‘A Fresh Start’ – A Spring Show of Contemporary Art – April 7th – 15th

As many of you may have seen via the Elmslie House Newsletter and also our new 6 month flyer,  2018 marks the start of an exciting year for us  – as it sees the launch of a series of Art Exhibitions running throughout 2018 at Elmslie, under this new logo

which has the guiding hand of local artist Antony Bridge behind it, and encompasses, rather neatly I think, the feature of some of Elmslie’s many Gothic Archways, as well as our original motif, which you can find in the stone-work and carvings around the house.

The inaugural exhibition, ‘A Fresh Start’ is a Spring Show of Contemporary Art which will bring together the work of seven artists that have been personally selected by me – owner, Anna Taylor, to offer a wide range of work. They include:

John Button, Artist

Guy Butcher, Bespoke Fine Furniture

Emma Hardicker, Printmaker & Designer

Clarie Malet, Metal Artist

Shivani Patel, Goldsmith

Karen Stone, Artist

Mark Upton, Sculptor

and with only one exception (which I’m sure will be rectified soon enough) these artists have been chosen because I already have examples of their work at Elmslie – but visitors to the house will not have seen them, as they are situated within our private residential quarters.

So – this is my attempt to curate an exhibition, bringing together artists whose work I absolutely love and wish to share with a wider audience – you!

The exhibition will be open daily from 10.30am – 4.30pm on Saturday 7th April through to Sunday 15th April inclusive, with late night opening on Friday 13th April until 8.00pm.

The exhibition may be opened at other times by arrangement.

A café will be open throughout the exhibition offering light refreshments so please do come along and take a look.

In addition to the Private View, we are hoping that several of the artists will be joining us for an informal ‘Meet the Artist’ event on Sunday 8th April from 2.00 – 4.00pm, so please do come along to that if you can make it. Sadly John Button lives in Stockholm, so is not able to attend, but others who are more local to Elmslie may well be in attendance!

Here’s a little more information about all the participating artists:


John Button

Born in Lowestoft, Suffolk in 1966, John grew up on England’s east coast.

After studying Architecture in Brighton he worked for many years with exhibition design, interiors and illustration.

Painting and drawing had always been of great interest but it wasn’t until 2002 and moving to Sweden with his young family that John began painting and exhibiting more actively.

In his paintings, he explores landscape and seascape through its patterns and textures, attempting to trigger a memory or a sense of place and ignoring conventional rules of perspective along the way.

In his still-life studies, John tries to tease something extraordinary out of his everyday surroundings.

Gallery representation:-

Sweden Roddarhuset, Vaxholm
Ekvall+Törnblom, Stockholm
U.K.Lime Tree Gallery, Suffolk & Bristol
Ashdown Gallery, East Sussex
Josie Eastwood Fine Art, Hampshire
Atrium Gallery, Cornwall
Padstow Gallery, Cornwall
Dockside Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed
U.S.A Chasen Galleries, Richmond VA & Sarasota FL



Guy Butcher

“I’ve just started my 25th year making furniture, most of which have been at my current workshop and home on a working family farm just outside Ledbury, in Canon Frome.  I consider myself fortunate to be asked to, and to make an incredibly diverse selection of furniture and wooden structures. The majority of which are to commission for private clients, and can vary from reproducing period furniture, to designing from scratch to a brief. Left to my own devices, I am drawn towards a simpler clean style with an emphasis on the quality and finish of materials. I also believe there is an intrinsic beauty in an object that is designed for and fulfills a function. Where possible I like to design and construct to involve and encourage  interaction with a piece of furniture and the materials it’s made from.

Recently I have started producing a range of wooden surf craft, based on traditional British and Hawaiian boards. These are functioning surf boards that can be surfed with, but I have developed a constuction method and finish that allows me to add artwork and designs to the boards, so that  they are equally at home hung on a wall. In addition I have also satrted producing a small range of skateboard decks. In all of these I apply the same quality of construction and finish as I would with my furniture.”



Instagram: @guy.butcher


Emma Hardicker

Emma is a printmaker and painter. She produces beautiful stylised designs, from her studio in Birmingham. She is inspired by both nature and architecture, and is always looking to create pattern and engaging artworks. Either in oil or acrylic on canvas, or when printing, by sketches her designs in pen and ink, then uses traditional silk-screen printing methods to produce the eye-catching designs on paper and textiles.

Emma studied BA Textile Design, at Nottingham Trent University specialising in print, graduating in 2003. Over the years her work has been sold worldwide in galleries and shops such as Liberty of London, The V&A and John Lewis.

She has also produced commissioned work for many private clients, including well known institutions such as The RHS, Transport for London, The NHS, Cambridge University, Deans Court Chambers, and The Biohub.

instagram emmahardicker

w: www.emmahardicker.com




Claire Malet

“My work is inspired by natural forms and landscapes: fragments of sea-worn shells, the rock formations of a battered coastline, a curl of split bark, the dancing light and shadow of woodland, the line of a horizon. I also draw inspiration directly from the characteristics of the medium, working intuitively is key, allowing the metal to suggest a direction. I work in silver, copper, steel and ‘found metals’.

I am particularly drawn to vessels, which are one of the most basic and universal of objects, in daily mundane use and playing vital roles at occasions of celebration and honour. In my on going ‘re-formed steel can pieces’, I explore the idea of transformation, perceived value and the process of making, each piece is hand worked, taking many hours, from a single steel can, which is ‘transformed’ into a ‘precious’ vessel.

My work is exhibited in the UK and internationally in galleries and at art fairs, including at ‘Collect’ held annually at the Saatchi Gallery, London. I have pieces in several public collections, including the Victoria & Albert Museum. Awards include Goldsmiths’ Fair Best New Design Award 2014″.

Social media links are:

Website: www.clairemalet.com
Instagram: clairemaletmetal
Twitter: @clairemalet


Shivani Patel

Shivani’s passion and skills lie in designing and constructing contemporary jewellery with exceptional attention to detail and craftsmanship.

Shivani began her career with a 1st class BA (Hons) in Silversmithing from the School of Jewellery in Birmingham where she was also the recipient of a number of awards. Since completing her training Shivani has shown her work at a number of prestigious exhibitions including Goldsmiths’ Fair.

“I design and construct bold, architectural one-off pieces of jewellery. Brushed gold surfaces are distorted with soft curves and shallow folds. Stones in unexpected cuts appear to float at tangents from the metal while interconnecting gold elements hover over one another blending one shape into another.

I am passionate about the use of line and form in architecture, finding beauty
in the way scale, symmetry and surface align to form perfectly balanced structures.

Constantly absorbing and processing a diverse range of imagery fuels my need to experiment, design and develop new pieces. Initial sketches develop into intricately hand carved paper maquettes before taking form in precious metal.”



Karen Stone

Karen Stone studied Fine Art at Birmingham School of Art, Birmingham City University and Life Drawing at The Slade School of Art, University College London. As a student her work was selected for the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists New Horizons exhibition and since then she has exhibited in London, Stroud, Bristol and Pembrokeshire. Her work Crows with Yellow Square has recently been on show at The Pastel Society Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries London – and won a prize!

She is represented by Bevere Contemporary Art Gallery, Bevere Lane, Worcester WR3 7RQ.

“My work progressively researches and utilises the process of drawing, painting & printmaking to function as a language. As a writer would use vocabulary and a composer would use musical score I use elements and space to “speak” about the world around us. The intention is to encourage a dialogue, without being dictatorial; to instigate a journey, based on associated thought, which does not have to be logical or resolved. The inclusion of everyday, familiar objects allows us to challenge how we consider ourselves as people within the domestic space”.

Together with teaching privately Karen works as a lecturer for Heart of Worcester College, teaching Art in the community and Watercolour & Sketching evening classes.

My web site is: www.stonefineart.co.uk

Facebook: Stone Fine Art School

Twitter: Stone Arts @Arts Stone

Instagram: karenstone6800

Mark Upton

Mark was born in Penzance, Cornwall. It is a county that has a rich history in art and played an important influence in Mark’s development as an artist. He gained invaluable experience working with three renowned artists in St Ives before studying Fine Art Sculpture at Loughborough University. Upon graduating, Mark won the Queen ElizabethScholarship grant to study Bronze Casting at the Le Blanc Fine Art.

The experience gained here enabled Mark to become a bronze sculptor in his own right culminating in a variety of commission work as well as exhibiting his work extensively across the UK and abroad. His work is mainly figurative and draws inspiration from nature and ancient cultures. He states “Bronze is my preferred medium due to its tactile qualities and aura of permanence. It encompasses thousands of years of history and is a technique that has changed very little to this day, something very rare in our modern society”.

His website is www.markuptonart.com.

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