Crafting Change: New approaches to sustainable making

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Crafting Change explores how a diverse group of contemporary makers explore issues and definitions of sustainability as they develop their practice into the 21st Century. Making usually means generating more ‘stuff’ and using resources and energy.  The textiles, metal and precious stone industries are some of the most polluting in the world and workers are often exploited, working in life-threatening conditions for meagre pay. The mining and shipping of raw … Read More →

Free, family friendly activities at Selby Library this summer

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Free, family friendly drawing activities at Selby Library this summer As Truth and Fantasy moves to Selby Library this August, join us for some fantastic drawing activities with exhibition artists Penny Davenport and Simon Woolham. Our first official day is Saturday 4th August but you can come in for early inspiration from 2pm on Friday 3rd. Penny Davenport will be in the library both days (2-5pm on Friday and 10-12 … Read More →

Truth and Fantasy in Chorley Library

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Truth and Fantasy is open at the next stop on its tour- Chorley Library. We’re there until the end of July with news of new activities coming soon. Come down to the library to see stunning work by five very different artists who use drawing as a key part of their practice, and who knows, you might feel inspired to pick up a pencil yourself!

Penny Davenport at North Bridlington Library

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We had a fantastic time last month when Penny Davenport, whose work features in Truth and Fantasy, came from her home in Liverpool to Bridlington to encourage people to draw. In fact, the feedback was so positive we invited Penny to come back to Brid in half term. On Thursday 31 May Penny will be working with one of the groups that uses the library regularly and on Friday 1 … Read More →

Meet the curator: Martyn Lucas

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Art Unpacked exhibitions are put together by a small team of people at Chrysalis Arts Development, covering everything from developing the initial idea to fundraising, marketing and installation. We work with different curators to develop the ideas for each exhibition, and for Truth and Fantasy we asked Martyn Lucas to work with us. We asked him to tell us about how he goes about curating an exhibition: How did you … Read More →

Meet the artist: Simon Woolham

Simon Woolham The Transmitter Room, biro on paper 2016 21x29cm

Art Unpacked asked Truth and Fantasy artist Simon Woolham to share a little bit more about himself and his art. Simon pushes the boundaries of what we understand by the simple term ‘drawing,’ introducing us to performance, digital technologies and multi-layered artworks. Could you describe your artistic intention and process? Broadly speaking my processes evolve around expanded drawing and the concept of creating a physical, virtual and psychological artistic residency. … Read More →

Last chance at Craven Gallery- closes Saturday 24 March

Creffield Fraga and Roebuck

We’re nearing the end of our run of Truth and Fantasy: Contemporary Artists Drawing at Craven Museum & Gallery in Skipton Town Hall. If you’re thinking of catching Truth and Fantasy in Skipton, the exhibition also features a number of works from The Roebuck Collection: Acquired by local art collector Clement Roebuck during the 20th century and bequeathed to the town of Skipton, the collection contains 145 paintings, watercolours, prints, … Read More →

Bubble Machine!

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On Sunday 25th March celebrate the end of our Marvellous Mechanicals tour with an extra day of opening at Platform Gallery, Clitheroe and make a kinetic Bubble Machine with Martin Smith! Clitheroe is holding its ArtWalk event on Sunday 25 March and Platform Gallery is taking part, open 11-4.  We’re delighted that Marvellous Mechanicals artist Martin Smith is running a fantastic workshop where you can make a kinetic sculpture. The … Read More →

Truth and Fantasy – Contemporary Artists Drawing

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Our latest exhibition is currently at North Bridlington Library- you can catch it there until Saturday 2 June, with news here of free drawing activity with exhibition artist Penny Davenport  on Friday 1 June. Truth and Fantasy then moves to Chorley Library, open from Saturday 9 June.  Truth and Fantasy brings together artists from across the UK who draw in highly skilled and imaginative ways, from pencil on paper to … Read More →