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At Christmas thoughts turn to home so our Winter Exhibition presents a range of unique, local art and craft that you won't find anywhere else. Treat yourself to something new for your home or buy gifts for your loved ones. Pop in, browse and shop away from the crowds. You'll be supporting a local gallery and small creative artist businesses if you do, as well as finding something special this Christmas.
by Celia Allen | Lydia Barclay | Louise Bell | Jane Clift | Curio Studio (Tom Wilson) | Gin Durham | Richard Jack | Liane Matthews | David Mayne | Mitch Pilkington | Jay Rubinstein | Jenny Southam | Ilona Sulikova | Jean Tolkovsky | Ed Willis.
Textiles by Naomi Beevers | Candy Coated Accessories | Alison Dupernex | Keira Graham | Green Thomas Textiles | Sally Nencini | Sarah Tyssen.
Art glass by Adam Aaronson | Peter Layton | Sanders and Wallace | Shakspeare Glass.
Ceramics by Hannah Bould | Rowena Brown | Claire Burke | Jude Colley | Amy Cooper | Clare Conrad | Diane Griffin | Sarah Grove | Matt Horne | Maisie Parkes | Rebecca Ridley | Vivienne Ross | Liz Scrine | Chrissy Silver | Steve Smith | Carolyn Tripp | Gilly Whittington.
Painting by Suzy Fasht | Sally Anne Fitter | Rosalinda Kightley | Yeside Linney | Susie Lidstone | Helen Long | Fiona Pearce | Jacky Paynter | Virginia Ray | Jane Rist | Ray Sheldon | Jo Shepherd | Sarah Spackman | Ruth Taylor | Vicki Nigoumi | Suzanne Winn.
Limited Edition Prints by Clare Bassett | Ed Boxall | John Bryce | Ann Burnham | John Duffin | Chloe McCarrick | Trevor Price | Shirley Watson | Clare Youngs.
Jewellery by Petra Bishai | Shimara Carlow | Margaux Clavel | Daphne Krinos | Misun Won | Kathie Murphy.
Festive decoration by Adam Aaronson | Kate Colin | Fleur Grenier | Jessica Jordan | David Mayne | Liane Matthews | Judith Needham | Charlotte Stockley.
Wood by Kevin Stamper.
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".