Socket pull the plug…

Socket has been active as an art collective since November 2011, but changes in circumstances and the relocation of several members, has led to the decision to close the group, although the strong friendships forged will continue.

Socket artists would like to thank all those who they’ve worked with, and who have supported them over the years. As a legacy Socket are donating their accumulated funds to support an artists’ residency scheme at Bromley House Library.

Visit the facebook page to read member Barbara Clayton’s account of the group’s demise.

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.

Socket artists in Secret Postcard Show at the Old Lock Up Gallery, Cromford

Socket artists Barbara Clayton, Nicola Rae and Janet Turville have each submitted postcards to the inaugural Secret Postcard Show at the Old Lock Up Gallery, Swifts Hollow, Cromford, 1st – 10th September 2017.

The exhibition includes submissions from established and emerging artists world-wide, with all work priced at £15 – funds raised will support the future development of the gallery, and the charity Arts Emergency. Visit the Old Lock up Gallery facebook page and website to see images of the work and for further details of gallery opening times, and how to purchase.

Last chance to see Socket in “Off The Shelf”…

This is the final week of Socket’s “Off the Shelf” exhibition at Bromley House Library, featuring Socket artists’ individual responses to selected books from the library’s holdings.  The exhibition closes on Friday 30th June and non-members of the library have two more opportunities to visit: Saturday 24th June 11am-1pm and Wednesday 28th June 2-4pm. See the original post for more details


Socket in “Off the Shelf” at Bromley House Library

Socket artists are showing new work at historic Bromley House Library, Nottingham, in an exhibition entitled ‘Off the Shelf‘. For this exhibition each artist has made new work in response to book(s) that they have selected from the library holdings, or that have particular personal significance, as follows:

Bob Allen has chosen the books of Richard Feynman (1918 – 1988)
Barbara Clayton has chosen This Isn’t The Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You” by Jon McGregor
Sue Greenaway has chosen “In the Footsteps of Augustine Henry and his Plant Collectors” by Seamus O’Brien
Gill Hugman Perkins is responding to a collection of her family’s bibles
Jane Pepper has chosen “Hedge Folk in Twilight” by the naturalist Phyllis Kelway
Nicola Rae has chosenLandskipping” by Anna Pavord
Janet Turville has chosen “The Essex Serpent” by Sarah Perry
Helen Williams has chosen Chasing The Sun” by Richard Cohen.

In responding to the exhibition theme the artists have explored new ways or working, and the resulting exhibition features some developmental/work-in-progress. Below is a detail of work by Janet Turville in response to “The Essex Serpent”:  

“Off the Shelf” launches at Bromley House Library, Angel Row, Nottingham, NG1 6HL on Sat 29th April with a Private view 11.00am – 1.00pm, and continues until Friday 30th June. Opening hours for visitors who are not Bromley House members: Wednesdays 2:00 – 4:00pm and Saturdays 11:00am – 1:00pm.

Socket welcomes Gill Hugman Perkins

Socket are very glad to welcome Gill Hugman Perkins to the collective. Gill’s work is a response to constructions in the landscape, and her practice includes painting, drawing and mixed media. See a selection of her ‘Henge’ series of works, below:Gill-Hugman-Perkins-Henge-Stones-series-03
Gill is currently course leader for BA Fine Art(Hons) at the University of Nottingham. Visit Gill’s Socket artist’s page, or her artist website to find out more about her practice.

‘Socket Unplugged’ at Harrington Mill Studios

Socket artists have a new exhibition ‘Socket Unplugged’ launching Sat 13th June 2015 at Harrington Mill Studios, Long Eaton, NG10 4QG.

Exhibiting artists are Barbara Clayton, Sue Greenaway, Steve Gresham, Jane Pepper, Nicola Rae, Janet Turville and Helen Williams. The exhibition will feature work across a variety of media, including new pieces by several of the artists.

Below: ‘Light of Hope’ by Helen Williams.Light-of-hope-Helen-Williams-Jun-2015-web
The launch event is Sat 13th June 4-6pm, all welcome, after which the exhibition can be viewed by arrangement with any of the exhibiting artists until Sat 11th July 2015.