Laura’s works examine the properties of pigments and oils against surfaces; focusing on the effects of layering, opacities and light. Investigating how paper and ink respond to different materials she places wood, glass and paper together to create 3D sculptural forms. The assembly of elements has evolved into a ritualistic process involving repetition and re-adjustment before a composition is completed.
At the heart of this creative exploration is an interest in an experimental process - with an aim to challenge traditional ideas of painting and print making.
Laura trained at Falmouth University completing a BA in textile design. In 2014 she was awarded the Jubilee Stores Start Up Studio Program funded by Arts Council England and most recently was shortlisted for the Jerwood Artist Bursary Award. She has exhibited regularly in London, including The Arthub Gallery and Vyner Street Gallery and New York at Rochester Contemporary Art, as well as Aspex Gallery Portsmouth and K6 Gallery Southampton.
Chris Jenkins creates sculptures featuring desolate shells of buildings and burned out rigs which contrast against his paintings depicting impossibly colourful towers, imagined histories and landscapes. In both, there are remnants of human activity, spaces hastily constructed and quickly abandoned where technology and society have failed. With elements of science fiction, Jenkins casts a postmodernist critique and examination of our culture, marking an emotional and psychological overview of our ideas of shelter and
Chris has worked with several local authorities to deliver large public artworks and sculpture trails with a narrative and historical context. He has also been awarded numerous Arts Council England grants to create public engagement and installations, often collaborating with other artists as well as musicians and performance artists.
There is a driving force of engagement throughout his work which has informed his
process and given him the opportunity to create large scale immersive installations in
Abi Wheeler is a contemporary textile designer creating functional and fine art pieces inspired by the iconography of ports and harbours. Her textile work explores the forms and textures of man-made artefacts and the built environment and fuses traditional textile processes with unconventional materials.
As well as conventional stitching used in domestic and fashion contexts, Abi combines
traditional knotting with wire, monofilament fishing line and strong plant fibre yarns
originally used in the fishing industry to create hand knitted sack-like forms and panels.
Buoyancy informs quilted and hand knitted pouches in hardwearing natural materials.
After a teaching career in the visual arts, Abi now balances freelance work in arts education with a career as a professional maker.
Sue Paraskeva’s visual language is driven by the altering of vessels through actions such as smashing, dropping and throwing. This transformative process has enabled a vocabulary through which to explore social and domestic issues. Live and recorded performance is an integral part of the delivery of her work.
Her multi-faceted practice combines tableware, one-off pieces and installation which is created using traditional techniques of thrown and altered porcelain which is fired in a gas kiln.
Sue was invited to perform live at The Saatchi Gallery London by Contemporary Applied Arts, part of Collect 2017, for London Craft Week 2016 and Ceramic Art London at Central Saint Martins.
An NHS public art commission has also helped enable over 10,000 people per year to therapeutically engage with craft via a permanent installation of porcelain wall pieces at Ryde Community Clinic. Continuing in 2017 to supply Calvin Klein Home, New York with the ‘Quay’ porcelain tableware range’ and one-off plates to the 2 * Michelin Chef Tom Kerridge.
Sue Paraskeva has worked with porcelain and other clays for over 25 years and was previously resident artist at Jubilee Stores where she taught ceramics until 2013.
Joanne is interested in patterns in human behaviour and the emotional condition of people, whole societies or sometimes one person. Carnivals, festivals and other found forms of creative expression fuel the colours and primitive handcrafted quality of what she creates. Joanne strives to represent a human expression which is honest, handmade and not designed. Paper has always been her chosen material because it is so familiar and touched by the hands of many, whether it’s newspaper, birthday cards, a wrapped present. She also uses paper because it’s ephemeral and allows her to work spontaneously.
Education Royal College of Art, London, from 2004 -2006 and is currently represented by Folly and Muse Gallery, London/Munich and Newblood Art London. Recent selected exhibitions and short lists include WW Gallery collateral exhibition at the 53rd Venice Biennale, Jerwood Drawing Prize, RA Summer Exhibition, Royal Watercolour Society Contemporary Competition, Shoosmiths Art Prize, The Other Art Fair London and Art MUC Munich with Folly and muse Gallery. Press features include the UK Times and Observer Newspaper, Fresh Paint magazine selected by Andrew Salgado, After Nyne Magazine, women in art issue. Works are included in public and private collections in UK, USA, Hong Kong and Australia.
Working mainly in Polymer clay, Nikki Brown specialises in crafting miniature shoes using the “Millefiori” process (Italian, meaning a thousand flowers), a process originally used for making mosaic beads and associated with venetian glass.
Nikki’s ‘small shoes for big souls’ are heavily influenced by the miniature natural world and the fairy folk stories from her childhood on the Isle of Man.
Nikki Brown has exhibited at Affordable Art Fair London, New York and Singapore, as well as LA Art Show and the prestigious Palm Beach Fine Art Show in the USA.