Monthly Archives: June 2016

Ruth McCabe and Alfie Carpenter art exhibition at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge

Artworks members Ruth McCabe and Alfie Carpenter have paired up to exhibit their evocative landscape paintings at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge.

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The exhibition follows on from Alfie’s display entitled Circulation at St James’ Hospital, Leeds, where over £4000 was raised for cancer charities. Fundraising continues with the opportunity to sponsor a large painting donated to the hospital and enter a raffle where you can win an original mini artwork which Alfie will paint for you. To be in with a chance, please make a contribution here – http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AlfieCarpenterPainting

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Alfie Carpenter, Fenland

Of his work at Addenbrookes, Alfie says he “wanted to capture the expansive patchwork of the flat fenlands around Cambridgeshire. I love the inescapable horizon which forces you to gaze into the far out distance; asking you to look forward and ponder that which lays ahead. For me, I thought of the NHS, the state of our planet and our society’s wellbeing in these uncertain times.

In recent years, evidence has emerged which shows that displaying artwork in hospital spaces is successfully encouraging patient and staff wellbeing. A study at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital found that 75% of patients found the presence of art in the hospital reduced stress levels. Remarkably, evidence also suggested that patients exposed to visual art and live music during the post-operative period required less analgesia per day than patients recovering in the absence of visual art and live music. These patients also stayed one day less in hospital.

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Alfie Carpenter, Sewing seeds

As an artist with a background in botany and zoology, Ruth McCabe has exhibited with the Royal Watercolour Society at Bankside Gallery, London, and in the Sunday Times Contemporary Watercolour Competition at the Mall Galleries, London.

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Ruth McCabe, Estuary reed bed

I love the natural world in all its shapes, forms and climates, whether it is classically beautiful, or scarred by industry. The nature of living organisms fills me with awe. As an undergraduate I studied Botany and Zoology, which taught me to look very carefully. It also deepened my appreciation of the immense complexity of form and function in living things. I enjoy the translucency of watercolour and its flow over the surface, and the rich texture and depth of colour of oils.

The collection presented for Addenbrookes offers Ruth’s responses to two contrasting landscapes: the quiet undramatic agricultural landscape of east and coastal Suffolk and, from her 2015 residency in Snowdonia, the massive powerful forms of that mountainous region and its slate quarries.

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Ruth McCabe, Dark Gorge

Ruth is also one of the organisers of Inspired by Becker, an exhibition that will take place at St Peter’s Church in Wenhaston, Suffolk  from 5th to 7th August 2016, and will tell the story behind this initiative, now in its fourth year of presenting contemporary artwork by artists inspired by the work of Harry Becker who lived in Wenhaston early last century.

Tree Portraits at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Two pictures, Ilex Aquifolium and Fagus II, from the Tree Portraits series, a collaborative project between Emma Buckmaster and Janet French have been selected for The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2016.

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Ilex Aquifolium

This year there is a special emphasis on artists who work together. The BBC have been filming Janet and Emma’s journey through the selection process for their programme, The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, which was broadcast on BBC2 on Saturday 11th June.

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Fagus II

Tree Portraits are a series of etchings of native tree species printed on to paper made from the trees own leaves. The leaves of each tree behave differently and the process is one of continuous experimentation. The leaves are collected and after a prolonged process of soaking and boiling, delicate sheets of paper are created using only the natural constituents of the leaves to bind them together. Whilst the paper is still damp the etched image is printed onto the leaves from a steel plate using a traditional etching press.

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Janet and Emma met at The Gainsborough’s House Print Workshop and have been working together on this project for the last five years. More information on the Tree Portraits can be found on Janet and Emma’s websites:

www.janetfrench.co.uk
www.emmabuckmaster.com

The RA Summer Exhibition runs from 13th June – 21st August 2016.
The Royal Academy
Burlington House
Piccadilly
London W1J 0BD
www.royalacademy.org.uk

Valerie Armstrong & Kate Reynolds: Poetry Evening at Sentinel Gallery

The Sentinel Gallery are hosting a Poetry Evening on Saturday 25th June 2016 at 6pm, which will includes talks by Valerie Armstrong and Kate Reynolds on their creative processes. Tickets are £8 (including wine), to be reserved in advance. Contact: The Sentinel Gallery, Chapel Road, Wivenhoe, Essex, CO7 9DX, Tel: 01206 827490, or email info@thesentinelgallery.co.uk.

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The poetry evening coincides with the current art exhibition, “Explosion of the palette”, featuring paintings and sculptures by two ARTWORKS artists: Valerie Armstrong and Kate Reynolds.

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Explosion of the palette

4th June – 3rd July 2016
The Sentinel Gallery
Chapel Road
Wivenhoe
Essex CO7 9DX
Tel. 01206 827490
www.thesentinelgallery.co.uk
Gallery open Wednesdays – Sundays, plus bank holidays, 10am – 5pm

Ruth McCabe: CELEBRATING THE COMPLETION OF HER NEW STUDIO

CELEBRATING THE COMPLETION OF HER NEW STUDIO, Ruth McCabe invites visitors between 11am and 3pm Tuesday 14th June through to Friday 17th June. And on Saturday 18th June between 10 and 2pm. Pop in to see what I’m working on and enjoy the new space!

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Built over a period of several months the studio gives me much more space and height so I’m hoping it will encourage me to work large! In the winter I will also be delighted to hunker down in the mornings before a little woodburner, coffee in hand.

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My work is developing along two lines at present: my response in watercolour and oil to the Suffolk agricultural landscape of the Blyth Valley, and slowly emerging paintings inspired by my 2015 artist residency in Snowdonia at Stiwdio Maelor.

Two recent examples to whet your appetite:

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An imperial size painting in watercolour, acrylic ink and pastel, of the mountainous landscape of North Wales, where I found the marks made by man’s industrial efforts: the slate quarries – as beautiful as the inherent colours and forms of the land itself.

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This watercolour is painted in the format I have come to love: half imperial but halved length-wise, is one of the views of the Blyth Valley that I love. Watercolour’s translucency is ideal for responding the the layers in the landscape, unfolding towards distant horizons.

Ruth McCabe: CELEBRATING THE COMPLETION OF HER NEW STUDIO 14th – 18th June 2016
Threeways, Coles Hill, Wenhaston. IP19 9DS
ruth@threeways.mail1.co.uk
www.ruth-mccabe-artist.co.uk
01502 478295