Monday, 16 July 2018

Cream Teas & Screen Prints at Debbie Bryan in Nottingham

Nottingham is one of my favourite cities to visit especially as it is only about an hour away from Birmingham. I've had the chance to spend more time in the city since regularly traveling there to run workshops. It has some excellent art galleries, lovely independent shops and plenty of great places to eat. I was particularly happy to discover Debbie Bryan's shop and tea room on a quiet street the Lace Market. It's like a haven away from the busier parts of the city. I always try and stop by for a cup of Earl Grey and one of their delicious cream teas! After a few years of visiting it was lovely to finally meet Debbie and arrange for some of my work to be displayed. There is now a whole wall of my framed limited edition screen prints in the shop alongside a beautifully curated selection of art and craft.


Thursday, 5 July 2018

Corita Kent: Get With The Action

Back home after a whirlwind tour of East Sussex visiting galleries including Farleys House and Gallery and the Jerwood Gallery. The reason for the trip and definitively the highlight was a screen print pilgrimage to see Corita Kent: Get With The Action at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft. Sister Mary Corita Kent was a nun who screen printed bright bold posters and banners during the 1960s and 70s. Her work was a combination of protest and religion which also incorporated elements of popular culture. She was an important part of the Pop Art movement but doesn't seem to get the same recognition as her more famous male contemporaries such as Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg. 
Seeing Corita Kent's colourful screen prints is always so inspiring and uplifting. I was surprised there were so many on display at Ditchling Museum and it is well worth traveling to visit the exhibition But if it's too far to go I've posted photographs of almost all of the work on my facebook page!