Saltgrass Artists at Skyway Gallery


Saltgrass Artists in Flow at Shoreham’s Skyway Gallery

6­th-18th November 2017

Six Sussex-based fine art graduates are exhibiting new work exploring the theme of ‘flow’ in a group show at Skyway gallery in Shoreham-by-Sea. Called the Saltgrass Artists, the group presents a coherent yet diverse collection of work representing a variety of disciplines and practices, from painting and sculpture to photography, drawing and collage. This show is a celebration of the state of creative flow, when artistic activity seems to obliterate time, allowing the artist to surrender to improvisation and work intuitively. Each piece in the exhibition is in some way informed by notions of flow and of movement, currents and the passage of time.

Sam Kennedy

The artists – Deanna Hilder, Denise Strange, Nikki Wilson, Sam Kennedy and Sue Coleman – took their fine art degrees as mature students at Northbrook, and achieving their artistic goals hasn’t been easy: studying part time for five years (even longer if you include a foundation course or A level art classes) has taken dedication, and since graduating, the group’s commitment to making art continues. All agree that being a mature student was a profoundly positive experience, even life changing. Choosing to go back to college later in life, after the children have grown up, or making a complete career change to study for a fine art degree can be a daunting prospect. But as well as the enjoyment of mixing with younger students and developing their passions in a supportive learning environment, they gained a sense of artistic credibility. “We all felt apprehensive about applying to art college,” says Dee, “but being accepted onto the fine art degree course gave each of us a sense of validation as an artist.”

Denise Strange, Highdown sunset

Angela Edwards, Artistic Director at Skyway, says: “We’re thrilled to be able to bring this group of emerging artists to the public’s attention with such an intriguing show. It’s exactly what Skyway was set up to do. Being an artist myself, I know how difficult it can be to find places to exhibit your work. The Skyway gallery is a new concept in gallery space: located in a multi-purpose building, it presents the opportunity to reach an audience that wouldn’t necessarily visit a more traditional gallery.”

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