Six Simultaneous Exhibitions of Painting, Craft & Photography
22nd June 2013
Lyth Arts Centre
Open 12 - 5 pm daily 1st July - 31st August 2013
Children, Students, Unwaged: £1
This project "McArthur's Store" was created by photographer, architect and artist Alistair Cook, who spent the summer of 2012 in a building on the quay at Dunbar used by fishermen while mending their creels. He used wet plate collodion photography, a process concocted by Englishman Fred Scott Archer in 1851 to produce portraits of Dunbar men and their families. Alistair brought his skill and experience as an architect to bear while reviving an historical photo technique as an appropriate artistic medium to capture the intrinsic connections between people, land and sea rooted in a particular place.
Some artists just go on painting, even although they get involved in other more lucrative activities. Malcolm has recently taken on a full-time lectureship at Aberdeen College but constantly dreams of his native Caithness and returns as often as time allows, continuing to dwell on the unique character of its landscape in his drawings and paintings. Unlike the mountainous grandeur of the Highlands, the far north offers a much more subtle and fleeting beauty, often to do with what's absent rather than what's present. Many artists attempt to capture this minimalist quality but few do so with as much success. His exhibition also includes some surprising chinoiserie inspired design-based work.
Production designer, costume designer and artist Anne Tilby has worked in film, television, commercials and opera with great success including receiving a BAFTA award. Her enjoyment of team work and her love of recycled materials lead to Trash Factory a project which taught sustainability while providing fun for all involved. This exhibition Tortured Soles which opened at 23A Frith Street, London in May is a comment on current trendy high-heeled shoe fashion, the sacrifices involved and the repercussions (90% of foot surgery is performed on women). Tortured Soles aims to stimulate debate by decoding the sources of our aspirations and fixations.
Many artists including Salvador Dali and Marcel Proust have been fascinated by the concept of time and Jana Emburey brings a new slant to this enigma. Her practice involves travelling through memories, especially from childhood, and constructing pieces from found objects and from ephemera that help to trigger a memory of a particular moment. By preserving these recollections in artworks in various media she is able to create a vivid sense of returning back home. She was born in Bratislava, Slovakia and has recently arrived to live in Caithness which she describes as a magical place.
Hidden away in his home in Wick is a surprising collection of contemporary Scottish paintings which Donald has been acquiring over the years. He has developed the keen eye of a collector and has homed in on a rich vein of talent which includes work by Barry McGlashan, Michael Demain, Joe Fan and Ian Scott among others. His collection explores the more surreal paths of the Scottish contemporary imagination. This modest selection is an inspiration to anyone who likes art as it demonstrates how, by carefully focusing your interest, you can create an enjoyable and valuable asset.
One of London's gems is the Columbia Road market in Hackney. Although it's been a favourite flower market for years, it now also houses dozens of little boutiques selling antiques and very trendy bric-a-brac. This is where you will find L'Orangerie, an Aladdin's cave of jewellery brought from the four corners of the world. We have a selection of its highly decorative items made from a wide range of materials at very reasonable prices for you to choose from. This may also inspire to you start to make some jewellery of your own using whatever is to hand - aiming for flair rather than rare.