Creating a Scene:
Art is often about illusion; taking us on a journey to alternative places and situations, leading us to question what we believe and often triggering emotional reactions that we might otherwise not encounter.
Creating a Scene illustrates this through a focus on set design, bringing to light some of the disciplines involved and the collaborative aspects between artistic design processes necessary for success. Bridging theatre, opera, visual art, performance art, dance, architecture and film, it is apparent that the common thread is the set; a vehicle for the final production where there is mutual reliance between it, the performance and the artwork.
The exhibition includes examples of the design process including sketches, working models, finished designs and theatre sets by leading international artists as well as work by emerging new talent. Exhibiting artists include Edward Allington, Franko B, Ivor Beddoes, Giuseppe Belli, Julian Crouch, Richard Deacon, Hein Heckroth, Christopher Hobbs, Howard Hodgkin, Derek Jarman, Philip Lee, Davy and Kristin McGuire, Bruce McLean, Louise Ann Wilson and Edwin Zwakman.
Curated by Naomi Law and Jeremy Webster. Creating a Scene is a touring exhibition from The National Centre for Craft & Design www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk
Painting in Another Dimension:
Focusing on the potential of contemporary painting, Chester-based artist, Megan Wyatt looks at the medium's associated formal mechanisms, conventions and existence both historically and in contemporary practice.
Working traditionally with raw pigments, Wyatt systematically attempts to control colour, the opacity of the paint and its appearance when applied onto different materials (in this instance layers of acetate). Responding to and integrating the work with the architecture of the space, she applies loops of painted and layered acetate to form compositions free of the convention of the frame and the two-dimensional surface. The quality and aspect of light, as it shifts through the day, both informs and completes the work according to its situation.
Megan was mentored by Oriel Davies as part of the Axis initiative Out and Beyond from 2012-2013 and is currently undertaking a practice-led PhD at Glyndwr University.
Exhibition opening on Saturday 28th June between 6pm and 8pm.
7pm featuring Slip and Taffeta by Philip Lee and Cally Trench. A live body performance with clay (contains male nudity).