed on her website

The Exposure Project- Into the wild

The Exposure is a photography exhibition series which began in 2011. The aim of the project is to offer both amateur and professional photographers the opportunity to showcase their artworks in a vibrant and unusual gallery setting.

When Radka took over The Exposure in 2012 she wanted to make it into something more creative and engaging for the public and to draw attention to local talent.

The first exhibition she organised was a show in October 2012, featuring 16 artists. Although the exhibition was only for 10 days they had a very high attendance rate; 425 visitors and over 50 visitors at the private viewing.

After such success she decided to create a photography series with new themes every time a show was featured. This time it is ‘Into the Wild’ – an exhibition depicting the beauty of nature, wildlife and the animal kingdom. Into the Wild will invite the viewer into the world we perceive through our senses.

Radka says of the exhibition: “when we go for a walk in the countryside we discover the beauty of nature that lies around us. We can use all five of our senses but we may still miss out on hidden treasures in the natural world, the things that a trained eye of a photographer can notice easily. Photographers are the ones with the passion and ability to capture and reveal these secrets to us.”


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Pop and Abstract: new exhibition at the National Museum Cardiff

Abstract art is not everyone’s cup of tea, but The National Museum Cardiff is hosting an exhibition showcasing works by a group of artists that transformed British art in the postwar period. Inspired by the latest developments in the US, pop and abstract artists used vibrant colour and the language of advertising to create a progressive style.

Buses (1964) Allen Jones (1937-)

Buses (1964) by Allen Jones

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Curious specimens

The scientist in me cannot help but get excited about this exhibition. The Grant Museum of Zoology at University College London has opened The Micrarium, a space housing more than 2,300 microscope slides containing specimens such as tortoise mites, sea spiders and squid that are only millimetres in length. The display area, which museum manager Jack Ashby has described as a “backlit cave”, was previously a storage room. “The specimens are exquisite works of art, and this intentionally aesthetic installation aims to inspire awe at both biological diversity and human technical skill in their preparation,” he added.

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Death: A Self-Portrait, exhibition at the Wellcome Collection

I LOVE the macabre, and so I was thrilled to come across this fantastic exhibition at the Wellcome Collection in London- a venue which explores the connections between medicine, life and art in the past, present and future. The exhibition runs from Thursday the 15th of November 2012 to Sunday the 24th February 2013 so people need to get their skates on to see it before it finishes!

Untitled (skulls with fingers and eyelash), Ray Johnson (1985-1995) collage on illustration board

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Raqib Shaw Exhibition at the Manchester Art Gallery

From the 15th of February to the 26th of May, Manchester Art Gallery is showing twenty-eight works, including An Ode to the Dissolving Silk of Dusk, by Indian artist Raqib Shaw. Shaw’s richly colourful and elaborate works are inspired by Hindu mythology and Japanese textiles. Filling the gallery space with their dancing imagery and powerful hues, these works hang alongside George Stubbs’ Cheetah and Stag with Two Indians in the 18th century gallery (which influenced Shaw).

Raqib Shaw, An Ode to the Dissolving Silk of Dusk, (2011).

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Amongst Heroes: The Artist in Working Cornwall

Cornwall is like a second home to me, so I was rather excited to hear about the new exhibition held at Two Temple Place gallery in London entitled ‘Amongst Heroes: The Artist in Working Cornwall.’

Industrial scenes and landscapes by artists based in Newlyn and St. Ives, Cornwall, at the turn of the 20th century, are displayed here from the 26th of January to the 14th April. The gallery itself is non-profit  and showcases art from UK regional collections.

Christopher Wood: Two Temple Place exhibition of Cornish art

Christopher Wood, Cornwall Rising, (1930).

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A World Elsewhere: photo reportage from around the world

Since living in Stratford, I have slowly come to realise that there are lots of hidden gems in town. For example, the Royal Shakespeare Company theatre is not just a theatre! There are little galleries inside hosting exhibitions. I was lucky enough to view one of the exhibitions entitled ‘A World Elsewhere’ which is running till the 3rd of March.

The Royal Shakespeare Theatre

The theatre in Stratford.

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Bags: The Craft of the Carrying Companion

Everyone who loves bags has got to see this exhibition at the Bilston Craft Gallery which is running until the 9th of March. I personally love bags- I know that seems a typical female thing to say, but I can also say I hate shoes and I especially hate shoe shopping. It drives me nuts! So, I’m not too atypical I hope!

Anyhoo, Bilston Craft Gallery, if you didn’t already know, is part of the museums, galleries and archives of Wolverhampton. The gallery focuses on showcasing contemporary craft exhibitions and displays of historic items created by skilled makers.

“Bilston Craft Gallery’s lively programme of changing exhibitions features the best of contemporary ceramics, glass, jewellery, textiles, metal, woodwork and more….Explore 300 years of craft through fine historic examples of applied arts produced in the Black Country in our Craftsense gallery, including the famous Bilston enamels. Compare and contrast these with exciting new works by some of the UK’s leading contemporary craft makers – many of which you can touch!”

Bilston Craft Gallery

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