I begin everything in my sketchbook or the nearest piece of paper, inspired by the natural world as seen in the physical sense but also felt through poetry and music. Ideas are then developed, interpreted and manipulated into small collages/paintings. Once satisfied that I have captured the rhythm/poetry/music of the idea I then move on to larger work or develope 3D images. Walking by the sea most days, the movement of water has become a fascination although my work has always been gestural and full of movement. I like to play with colour, project energy, promote well being. Usually I work in a series, restless until I have looked at the subject from all angles, both physical and metaphorical. The materials often dictate what happens and I love the unexpected.
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Nora Gaston graduated from the Belfast College of Art, University of Ulster (painting and printmaking) and from the University of New Brunswick, Canada (art education). Until 1990 she lectured in further education, her last post was as Studio Head in the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. Nora Gaston has lived in N.Ireland, England, Canada and Saudi Arabia. She moved to Northrepps, Norfolk in May 2007. From 1990 to 2007, Gaston was the first artist with the charity Arts Care in N.Ireland and was resident artist in Musgrave Park Hospital. Passionate about the power of all forms of art to promote well being she worked with staff, patients and their families, while funding and commissioning new work for the hospital environment. In 2008 she opened the Belfry Arts Centre in Overstrand, which closed in April 2016. During this time Nora Gaston gained a reputation for developing a programme of interesting and challenging exhibitions, workshops and events. Her work has been collected worldwide, including the Canada Council Art Bank, Toronto Dominion Bank, University of New Brunswick, Belfast City Hall, Volvo, the National Gallery of Kazakhstan among others. During this time Gaston worked on many public art commissions.
Change Minds, www.changeminds.org.uk, is a project working with people from North Norfolk living with mental health conditions. My part is to encourage the groups to visualise their archival adventures and record their reactions in the form of artists’ books. We have been working over three years in 2016,2017,2018. and there will be an exhibition in the Forum in November. There have already been two exhibitions in the Norfolk Record Office. The group will travel to the Houses of Parliament in December, to see Norman Lamb and present the evaluations (through U.E.A.) of working in this way.
Public Art Commissions
Church of Sts. John and Paul. Canada
Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital,Canada
Musgrave Park Hospital, Belfast
Kidney Dialysis Unit, Ulster Hospital, Belfast
Kelling Heath, Norfolk.
Holt Country Park, Norfolk
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