Finally have all the artists’ blogs from the original 2013 Nature of Mending Project are up on the site again. This site continues to be an archive of that project, along with some images of the follow up show ‘Mending Revealed’ that took place in March 2016. Catalogues from both exhibitions are still available, at Â£3 each, or both for Â£5, plus p&p. Please contact if interested.
And so this show at Bridport Arts Centre comes to an end. From many comments it has delighted, puzzled and annoyed in near equal measure (although the impression is that the delighted probably wins out). This is very pleasing, as the show was never intended to be obvious or instantly easy.
There are no future plans at present, but this site will remain, and no doubt another project will emerge in time.
The joys and sorrows of Mending are now Revealed at the Allsop Gallery, Bridport Arts Centre, Dorset. Running until April 16th, the show presents a great cast of artists, some very well known. (Check the links page for individual artist websites). Details and more images on 2016 Exhibition page.
Sculptor Simon Hitchens, known mostly for his strong, simple abstract public art works in stone and metal,Â shows a new installation of small resin cast pieces;
Paul Scott, well known for his extraordinary interventions in transfer printed ceramics shows some of his beautiful stapled and kinsugi collaged plates; Jenni Dutton, known nationally for her unique â€˜Dementia Darningsâ€™, is using a range of media, including found dolls and mirrors creating another powerful narrative about fragmentation and contemplation. Guy Martin, best known as an innovative furniture maker, returned a few years ago to his first love, sculpture; his very personal vision about transition and change is expressed through his matchless skills working with wood and metal. Artist Louise Baker shows many of her handmade books about mending almost anything; trees, fabric, fences (actual and metaphorical), along with a collection of her exuberant and unexpected found object jewellery.
Jacy Wall, tapestry weaver and printmaker, brings together for the first time a collection of her tapestries that have been made, unmade, re-made, patched and darned together. Lisa Earley brings different skills again to the show, with her complex printing on paper and fabric, telling poignant historical stories of loss from the Kinder Transport of the 1930s. The final artist to complete the show is London based maker Bridget Harvey, whose witty and thoughtful pieces take everyday objects mended and adapted in every way possible, from the clumsy to the elegant. Bridget is currently completing a PhD in Mending funded by the Arts and Humanities Council, and she will be leading an Artistâ€™s talk and discussion at Bridport Arts Centre on Saturday March 12th at 2pm.
Mending Revealed, Bridport Arts Centre, Bridport, Dorset. March 5th â€“ April 16th 2016
Tuesdays â€“ Saturdays 10am â€“ 4pm
More images on 2016 exhibition page
These are sections of my (Jacy’s) re-made tapestry ‘Folded Loss’ still under reconstruction for ‘Mending Revealed’ the next show arising from The Nature of Mending project – which seems to be ongoing. The original five artists (details in Project Archive) will be joined by three new ones at the Bridport Arts Centre, Dorset, opening on March 4th 2016. Details of all the artists will be posted here over the next couple of weeks.
This promises to be a very fascinating show. Curated by Paul Scott, and including amongst many other excellent artists, work by Jenni Dutton and Jacy Wall – that’s three Nature of Mending artists involved! Also included in Bridget Harvey, who will join us for Mending Revealed at Bridport Arts Centre in March 2016.