Our second exhibition of 2021, ‘Colour Unleashed’ brings together the work of three Worcester-based artists – Susan Birth, Cherrie Mansfield and Caroline Hall, each with their own distinctive styles and use of colour.
We hope this exhibition will be third time lucky; we’ve re-scheduled it, not once, but twice due to various Lockdown’s, so we’re delighted that we’re finally now able to bring this vibrant collection of new artwork to Elmslie!
During opening times, there is no need to book, but in line with current COVID restrictions we are going to be limiting the number of people in the hall at any one time.
We have a traffic light entry system at the hall door (red = stop, green = free to enter), so if we are already at capacity when you arrive, this will indicate if you need to wait a short time to allow someone else to leave, before entering.
We are also asking all patrons to please wear a face covering for the duration of your visit, use the hand sanitiser provided at the entrance and leave contact details either via the NHS Track & Trace App (or by written form). The doors and windows will be open to aid ventilation and we would walk everyone to please consider other’s in respecting social distancing etiquette.
Friday June 4th – 6.00 – 8.00pm is the Private View, by appointment only and in strictly limited numbers. If you would be interested in coming along, please contact the artists’ directly on their e-mail addresses (below)
- Saturday 5th June, 11.00 – 5.00pm
- Sunday 6th June, 11.00 – 5.00pm
- Friday 11th June, 11.00 – 5.00pm
- Saturday 12th June, 11.00 – 5.00pm
- Sunday 13th June, 11.00 – 5.00pm
Please note that outside these times the hall may be in use but only for pre-booked class exercise, and therefore there is no access to the exhibition.
And here’s a little bit about our artists:
Caroline Hall is a contemporary artist who works from her garden studio in Worcester. Her distinctive style and vibrant acrylics capture the mood of a stormy landscape or the historic, nostalgic feel of an urban street. Caroline has completed many large scale commissions as well as selling her work through local cafés, shops and galleries.
Her love of animals and colourful fashion are brought together by ‘David Watson’ as Caroline’s artwork features on his silk scarves and accessories.
From fashion to Ale – Caroline was recently commissioned to create a label for a new Ale called ‘Lockdown at the Monkey Shed’ brewed in Herefordshire. Last year she worked with Severn Arts, Cherrie Mansfield, Susan Birth and poet Jeremy Harwood on creating paintings and online resources to encourage the individual creative process or creating in small groups.
Her recent work shown in this exhibition is inspired by literature and by her visits to coastal areas. When you see Caroline’s paintings you cannot help but pause, reflect and engage in a new way.
Susan was a language teacher for several years and went on to pursue a career in commercial translation. However, painting has always been her first love and in more recent years making art has been her primary focus. She has developed her skills with considerable success to the extent that in both 2019 and 2020 she has had work selected for the Exhibition of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours in Mall Galleries, London.
Susan is a competition finalist in the prestigious Broadway Arts Festival 2021.
Susan creates vibrant artwork ranging from representational to more semi-abstract and conceptual pieces, mainly landscape and still life. She makes bold use of colour, pattern and texture using a variety of media including acrylic paint, inks and collage to create lively, eye-catching art. She enjoys experimenting with techniques and mixing media to produce visual contrast. Variety is in fact the key to Susan’s practice and is what draws the eye to explore her paintings. She loves creating semi-abstract landscapes inspired either by scenes encountered on her travels or from somewhere in her subconscious, waiting to be interpreted in paint.
She exhibits locally, participates in art events and enjoys the challenge of commissions. In 2020 Susan won a commission funded by Arts Council England for artwork as part of a digitally interactive project inspired by Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum’s collections. More recently she created artwork for the Dawn Project, a local charity supporting domestic abuse victims. She is a co-organiser of Worcestershire Open Studios.
Susan lives in Worcester and is one of the working artists based at Yew Trees Artist Studios at Bevere Gallery on the edge of the city. The studios and shared gallery space are open to visitors Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. A smaller selection of Susan’s work can also be found at The Birmingham Contemporary Art Gallery.
And last, but by no means least, here’s some further info about Cherrie:
Cherrie Mansfield creates bold, expressive artwork that catches the eye and fires the imagination. Close examination of her work reveals mesmerising contours of colour, intriguing marks and undulating textures.
Cherrie says, “Colour excites me, grabs my attention and fuels my creativity. I work quite quickly and instinctively without much pre-planning. Once I’ve selected my palette I get to work with painting knives, rubber tipped brushes and colour shapers liberally applying acrylic paint, often straight from the tube, scraping and mark making.“
Alongside her love of colour, Cherrie’s work is influenced by geological formations, the dramatic coastlines of West Cornwall and anything that grabs her attention, like the pattern of a dress or a bunch of plastic spades at the seaside. Her intention is to create art that provokes a reaction from the viewer, arouses their curiosity and causes them to look more closely.
Cherrie’s vibrant paintings are regularly exhibited in the West Midlands and have also been shown in London and St Ives. She is an ArtGemini Prize finalist, has been shortlisted in national competitions and her work has been selected for the Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition in London.
In 2020, Cherrie was commissioned, in collaboration with a fine art photographer, to create bespoke designs for windows in Worcester’s former Hop Market Hotel on Foregate Street. She has just completed her largest artwork to date – an elephant sculpture for Worcester’s Big Parade art trail this summer.
Cherrie lives in Worcester and is a co-organiser of Worcestershire Open Studios.
Web: www.cherriemansfield.com Facebook: @cherriemansfieldart
Instagram: @cherriemansfieldartist Email: email@example.com Phone: 07770 867898