Dame Catherine Arts – Summer Exhibition 2018

Dame Catherine Arts is marking its 25th year with a celebration of contemporary art in its summer painting exhibition at Ticknall, Derbyshire, this August Bank Holiday. Discovering great art is not difficult with over 1000 original pieces in its extensive gallery, an impressive display of work from around 180 talented professional and amateur artists.

This year there are three featured artists who will be working and demonstrating at the show.

Sue Prince, an experienced award winning folk artist from the Peak District, whose work tells stories about people and their places, celebrating rural life and commenting on society. Sue is interested in community folk art and marking meaningful events in an ancient way. She uses hand-made egg tempera, made from eggs and earth pigments creating stunning narrative paintings.

Kirstie Adamson specialises in magazine collage and uses the colours and textures as an alternative to paint. Using the natural environment for inspiration, often including children, Kirstie’s images reflect innocent joy and preserve happy memories. She tries to experiment, always pursuing good environmental practises, cleverly challenging the perception and assumptions of the viewer,

Frances Gibson’s work reflects the diversity and character exhibited daily in the vibrant art scene of London. Found scraps of paper, clippings and text, determine each piece. Obscure animals, feminist icons and everyday citizens stare out at us from collage canvases. Frances has recently graduated from Central Saint Martin’s with a 1st class (hons) degree in Fine Art. Learn new techniques with Frances as she will be running a collage / illustration workshop where everyone will go home with a small piece of work.

Have a drink with friends in the Pitcher Perfect cocktail bar on the Saturday night, come for a browse on a quiet Sunday morning, bring the family to take part in the free festival activities for children or join us in the tea room for a great lunch and scrumptious cake throughout the weekend.

Dame Catherine Arts are the volunteers and friends of Dame Catherine Harpur’s School. This unique rural school, considered too small and closed 30 years ago by the local authority, is now strong and thriving independently. It values all children as individuals and believes that small class sizes, no testing, and active involvement builds self-worth and helps to foster a positive attitude to education, giving children a great start. Charity no.1084145

Exhibition opening times:

Saturday 25th August Champagne Preview 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm Tickets £7.50 includes free weekend pass, Pitcher Perfect Cocktail Bar.

Sunday 26th August 8:00 am – 7:00 pm Entry £2. Children Free Workshop with Fran Gibson.

Monday 27th August 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Entry £2. Children Free Sue Prince and Kirstie Adamson Guest Artists.

For more information email: arts@damecatherines.org or visit https://arts.damecatherines.org

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Bryan Smith

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Bryan Smith is editor of Ticknall Life community magazine.

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