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Artists put their work in the studio spotlight
10:00pm Friday 24th January 2014 in News
SPACE at the Old Fire Station gallery in Oxford has been carved up for its first exhibition of the year.
The studio in George Street is featuring two giant axes to divide up the space to underline the architecture of the gallery.
Artist Jack Eden will be giving a free talk about his work this weekend.
Mr Eden said: “I’m really excited about this show for lots of reasons.
“Having spent so much time working at the Old Fire Station, it’s great to be able to show my work in a space I feel so comfortable in.
“I feel like I’ve had a lot of time to consider the space and develop this idea with the sort of freedom rarely afforded to someone who’s so recently graduated.”
Jack Eden prepares for the exhibition
Emily Marston, shop and gallery manager, said: “Jack’s work is completely different from what we had at the end of last year so it’s great to see such a contrast that takes full advantage of the gallery space and the areas you don’t normally notice or experience as a viewer.
“It is also wonderful to be able to give an artist we’ve worked with for so long the opportunity to exhibit and develop their practice.”
Mr Eden will be doing a talk about his work at 2pm tomorrow in the gallery. This event is free and open to all.
- The exhibition runs until to February 15. The gallery is open open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm.
Hobby is just heavenly for city printmakers
A CITY printmaking group showed off the fruit of their labours at Oxford Castle’s O3 Gallery.
About 60 artworks by three members of Oxford Printmakers Co-operative went on show at the gallery.
They included a rendering of Bejing’s Temple of Heaven by Horspath’s Jane Peart, 61, who visited in 2010.
Morna Rhys and Heather Power with their work at the O3 Gallery
The picture took two week of etchings on to a plate before it could be printed.
The artist said: “It is a lot of hard work and a challenge.
Jane Peart with some of her exhibits at the O3 Gallery
“I have always drawn and when you are drawing a picture you know exactly what it is going to happen.
“When you are running a print you don’t really know what the outcome is until you ink it. There is an element of surprise.”
She was joined by fellow artists Heather Power and Morna Rhys.
Anyone interested in the group can drop into its base in Oxford Christadelphian Church hall, Tyndale Road, St Clements on Mondays from 4pm to 8pm; Tuesdays from 10.30am to 6.30pm or Saturdays from 11am to 5pm.
- For information visit oxfordprintmakers.co.uk
William is always on lookout for next shot
WILLIAM Mankelow had never exhibited his photos before May last year but his first show is still going strong.
The photographer quit his job as an accountant for an Abingdon firm and took the plunge to become a full-time photographer in 2012.
He now keeps his exhibition at Rick’s Cafe in Oxford’s Cowley Road
up-to-date by regularly changing the photos around.
William, right, said: “I am always out taking new photographs to keep it fresh and relevant with seasonal shots.
“You would be amazed how much you can get out of a flooded street.
“When Abingdon Road was flooded last year it was very serene.
“Abingdon Road is always full of traffic but it was almost like a ghost town, and with the reflections in the water it looked beautiful.”
The current stock at Rick’s features two photos taken on holiday in Finland and three taken in Oxford.
Mr Mankelow, 35, who lives in East Oxford, said: “It is so useful to have this connection with the cafe.
“I just went in there one day and asked the owner – he was very accommodating.”
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