There is a positive bounty of art fairs and summer exhibitions across East Anglia throughout the season.
Sculpt Gallery Summer Exhibition
21July – 24 August 2013
Sculpt Gallery, Priory Mews, Braxted Park Road, Tiptree (Nr Gt Braxted), Essex CO5 0QB, 07980768616. www.sculptgallery.com
Until 24 August you can still catch the Sculpt Gallery’s Summer Exhibition 2013. This wonderfully textured show includes work from both established and emerging artists. Ceramics, sand-cast aluminum and bronze resin stand side by side to create this very rich and exciting show of three-dimensional art.
The exhibition will feature an inspiring array of original ceramics by professional members of the Craft Potters Association: Peter Hayes, Vanessa Bullick and Patricia Volk shown alongside the work of fellow ceramicists, Paul Colburn Jackson and Carol Pask.
6 July – 31 August 2013.
The Aubrey Art Gallery, Post Office Yard, High Street, Great Dunmow, Essex CM6 1AW, 01371 873133. www.aubreyartgallery.com
Staying in Essex, you can also visit the Aubrey Gallery Summer Exhibition. This show features work from many of the gallery’s resident artists including Tony Cocksedge, Tom Deakins and John Dobbs. With a variety of media they cover a range of subject matter from townscape and seascape to the sporting world of horses and sailing.
From magically sunlit woodland glades to vibrant, colourful beaches, many of these paintings seem to almost beckon the viewer to step within the picture frame. Each piece seems to offer true escapism through a simple two-dimensional plane that creates so much more than the space it claims.
Christopher Wood: 4th in the series “Artists in Focus”
6 July – 1 September 2013
Kettle’s Yard Gallery, Castle Street, Cambridge CB3 0AQ, 01223 748100. www.kettlesyard.co.uk
As always the summer is not complete without a visit to Cambridge. Therefore in between the ice creams and punts, take time out to pop along to the Kettle’s Yard Gallery and explore the works of “England’s first painter”, Christopher Wood.
A close friend of Ben and Winifred Nicholson, Wood was one of the artists fundamental in inspiring Jim Ede’s artistic passion and later to the creation of Kettle’s Yard. This new exhibition includes, seldom seen, paintings and drawings from the University of Cambridge and the Kettle’s Yard collections.
Wood had no formal training as an artist but left for Paris in 1921, with the determination to become ‘the greatest painter that ever lived.’ He quickly became a prominent and popular figure amongst the Parisian avant-garde, gaining the admiration of such notables as Pablo Picasso and Jean Cocteau.
Tragically Wood died at the tender age of 29 but left behind an impressive and widely revered collection of work. A new publication exploring the relationship between Wood and Kettle’s Yard accompanies the exhibition.