Simon Meiklejohn works in metals, reclaimed materials and constructed mixed media, producing predominately narrative based pieces, with kinetic, interactive and mechanical elements. Simon has exhibited throughout the UK and in the US, has been awarded numerous public sculpture commissions, and is also a specialist consultant and object mount maker for major national museums. He is founder of the Vulgar Earth collective, is passionate about social access to art and the power of art to inform and enlighten society.
Glenn Morris holds a first-class degree in sculpture and is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He works as a professional sculptor from his studio on the Welsh borders in a variety of mediums but predominantly stone. His primary areas of enquiry and exploration are drawn from the human relationship with time and the environment, our view of ‘self’ and the loss of beauty. He has exhibited in numerous galleries including the Royal Academy.
After over 30 years working in the Tourism and Heritage sector, Kim discovered a passion for ceramics whilst studying at Hereford College of Arts. Kim went on to complete Contemporary Design Crafts BA (Hons) and Ceramics Masters. Kim’s work links history, people and geology in installations or domestic scale pieces. This exhibition will be a new area of work for Kim, and she aims to explore the narratives uncovered through this scientific research.
ILLUSTRATION AND VISUAL MEDIA ARTIST
As a visual media artist and lecturer in illustration at the University of the Arts London, Maisie specialises in time-based, immersive and experiential media. Maisie’s practice is rooted in the hybridisation of analogue and digital techniques and a ‘page to screen’ process which has resulted in outcomes such as 360 degree stories and interactive, tablet based illustrations and animations. Maisie situates her work within an eco-feminist philosophy and within her authorial practice she enjoys playing with notions and structures of spatial and temporal direction by granting her viewer creative agency and allowing them to lead or alter the narrative.
A stop-motion animator and mixed media filmmaker, Lena Doughty is at the beginning of her career. She began making films at the age of fourteen and continued on until she went to Goldsmiths, University of London where she studied animation. She now combines these two mediums making dramatic, should-be-feature-length-films. In her work she loves to explore the relationship between science, fantasy, and feminism, using interviews with scientists, experts, hours of research, and countless museum trips to make her films studied. She believes in the power of animation to teach as well as entertain. Animation is art!
For the past 15 years Tina has run an Eco Arts company creating art in community settings and currently runs a Textile Recycling and Arts Centre working with vulnerable adults. With a background in graphic & packaging design and commercial art, her roots are firmly based in ‘message making’. Her work aims to instantly connect with the viewer whilst leaving them with a question, not an answer. With an interest in the symbiotic relationships we have as humans, she questions the notion of familiarity, co-dependency and fear of change. Her work is based in a socio political context but draws on pure aesthetics as a route to communication.
DR KEVIN BLOCKLEY
Kevin Blockley works exclusively in stone from his farm in mid Wales. He is largely self-taught with some training in marble in Pietrasanta, Italy, in 2012. He works mainly in Carrara Marble, Iranian Onyx and Mandale fossil limestone from Derbyshire. Many of Kevin’s sculptures are influenced by natural forms almost invisible to the naked eye – pollen, plankton, diatoms, etc. A new theme is the universe. In 2013 Kevin was appointed a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors and a member of Sculpture Cymru in 2014.