Time, Traces and Transformation

Thu 18 May to Sun 25 Jun 2023

Time, Traces and Transformation – An exhibition of current work by Caryl Beach, Mary Down, Jonathan Emmerson, Marian Hall, Declan Hoare, and Sally Tyrie.

This exhibition brings together six multi-disciplinary artists who met at Digswell Arts Studios in Hertfordshire. Each artist embraces and responds to the theme of ‘Time, Traces and Transformation’. With an emphasis on printmaking, this exhibition of innovative works reveals how the artists explore visual dialogues and layered meaning as a way to map time.

Monday: By Appointment
Tuesday – Friday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 2pm – 4pm
Bank Holidays: 2pm – 4pm

Caryl Beach is Inspired by landscape and nature and fascinated by the concept of time and memory. Her work acknowledges an appreciation and acceptance of the transient nature of our world and its simple integrity, with a beauty that lies in imperfection and impermanence. Working across multiple platforms including photography, drawing, printmaking and film she uses the process of layered imagery to illustrate time and memory, traces of events and places, how time can transform memory of past experiences.

Mary Down works mainly with printmaking and Book Art to create conceptual work that explore meaning through material. Her work for this exhibition investigates and exploits the mysterious alchemy of acid, steel, water, and rust, creating poetic prints.

Jonathan Emmerson is an illustrator and printmaker and uses relief printmaking techniques to produce exquisite thought-provoking imagery inspired by the natural world. His work for this exhibition explores the themes of life-cycles and evolution, creating worlds through repeated patterns.

Marian Hall is a textile artist and printmaker who is usually inspired by nature, often landscapes. Her work in the exhibition takes a closer look at how the seedpod from the horse chestnut, one of our most iconic trees, slowly cracks open to release the conker. She invites the viewer to pause and consider the metamorphosis happening in the parks and gardens around us.

Declan Hoare works with a range of printmaking techniques always looking for new ways to express his ideas. He is inspired by history, genealogy and archaeology and uses printmaking to explore symbolic representations of mans impact through time. His work reveals ways to create narratives around human traces and presence; quiet images that explore our movement through life and space. He is currently exploring complex one-off monoprints from layered acrylic paints offset from gel printing plates and the impact of titles on an audience’s reception of artworks.

Sally Tyrie works mainly with printmaking, photography, and mixed media. Her work for this exhibition draws from research into the notion of dwelling places and rituals. The mixed media prints she has created reimagine a group of lumen prints that she made to document mementoes, fragments and chance finds, mainly collected from the daily walk. Her resulting works reveal her interest in ways to combine photography and printmaking to investigate narratives about transformation. Multi-layered imagery that offer alternative dialogues and explore the tensions between materiality and immateriality.

For more information visit https://www.parndonmill.co.uk/index.php/gallery/next-exhibition-gallery

Parndon Mill Gallery
The Gallery,
Parndon Mill,
Essex. CM20 2HP
CM20 2HP

Telephone: 01279 426 042
Email: info@parndonmill.co.uk


The Letchworth Open

Come along to the second Letchworth Open Art Exhibition at the Broadway Gallery, 2 The Arcade, Letchworth Garden City SG6 3EW. The exhibition is open from Saturday 10th September until Sunday 30th October 2022.

The Letchworth Open is an annual exhibition that takes place at the Broadway Gallery between September and October 2022 celebrating our region’s creative community. Each year the gallery aims to create Hertfordshire’s largest and most celebrated exhibition by bringing together some of the region’s most talent artists under one roof, whilst discovering new practitioners in our ever-expanding community. Additionally, the Broadway Gallery will be awarding three exhibiting artists a £1000 bursary and a solo presentation at the Gallery in 2023.

‘Making an Impression’ Exhibition

Making an Impression Exhibition at Broadway Gallery, 2 The Arcade, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 3EW

10th Aug – 2nd Sep 22
Wednesday to Sunday
We are a group of artists who use printmaking within our work.
Our inspirations, techniques and outcomes are diverse, with our common link being that we all met as print members at Digswell Arts Trust.
This exhibition @broadway_studio_gallery in Letchworth is an opportunity for us to show our different styles and approaches to printmaking.
Artist images in order, 1 to 5:
#printmaking #letchworthartscene #digswellarts #letcworth #print #linocut #lithography #intaglio #collagraph #photopolymeretching #photopolymer #monoprint #relief #woodcut #edition #limitededition #repeat #line #colour #art #illustration #photography #books #publishing #printmakingartist #hertsvisualarts

Photo-etching on steel and aluminium

Plates and prints from a great weekend learning at West Yorkshire Print Workshop. The course was on how to etch steel plates using a roll-on photoetching emulsion from Intaglio Printmakers – ‘Photoimageable Etch Resist‘.

The course was taught by a great tutor, Clare Phelan, who creates some amazing prints from nineteenth and early twentieth century coding technology artefacts such as textile jacquards, musical box discs and IBM punch cards. 

Local artists celebrate Welwyn centenary with new exhibition – ‘In Our Garden’

In Our Garden

3 April – 16 May 2020

The New Maynard Gallery, The Campus, Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield AL8 6BX

Opening event: 2 April 2020 8 – 9.30pm

Artists from The Forge, Digswell, have created new work in celebration of 100 years of the founding of Welwyn Garden City. The exhibition, called ‘In Our Garden’ responds to the ethos of the garden city movement and its ideals of a better environment to work and live.

The Digswell Arts Trust has strong historical links with the garden city. It was formed in 1957 to provide low-cost studio accommodation to enable emerging artists to develop their skills, building on the strong arts and crafts tradition established by the early residents of the city, and believing that the arts are vital for the well-being of people in society.

Developing connections between the artists and the local community was an important part of the remit, particularly through exhibitions of work. Many Digswell Arts Trust fellows have gone on to build international reputations in fine art, sculpture, ceramics and other mediums.

It is therefore fitting that, 63 years later, the current group of artists working from purpose-built studios at The Forge, Digswell are coming together to mark this centenary year and that this exhibition coincides with the 29 April 1920 founding of the city.

There will be an opening event for the public to meet the artists on 2 April between 8 and 9.30pm. Participating artists are Caryl Beach, Jane Bottery, Mary Down, Jonathan Emmerson, Jane Glynn, Suman Gujral, Marian Hall, Declan Hoare, Julia Holt, Sue Jarman, Simon Langsdale, Juliana Loveday, Dave Nelson, Kirke Raava, Sandra Smith, Bob Spriggs and Sally Tyrie.

Herts Visual Arts Big Arts Showcase

The Hertfordshire Visual Arts ‘Big Art Showcase’ opens with a private view on the 27th February 2010 and runs from February 28th until the 29th March at the New Maynard Gallery , Hawthorne Theatre, Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 6BX.

I will be exhibiting two photoscreen print images.

HVA Big Arts Showcase 2020

Big Art Showcase 2020 Preview Evening
You are warmly invited to our Preview Evening, Thursday 27th February 8pm. All members, their friends/guests are very welcome – it’s a great opportunity to see the work, meet fellow artists and make new connections. There’s refreshments courtesy of the New Maynard Gallery, and we’ll be bringing a cake to celebrate too. 

Coptic Stitch Book

Coptic binding was the method of bookbinding employed by early Christians in Egypt and used from as early as the 2nd century AD to the 11th century. The Coptic method of binding was first used to bind together leaves of papyrus. The term is also used to describe modern bindings sewn in the same style. Coptic bindings use a multiple loop stitch to bind page sections to a front and back cover. “True” Coptic bindings leave the spine exposed.
For more information see “From Tablet to Tablet: A History of the Book“.

Basic Bookmaking

Just finished a six week course in Basic Bookmaking with brill tutor Gina Ferrari at the Letchworth Settlement and thought I would share the fruits of that work.