We have all looked at the sky and transformed the shapes of clouds into imaginary beasts and objects, and this exhibition highlighted nine very different artistic visions and their ability to see something magical in the ordinary and the everyday.
The artists were chosen because of the way they alighted on seemingly humdrum materials to create their work. All of the exhibits were specially commissioned for the exhibition and covered printmaking (Chila Burman, Peter and Linda Green), sculpture (Helen Dennerley, Lizzie Farey, Robert Callender), jewellery (Nora Fok), textiles (Heidi Daish) and digital art (Leo Hill).
Work included an installation by renowned Scottish artist Robert Callender inspired by objects found on a beach and a series of beautifully folded and stitched textiles inspired by animals by recent graduate Heidi Daish. Alongside the exhibits there was supporting material describing sources of inspiration, working drawings and sketches. There were also photos of studio spaces and taped interviews with some of the artists.
Learning and fun were at the core of this exhibition. Family groups were actively welcomed and invited to participate in a range of hands-on activities. A special Activities Booklet accompanied the exhibition to help children interact with and learn from the artwork – at the Gallery and later at home.
A Harley Gallery/Brochocka Baynes Touring Exhibition