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ARTWORKS: Alfie Carpenter connects to Suffolk landscapes in lockdown

In the space of a few months, our world has seemingly shifted and changed from what we know. Projects and exhibitions postponed, most notably for me the exhibition at The Mall Galleries in London as part of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, for which I had three works selected. However, one thing that remains a steady presence is our surrounding landscapes, and now, more than ever, our green spaces have become even more precious to us.

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There is always tomorrow

Over the last six months I have connected to the Suffolk landscape with a greater depth than ever before. During my daily exercise, I felt compelled to soak up every inch of the outdoors, knowing that I’d have to retreat to the safety of my house after an hour or so. It was in these moments that I created little collage paintings inspired by these mini outings, taking particular influence from the blossoms and blooming flowers which seemed to be compensating for the dreary state of the world by glowing with extra colour.

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Blossom II

The dreamy mid-summer skies and wildflowers also became a focal point in my work – a consequence of lazy evening cycle rides around the fields surrounding my village. Art, as always, became a means of wellbeing, and enabled me to gain a sense of purpose, understanding, and calm in these turbulent times.

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Wheat field, wildflowers II

Great joy was felt when it was announced that Paint Out Norfolk would be taking place in July. I leapt at the chance to have a project to work on, to immerse myself in the beautiful scenery of East Anglia and to work alongside 50 other artists in a safe and enjoyable way.

Over eight days, I took myself around the county, absorbing the landscapes and relishing the opportunity to exhibit the artworks created each day. I visited the Broads, the marshes, the inner city green spaces, the woodlands and the varied and atmospheric coastlines which I love so much. Using my mixed media collage technique, I felt so lucky and privileged to be able to work in these places and I was delighted to win a judges commendation for my piece ‘Summer through the trees’, painted at Wells-next-the-Sea.

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Summer through the trees

The summer started to retreat so quickly and the swallows stopped screeching, but I kept on painting. Working with mixed media collage, I have built up a new collection of landscapes which I will be exhibiting at The Quay Gallery at Snape Maltings from 15 – 21 October 2020. The exhibition, entitled The Tide of all Things, is an exploration into change, growth and the strength of life in flux – the ebb and flow of waters; the currents of the sky; the cyclical lifespan of crops and industrial rural terrain; the rise and fall of day and night, light and dark.

Landscapes have always been precious to me, and this year has reminded me just how valuable they are.

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Orford Quay

The Tide of all Things, Quay Gallery at Snape Maltings, 15 – 21 October 2020

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Snape Maltings https://snapemaltings.co.uk/whats-on/type/exhibitions/
Paint Out Norfolk – https://www.paintout.org/gallery/paint-out-norfolk-2020/
Mall Galleries – https://www.mallgalleries.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/royal-institute-painters-water-colours-208th-exhibition (The painting ‘Orford Quay‘ is one of the selected pieces)

ARTWORKS Gillian Crossley-Holland introduces Nicola Coe and Zoe Rubens

Every year for the last twenty years I’ve taken part in the Artworks exhibition at Blackthorpe Barn. We’re not holding an exhibition this year but I can’t help thinking about all the work, all the excitement, all the anxiety, all the camaraderie, all the splendid art, all our wonderful visitors – and all not happening… so very strange.

However, we are all still working and we’ll be showcasing new work from our artists here on the Artworks blog over the next few weeks and on Instagram @artworkseast and Twitter @artworkseast.

To begin, I’d like to welcome the guest artists who were selected for 2020 but will now be exhibiting with us in 2021.

Firstly, two artists, both of whom have exhibited with us for the past few years but now join on a more permanent basis; Nicola Coe, who was voted to full membership, and Zoe Rubens who has become an honorary guest artist.

Nicola says: ‘My work aims to highlight the details of nature that seems so often over looked in this modern age. The collecting of natural finds is key to my visual work and the resulting images come about from the influences of the place where these objects are found.

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Two spoons

These two spoons perfectly illustrate Nicola’s love of found objects and place; the shells (Limpet and Saddle Oyster) and driftwood were found in Porthmeor, Cornwall.

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Thorpe Beach Afternoon

‘Thorpe Beach Afternoon’ celebrates the birds that nest on our coast lines and honours the environmment we share with them. A beautiful and unique artwork made with dried seaweed, grass, recycled fishing net, sand, black sumo ink and liquid gold ink representing a memory of Thorpe Beach near Aldeburgh, July 2020.

Zoe also works with found pieces, though of a slightly different nature, she explains: ‘My sculptures are made from a mixture of ceramics, concrete, ferrous and non-ferrous metals and these can be welded, cast and/or etched. I make sculpture reflecting my interest in the effect of politics and power on individuals and on the world around us. I am interested in emotions, jobs, relationships, trust, survival, joy, love, money, what limits us, and how we limit ourselves.‘€™

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Pandora’s box

I’m a keen fan of both artists’ work, indeed the spoons are my latest purchase and I own a hanging construction of Zoe’s that hangs above my kitchen sink to cheer me as I’m washing up. I also follow both artists on Instagram and have much enjoyed following Zoe’s lockdown project, a garden wall made, as you would imagine, from all sorts and colourful gin bottles, my only regret is that I’m not the neighbour on the other side, enjoying her wonderful wall and the gin!

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Garden wall by Zoe Rubens

Artworks News: Artworks 2020

A Message from our Chair, Gillian Crossley-Holland:

This autumn’s Artworks exhibition 2020 has been cancelled in response to Coronavirus.

December afternoon, Thelnetham fen, by Gillian Crossley Holland

Artworks is held in September and I trust, by then, our choices will be much improved. However, so much work and planning usually goes towards our exhibition during these summer months, that we felt it would be wiser to start afresh in 2021 when, hopefully, all restrictions will have been lifted.

The cancellation of our exhibition is disappointing for all of us, but particularly so for some of this year’s guest artists who have long wanted to exhibit with the Artworks group at the venue of Blackthorpe Barn. We therefore decided that the kindest thing would be to offer all current guest artists a second year with Artworks.

I am therefore pleased to welcome: Louise Chapman, Iona Howard, Evelyn Polk and Laurie Rudling – who are all 2D artists; and Jacquelyn Hindle, Antonia Hockton and Jim Racine, who are 3D artists.

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Lady with a Jade necklace by Antonia Hockton

I am also pleased to welcome Zoe Rubens back for a return visit, and delighted to say that Nicola Coe is now a full member of Artworks and she is keen to make the group as ecologically sound as possible.

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Artwork By Nicola Coe

Helen Dougall and Janet French would have been on sabbatical in 2020, but as we are now all on sabbatical this year it might be difficult to tell.

Silver Birch circle I by Janet French

As artists we are all still working one way or another, but without forthcoming exhibitions and deadlines, many of us are using this strange lacuna to think, reflect and experiment – and like many others – to spend a great deal of time gardening!

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Earth/Bound by Jazz Green

We will still be sharing our latest works and progress on the Artworks blog and the Artworks Instagram @ARTWORKSEAST, so please follow us.

I look forward to meeting all our visitors in 2021 when Artworks will be holding its 21st exhibition.

Gillian Crossley-Holland
Artworks chair

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