What do you imagine when you think of Winter Dreams?
Permeated with creativity each dreamlike artwork inspires the imagination and takes the viewer on flights of fancy or though edgy and unnerving scenarios. From ‘Swan Lake’ by Pete Marsh, to ‘Dogs on Skates’ by Lucy Atherton, vibrant landscapes meet beautiful figure work and the sculpted in ceramic ‘Blood Stag’ by Drew Cairnes contrasts strikingly to the playful memories of adventures embodied in ‘Fragments’ by NPA potter John Cook. The Winter Dreams exhibition demonstrates that in all art, and all dreams, that the imagination of the individual knows no bounds.
Presented in this exhibition are the varying imaginations and tangle like thoughts of many artists and artisans grouped together, with stunning pieces that raise the hairs on your neck at one moment before submerging you in aesthetic bliss the next. Conjured up during the isolation and uncertainty of these unusual times, each dream and musing has taken visual form, each artist reaching out to us and to viewers with ambition to be seen and recognised again, for their art and themselves to no longer be alone in these nationally trying times. So, it is no surprise that each artist is exhibiting deeply moving works, some as a part of their larger existing collections and some as freshly minted ideas and experiments.
While the complex yet enriching terrain of producing and viewing artwork is something that can only truly be experienced fully through one to one encounters, thanks to the digital and video skills of our team we are bringing the exhibition and these artists to you in virtual reality, a dreamscape in of itself. Each still or moving image will jump to life on your computer screen as if you were viewing it in person, however, we do hope that we will be able to see you soon and you can join us in immersing yourself in the wonderful paintings, sculptures, and ceramics that form the Winter Dreams exhibition.