We had a meeting of the SW new initiative on Saturday 21st January in Plymouth. After over two hours of looking at one another’s work, we set off to the Theatre Royal to see the exhibition of the 21 Group, set up and curated by them.
The group comprises mixed media artists in the South West. A production of Mama Mia was on so there were thousands of people waiting to find their seats but, when they had all been seated, we had time and space to see the exhibition. Compared to their normal shows, it lacked substance for me. Perhaps it was because the paintings and prints were arranged on a convex wall the full width of the corridor so you had no sense of the ‘collection’ as such. My favourite was a print by Val Jones from Totnes:
We then went to the Royal William Yard, Stonehouse, where we saw an exhibition of “Earth and air: the episodic memory of place” by Julie Ellis.
The long hall made the similarity of approach, technique and subject stand out, which we found was a negative aspect of the exhibition. We all admired the work very much. My favourite was given pride of place at the far wall & that seemed to draw us in:
I particularly liked the textures which were at odds with the silky-smooth finish of the other paintings:
The vitrines have a collection of artefacts and sketchbooks:
Two paintings which are used in the publicity cards:
Super day out with fellow students.