A celebration of contemporary art

Dame Catherine Arts Summer Painting Exhibition has 26 years of continued success, and has established a reputation as the place to go to discover some impressive art work. The extensive gallery space in Ticknall, Derbyshire, will display over 1000 original pieces of work, from around 180 talented professional and amateur artists, during this August Bank Holiday weekend.  

“We are very excited about the exhibition this year,” said Amanda Harmer, a spokesperson for the event, “there is so much going on, workshops, demonstrations, and activities in the garden for children, and delicious food in our tea room. And the most important thing is we are doing some good, by raising money and making a real impact for the charity.”  

This year there are three featured artists who will be working and demonstrating at the show. Experienced teacher and felt artist Liz Emery uses merino wool and silk fibres to create pictures that combine her fine art skills with her interest in textiles and texture. Yorkshire, and particularly the Dales, has been a constant source of inspiration and she has developed a range of images based on landscape and the animals that inhabit it. Liz will be working on a piece during the exhibition for visitors to view and watch her at work.

Jane Bevan has a passion for woodlands and the countryside, she gathers eye-catching natural materials on walks and creates artwork that acknowledges and celebrates the beauty and complexity of nature. Jane hand stitches, ties, weaves binds and assembles the treasured seasonal finds into vessels, small sculptures, and collage. Come and meet Jane and take part in playful, fun workshops using clay and natural materials.

Giles Davies recently appeared on the Television show ‘Home is where the Art is.’ Gaining inspiration from dramatic mountains and coastal scenes of the Peak District and Wales, Giles creates landscapes exclusively using recycled magazine cuttings. Viewed from a distance you see a coherent landscape with the richness of a painting, however, closer inspection reveals a blend of many incongruous fragments of printed photography. He enjoys incorporating elements of pictures in a surreal way, at a different scale or context.  

‘Pirate Pearl’ and her swashbuckling pirate crew will be leading some sea-themed activities for families to get involved in, during both days of the exhibition. There will be interactive street theatre, craft and art workshops, accompanied by a few sea shanties. Don’t be a codfish, join in the fun!! 

Dame Catherine Arts are the volunteers, families and friends of Dame Catherine Harpur’s School. This unique rural school values children for who they are, enables them to develop curiosity, builds confidence, and inspires, through a tailored curriculum and active involvement. To best meet the needs of the child the school can offer Flexi-schooling and membership for home-school families. Charity no.1084145

Saturday 24th August.   Champagne Preview 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Tickets £8 each includes free weekend pass.

Sunday 25th August.    8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Entry £2.. Children Free. 

Workshop with Jane Bevan, Working Artist Liz Emery

Monday 26th August   8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Entry £2. Children Free 

Enquiries: Tel. 07817902499  Email arts@damecatherines.org

Bryan Smith

Bryan is the editor of Ticknall Life community magazine.
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