SIMON MEIKLEJOHN

SCULPTOR

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

SCULPTOR

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.

JACKIE YEOMANS

EARTH ARTIST

The responsibility of guardianship for our Earth and respect for Nature is given some solace through the consideration of my art practice. It is holistic; embodying nature through the reciprocity of nurture and respect. Creating works of art with organic matter is a choice with an ecological value. Artworks formed are translations of information from time spent exploring; gleaning knowledge of Earth’s time frame, animal and human habitation and movement. My painting practice becomes a meditation. I refer to the macro and micro. Within the process of life, death and entropy, each piece creates its own evolution.

KIM COLEBROOK

CERAMIC ARTIST

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.

DAVID ENGLAND

ARTIST / SCULPTOR

A self-taught artist/sculptor working mainly in stone, David’s artistic development has been instigated by a life-long passion to somehow manifest the designs that crop up in his head. This has led to work in making music, films and illustration – both in the digital and analogue world. Lately, his outlook and creative production has been influenced by the political and environmental upheavals across the planet, including consumerism and the choices we make on a daily basis. ‘If we can draw more people’s attention to the plight of our planet through our skills as artists then, I believe, we have a moral obligation to do so.’

JO CHALKBLACK

SOCIAL PRACTICE ARTIST

Jo’s interest lies in human interaction and social discourse especially around the themes of natural life/death cycles, grief, personal and societal transition. Often working in outdoor woodland, wild or borderland spaces, she is not so interested in creating finished art pieces as creating a temporary vessel from time and space within which a process of mutual enquiry and interaction takes place. She often fuses the use of projected image and the hands-on preparation of indigenous, organic materials to encourage participants on a performative journey around a space: a playful, liminal experience... deeply engaging and connecting to a specific environment and moment in time.

MAISIE NOBLE

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.

LENA DOUGHTY

ANIMATOR

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!

KAREN LOIS MEIKLEJOHN

TEXTILE ARTIST

Karen Lois Meiklejohn is a history graduate trained in small metals. She runs a company, textile recycling enterprise, and has been running creative, art workshops for schools and community groups for the past 25 years. Karen’s personal work is now focused on textiles, installation and photographic processes to explore a narrative. She is particularly interested in social history, the passing of time and change, with specific interest in the textile industry and its effects on the environment.

TINA WALTON

ECO ARTIST

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

SCULPTOR

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. 

SAM LUCAS

CERAMIC ARTIST

Sam first trained in ceramics thirty years ago and has been working in the art and ceramics department at a Specialist College for young people with complex needs for the last twenty, whilst creating her ceramic forms alongside and exhibiting locally. Her recent MA in ceramics has encouraged her to develop work which explores the notions of self, other and environment. She works intuitively, with few tools, creating ambiguous figurative forms. Her work is quite theatrical, producing groups of objects and then choreographing them to see what kind of interaction they have with each other and the viewer.