The Long and Short of It

Image Credit: S.Gilbert

Birdwood House, 44 High St, Totnes, TQ9 5SG

Birdwoodhouse.org.uk

Sunday 19 May 2019 – Saturday 25 May 2019
Opening Event Sun 19th 3pm - 5pm
Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 10am - 4.45pm

Sara Gilbert and Belinda Ireland present a thought provoking range of figurative artwork on the theme of humanity and the past. Gilbert uses printmaking to explore the idea of personal ancestry and belonging. As a way of connecting to the past, she has been researching her Lancastrian roots, particularly the cotton mills, and has found a common thread. Her new work brings her interest of the past into the present using objects, memories, facts, and anecdotes. “I have spent hours of investigating, trying to make sense of it all, piecing it together”. Gilbert is a painter and printmaker who obtained a degree in fine art at Plymouth College of Art. She exhibits her work locally and runs printmaking workshops in her studio. Ireland is interested in the vagaries of childhood and adolescence, in the communality of these themes and how they are repeated through history. “ I like to hint at the emotions and possibilities of growing up, the universal undercurrents which run through life…..” In her paintings she uses a range of imagery and techniques referencing the past and present to create a tableau of suggestion. Ireland trained at Central School of Art and Design, and has studied with Robert Lenkiewicz. She has recently completed the One Year Mentoring course at the Newlyn School of Art. Now based in Devon, she has run popular art classes locally and in Somerset whilst developing her practise as an artist.

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