Coffee House Exhibitions
Lucinda Guinness & Ali Mills: Songscapes
16 January - 28 March 2015
Our interest in singing in the landscape prompted us to create a Songline for The John Muir Way Festival in April 2014. This 6 day event brought communities of singers together across Scotland, coast to coast, from Dunbar to Helensburgh. On day 2 over 60 singers joined us on Musselburgh Beach to sing together and walk our sand spiral. Following on from this, in May we created a new spiral in the meadow close to our studio near Brampton. Since then we have been regularly maintaining it, walking, singing and inviting both friends and children into it.
As part of C-Art 2014 we organised a day workshop to explore and develop the possibilities of the voice and voices together using both the studio and the Meadow Spiral. There seem to be three relationships developing within our work which we are interested in. The first is one’s individual relationship to one’s own voice within the song; the second is the relationship with others who are singing the same song; the third being the relationship between the song, the singer and the natural world.
Lucinda Guinness is based in Cumbria and has worked as a yoga teacher, artist and photographer for the last 20 years. Lucinda (Lulu) has exhibited at The Portfolio Gallery in London, Rheged, Theatre by the Lake and C-Art in Cumbria and the Whitworth Cafe Gallery in Manchester. She hosts a women’s group of non-singers who have been singing together for 10 years. More recently she has started a local choir in Castle Carrock, near Brampton and is increasingly working collaboratively with Ali Mills on singing events. These non-performance based events provide the focus of a new direction in her work, combining her experience as a photographer with those as a song-leader to create a visual document.
Ali Mills is based in Scotland as a television set designer for over 20 years working for the BBC, Channel 4 and STV. In the last 5 years she has been increasingly involved in singing. Ali leads a women’s singing group, Soulwind, in the south of Scotland and has recently started a new group, Soulwind West End, in Glasgow. In 2014 she conceived and led the the Soulwind Songline for the John Muir Way Festival. She is interested in combining her experience as a television set designer with community singing resulting in singing events in exceptional places such as a hill-top over-looking Loch Lomond, 2014, The Kibble Palace, Botanic Gardens Glasgow, September 2014 and with Lucinda Guinness she led the Meadow Spiral workshop in Cumbria for C-Art 2014.
31 March - 27 June 2015
The 8 in 1 Exhibition presents the work of ImPress, a collective of 8 contemporary printmakers who exhibit widely in both group and solo exhibitions. The exhibition showcases a dynamic range of work, featuring vibrant images, vivid colour, and sinuous line, making this an exhibition not to be missed.
Jamie takes his inspiration from houses, townscapes and structures in the landscape. He likes to process his love of line drawing through the magic of printmaking processes. He particularly favours the Trace Monotype printmaking, a direct-drawing technique. He works from a studio in his hometown of Kendal.
Sue creates deeply embossed abstract collagraphs and intensely coloured monoprints with subtle golden highlights. Previous work has reflected the patterns and textures of the natural world and Sue is currently taking inspiration from traditional and contemporary poetry.
Ann Marie Foster M.A.
Ann Marie’s responses to configurations, textures and forms found in the natural environment are expressed through line, mark and gesture. During a process of improvisation these initial drawings are shaped into enigmatic motifs. Ann Marie uses the painterly qualities of monoprint to achieve textured and atmospheric layers of colour.
Laura's prints evoke an intimate experience with nature. Produced from her studio on the Lakeland Fells, her work is inspired by & drawn directly from the surrounding flora & fauna. The detail in the initial drawing is recorded with all the relish of a botanical artist but the work goes further; compositions are worked up & produced as gloriously coloured, hand pressed linocut prints.
Theresa started her training in Fine Art 40 years ago and she currently takes ideas from the natural world and uses them metaphorically to explore universal human issues. Theresa works from her garden studio as well as the contemporary printmaking studios at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston.
Frances’ work is rooted in the landscape. Colour and form eroded by time and the fickle elements of air, light and water. She loves the random qualities of printmaking, and enjoys the evolution and change the process makes to her design.
Deborah’s inspiration comes from what she sees around her home in Shap, the birds, animals, plants and wild fell landscape. Using drypoint etching, collagraph, trace monoprint & monoprint and a combination of these processes she produce contemporary limited edition and one-off prints.
Simon is an artist/ Illustrator & printmaker. He works primarily with Dry point and Collagraph, Simon finds satisfaction in his ability to control and manipulate the printmaking processes, but it’s the unexpected revelations that keep him enthralled with printmaking.
30 June - 27 September 2015
Sophie Holme is an artist based in Oxenholme, whose distinctive ink silhouette drawings are gaining recognition across Cumbria. Sophie dropped art after GCSE to pursue a medical career and it was only after 12 years working as a doctor that she decided to revisit her dream of drawing for a living. Sophie gained a Degree in Drawing from Kendal College in 2011 where she discovered a passion for line and ink. This passion developed into her signature style of silhouetted, whimsical ink drawings, with small flashes of colour. The appeal of this way of drawing has earned her a brisk flow of commissioned works and led to the formation of her giftware business ‘Black and White Daydreams.’ Not that Sophie has left colour behind completely. This exhibition includes works in which watercolour and coloured inks complement the ink lines which are the bedrock of all her drawing. ‘Black and White Daydreams’ produces bespoke souvenirs for tourist attractions across Cumbria: Lowther and Sizergh Castles, Allan Bank at Grasmere, The Watermill at Little Salkeld as well as Red Squirrel range of giftware in support of Penrith and District Red Squirrel Group.
29 September - 23 December 2015
Robin Oliver’s images represent his slow and gentle evolution as he looks and looks again at the world around him. Robin Oliver has always appreciated the environment around him from our domesticated or wild animals and birds to our glorious Cumberland Landscape, which all feature in his work. His images contain both what the artist sees and what he imagines. His work is experimental constantly changing and evolving which results in fluctuations between representational art to a more abstract interpretation. In addition Robin feels that there is a desire to draw upon memories of growing up at the family hill farm; nestling at the foot of Cold Fell, in Cumberland. A landscape which Robin feels that he is ‘hefted to’, like the Sheep and the wild Deer which have long roamed there.
- Lucinda Guinness and Ali Mills, Songscapes: Meadow Spiral iii (2014)