Artwork for Rebecca Finney
The foundation of my practice is rooted in art, culture and rural life. As a maker, I explore our relationship with land, environment and a sense of place through mapping, depictions of landscape, aerial views and plants in drawing, paint, & book.
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 & creative producer
'Drawn to Nature'
A booklet that was drawn from participatory workshops promoting creativity & wellbeing.
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 2021 National Lockdown. Version 3 developed for the Ferrous Festival in Hereford.
The booklets are available from me or from Made in the Marches Gallery. They can also be purchased as an activity pack with accompanying materials
MAPPING PROJECTS ~ KINGTON
Drawing maps to promote walks and creative activities in Kington for Made in the Marches Gallery, Marches Makers Festival and Kington Primary School map of sustainable Kington.
LECTURER at Hereford College of Arts teaching Practice in Context and supporting studio projects with BA Artist Blacksmith and Contemporary Design Craft students.
2020 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 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
2021 Marches Maker Festival, Kington & h'Art @ Made in the Marches Gallery
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
Made in the Marches Gallery, Kington
Instagram @beadoodlebug @landintoart @lovekington