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Known for selecting contemporary art and craft of the highest quality, the gallery team has handpicked artists and makers from across the country. The exhibition presents glass, ceramics, jewellery, sculpture, prints and paintings by more than sixty talented established and emerging artists.
All work is handmade, making it unique and perfect for those looking for that special Christmas gift! Find unusual craft-led gifts as well as inspiration on everything from original printmaking to unique British jewellery designs. A must see Christmas show for all novice and expert lovers of art and craft.
Painting, drawing and print by: Nick Bodimeade, Mychael Barratt, Clare Caulfield, Helen Brown, Graham Evernden, Emily Faludy, Emma Harding, Jennifer Jokhoo, Susie Lidstone, David Scott Moore, Fiona Pearce, Chris Sercombe, Tessa Pearson, Virginia Ray, Ruth Taylor, Philip Tyler and Catherine Warren.
Sculpture by: Celia Allen, Helena Curry, Faye Mayo, David Mayne, Edward Willis, Jillian Riley, Richard Jack and Liane Matthews.
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Edward Willis has a degree in philosophy from Bristol University. He began making simple mobiles as nursery decorations following the birth of his first son in 1997, but became interested in the more sophisticated sculptural possibilities of the form after seeing the work of Alexander Calder.
Edward draws inspiration from animal and plant forms. The work is often suggestive of skeletal structures, usually in the abstract, though sometimes more clearly resembling particular plants or creatures. The sculptures can be thought of as "suspended animations" lying at rest, waiting for a passing breeze to breathe life into them. They also have a sense of harmony, rhythm and progression which, reflect Edwards interest in music.
The sculptures are intended to be enjoyed both as elegant, striking forms and as objects for contemplation and meditation. The viewer is invited to consider the way in which the various parts of the work are placed in opposition to one another in a series of weights and counterweights. Whilst each sculpture outwardly expresses a settled tranquility, it actually relies for its existence on the internal tensions resulting from the pull of each part against every other. Thus, the whole is comprised of individual elements that work in collaboration to produce a system or structure in a kind of "dynamic equilibrium".