AWE- as in shock and awe?
ArtistsWorkhouse based in Studley, near Redditch, home of the British needle making industry, is a converted needle factory, that has been restored to life by Dawn Harris. It is now a vibrant exhibition space and artists’ studios where talks and workshops take place on a regular basis. The beautiful curved Victorian windows with the picked out arches and ledges in dark brick let in natural light- the walls are standard art gallery white, but there is a warmth in the stained wood beams which brings a sense of homeliness and comfort.
The exhibition (open 30 Jan-7 Feb 11am-4pm closed Monday and Tuesday) is an eclectic mix demonstrating the many talents of the artists in residence. I’ll pick out a few that caught my eye- but there was so much good and interesting work I really would recommend a drive up to visit. There’s even a pub (the Victoria Works) literally opposite the entrance… and numerous National Trust properties nearby, and you’re not far from Worcester or Stratford, so there’s lots to do in the area: what more can you ask for?
Deb Catesby’s powerful abstract oils are always a pleasure- sometimes dark and shadowy, others, for instance her new work, girl in green dress, is feisty and confident. I’ll be interested to see what she produces next.
I was particularly drawn to Debi Eldred’s ceramics, which I have seen a number of times- their draw of exciting glazes, textures and exploration of the natural world, their robust vigour really stimulate the eye.
Other examples included Maria Doyle’s exquisite migration
To whet your appetite for some of the interesting work on show here is a taster:
And the friendly relaxed atmosphere….