Artwork for Rebecca Finney
Clee Hill From Hergest
Hanter Hill January
Rooted in art, culture and rural life; I explore image making through depictions of landscape, aerial views and plants whilst thinking about our relationship with land, environment and a sense of place. My output is in drawing, painting and artist books.
Integral to my practice is making opportunities for people to take part in creative projects; especially wanting to invite people to share my love of nature, place and art making, I design creative activities & curate exhibitions that encourage people to connect with each other and their environment.
For me, being an artist is about curiosity, questioning perspectives, exploration, experimentation, communication, connectivity and collaboration.
artist ~ maker ~ creative producer
CURRENT ~ 'Drawn to Nature'
Initially planned to be participatory workshops designed as part of an Arts, Health & Wellbeing research project, (cancelled due to COVID) - the project concept was made into an activity pack promoting creativity & wellbeing; the pack consists of a booklet of 10 activities with accompanying drawing materials.
The booklets were commissioned by Oriel Davies, Newtown as part of the 'Where the Severn Smiles' project and subsequently developed for Hereford College of Arts complementing the #getoutgetinspired project for BA students & staff during the most recent National Lockdown.
The creative activity packs are available from me or from Made in the Marches Gallery
Land into Art ~ Riffing off the title of the seminal book by Kenneth Clarke, 'Landscape into Art', this project takes selected works by artists working across different disciplines to create a visual essay demonstrating how the inspiration sourced from the land can be creatively translated in a variety of ways.
Its first outing was an exhibition which I curated for Made in the Marches last year with work by: Richard Bavin, Jane Bisby, Ambrose Burne, Ruth Zuleika Cameron-Swan, Shannon Donovan, Rebecca Finney, Nancy Frost, Siwan Gillick, Peter Horrocks, Kathryn Moore, David Mullin, Holland Otik, Katherine Owen, Rebecca Reynolds, Helen Smith.
I am currently looking for a site/venue for a second exhibition + accompanying talks & workshops.
PREVIOUS ~ 2019 LOVEkington
I devised and led a collaborative community participation art project making artworks based on words sourced by participants that describe and celebrate Kington for the 2019 Marches Makers Festival. Over 200 members of the community participated in the project, including 16 community groups, participants varied in ability, with an age range of 7-90 years. Selected designs made in workshops were painted by local sign writer, Jane O’Connor, and displayed around Kington during the arts festival with an accompanying exhibition of the design work. The project was supported with funds from Great Places (the Elmley Foundation), Arts Council England and Kington United Charities.
Diploma in Fine Art ~ Hereford College of Art
BA (hons) History of Art & Architecture ~ University of Reading
MA Book Art ~ Camberwell College of Art
2020 Land into Art @ Made in the Marches, Kington ~ curator & exhibitor
2019 Participation in the Marches Makers Festival, h'Art + exhibitions @ Made in the Marches
2018 Participation in the Marches Makers Festival, h'Art + exhibitions @ Made in the Marches
2017 ‘Borders’ Mid-Wales Arts Centre, Caersws, ‘Journeyings’ Made in the Marches, Kington
Made in the Marches Gallery, Kington
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