Exhibition: Northern Grit [11 March – 22 April 2017]

Northern Grit: new work by Penny Hunt and Debbie Yare
11 March – 22 April 2017
Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm
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Northern Grit is a collaborative exhibition between northern Artists Penny Hunt and Debbie Yare. Both artists use a variety of media to explore their connections with, and experiences of landscape. A selection of recent paintings, drawings, prints, ceramics and photographs will be included in the exhibition. The artists have also created several works in response to Florence Mine and its immediate environs, using materials created by Florence Paintmakers.

Meet the artists (Sunday 12 March, 11am to 3pm)
An opportunity to visit the exhibition and meet both artists who will be on hand to talk about their work, discuss their inspiration and techniques. No booking required – this is free and everyone is welcome to come along.

Florence Printmaking and Drawing Workshop (Saturday 18 March)
To accompany the exhibition we’re thrilled to offer a workshop with both artists, using art materials made from the earth by Florence Paintmakers. You’ll get the chance to develop drawings and a printing plate inspired by the immediate environment. Develop your drawings and make a small edition of intaglio prints from your own plate. This is a great opportunity for families and individuals to work with Debbie and Penny alongside their exhibition. 

Saturday 18 March, 11am-4pm. Please bring an apron, lunch is not provided so either bring your own lunch or buy from the café. Lower age limit 10 years. Places are FREE but booking is essential – to reserve a place email us or call 01946 824946.

About the artists:

Debbie Yare writes: I am a Visual Artist based on Morecambe Bay in Lancashire, North West England. A great lover of walking and the outdoors, I have spent many hours exploring, drawing, painting and photographing the wonderfully diverse landscapes within reach of my home here. Walking is central to my Art practice – a natural urge to be in the outdoors, combined with the curiosity to explore, discover and rediscover is the driving force behind the work.
Rural and agricultural land; limestone landscapes and mountainous areas, vast tidal mudflats and weatherbeaten coastlines, and the industrial and social history of the landscape continue to inform my practice. I am also interested in what it means to have a ‘sense of place’ and how developing a stronger ‘sense of place’ through exploration and discovery might manifest itself in the images that I create.

I practice drawing and photography on location as immediate ways to express lived experiences and imaginative moments using relatively simple tools. From these initial explorations I continue to make work in the studio. I’d like to capture the essence of these lived, inspired moments; whilst also investigating a more complex painting process.  I am also interested in the therapeutic qualities of creativity, walking and the outdoors; and have become an advocate for their benefits to wellbeing.

northern-grit-pennyPenny Hunt writes: My paintings are from my experiences in the more remote parts of Britain. I paint using oil paints textured with earth and grit, often from the rocks beneath me. Paintings are either made outside, returning to the same spot over a few weeks or developed later from drawings and photos taken on my wanderings. I am trying to make my paintings more about the feel of a place, the atmosphere rather than the exact placement of stones or trees.

Based in the Yorkshire Dales, my studio between Pen-y –Ghent and Ingleborough, gives wide open windswept views of mountains and mist. This landscape and the animals that inhabit it inspire my ceramic work, a mix of landscape and local folklore, using printing blocks and patterns to reference the place of wildlife in design over the centuries. Drawings are scratched into the clay surface freehand or printed from lino printing blocks, sometimes in a sgraffito style after coloured slips are applied. Body stains and underglazes are used to decorate, the stains gather in the textures. Further decoration is then applied using monoprint techniques with coloured glazes before the clay is glaze fired. Some pieces have gold lustre which is applied in a third firing. Each piece is unique, there can never be another made with exactly the same markings.

With a fine art degree and MA from Manchester Metropolitan University and 27 years teaching experience I now run courses in art galleries across the North West and from my own studio. Courses are for all abilities and include drawing and painting, printmaking and ceramics.