Exhibiting in Sheffield Winter Gardens
Arriving back into England from Malaysia I immediately set back to work on Autumn exhibitions. Feeling the dramatic change in temperature from Malaysia to northern Britain it was fitting that the first two were in Sheffield Winter Gardens. The cathedral like structure of Sheffield Winter Gardens plays homage to the natural world and is a place that I am very happy to exhibit in. I have always loved situating art within nature, often feeling that art can only imitate the beauty, abundance and imagination of the natural world. The Winter Gardens gives chance in the colder months of Britain for wonderful tree ferns and palms from temperate climates to flourish. It’s a long way from the heat and high humidity of tropical Malaysia sitting on the equator, but it lifts my soul in Winter as long as I’m wrapped up warm.
My first Autumn exhibition this month was with Heeley Art club which is now over 110 years old! I entered some dream paintings such as ‘Spirit Dreaming’ a reclining woman contemplating the interconnection of different spiritual paths.
Just as Heeley Art club exhibition came down I was back in the Winter Gardens putting up an exhibition of children and young people’s visual art and creative writing, after a call out I send to schools and clubs to respond to theme of ‘I’m a Sheffielder because…’ with positive or challenging experiences, which evoked creative writing with raw warmth, plus colourful collaborative and portraiture work. It was great to see children and young people getting prizes for their work.
The exhibition was part of the launch of Cohesion Sheffield, which I’m co-ordinating, on October 16th 2017 to promote people in Sheffield getting alongside one another despite difference through the support of key businesses and organisations.
It was a surprisingly warm day inside the Winter Gardens and we were sheltered from the Storm Ophelia that gave rise to many images of the red sun I saw that evening.
Schools played a key part in the launch of Cohesion Sheffield offering their creative vitality through dance and musical performances. It is great to see children and young people being given the opportunity to express themselves creatively as this opens up their neural pathways helping them with problem solving in many areas of life. Creativity also gives the opportunity for us to feel, sense and be in touch with the world around us, and hopefully in more harmony with one another if we take time to listen to one another too.