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.

Socket Artists in Midlands Open 2017

Socket artists Barbara Clayton, Gill Hugman Perkins and Nicola Rae have all had work selected for this year’s Midlands Open exhibition at the Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donnington, DE74 2PQ. The exhibition launched on Sat 26th August, and continues until 23rd September 2017. Opening times are Thursday-Sunday 10.00-5.00pm, see the Tarpey Gallery website for more information.

Below: Barbara Clayton, collage (2017):

Janet Turville in the ‘The Adam and Eve Project’, continuing at Southwell Minster

Socket artist Janet Turville is one of 13 regional  visual artists taking part in The Adam & Eve Project, which presents the participating artists’ individual responses to various aspects of the Adam & Eve story.

The project was launched at the St John Street Gallery, Ashbourne, in June, (see previous post). It now moves to the Chapter House of Southwell Minster where it will be on display from 29th Jul – 20th Aug 2017, with a PV on Friday 28th Jul 7- 9pm. Click here to view the Adam & Eve Project catalogue.

Janet has created two digital fabric prints for the project which portray a contemporary, imagined view of the Garden of Eden in the Age of Plastic, detail below:

 

The project will tour until Feb 2018, further planned venues including:

  • Melbourne Festival: St Michael with St Mary’s Church, Melbourne, 16th – 17th Sep 2017
  • St Chad’s Church, Stafford: 25th Sep – 8th Oct 2017
  • Doveridge Art Show: Village Hall, Sand Lane, Doveridge. 25th – 26th Nov 2017 10.30am – 4.30pm
  • Brampton Art Gallery: Newcastle-under-Lyme. 13th Jan – 25th Feb 2018

Participating artists: R.N Clarke, Michael Cook, Elizabeth Forrest, Lee Mackay, Simon Manby, Rebecca Mercer, Duncan Pass, Sue Prince, John Rattigan, Sarah Sharpe, Roger Sutton, Anna Thomas and Janet Turville.

 

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

 

Janet Turville in the Adam & Eve Project, launching Ashbourne June 2017

Socket artist Janet Turville is one of 13 Derbyshire and Staffordshire based artists who have been invited to contribute to The Adam & Eve Project. The artists’ brief was to make a personal response to the time honoured narrative of Adam & Eve, and in particular to re-imagine some key aspect from its well- established iconography.

Janet has created two digital fabric prints for the project which portray a contemporary, imagined view of the Garden of Eden in the Age of Plastic, detail below:

The Adam & Eve exhibition opens at the St John Street Gallery, Ashbourne, for the start of the Ashbourne Festival, with a private view, Thu 15th Jun, 5 – 8pm. The exhibition continues here until 1st Jul. 

The exhibition will tour until Feb 2018, planned venues including the following:

  • Southwell Minster: 29th Jul – 20th Aug 2017, private view – Fri 28th Jul 2017
  • Melbourne Festival: St Michael with St Mary’s Church, Melbourne, 16th – 17th Sep 2017
  • St Chad’s Church, Stafford: 25th Sep – 8th Oct 2017
  • Doveridge Art Show: Village Hall, Sand Lane, Doveridge. 25th – 26th Nov 2017 10.30am – 4.30pm
  • Brampton Art Gallery: Newcastle-under-Lyme. 13th Jan – 25th Feb 2018

Other participating artists include R.N Clarke, Michael Cook, Elizabeth Forrest, Lee Mackay, Simon Manby, Rebecca Mercer, Duncan Pass, Sue Prince, John Rattigan, Sarah Sharpe, Roger Sutton, and Anna Thomas.

 

Gill Hughman Perkins in Artspace “Odyssey”, Stamford, Jun 2017

Socket artist Gill Hughman Perkins is part of an Artspace exhibition at the Stamford Arts Centre, Stamford, PE9 2DL. Gill is one of 18 Artspace members who are exhibiting work relating to the theme of “Odyssey”. The exhibition launches with a PV Sat 3rd June 2-4pm, and continues until Sat 17th Jun, Mon-Sat, 9.30am – 9.00pm . Visit the Stamford Arts Centre website for further information.

 

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 artists deliver sustainable chemistry commissions

Socket artists Jane Pepper, Nicola Rae, Janet Turville and Helen Williams are amongst 10 artists selected to make work for display in the Glaxo-Smith-Kline Sustainable Chemistry Carbon Neutral Laboratory on the Jubilee Campus of Nottingham University.

The work was commissioned by the School of Chemistry as a response to the fire of September 2014, and the 10 selected artists are all staff and alumni of the university’s recently closed BA Fine Art(Hons) course. The work produced spans a range of media and has been installed throughout the ground floor of the completed building, including the Winter Garden and foyer area.

Clockwise (detail): Nicola Rae, Helen Williams, Jane Pepper, Janet Turville.

There will be a launch event on Wednesday 14th December 6-8pm to celebrate the work produced, and a printed catalogue will be available. Both the launch and the catalogue have been organised by Socket artist Gillian Perkins.gsk-cnl-art-launch-invite-nov-2016

Full list of participating artists as follows: Kate Genever, Alison Morgan-Tansley, Nicola Rae, Jane Pepper, Ju Smith, Denise Sowden, Janet Turville, Jane Wheat, Helen Williams, Ali Woolacott.