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ARTWORKS: Guest Artist Louise Chapman on painting in ‘lockdown’

Louise Chapman was looking forward to exhibiting with Artworks as a guest artist in 2020. The cancellation of our annual exhibition has not deterred Louise from creating new work in lockdown:


New beginnings, mixed media on canvas

Determined to turn ‘lockdown’ into a positive I decided like many artists to use the time to experiment, painting some semi abstract work, developing my interest in collage and marrying the two in mixed media pieces.


On the h, mixed media on canvas

This has proved a very rewarding experience, producing works that I am pleased with in their own right, and leading and teaching me new ways of working.


Everything I love, mixed media collage

Collage practice has assisted significantly in the development of the design and composition of my large abstract oil paintings, inspiring me to get back into the studio as soon as possible following a recent very successful exhibition in Framlingham late this summer.


Keeping the balls in the air, oil on canvas

The results of this successful and exciting phase will, I hope, be evident in the work I will produce and exhibit next year as a guest artist with Artworks at Blackthorpe Barn in Rougham, a long held ambition.

Louise Chapman

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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