Friday, 14 September 2012

Hannah Lamb Open Studio

This weekend at the Butterfly Rooms, Saltaire
15th & 16th September 2012

Come and see my new studio space on the first floor.
I will be exhibiting textile art, work in progress and demonstrating throughout the weekend...
... and there will be cake.

David Starley will have his studio open and an exhibition of artwork and Salts Pots Ceramic Studio will be open for pottery painting fun for all the family.

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Bradford is OPEN for art

Midway through the Bradford Open weekend, and despite the miserable weather all our venues are well and truly open. Below are photos of 13 Bromley Road, Shipley, where  we have had a steady stream of visitors through the day. Looking forward to more lovely conversations tomorrow.

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Martin Priestley shares his passion for photography

Name: Martin Priestley

5 words to describe your practice: landscape and fine art photography

Exhibiting at: Open Studio (OS12)

19 Titus Street
BD18 4LT

2nd to 5th June, 11am - 4pm daily

I am a professional photographer, specialising in landscapes and fine art. The British landscape provides a rich vein of inspiration for me, with the stunning Yorkshire countryside holding particular importance to me. I strive to take eye-catching and arresting images, with strong graphical elements and a sense of atmosphere.

My interest in photography began when using my father’s old Praktica SLR camera. I’m a keen hiker and cyclist, and was drawn towards landscape photography. Though initially self taught, I completed a photographic degree course at Leeds Metropolitan University in 2007.

My work has appeared in publications including The Guardian, Amateur Photographer, Practical Photography, Digital Photo and The Architects' Journal.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

A celebration at Hive

Hive, formerly Kirkgate Studios and Workshops, has worked for over 30 years to promote and deliver creative activities to communities across Bradford. Our base in Shipley has a fully equipped workshop space including pottery, woodworking and a range of creative facilities.

We offer opportunities to explore creative skills and abilities in a fun and informal way; engage interest in the arts, develop opportunities for individuals to explore their creative side in an informal and supportive environment.

We are delighted that, with support from Awards for All working with artists Jane McDonald and Vic Buta, we are able to celebrate our 30th Anniversary with a project that has involved many different communities around Bradford and District. These groups have been involved in creating carnival costumes for our celebration event on Saturday 2nd June.

All are welcome to celebrate at our Shipley base from 12pm - 4pm. There will be a shared lunch, live music, arts and crafts activities, a chance to see all the fantastic carnival costumes and other Open for Art venues nearby to explore.

Monday, 28 May 2012

Studio culture with David Starley

Name: David Starley
5 words to describe your practice:
Oil paint, thickly, lusciously, atmospherically
Exhibiting at:
Studio 1
Butterfly Rooms
73 Bingley Road
BD18 4SB

Saturday 2nd June 10am- 5pm, Sunday 3rd to Tuesday 5th June 10am - 4pm
The most unusual thing about my work is... The amount of paint that goes onto each canvas
3 biggest inspirations on your practice:
The landscape of Yorkshire in all its moods and character
Our historic, man-made heritage – preferably a little battered by the years
Oil paint-amazing stuff!

David describes the difference between gallery exhibitions and seeing artwork in the artists studio:

"Galleries are great for giving that cool professional gloss to your work with their carefully positioned lighting, soft music, hovering proprietor and cultivated selling atmosphere. – But a visit to an artist’s studio is a more direct personal experience. Mine’s pretty much a traditional artist’s garret with a steep and narrow climb which then opens out to my working studio with the tools of my trade, paintings ongoing, paintings drying and paintings awaiting a gallery or a direct buyer. It’s a full sensory experience of sight, smell and touch – well the dry ones at least - and you’ll get to meet the artist as he works – who knows even add your own touch to his latest work!"

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Stitching and printing with Alice Fox

Name: Alice Fox

5 words to describe your practice: layered stitched and printed artworks 

Exhibiting at: Open Studios (OS11) 3rd - 5th, 11am - 5pm

28 Highfield Terrace
BD18 4EE

The most unusual thing about my work is... I use a mixture of different print techniques along with stitch to build up layers of texture.  I use paper as well as fabric as a base for my work.

3 biggest inspirations on your practice: Landscape, the detail of the natural world and sustainability are key.

If you would like to read more about Alice's practice you can read her blog here: and she also blogs about her current residency at Spurn Point here:

Friday, 25 May 2012

Barry Hanson

Name: Barry Hanson

5 words to describe your practice: Emotionally charged with atmospheric mood

Exhibiting at:

Bradford Library (June 2nd-5th)
Shipley Library (June 6th-23rd)

The most unusual thing about my work is... I strive for tonal contrast for dramatic effect.

3 biggest inspirations on your practice: John Crome and the "Norwich School of Painters" plus the American watercolourists Winslow Homer and Nita Engle have really affected my work!

Jane Sedgwick

Name: Jane Sedgwick

5 words to describe your practice: Fine-Art, 2D, Relief, Painting

Exhibiting at: Fearndean Manor throughout June and Ilkley Library 1st - 14th June

The most unusual thing about my work is... the variety of styles and media

3 biggest inspirations on your practice: Nature - The Universe - Meditation

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Textile Artist Hannah Lamb

Name: Hannah Lamb

5 words to describe your practice: 

Stitched and printed landscape observations.

Exhibiting at:

13 Bromley Road
Shipley, BD18 4DS

11am-4pm 3rd - 5th of June 2012

I am delighted to be invited to exhibit in the home of natural-dyer Claire-Wellesley-Smith, and alongside woodturner Hugh Leishman.

The most unusual thing about my work is: 

I use objects and materials collected when walking in the Aire valley, including making tiny books from freshwater clam shells and shards of river washed pottery.

3 biggest inspirations on your practice:

Walking in the countryside.
Collecting or salvaging the overlooked.
My family, especially my Mum, who made my clothes when I was little and encouraged a creative approach to recycling materials.

Hannah once sold a piece of work to the actress Helena Bonham-Carter. We are looking forward to seeing if we have any famous visitors to our Open Studio!