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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.
Louise is a ceramic artist making work that comments on the human condition using scale, colour and symbolism. Her work begins with a narrative to be explored. She investigates contemporary social issues and emotions that unite us all as individuals, aiming to communicate ideas by evoking feelings and memories in the viewer. Her ideas sometimes evolve from objects that have histories, which are then used as models for her work.
This body of work looks at the issues surrounding new parenthood, fatherhood in particular. Louise has researched the importance of the father/infant bond and led focus groups of new dads to explore their views. The work that emerged from this references feelings of vulnerability and the need for support. This is why she uses floatation aids as models for some of the work. She wanted to reference the baby's rattle, which has been given as a gift to new parents since the 14th Century.
The pieces reflect men's need to be playful, their desire for intimacy with their partners and the qualities and skills that they wish to pass on to their child. Each piece is designed to celebrate a father's new status and mark this important time in his life. It can also be seen as a reflection of contemporary fatherhood.
Louise has worked for 18 years in further education supporting young people with a wide variety of needs. She combines her people skills and interest in social issues, with her craft skills to make work that communicates current thinking and concerns.
Louise is based in East Sussex.