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5 days ago

Melbourne Festival

As our Pop Up Gallery has had to close we thought we would showcase some of the artists whose work is at the Gallery.
Meet Thomas PetitGlass – Contemporary Blown Glass

Like many glass artists Tom started his craft experience in the world of clay while at school. Remembering a childhood visit to the Dartington Crystal Factory to watch glassblowing, I set about searching for small courses and found one with Norman Stuart-Clarke in Cornwall. I was mesmerised with this new and exciting material, and clay was almost completely forgotten about. An apprenticeship was not going to be financially viable, but I was determined to be a glassmaker, so took up a voluntary position at The Glasshouse in Covent Garden. Higher Education followed, and various jobs here and in New Zealand. I now live and work on the edge of the Peak District, in Derbyshire.

I draw upon many influences in the creation of my glassware, from the broad spectrum of the Arts and my own photography, to everyday objects and experiences. When I set out to design a new range I usually have a set of colour combinations in mind. I often try to visualise what they will look like in my head and jot down notes about possible colours and techniques. Unfortunately, ideas that worked in the mind or on paper often look considerably different in the glass medium, so I will keep experimenting with them until I get the desired effect. Sometimes it is the happy accidents that spark off the best idea.

My Shore ranges were influenced by my childhood outings in East Sussex, where we used to walk for hours over the South Downs and coastal valleys to the sea, with Cuckmere being a firm favourite. I wanted to try to capture the flint and cobbled beaches of this area in an abstract beachside landscape. Since the original Sea Shore ranges, ‘Flint’ & ‘Waves’, there have been hybrids and different coloured backgrounds, and the range continues to evolve. All pieces are ground by hand, and each stopper is made for an individual bottle.
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5 days ago

Melbourne Festival

As our Pop Up Gallery has had to close we thought we would showcase some of the artists whose work is at the Gallery. Meet Robin Mason Art - Robin graduated from North Warwickshire School of Art in 1992. He worked in the printing trade whilst perfecting his own style and won his first award, the Windsor & Newton Award in 2003 in the Open Pastel Exhibition & the Judd Medical Award “Prize” exhibition.

He became a friend of the RBSA in 2003 and an Associate in 2006. His works have been shown in UK exhibitions in Nottingham, Staffordshire, Birmingham, Melbourne and in Galleries in Ingleby, Lichfield, Cornwall, London and Birmingham.

Robin live about as far away from the sea as is possible in the UK, so I visit the coast visits Devon and Cornwall 4 – 5 times a year to work for The Harbour Gallery and the county is a firm favourite featuring in many of his works. Robin says “clear light and cliff edges provide me with contrasts between land and sea – high cliffs towering over sheltered coves and cool shadows alongside warm light”. frequently for inspiration. He says he is also very lucky to have a local canal network, farmland and other beautiful landscapes to paint closer to home.

Originally starting out as a pastellist Robin loved the immediacy to which colour could be applied but soon moved on to oils. He uses a brush to block out the main shapes and background colours and then works over the top with a palette knife applying thin layers to the dark areas and strong impasto strokes to the highlights.
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5 days ago

Melbourne Festival

To protect the volunteers who deliver the Village Voice it will not be printed in April. An online version will be available via this link. Be assured normal services will resume as soon as possible. ...

To protect the volunteers who deliver the Village Voice it will not be printed in April. An online version will be available via this link.  Be assured normal services will resume as soon as possible.

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1 week ago

Melbourne Festival

I was looking for a file and came across some poems from our Expanding Horizons project in 2013. This poem by local poet Gregory Heath seemed rather appropriate to our current situation. It made me smile and hopefully will make you smile too! Here's to healthier times!

IT'S NOT RIGHT!

Thomas Cook, a Melbourne lad,
gave the world the travel fad.
How sad it is that here, today,
we cannot book our getaway.

Thank you Gregory Heath!
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I was looking for a file and came across some poems from our Expanding Horizons project in 2013. This poem by local poet Gregory Heath seemed rather appropriate to our current situation. It made me smile and hopefully will make you smile too! Heres to healthier times!

ITS NOT RIGHT!

Thomas Cook, a Melbourne lad, 
gave the world the travel fad.
How sad it is that here, today, 
we cannot book our getaway.

Thank you Gregory Heath!
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