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

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.

The Ballard of Gibbet Hill Sarah Cliff Artist in Residence

Sarah Cliffe  Artist in Residence

The Ballard of Gibbet Hill 

2 – 19 October

Sarah Cliff’s practice springs from an interest in the seductive influence of culture and power on history, expressed through the assemblage of objects, printed images and text.

The Ballad of Gibbet Hill, is an installation of prints, text and objects examining eighteenth century decadence, power and brutality. During the exhibition, Sarah will be on a three week residency at the gallery and museum, developing work from selected museum objects, and running printmaking activities, sponsored by Ochre Print Studio, Guildford.

Working in collaboration with the recently appointed Curator at Sevenoaks Museum, Liz Botterill, objects from the museum have been selected to form part of the installation. Using a small-scale printmaking facility, Sarah will produce and display new work that responds to these objects. 

Drypoint printing in the gallery

Sarah will be in the gallery every Tuesday to Saturday. Visitors are welcome to make a small drypoint print in response to the installation which will form part of an evolving community work in the gallery. 

Please check if Sarah will be around beforehand if you want to make a print, by email:  Sarah.cliff@ochreprintstudio.co.uk

Workshops sponsored by

In 2018, Sarah was Artist in Residence at Ochre Print Studio in Guildford, where she now works on the management team and as a technician and tutor. During the Residency she received awards from the Printmakers Council and John Purcell Paper.

Her prints have been exhibited in New York, Sweden and London. Sarah graduated with a Masters in Fine Art, University of Sussex, 2017.

To see more of Sarah’s work visit  sarahcliffart.com or on instagram:  cliff_sarah

 

Sarah Cliff’s practice springs from an interest in the seductive influence of culture and power on history, expressed through the assemblage of objects, printed images and text.

The Ballad of Gibbet Hill, is an installation of prints, text and objects examining eighteenth century decadence, power and brutality. During the exhibition, Sarah will be on a three week residency at the gallery and museum, developing work from selected museum objects, and running printmaking activities, sponsored by Ochre Print Studio, Guildford.

Working in collaboration with the recently appointed Curator at Sevenoaks Museum, Liz Botterill, objects from the museum have been selected to form part of the installation. Using a small-scale printmaking facility, Sarah will produce and display new work that responds to these objects. 

Artist talk 10th October 6 – 8 

Sarah will give an artist’s talk on 10th October at 6pm on The Ballad of Gibbet Hill and the influence on her work of 18th century poet and printmaker, William Blake.  All welcome.

At the end of the talk, she will  launch a call-out, exclusive to Sevenoaks Visual Arts Forum members, for an exhibition in February, 2020.

 Kaleidoscope Screen printing Workshops: Saturday 5th  October,

10:30 –11:30 and 11:30-12:30

Why do horses wear shoes?

Work with artists to produce screen prints inspired by the Kaleidoscope Museum horse artefacts on display.

Work produced will be part of the exhibition in the Kaleidoscope Gallery, by Artist in Residence Sarah Cliff. Children’s work can be collected from 4pm on Friday 18thOctober

Suitable for children of 5 years and over. Under 8’s accompanied by an adult.

Places for 12 children per session. 

Free but booking essential. Book at the Library information desk.

SVAF OPEN 2019

Sevenoaks Visual Arts Forum 2009 – 2019      

THE SVAF OPEN 2019  

Celebrates our 10th Anniversary

Wednesday 11 – Saturday 28 September

SVAF has a membership of over eighty artists. The forum is based at the Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery, where Rosalind Barker and Susan Evans facilitate the Gallery as an SVAF artist led space.

Reflecting the variety of members’ practice ‘The SVAF OPEN 2019’ sees a showcase of 70 enticing drawing, textile, painting, print, installation and sculpture represented in work by fifty-four of our artists in this celebratory 10th Anniversary exhibition.

Private View and 10th Anniversary Celebration
Thursday 12 September 6 – 8 pm

Join us for Birthday drinks and to preview the show

Exhibiting SVAF Artists: Alison Berry / Alison Westcott /Amanda Hopkins /Andrea Coltman /Angela Carol Stocker / Ann Bridges / Anne Fontenoy / Bill Hall  / Carole Robson / Caroline Gould / Christa Corner / Christina France / Christine Highland / Colin Anderson / David Minton / Derek Medhurst / Diana Poliak / Donald Smith / Eddie van der Werf / Franny Swann / Frederique Jones / Gilly Lovegrove /Ginny Legg / Jackie Gwyther / Jane Sandoe / Jane Tyler / Jennifer Blackwell / Jill Goldsworthy / Jocelyn Bailey / Julian Rowe / Juliet Simpson / Kate Hasted / Louisa Crispin / Louise Sunnucks / Margaret Barrett / Margaret Devitt / Maria Turner / Marilyn Kyle / Melissa Hill / Niki Campbell / Peps Barkhan / Richard Heys / Rosalind Barker / Rose Bridgland Colbridge / Rozenn Gladwell / Ruth Dent / Ryan Poliak / Sarah Victoria Spence / Sonia Griffin / Sue Evans / Sue Vass / Susanne Beard / Venetia Nevill / Victoria Granville Baxter

The Diana Springall Embroidery Collection

21 August – September 7  

    Wren and Frog by Holly Hart

We are delighted to welcome Diana Springall to the Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery. This exhibition has been selected from her unique collection of over 150 pieces including drawings, design sheets and final works. On display will be her own work and that of  23 peers and colleagues.

“The Diana Springall collection provides a crucial contribution to modern textile history through the representation of work made with needle and thread in Britain from the mid 1970s onwards. As a collector, Springall has moved against the norms of the times, collecting with discipline, place and time very firmly in the forefront of her mind. The results provide us with a considerable record of recent material culture in stitch, a collection that may not have materialised if it had allowed itself to be defined by more mainstream collecting policies.”  Jessica Hemmings

Artists she has championed and whose work you will find in her private collection include Alice Kettle, Jean Littlejohn, Audrey Walker and Karen Nicol.

Alice Kettle ‘Eve Falling From Grace’

The full collection of some 150 pieces includes drawing, design sheets and final works. It mainly focuses on what was created after 1954 when embroidery was granted equal qualification status alongside painting, sculpture and illustration at Goldsmiths College. This initiative, led by Constance Howard, has led to the acceptance of embroidery as an art form in its own right.

http://dianaspringallcollection.co.uk

Saturday 31st August 2 – 3pm in the Gallery

Inspirational International textile artist Diana Springall will be seeking to answer the question ‘What do you mean by Embroidery?’

Diana Springall working in her Kent studio Photograph by Simon Olley

‘What do you mean by embroidery?’ is a question Diana is often asked.  Referencing her own work and collection, come along and listen to her attempt to answer in front of her Kaleidoscope Gallery exhibition .

As part of the exhibition The Diana Springall Collection at The Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery 20 August – 7 September.

Free but seats are limited. Please book at the Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Library information desk or Book FREE tickets at EVENTBRITE  

Diana Springall

Diana Springall who still works on commissions in her spacious workshop in the Kent countryside is amongst the most well-known of all British textile artists. Her work is found in many private and public collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Embroiderers’ Guild.

In what could be described as the golden age of textiles Springall trained at Goldsmiths 1956 – 60. Initially she specialised in painting but the University had placed the subject of embroidery on a par with painting, sculpture and illustration in 1954.

In an artist practice spanning over forty years, she has taught and lectured in Universities and spent many years as a panel lecturer at the Victoria and Albert Museum. She is a former chairman of both The Embroiderers’ Guild and The Society of Designer Craftsmen. For the last forty years she has built and catalogued The Diana Springall Collection and remains a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

 

Diana has written five books on the subject of embroidery: Canvas Embroidery (Batsford), Embroidery (for BBC ), Twelve British Embroiderers (Gakken Tokyo), Design for Embroidery (Pelham) and Inspired to Stitch -21 Textile Artists (A&C Black)

Books about Diana include ‘Diana Springall A Brave Eye’ by June Hill.

Working Drawing and Final embroidery. Erin Short ‘Primys Dog’  

The strengths and uniqueness of British contemporary embroidery is due to the fact that it is founded on drawing.‘ Diana Springall

PLAY in SPACE and LAND ON the MOON!

This August Family ART Adventures in SPACE

Come in to the Gallery and play with our very own Moon Landings at Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery 🚀
Calling for arty crew members to build rockets and land on the moon.
Land your astronauts, rockets and aliens on the Gallery wall installation as part of the exhibition.

Workshops with Artist Commander Angela Carol Stocker. Drop In FREE

Build a Rocket
Wednesday 7th August 10 – 12

Make pop up Astronauts
Wednesday 14th August 10 – 12

Children must be accompanied by an adult

     

‘MORPHUN’ Makes Learning More Fun’ bricks are back in the Gallery.

Discover the amazing rockets and aliens that you can make every day.
Your designs will be displayed on the wall of the Gallery and you might win an awesome tub of ‘Morphun’ bricks.

The Mobile Planetarium Show

Monday 19th August  
Sessions from 10am – 1pm

Don’t miss the Mobile Planetarium Show in the Gallery.
Immerse yourselves in a show to stimulate your senses with movement, colour and sound.

Suitable for all ages
£3 per child per session
BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Email: sevenoakslibrary@kent.gov.uk

SACRED VESSEL

SACRED VESSEL: War Crimes Against Women in the DR Congo

24 July –  2 August

Forty-eight women are sexually assaulted every hour in the conflict zone of the Democratic Republic. The degree of brutality of these attacks, according to UN reports, is the worst known in the world. The shock, anger and dismay Melissa felt upon first hearing this statistic has been the driving force behind the creation of this new installation of smoke-fired ceramic vessels. Forty-eight pots, ranged in judgement, representing the true price paid every hour for a conflict perpetuated by the booming market for conflict minerals necessary for the clean green technologies the First World is desperate to promote. Will you come and stand among them?

http://Melissa-Hill.com

Thursday 25 July  6 – 7 45

Conversation with the Artist Hosted by writer/filmmaker Amy Zamarripa Solis.

Learn more about the creation of Melissa Hill’s powerful new immersive installation of smoke-fired ceramics, SACRED VESSEL, in conversation with the artist and meet others in the area involved with and interested in refugee resettlement and international affairs. Hosted by writer and filmmaker Amy Zamarripa Solis. Admission is free and open to the public, though owing to the themes of sexual violence as a war crime it is not recommended for under-16s.

Tickets are FREE but seats are limited please book here Eventbrite link.

Sensory installation by invited artist Venetia Nevill
It was calming for visitors to participate in the interactive sensory installation and make their prayer flags with invited SVAF artist Venetia Nevill.
They moulded a clay ‘power figure’, created symbols with iron from an ancient spring, to be hung as peace flags and set intentions over a water medicine for peace in the region. We all take in information in different ways and experiential, haptic art can be a powerful way of changing our perspectives and allowing an embodied knowledge. More than anything it allows space for new connections and ideas to sink in beyond our often limited thinking’ Venetia Nevill
Melissa and Venetia’s work will be in the Gallery until 5pm Saturday August 3rd.