AWE1 Private View

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.

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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

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To whet your appetite for some of the interesting work on show here is a taster:

 

And the friendly relaxed atmosphere….

 

 

 

 

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