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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.
Hand coloured screenprint
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Our lives are full of moments of uncertainty or comprehension, of indecision or satisfaction, of patience or frustration, but we quickly move on. Clare Bassett likes to pause and capture some of those points in time, which we pass by so swiftly. Just by looking, we are exposed.
Clare looks at the familiar with an unsettling glance, as well as with a touch of humour. Her figures are not knowing people who are assured in their place; for them the world is often a bit of a puzzle. Sometimes their world drifts into the dreamlike and surreal. Things are not always as we think. She invites the viewer to become part of the moment, and to question assumptions: to become part of the story and to observe or identify. She explores the physicality, as well as the situation, of these people. By their very solidity, they are rooted to the spot: possibly through choice, perhaps because of the inability to act.
In the lithographs, working on a piece of stone adds to the monumental nature of the figure. There is a sense of carving the images in two dimensions.
Clare hopes that her pieces will manage to stay fresh to the eye, as the discussion between the picture and the viewer continues over time, with new stories and new voices emerging.