The first Artworks exhibition, held twenty one years ago at Blackthorpe Barn, was assembled in a flurry of excitement.
Founder member Katie Millard, and former member Graham Portlock, no sooner had the idea of an art exhibition than they were ringing friends and associates to see if they would take part, and thus, by necessity, the first Artworks exhibition was an exhilarating mix of contemporary art.
Artworks has continued to espouse this creative diversity, and this is one reason we support and exhibit the work of selected guest artists each year. I invite you to browse our archive of previous exhibitions on the Artworks website, where many of the photographs highlight this successful combination of different artists & artforms exhibited together at Artworks.
Due to Covid-19, this year’s selected guest artists will now exhibit with us in 2021. The works of our guest artists includes: figurative stone carvings by Antonia Hockton, collagraph prints by Iona Howard, abstract paintings of Louise Chapman, mixed media art by Evelyn Polk, the landscape etchings of Laurie Rudling, haunting figurative sculptures by Jacquelyn Hindle and abstract bronze sculptures by Jim Racine.
Artworks members also explore a multitude of creative approaches in their art, from the exquisite botanical watercolour paintings of Alison Jones and Julia Groves, to the expressive mixed-media works of Hazel Bradshaw, Alfie Carpenter and Anne Paton.
The works of Colin Slee, Eileen Revett, Eleonora Knowland and Jazz Green, in the form of atmospheric charcoal drawings, precise woodcut prints, sculptural canvas paintings and mixed media collages, extend the diversity of contemporary abstract art in Artworks.
There are also those of us who portray the world as we experience it in our own especial ways: Chris Gamble with her emotive drawings, Roger Gamble’s vibrant acrylic paintings, Lyn Aylward’s theatrical self portraits, Christine McKechnie’s remarkably detailed papercut collages, the unique handmade prints of trees by Janet French, plein air sketches & monoprints by Kit Price Moss, Elaine Nason’s wonderfully observed scenes of rural life and Helen Dougall’s intricately crafted wax batiks of local landscapes.
Finally, of course, there’s me, Gillian Crossley-Holland, and I’m still depicting the north Norfolk shores and local fens that endlessly inspire.
All these distinctive works by Artworks artists would normally be exhibited together in Blackthorpe barn, and if you are missing an inspiring walk around our annual exhibition this year, please do visit our archive of previous exhibitions.
Chair of Artworks