at the Oxmarket Gallery, Chichester
29th June to 11th July
Artel is an established group of contemporary artists who are based in and around Chichester. They hold an annual exhibition of their work with most pieces for sale. This year Alchemy is being held at the newly renovated Oxmarket Gallery in Chichester.
Sue England has explored the idea of materials repelling and mixing to produce new and unexpected visual results through various print methods, to produce prints and artists books.
Polly Dutton has created a body of work to reflect her internal responses to the lockdowns of 2020, the alchemical process of turning internal emotional chaos into a positive external embodiment, whilst Carol Naylor has handstitched long forgotten metallic threads and fabric pieces in her machine embroideries.
Cathy Somerville sees Alchemy as a metaphor to paint the enchantment of a peach orchard transforming from its winter starkness to a blossom glory. Isabel Dodson is working with ‘The magic of colour” and Jackie Knee will show an automaton and drawings.
A series of monotypes by Deborah Richards are inspired by an alchemist’s response to the sun and moon on water and her print processes, and Aldobranti will be exhibiting photographic results from ongoing research into the ‘cultural entanglement of the cast shadow with the Other’.
Other exhibiting artists are Sehila Craft, Maggie Cronk, Liz Hanan, Sandra Izard, Linda Nevill and Bridget Woods.
Through their paintings, prints, drawings, textiles and 3D work, visitors can see how each of these artists has interpreted the subject of Alchemy in their own unique way, spreading some magic through their art. During the exhibition there will be a programme of short talks by some of the artists, please check the Oxmarket website for up-to-date information before travelling.
Alchemy by Artel, Oxmarket Gallery, Chichester, 29th June to 11th July 2021. Admission is free.
For more information about the exhibition go to www.oxmarket.com and Artel’s social media www.instagram.com/chigroupartel/ or www.facebook.com/artelgroup where you can also contact the group.
pictured at top: Bridget Woods, Climate Dynamics, watercolour (detail)