Socket in “Trace” at the Lally Gallery, Ilkeston Oct-Nov 2017

Socket artists are showing work at Ilkeston’s Erewash Museum in an exhibition, “Trace”, which opens at the museum’s Lally Gallery on 19th October. The show will feature painting, drawing, assemblage, textile and print in response to a range of selected local history themes associated with the museum venue.

Socket artist Barbara Clayton is great grand-daughter to William Purdy, Eastwood collier and inventor of a miners’ safety lamp, and has responded to the mining heritage on display at the museum, whilst Janet Turville has used cyanotype fabric prints to explore themes relating to Victorian women in the local lace industry. Helen Williams has been inspired by the paintings of John Lally himself, (1914-1994), and Nicola Rae  by the beautiful decorative glasswork of the museum’s entrance hall. Bob Allen pays tribute to workers at the Stanton & Staveley iron works, whilst Gill Hugman Perkins references the lost brick-making industry of the Erewash area. Jane Pepper has responded to the old herb garden as it awaits planned redevelopment.

Below: Janet Turville “Shadowing Lace” (2017)

The exhibition is open Mon-Sat from Thu 19th October until Sat 25th November 2017, admission is free. Visit the Erewash museum’s website for full details and opening hours.