The 2017-18 programme
A taste of the work and ideas of the professionals who will be giving presentations and leading workshops this autumn and winter. Click on the link on the right to download full details and workshop booking form.
Ann Smith - 'Painting' with wool. Ann has had a career as a clothing designer and technologist but turned to art work full time last year. Based at Langholm, she is a mixed-media artist inspired by land and seascapes and floral influences. She paints in oils and her oil paintings inspire wool felt "paintings" and other creative pieces. She describes her work as a happy combination of her love of painting and years spent working with textiles amd colour. Website: annsmithart.com October 13 and November 10
Geoff Forrest - Willow weaving and other things. Geoff works with willow grown at his home in South West Scotland and by specialist growers in Somerset. He has been trained in traditional basket making but has been pushing the boundaries to develop more dynamic techniques. Geoff has a background in occupational therapy and outdoor education, so teaching has always been an important element in his work. Website: geoffforrest.co.uk November 17 and December 1
Bella Green - Still-life and creative composition. For many years Bella was a visiting tutor of colour and drawing at the Royal College of Art in London. She says her passion is to help students really see and understand colour and she still enjoys finding new ways to do this. she also worked as a lecturer in computer graphics at the beginning of the digital revolution. "This early interest in things that computers can do as a tool for the visual artist has never left me and I now enjoy the versatility of the iPad for many aspects of my creative work." Website: bellagreen.co.uk January 19 and February 2
Patts Lean - Painting abstracts. Patti, a lecturer in fine art at the University of Cumbria, believes that painting can be "an open-to-interpretation language of ideas and meanings, materials and forms... I take influences from the environment around me – the outdoors, my family – from other artists, and from reading – literature, language, myth, philosophy and psychology.... I regard the canvas as an open arena, and the medium of painting as a kind of conversation that goes on in that arena." Website: pattilean.co.uk February 16 and March 2
William Neal - One More Time. Two main strands define William's work: his landscape watercolours, evocations of light and the watery landscapes of Galloway, are "small scale, intimate and poetic"; larger abstract works, often in series, and often in collaboration with musicians lead to more complex works where the music and art complement each other. His solo exhibition at Gracefield from November 25 to January 6 will be something of a retrospective, including album cover design, painting and music. Website: williamneal.co.uk March 16 and March 30