Saffron Gallery in Battle has opened its 2015 exhibition schedule with a cracker!
HERE COME THE GIRLS!
Sunday 8th March to Thursday 2nd April
An exhibition celebrating women artists, launched, naturally, on International Women’s Day
On Sunday March 8th, International Women’s Day, Saffron launched a major exhibition of female artists to celebrate inspirational, diverse and talented women. Exhibiting artists are highly collectable and multi-talented, including a UN advocate for human rights, a world leader in her field, multi award-winners and a former corporate high-flyer. Showcasing their resident artists alongside invited guest artists, Saffron curates a diverse and powerful exhibition, unashamedly dedicated to high-achieving women.
Saffron Resident Artists
World-leading body cast sculptor Louise Giblin MRBS exhibits work including her Dame Kelly Holmes and Heather Mills sculptures. Both athletes are highly competitive gold medal winners, triumphing despite many challenges. Additionally they have raised and distributed millions of pounds for charities in the UK and internationally, demonstrating it’s not only the artists who are leading ladies, but their subjects too.
Another Saffron sculptor, award-winning Eve Shepherd MRBS SPS, has been compared to Rodin and is “predicted to be one of the greatest artists of our time”. Her work is exhibited in public spaces and held in private collections throughout the world. She is currently working on two separate commissions to portray Professor Stephen Hawking, one for Cambridge University, the other for Cape Town University.
Painters include multi award winners Helen Masacz and Margaretann Bennett RSW. Helen’s 2013 After the Fall solo exhibition at Saffron received colossal public and peer acclaim and her work regularly shows at Saffron, the National Portrait Gallery, the Mall Galleries and Cork Street.
Margaretann is a Scottish painter with numerous awards under her belt. She’s renowned for her intriguing and often dark depictions of the female figure, though her ladies are often compared to Glasgow born Margaretann herself – tough, pushing boundaries, and forces to be reckoned with!
Guest artists participating in the exhibition include Catriona Millar, another highly acclaimed Scottish painter. The Sunday Herald newspaper ranks Millar in the “top five most collectable Scottish artists” and her sell-out shows bear testament to their evaluation.
Award-winning sculptor Hazel Reeves SWA is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Council member of Society of Women Artists so her artistic credentials are in no doubt. She is also a major advocate for human rights and spent International Women’s Day 2014 in New York presenting on women’s rights as part of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
Jane Ford was a corporate high-flyer in her former career as Head of Design for Minolta and Ricoh. Now proving hugely successful in her second career as an artist, she was commissioned to produce 200 paintings by a major UK corporation and now exhibits throughout the UK and in the US.
These artists, with others, will demonstrate just a sliver of the creativity, diversity and talent within the UK’s female artistic community. Each has her own story, but all share a common thread: they are undeniably talented women, excelling at what they do.
Meanwhile, Saffron is already busy with plans for exhibitions, leading to Summer 2015.
GARDEN OF ENGLAND
Saturday 4th to Thursday 30th April
Spring exhibition of orchards, gardens, meadows, feathered friends and more by Saffron’s resident and guest artists
A seasonally uplifting exhibition focusing all things flora and fauna. Exhibiting artists include Saffron’s Libbi Gooch whose meadow paintings are a personal and instinctive response to nature. Libbi creates an impressionistic view of the environment and is excited by light and the mood it conveys. She’s gaining increasing recognition in national competitions, selling out on the first night of the Discerning Eye exhibition at the Mall Galleries. Another Saffron resident, sculptor Olivia Ferrier, will exhibit a number of sculptures which were just born to live outdoors. These include her majestic bronze owls, sinister crows and rather sweet hares, all demanding exploration to discover their hidden jewels.
Saffron will again introduce guest artists, this time Sally Stafford and Carne Griffiths, to the gallery. Sally’s work is exhibited throughout the UK and she enjoys an annual residency in Portugal. Working on the floor, Sally believes “You have a dance with the canvas, because the floor releases you to work on the painting from any direction. I don’t feel like I’m painting the meadow. I feel like I’m growing a meadow.” Carne Griffiths’ work is exhibited in the UK and internationally and he is renowned for images combining human and floral forms. He is fascinated by the flow of line and the ‘invisible lines’ that connect us to the natural world. His trademark media of tea, vodka and ink set him apart and add a unique depth to his paper work.
Saturday 2nd to Saturday 30th May
Exciting contemporary figurative paintings and sculpture by resident and invited artists
Full details of this show and exhibiting artists will be released shortly. Keep an eye on Saffron’s website for more information as it’s released.
Monday June 1st to Thursday 13th August
Resident & guest artists in varied & changing exhibition
Saffron’s Summer Exhibition will be a strongly curated mixed show, evolving fortnightly to allow all residents artists to take part and to periodically feature invited artists. Further details will feature on the gallery’s website closer to the time.
For more information about Saffron and their exhibitions see www.SaffronGallery.co.uk, email info@SaffronGallery.co.uk or call on 01424 772130.