Bronwen Sleigh at Higherford Mill

Join Unfamiliar Ground artist Bronwen Sleigh for a fascinating talk about her work and processes as part of the Pendle Print Fest symposium Unfamiliar Ground is open at Higherford Mill from Saturday 6- Saturday 28 September, alongside the Pendle Print Fest exhibition at Pendle Heritage Centre. On Saturday 6th , the Mill hosts a stimulating programme of talks about printmaking, including Acrylic Resist Etching specialist Tracy Hill, and Pete Clarke, Fran … Read More →

Braided Jewellery Workshop with Make it Slow artist Aimee Betts

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Braided Jewellery Workshop with Make it Slow artist Aimee Betts Friday 29th August, 10am-12noon or 1-3pm at The Courthouse, Thirsk Create your own unique contemporary braided jewellery with artist Aimee Betts, whose work is being exhibited as part of Make It Slow. Aimee Betts, a Mixed Media Embroidery Designer and Creator of Adornments has an ambition to bring the traditions of embroidery to the forefront of contemporary design practice. Based in … Read More →

Unfamiliar Ground artist Bronwen Sleigh talks to curator Martyn Lucas

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Unfamiliar Ground artist Bronwen Sleigh talks to curator Martyn Lucas We asked Unfamiliar Ground curator Martyn Lucas to ask Bronwen a few questions about the development and ideas behind her work, and what’s coming up next for her.   Unfamiliar Ground presents artworks by three contemporary printmakers.  Your prints are predominantly etchings- what particularly attracts you to this way of working? I was first attracted to using etching because of … Read More →

Expressive Willow: talk and demonstration with Lizzie Farey

Lizzie Farey. Photo: Paul Harris

Expressive Willow Come and meet acclaimed artist Lizzie Farey at The Courthouse, Thirsk on Saturday 9 August Farey is a sculptor who makes striking forms from willow and organic materials, using traditional basketry techniques as a starting point. For her, “willow has become a medium for an interaction with nature that is deeply personal”. Lizzie will talk about how her work has developed from her earliest days working in stained … Read More →

Short film about Make it Slow at No 6 Studio Gallery

Thanks to North Yorkshire based Paul Harris for this lovely film about Make it Slow at No 6 Studio Gallery in Pateley Bridge featuring Chrysalis Arts’ Rick Faulkner talking about where the ‘slow’ concept originated and curator Grace Whowell on how the artists approach their work. We hope you agree that it’s looking great in this unique space – if you’ve seen the exhibition, we’d love to know what you think … Read More →

Make it Slow opens in Pateley Bridge

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Make it Slow is now open in No 6 Studio Gallery, Pateley Bridge- the fourth venue in the exhibition’s leisurely journey from Scarborough to Accrington. We’ve had a great response to the exhibition so far so if you haven’t seen it yet, you have until 6 August before it moves to The Old Courthouse in Thirsk, and finally to Accrington Library in September. We also have some exciting events planned … Read More →

Unfamiliar Ground opens at Accrington Library

Rebecca King: Takunya’s Changeover - archival giclee with laser cut

Unfamiliar Ground is now on show at Accrington Library where you’ll be able to see it until 29 July. The exhibition brings together the work of three really exciting young printmakers. Chris Agnew, Rebecca King and Bronwen Sleigh are each challenging the boundaries of traditional printmaking, creating striking pictorial worlds that invite our imaginations to wander. Julie Gibson, Lancashire County Council’s lead member for libraries and cultural services, said: ‘The partnership with Art Unpacked … Read More →

Q&A with Unfamiliar Ground artist Chris Agnew

Chris Agnew: The Ark, Ahora Gorge - etching and oil on panel

Chris Agnew tells curator Martyn Lucas about his creative processes and being a wolf in sheep’s clothing Unfamiliar Ground artist Chris Agnew creates exquisite images using etching as a starting point for his work, which also combines drawing and painting. His etched wooden panels become part of the finished artwork, where traditional looking landscapes and architecture are disrupted by brightly painted geometric structures. Chris studied at the University of Leeds, … Read More →

Come and meet rising star Chris Agnew

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Join Unfamiliar Ground artist and rising star Chris Agnew for a talk about his work at Abbey Walk Gallery, Grimsby on Saturday 10 May at 2pm. Unfamiliar Ground brings together the work of three of the UK’s most exciting contemporary printmakers. Rather than describing the familiar, the artists create pictorial worlds that invite our imaginations to wander. Chris will discuss his work which focuses on finely detailed drawing, painting and his … Read More →

Unfamiliar Ground opens at Abbey Walk Gallery, Grimsby

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Unfamiliar Ground, which is now open at Abbey Walk Gallery in Grimsby, brings together the work of three of the UK’s most exciting young printmakers. Chris Agnew, Rebecca King and Bronwen Sleigh are each challenging the boundaries of traditional printmaking, creating striking pictorial worlds that invite our imaginations to wander. The exhibition will open at Abbey Walk Gallery on 7 May and will tour to Accrington Library, Woodend in Scarborough … Read More →