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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)

SMALL WORKS Exhibition, Artspace Woodbridge: Jazz Green, Elaine Nason & Colin Slee

SMALL WORKS, an exhibition of paintings, prints and sculptures by fifteen artists from The Suffolk Group.

This art exhibition includes work by Artworks’ members Jazz Green, Elaine Nason & Colin Slee.

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The SMALL WORKS art exhibition opens today, Friday 18 October 2019, at Artspace Woodbridge, open daily 10am to 5pm (including Sunday) for one week only to Wednesday 23 October 2019.

Tomorrow, Saturday 19 October 2019 between 11am and 1pm, there will be an informal ‘Meet the artists’ event. You are welcome to join us on Saturday, or visit any time on Saturday or during the following four days, up to & including Wednesday 23 October 2019, 10am to 5pm.

The Suffolk Group was established in 1990, with its 1st Annual Exhibition at Buckenham House Gallery in Southwold, opened by the Suffolk author, Ronald Blythe. The Suffolk Group Annual Exhibition is now held each May at The Peter Pears Gallery in Aldeburgh.

Artspace Woodbridge is a contemporary light-filled art gallery with large double windows facing the pedestrianised thoroughfare. The exhibiting artists are excited to be bringing their work to a new art venue in Suffolk.

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Artspace, Woodbridge

SMALL WORKS: Fifteen artists from The Suffolk Group
18 – 23 October 2019
Artspace Woodbridge
64 Thoroughfare
Woodbridge
Suffolk
IP12 1AL

SMALL WORKS is open daily 10am to 5pm (including Sunday) from Friday 18 October 2019 to Wednesday 23 October 2019. All work is for sale.

Artspace Woodbridge https://www.artw.co.uk
The Suffolk Group https://thesuffolkgroup.co.uk/home.php

ARTWORKS Mini Artworks Prize Draw 2019

Artworks Mini Artworks Prize Draw 2019

Win an original artwork by one of our exhibiting artists! Tickets are £2 each and the prize draw will take place at 3pm on Saturday 5th October 2019. Here is a selection of mini artworks from previous Artworks exhibitions:

The Artworks Mini Artworks Prize Draw funds our Schools Programme, which encourages schools to visit the exhibition & select an artist to work with in their school. More information on the schools programme is here: www.artworkseast.com/schools/

The Mini Artworks Prize Draw also makes a donation to a regional charity, and in 2019 we have chosen the Ipswich based Arts charity, Inside Out Community.

Inside Out is an arts and mental health charity providing programmes throughout the year for people drawn to the therapeutic arts as a way of improving and sustaining their mental health and wellbeing.

Workshop programmes include: the visual arts, creative writing, singing, music, drama, and more, led by professional artists who share their skills in inspiring and supportive ways.

Inside Out is based in Ipswich, UK. More details via their website, www.insideoutcommunity.com.

ARTWORKS is celebrating its 20th Annual Exhibition in 2019. Find out more about the artists exhibiting with Artworks in 2019: www.artworkseast.com/artists/

Artworks 20th Annual Exhibition
Saturday 21st September to Sunday 6th October 2019
Blackthorpe Barn
Rougham
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP30 9HZ
Exhibition open daily 10am to 5pm.

Free entry, complimentary exhibition catalogue. Artworks Shop & Pop-up Café. Ample free parking for all visitors to the barn. Accessible venue, on ground level.

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