6th July 2023 – 27th August 2023
Curated by Painter, Linda Ingham.
Curated by guest artist, Linda Ingham, this new exhibition is inspired by the ecological term: A Mosaic Path.
Rising from the rubble or waste aggregates in ‘brown field’ sites, the mosaic path is the proliferation of plants that are thriving in adverse conditions. This low fertile environment provides the potential for a diverse mosaic of planting which can be very beneficial for wildlife. There is enormous scope to promote this approach at all scales to create climate change for people and wildlife.
Close observation of storeys and stories of places conserved, disturbed, reimagined, string across Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, and Yorkshire. The artists research and form a visual metaphorical path. The selected artists’ works are gathered within this exhibition to offer us an exploration of the land in this current climate crisis. A land that speaks of the present, past, and future.
A Mosaic Path is a short survey of landscape and place through the eyes of four artists considering such subjects today.
Linda Ingham’s process-led practice grows out of her interest in landscape and place. Life as a gardener, allotment-holder, and a love of walking complement her work, and she regularly works with the Wildlife Trusts and RSPB to document portions of reserves along the east coast.
Botanical beauty and the folk histories of plants we often overlook on a daily basis was where this began some years ago for her, but PLACE is always important and though plants perhaps star within Ingham’s compositions, location is always a major consideration in each series or composition.
Based in Derbyshire in a landscape mined for lead and quarried for limestone and millstone grit David Ainley questions conventional perceptions of landscapes and their representation, their ‘aestheticisation as scenery’, to address the frequently unconsidered human labour that has shaped places through extractive industry. He says of these ‘distillations’ with strong metaphorical associations: “I have sought to make of Minimalism an art that is as multi-layered in content as are its sources of reference.”
Judith Tucker completed a B.A. Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford (1978 – 81) and an M.A. Fine Art followed by a PhD in Fine Art at the University of Leeds (1999 – 2002). Between 2003 and 2006 she held an AHRC fellowship in the Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Leeds. In 2019 she was shortlisted for the Westmorland Landscape Prize. In 2018 and 2019 she was a finalist in the Jackson’s Painting Prize and third time lucky, in 2020 she won a category award in this prize. In 2022 she was shortlisted for the Beep Painting Prize. Tucker is currently Chair of Contemporary British Painting.
Rob Moore is a painter printmaker who having completed the prestigious Granada Fellowship in Fine Art in Manchester embarked on a lecturing and practicing artist life until 2013 when he became a full time artist. Rob now combines this with running The Old Parcels Office arts venue in Scarborough and exhibiting work via one or two selected galleries. He has exhibited consistently and extensively across the UK where his paintings and prints are widely collected. His work has never followed fashion and he continues to explore subject matter and ideas that have an independence. In recent years his abstracted pieces have assumed a Moore intimate scale after many years making museum sized art.