SEVENOAKS IN A TIME OF CHANGE: Dynamism  Diversity  Resilience

SEVENOAKS IN A TIME OF CHANGE: Dynamism  Diversity  Resilience

We welcome you back into the Gallery, do drop in and see this fabulous project all about the shops and businesses that make up the wonderful jigsaw that is Sevenoaks High Street.

The exhibition will run for six weeks as numbers are restricted. Masks must be worn for all our safety. Please bring your own pen to leave a comment in our visitor book.

Ros, Sue and all the artists of SVAF

Monday 7th September – Saturday 17th October Monday – Saturday 10 – 4

Full information about this project, how to order photographs or buy the book can be found at https://www.sevenoaks2020.com/

 

Sevenoaks 2020 is a photography project which celebrates the diversity dynamism and resilience  of the town centre and looks confidently to the future

It was conceived by Victoria Granville as a riposte to the challenges faced by town centres in the age of internet and car-based out-of-town shopping at the time of the 900thanniversary of the first written record of Sevenoaks. However, the rapid onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in early 2020 presents a greater and more intense challenge to the town’s businesses and activities.

Over half of the images are of the individual businesses and activities along with the people who make them work. The remaining shots were taken after lock-down.

Undertaken by Victoria along with Elizabeth Purves and Roger Lee, work on the project began in late October 2019. The 250 photographs were completed in early May 2020.

The project

Sevenoaks 2020 is a photography project which celebrates the diversity and dynamism of the town centre and, hopefully, helps sustain its resilience.

It was conceived by Victoria Granville-Baxter as a riposte to the challenges faced by town centres in the age of internet and car-based out-of-town shopping at the time of the 900th anniversary of the first written record of Sevenoaks.

However, the rapid onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in early 2020 presented – and will continue to present – a far greater and more intense challenge to the town’s businesses and activities. Most have, perforce, been stilled. And so the photographs have, thereby, taken on a greater significance as a portrait of a decisive moment in time

Undertaken by Victoria along with Elizabeth Purves and Roger Lee, work on the project began in late October 2019. The photography was completed in early May 2020. Over half of the images are of the individual businesses and activities along with the people who make them work. The remainder are shots of the premises of all the other businesses and activities which, for one reason or another, were unable fully to participate.

The photography and printing

A number of explicitly photographic decisions had to be taken at the outset and then had, of course, to be observed throughout.

Particularly important was the decision not to use a polarizing filter. This meant that apparently distracting reflections in the windows of many shops would be apparent. Retaining these reflections marked the fact that the project is about the town centre as a whole and the cheek-by-jowl relationships between activities rather than the individual activities themselves.

Despite the relevance and urgency of the project, it might have been expected that photographic boredom would quickly set in whilst taking 250 plus almost identical images. But exactly the opposite was the case. Each image posed unique questions.

The 250 or so images which involved both staff and premises are especially intriguing. They offer not only great variety in terms of the numbers of people involved – ranging from one person to over 30 – but also present fascinating differences arising from the relationships of the subjects between each other and with their place of work as well as with the photographer.

At the same time, however, all the photographs were given an essentially similar treatment to try to ensure visual comparability between them. And all were shot in mono. This ensures a degree of uniformity and helps avoid the kinds of distractions associated with colour photographs.

The same camera and lens (f2.8-4.0 24-90 mm zoom) was used throughout and, in making all the pictures, the same photographer occupied the space behind the viewfinder.

Graham Upton and Justin Rainey in the Print Studio of Sevenoaks DC printed all images onto vinyl paper at approximately A2 size and mounted them onto foam board.

The exhibition and book

The major outputs from Sevenoaks 2020 is the Kaleidoscope exhibition of photographs and an associated book-of-the-show. As Sevenoaks 2020 is all about demonstrating and reflecting the vibrancy of the town centre, it is the exhibition which gives the project its meaning and direction. Books are for private perusal whereas the exhibition, like the town centre itself, is a public space which is always experienced with others even when those others may be physically absent. 

Purchase the book at Sevenoaks Book shop for £10 or via the exhibition website www.sevenoaks2020.com 

All the photographs can be seen and ordered for £10 each from the website. https://www.sevenoaks2020.com

Short videos of Victoria and Roger talking about the project filmed and produced by Evy Barry

We hosted an understated, but nevertheless enjoyable, opening for 6 of the dignitaries representing Sevenoaks Town and District Councils, the Mayor and chairman of The Sevenoaks Society. Although unable to provide any hospitality it was a wonderful opportunity for Victoria and Roger to have such positive feedback and appreciation.

 

     

     

Negative Space

March 18 – 28

Negative Space is a collaboration by final year BA fine art students from the University of Kent, curated by Lydia Carda. 

With the use of 2D and 3D media, the exhibition explores the many connotations of negative space, from the physically devoid, to the use of contentious publicity.

Exhibiting Artists: Lydia Carda / Anna Goodwin / Gemma Hayter / Alex Jones / Libby Strutt.

Curated by Lydia Carda

The Private View Wednesday 18 March is CANCELLED due to COVID-19

Lydia Carda

Carda is a visual artist with a special interest in sculpture, installations and abstract painting. She is inspired by human condition and social issues. For this exhibition she has chosen to work with delicate and fragile materials to express loss, memory and the journey of the neglected and less privileged.

Anna Goodwin

Using 2D and 3D media, Goodwin works with the idea of inhabited or previously occupied space. Exploring traces of the past, and how material and emotional bonds established through life choices, both restrict and enable to create present and future identity.

Gemma Hayter

Hayter takes on a pop art inspired collection of artworks that explore women’s portrayal in the media using collage, magazines and graphics. Taking smaller snippets from magazines and looking at the oversexualized poses and positions models are made to photograph in. A deconstruction of images from magazines and newspapers to distort the image and explore the female form. A beautiful monstrosity.

Alex Jones

Jones’ paintings take motifs from the urban environment and reconfigures them within a language of abstract works.

Libby Strutt

The starting point of Strutt’s practice is language through an engagement with the materials into glass and paper relief.

FROM DARKNESS

12 FEBRUARY – 14 March

Works by Members of Sevenoaks Visual Arts Forum

Selected by Marcus Rees Roberts

Rosalind Barker / Jennifer Blackwell / Andrea Coltman / Christa Corner / Sue Evans / Christina France / Marilyn Garwood / Rozenn Gladwell / Victoria Granville Baxter / Adam Green / Amanda Hopkins / Frederique Jones / Marilyn Kyle / Jane Sandoe / Franny Swann / Sarah Walker

Curated by: Sarah Cliff

Artists in conversation Wednesday 4 March 6 – 8 

Do join us for refreshments and to view the exhibition in the company of the artists.

From Darkness Catalogue 2020 including the Essay  From Darkness: A Brief History of Contrasting ideas by Dr Jon K. Shaw in response to the exhibition title.

Jon K Shaw is a writer, editor and educator based in southeast London. He teaches in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London; City & Guilds of London Art School; and West Dean College. With Tom Robinson he founded and edited Rattle: A Journal at the Convergence of Art and Writing, and with Theo Reeves-Evison edited and introduced the book Fiction as Method (Sternberg, 2017).  He is currently working on two books: one on the lucid materialism of Antonin Artaud, and a second on performance, poetry, dance and financial products that suspend oppositions between life and death.

Join us for refreshments and the artists in conversation 

MONOPRINT ADULT WORKSHOPS  FREE

Make a monoprint with Sarah Cliff

JUST TURN UP

Friday 14th February 10.30 – 12.30

Thursday 5th March 10.30 – 12.30

FREE CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP

Make a monoprint with Sarah Cliff

SATURDAY March 14th 10.30 – 12.30

JUST DROP IN

Children must be accompanied by an adult

 

1.5 DEGREES

1.5 Degrees 

29 January – 8 February 2020

1.5 degrees is a contemporary art exhibition which aims to highlight the current climate emergency and explore our human connection with our fragile planet. Featuring works by a group of South East based artists working in a variety of different media including print, ceramics, recycled materials,  paintings, found objects, film and ice sculpture.
Curated by Sian Thomas and Angharad Brittle.

Private view, Thursday 30th January from 6 – 7.30pm Open to all.

 Exhibiting Artists

Angharad Brittle, Victoria Casillas, Lesley Connors, Ella Feld, Josie Gamble, Cathy Green, Kate Grimes, Sonia Griffin, Lizzie Hill, Venetia Nevill, Carla Oxlade, Ann Palmer, Eric Parker, Charlotte Russell, Sian Thomas, Zac Star Thomas, Maria Turner,  Mark Welland, Julie Wilmot.

Artists in conversation

Wednesday 5th February 6 – 8pm All welcome

February SVAF meeting

 

Children’s workshops.

Saturday 1st Feb  1  – 3

A workshop for children to learn how to build a bug house from recycled materials.

Bring along your empty plastic bottles to turn them into bug houses and bird feeders.

This a free workshop but we would welcome a small donation to the Kent wildlife trust.
To book a place please contact eileenmdickinson@gmail.com.
All ages welcome but numbers may be restricted due to space. Young children need to be accompanied by an adult.

Workshop All ages

Saturday 8th February 1 – 3

A workshop to learn the skills to upcycle an item of clothing from your wardrobe.
Bring along an old item of clothing or fabric, design,  make and dress your own contemporary rag doll. all other materials provided.
All ages welcome but under 12’s will need to be accompanied by an adult.
There is a cost of £4 for tis workshop payable on the day.
To book a place please contact sonia.griffin@btconnect.com

‘nobody’ Artist gallery residency

‘nobody’ Artist gallery residency

Rosalind Barker

8- 25 January 2020

Rosalind is working in the gallery in a time frame leading up to the first anniversary of her mother Phyllis’ death.

 ‘nobody’ references Phyllis’s loss of self and all physical functions and abilities as she faded into Parkinson’s disease and dementia. Phyllis spent long years lost, diminished and fearful.

Rosalind’s relationship with Phyllis will be her muse in this prospective body of new work based on their memories and the objects held dear. In an experimental and playful way that reflects their early relationship, she hopes to restore a presence, essence and dignity to Phyllis.

A residency allows time and a new working environment to permit ideas to flourish and birth. This residency is partly curated with work also influenced by her mothers predicament, all created since Rosalind’s MA Drawing (2016)

Rosalind is working in the gallery in a time frame leading up to the first anniversary of her mother Phyllis’ death.

 ‘nobody’ references Phyllis’s loss of self and all physical functions and abilities as she faded into Parkinson’s disease and dementia. Phyllis spent long years lost, diminished and fearful.

Rosalind’s relationship with Phyllis will be her muse in this prospective body of new work based on their memories and the objects held dear. In an experimental and playful way that reflects their early relationship, she hopes to restore a presence, essence and dignity to Phyllis.

This work is about a reality that has passed by leaving a spray of traces. Engagement with material things contributes to the delicate balance of objects lost, found, reactivated or renewed in the memory and lives of us all. Objects in the Gallery may also trigger memories of people, places and atmosphere for the visitor.

A residency allows time and a new working environment to permit ideas to flourish and birth. This residency is partly curated with work also influenced by her mothers predicament, all created since Rosalind’s MA Drawing (2016)

Artist talk to SVAF members about her practice journey January 15th 2020

Children from Nexus school visited and responded to the work in the Gallery.

Rosalind Barker Biography

Rosalind graduated with distinctions from MA Drawing at Wimbledon, University of the Arts, London in 2016.

Rosalind co- founded and is co-facilitator of Sevenoaks Visual Arts Forum 2009 – 2020. She is co-curator of this Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery, an SVAF artist led space.

Rosalind was runner up in the inaugural 2019 London Drawing Group, OverDrawn Drawing Prize. She was a selected artist in the 2019 Society of Women Artists. Following selection for The London Group Open in 2017 she has generated new work as invited artist on site-specific projects with The London Group in 2017, 2018, and will again in 2020. She was a guest artist at The Cello Factory in 2019.

Rosalind has exhibited in London at C4RD, Drawing Now, an International drawing symposium at The Barge House, Oxo Tower. The Crypt Gallery, Gallery Different, The Drawing Room at The National Gallery, 31 Celsius at ASC Gallery, no format Gallery, Wimbledon Space and as Pure Arts Drawing Prize winner at The Strarta Art Fair, The Saatchi Gallery.

Her work is held in private collections in the UK.

www.rosalindbarker.com

 

Folded Light Richard Heys

Richard Heys   Folded Light

Fire Under the Mountain

A Solo Show of New Paintings

5th December – 4th January 2020

It gives us great pleasure to see the gallery year end with the first UK solo show of vibrant paintings by International and SVAF artist Richard Heys. Following European solo shows, Folded Light his new painting series will be shown in Kent for the first time.
In the depths of Winter come in and bask in the Kaleidoscope glow.

Preview and talk by the artist    

Thursday 12th December 6 – 8pm

Join us for Christmas drinks and nibbles while Richard chats about Folded Light this new body of work

The Folded Light Series

For me colour is feeling – there really is no difference. ‘Folded Light’ suggests pockets and spaces, fields and edges where light may stream, pool and gather before flowing on – a field where light streams and shadows gather. In the layering and overlaying of liquid colour light and darkness seem to speed and slow as the painting comes to fruition, this process is complete when the painting makes a whole which asks for nothing more.

Many artists have recognised the expressive potential of colour. In the last century Sonia Delaunay said, “The new painting will really begin when we understand that colour has an existence of its own, that its infinite combinations have a poetry and a poetic idiom far more expressive than anything else that has ever existed.”

Goethe saw with revelatory fascination that colours stream from the meeting place of light and darkness. When looking through a prism for the first time he saw colours gathering along the edge of the window frame, not streaming through the air, and in that eureka moment he declared Newton to be wrong and thus began his phenomenological explorations of colour. He was also steeped in alchemical thought and conceived of each human being as a little world, echoed in the doctrine of, ‘As above, so below’, for Goethe each momentary colour experience reflected the whole world of colour.

If every painting is a world in itself then we have arrived at that place where each is a whole world of possibilities, enlivened and deepened by each viewer. In this mirroring of artwork and self we can recognise the need for a different sustained focus; the focus of the questing mind as we experience art, an art to wonder at. What is reflected of ourselves when we ponder in this way? We can sense our interiority and experience this more strongly. We are of necessity turned back on ourselves with this question – what am I – what am I looking at?Abstract art asks us to explore our inner self giving us little to anchor our thoughts upon. When one has no anchors, such as tree, bear, house, where does one go? What space do we find ourselves in?

I always enjoyed Philip Guston’s thought, that the painter,‘…has two choices: he paints the world or himself. And I think the best painting that’s done here is when he paints himself, and by himself I mean himself in this environment, in this total situation.’

The making of and contemplation of abstract painting is a journey, an opportunity to experience, nourish and explore our interiority.

Richard Heys November 2019                  

https://www.richardianheys.co.uk

Artist Demonstrations in the Gallery

Drop in and join Richard on:

Saturday 7th December 2 – 4pm or Wednesday 11th December 2 – 4pm

Meet the artist event

Saturday 4th January 2020 2 – 4pm

 

BRUSHWORKS 2019 Sevenoaks Art Club

Sevenoaks Art Club

2019 19 – 30 November

The Annual Exhibition by the artists of Sevenoaks Art Club (Established 1901) 

This year Sevenoaks Art Club www.sevenoaksartclub.org will hold its 109th Annual Exhibition. Don’t miss this varied display of accomplished  work by local artists.
The Town Mayor will open the Artists’ Reception on Thursday 21st November. All are welcome.
Established in 1901 by Miss Elsie Druce, the club continues as a haven for amateur, semi-professional and professional artists. The Town Council has a permanent display of selected paintings from the SAC Annual Exhibition over the last decades in their Council Meeting room

‘The Piece of Mind Wall’ all paintings £15 in support of West Kent Mind

FLUXFLOW A solo show of works on paper by Christina France

FLUXFLOW

Wednesday 13 – 16 November

A solo exhibition of works on paper by Christina France

 Terra Luna

‘Terra Lunar was made for Greenwich Printmakers’ 40th anniversary exhibition at the Watts Gallery. It owes its provenance to both the Royal Observatory in Greenwich and the Watts Gallery’s Moonscape exhibition. The way in which artists were captivated by the painterly challenge of depicting nocturnal landscapes, and saw the moon as a symbol of nature’s enormity resonated with me.  My own challenge is one of lyrical abstraction. 

 Thursday 14 November  18:00 – 20:00 

Private View and talk by the artist:reflections, shadow and line. A  journey through print, paper and time.

 

All welcome

Christina France is a visual artist based at Second Floor Studios, 96 Sevenoaks High Street. Christina works with print, drawing and a combination of the two. Creating embossed drawings and prints as a response to light, water, the skies and reflections she offers the viewer a contemplative respite from our fast moving, digital world.

As a printmaker, she responds to the medium with spontaneity, connecting to the haptic nature of the process. She has a painterly approach to the medium using unconventional methods in order to achieve the layering and translucency she strives for. Gold and silver leaf or dust is sometimes gilded onto the surface.

Saturday 16 November 13:00 – 14:00

Join the artist for an informal presentation of exhibited work alongside preparative work and sketchbooks. The artist will be demonstrating some of the techniques and materials used in making work in the expanded field of printmaking today. No booking required.

 

A Centred Journey

6 – 9 November

Elaine Almond Abstract Artist

Alison Callway Glassmaker

Chris Taylor Woodmaker

Elaine, Alison and Chris have joined forces for the first time to present ‘A Centred Journey’. Each has a unique path into making art over the past few years and the exhibition of glass, paintings and woodworks show different aspects of that journey: physical effort, travel, mental resouces, emotional expression and a spiritual faith dynamic which we share.

Workshops

Kilncarving (Glass) £20

Wednesday 6th November 1:30 – 3:30

Kiln-carving: Make a unique fused glass coaster

You will use the technique of kiln-carving to produce a design with a bas-relief effect in your finished coaster.

There will be opportunity to ask questions, learn about the properties of glass, and see how these are used to create different effects.

The workshop will not involve cutting glass.

Your coaster will be fired in a kiln and be ready for collection on Saturday 9th November.

Abstract Art £20

Saturday 9th November 1:30 – 3:30

Come and learn a little about abstract. Time to ask questions, start your first series of abstract paintings and have fun. You can’t go wrong!!
Materials (acrylic paint, paper etc) provided in a small group setting. 

To book workshops Email etalmond@aol.com

See more work by the artists:

Open door Art www.elainealmondart.com

Glass Act www.glassactme.com

Turnwood http://www.turnwood.co.uk

UNCANNY Spaces

‘Uncanny Spaces’.

23 October – 2 November

Sue Evans and Teddy Kempster

“Paintings, drawings and sculpture that explore the strangeness of familiar objects of home and spaces of the landscape and beyond.”

 

“Paintings, drawings and sculpture that explore the strangeness of familiar objects of home and spaces of the landscape and beyond.”

“Teddy Kempster and Sue Evans met over ten years ago while studying Fine Art. Their respective painting and textile practices have developed over the years and they are pleased to present new work on a favourite continuing theme.”

Saturday 2nd November 1 30 – 3 30

Join us for for tea and cake to meet the artists at their closing event.