23 March - 12 May
“Why do two colours, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? No. Just as one can never learn how to paint”.Pablo Picasso
The gallery this March will blast away the winter blues with a riot of colour to make all our hearts sing!
Colour is curated to demonstrate work that has a visual impact of specific colour combinations and to show artists who use hue, saturation and light to make visual statements in a variety of contemporary craft forms.
“Colour is a power that directly influences the soul. Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammer, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hands which play, touching one key or another, purposively, to cause vibrations in the Soul.” Kandinsky
Amanda Anderson – Mosaics
Bren Boardman – Textiles
Rhea Clements – Knitwear creations
Loco Glass - Glass
Mirka Golden-Hann – Ceramics
Amy Jutsum – Contemporary Jewellery
Gilly Langton – Contemporary Jewellery
Peter Layton – Glass
Sara Moorhouse – Ceramic Vessels
Ella Robinson – Mixed Media & Textiles
Amanda Simmons – Ceramics & Glass
Ruth Singer – Textiles
Keith Varney – Ceramics
An exhibition in our theatre showcasing work by pupils from local special schools.
Workshops linked to this exhibition are available for booking at the end of this page.
Press release 7 March 2013
Do colours sing? Picasso thought so, asking “Why do two colours, put one next to the other, sing?” Ask yourself the same question the next time you are in Cirencester and you will be able to find out by visiting a new exhibition in the gallery at New Brewery Arts.
‘Colour’ demonstrates the impact of colour and specific colour combinations on perceptions of solid forms, and features contemporary artists who use hue, saturation and light to make visual statements. As well as a rainbow of colour, the exhibition showcases a variety of crafts with a correspondingly wide textural range from glass to textiles.
Superb glass pieces by Peter Layton explore the abstract and dynamic interplay of light, colour and movement in his chosen material, while Amanda Simmons creates cameo engraved glass structures formed by gravity while the glass heats in the kiln. Handmade pieces by Loco Glass, based on site at New Brewery Arts where you can watch the blowing process in action, add to the kaleidoscope.
Amanda Anderson’s mosaic creatures add a quirky note to the exhibition and bridge the gap between stained glass, millefiori and ceramics. The translucent quality of porcelain and its clear, bright colours – or absence of colour - are exploited by Keith Varney to create a sense of movement in his geometric forms, where Sara Moorhouse uses colour with ceramics to explore spatial perception influenced by ever-changing season, weather, time and farming within landscape.
Ceramic artist Mirka Golden-Hann has gone even further, studying colour theory and using it to communicate new potential for ceramic, challenging traditional parameters of colour, surface, utility and aesthetic role.
Textiles are represented by the innovative knitwear creations of Rhea Clements, hand-stitched constructions by artist and writer Ruther Singer, wall hangings from Bren Boardman and Ella Robinson’s unusual hand crafted pieces inspired by the colours of the urban environment and the charm of the coast.
Cutting edge contemporary jewellery gets in on the action too, with Gilly Langton combining colour with crisp, white silver to create a nautical look, and Amy Jutsum mixing materials with colour and attitude.
‘Colour’ captures the Impressionist play of light and colour and combines its ambiguity with the bright intensity of Fauvism to blast away the winter blues. Challenge yourself to visit the exhibition and find out if the colours sing to you.
Exhibiting and selling work at New Brewery Arts
We welcome proposals from professional artists, groups, educators and curators who want to show new work in our gallery. Our aim is to present a programme of contemporary craft and visual art exhibitions that inspire, excite and challenge people of all ages. We are particularly interested in proposals that engage with our existing education programme.
If you would like to submit work, please see our Show your own work page for information.
We value your feedback on our exhibitions - and on what you would like to see in future - so please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to leave a comment.