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Jacqui Stockman

Jacqui Stockman

Gathering of the Harvest, near Glinton, Peterborough, acrylic. I took up painting in 1998 and have been successful in selling a few paintings during the years. I was originally brought up in the village of Murrow, Nr. Wisbech. I have always loved art and during 

Holme Fen

Holme Fen

A beautifully created nature collage using materials found on a walk to illustrate that walk and the Fens. From Lesley Allen, the creator: My version of Holme Fen – re-created by debris found on the woodland floor at Holme Fen. The toadstools are acorn cups 

Fenland Farming

Fenland Farming

Sugar beet harvesting – one day in three photographs

Walking Home

Walking Home

Walking home at night as Autumn turns to Winter, the colder evenings are bringing mists and giving us opportunities for some atmospheric photography. From our contributor: “I like a depth of field that puts areas out of focus where possible, as narrow as I can. 

Vivien House

Vivien House

A Linocut printmaker from Ramsey, Vivien has been inspired by Fenland Fauna (and a beautiful Giraffe!) and has produced these during lockdown.

Featured Image:

Pheasant hand coloured Linoprint

“I love the vibrancy watercolour brings to this handsome fellow.”

Vivien tells us:

“I am a Linocut printmaker from Ramsey Cambridgeshire. I take my inspiration from nature, I especially enjoy carving birds from the fenland landscape. I have found printing a welcome focus and distraction during lockdown. I love the crispness the media offers and combining this with the introduction of colour through hand colouring with watercolours and printing on marbled papers brings another dimension to the subjects.
I am excited to see where each new lino takes me. I have an idea in mind of the final look but I also let them evolve as I carve.”

My favourite Owl, to see a Barn Owl hunting at dusk feels like a truly ethereal moment. These elegant birds always hold my attention.
This carving was a commission completed during lockdown. The marbled paper background really adds to the subject to evoke the atmosphere of the Serengeti.
Stygian

Stygian

By Jayne Ross ‘Stygian’ “The sinister river Styx, where the ferryman waits to transport the souls of the dead to the underworld”

Skies – Anita Bowles

Skies – Anita Bowles

Anita has been out and about again and shared her new photos with us! Look at those Fenland Skies!

Jayne Ross

Jayne Ross

I’m a Peterborough based artist and work from my garden studio at home. I mainly create abstract work but also love to paint seascapes. I work in acrylics, mixed media, and oils. When I can’t be in the studio I turn to creating digital work. I am a member of Peterborough Artists Open Studios.

Julie Baker

Julie Baker

My name is Julie Baker and I live in Sutton, a village on the edge of Sutton Gault and the Washes, an area of fen which is allowed to flood throughout the winter months. This landscape is the inspiration for my gouache paintings which are 

Glass

Glass

  See Paul’s page for more about his work and inspiration. We loved the colour in this piece and it shows really well the contrast between the creative use of the digital art of Minecraft and the hand made art of working with glass.

Art in Nature

Art in Nature

Local people should be able to work out where this one is! A piece of work by one of our Inspiration contributors, it is a little hidden away.

Poetry Square

Poetry Square

Many of our contributed poems have had a square produced for them – a quote from the poem to help us share more easily on social media but also so we can display them in the game. This one is at the start of the 

Goddesses

Goddesses

Wanting to do some creative thinking during lockdown, the idea of woodland in summer, goddesses protecting us and other, perhaps fanciful, but needed stories and inspirations, produced these goddesses. In the Steiner style with no faces (so you can project your own thoughts and expressions) 

Peckover House

Peckover House

See more of Brandon’s work on the website here and when you’re in the map, take a walk down North Brink until you get to Peckover House and see it in the Minecraft form as well as illustrated.

Church Garden Sculpture

Church Garden Sculpture

Natalia Shlyapina is a floral designer from Tyumen, Western Siberia. Natalia was visiting her partner when the lockdown came into force and her flights were cancelled. Natalia started to miss her work and expressed a desire to do some work when she saw big piles 

Mandala puzzle

Mandala puzzle

As you go through town, you’ll find a couple of Mandalas that have been sent in, they’re beautiful in their own right but then we made them into a puzzle on the ground! We’ll have information stands throughout the map, this screenshot shows you the 

Nyces

Nyces

A Peterborough based street artist, Nyces works through Street Arts Hire Ltd providing indoor murals and outdoor work for many schools and  companies throughout the area. We felt this piece fitted our project as it is from a neighbouring artist and reflects the time we’re in.

Heart Hands

Heart Hands

We’re very proud to have been given permission to share this piece of work. It’s by Street Artist Nyces and was created last year as part of a project in Peterborough for the Diaspora Arts and Education Charity. This has come to reflect other issues 

In the Wash

In the Wash

By local author Diane Calton Smith. ‘In The Wash’ is a Fenland History set in the time of King John. The loss of his baggage train in the Wash in 1216 has become interwoven with local legend and we have no way of knowing any 

Minecraft as Planning Tool!

Minecraft as Planning Tool!

The map was generated from LIDAR data – accurately representing the heights of everything from the ground up. It was then combined with street map data to judge whether there was a building, tree, street or in our case river. These blocks were then changed to suit the buildings block by block by a worldwide team of builders. (The artwork, extras like this fountain, signage and fun stuff was added by us).
As it is accurate, then it is useful to use as a visualisation tool for any planning ideas. A fountain in the Market Place would be lovely to sit near!

The Clarkson Memorial

The Clarkson Memorial

From Wikipedia: The Clarkson Memorial commemorates Thomas Clarkson (1760 – 1846), a central figure in the campaign against the slave trade in the British empire, and a former native of Wisbech. It dates from 1880 – 1881 and is a Grade II* listed building.[1] The 

Town Bridge

Town Bridge

Crossing the river where it has been crossed for centuries, this bridge leads from the High Street, Nene Parade, South Brink and Bridge Street across to North Brink and the Old Market. The main large building in front (with dark curved arches on the lower 

North Brink

North Brink

The classic view of the town. The artwork is a photographic reinterpretation of the view, through manipulating the colour balance in post-production. So many sunsets and tourist photos have been produced of this sight, now it is in Minecraft as well as in a very colourful version!

How She Felt

How She Felt

Sharon produces lovely cute animal designs in felt, on a small scale. Wanting to help in some way at the start of lockdown, she got talking to Fen Spirits who were producing hand sanitiser at their still. The result was Bear Hugs – to give 

Lumina Glass

Lumina Glass

A beautiful pendant, this design has been created in various colours, that are really difficult to catch on film! Find Lumina Glass on Facebook for more.

Crochet

Crochet

Macrame

Macrame

Some may remember this from the 1970s but it’s come around again! Lovely work by university student Cerys Bussey, (who has also sent in some of her nature photography).

Cerys Bussey

Cerys Bussey

Local Student Cerys is studying at Sheffield Hallam University but like many young people, she came home during lockdown. She has submitted three sets of her work to us, here’s a sample of her photography, she also does Macrame (see the Textiles section) These three 

Judith

Judith

A young lady of 7 has sent in her lovely mosaics! After creating them, she shared then with family and friends. These took some time and concentration, designing each one as well as making it. Thankyou Judith, they’re beautiful!

Rachel Simmonds

Rachel Simmonds

We commissione Rachel (as Big Sky Arts) to produce some ideas of artworks to do at home, using nature as an inspiration. You can see her excellent video here  Meanwhile, Rachel has also been doing some other artwork that she’s sent us as a contribution, 

Amy Wormald

Amy Wormald

20-mile radius by Amy Wormald 29 September – 11 October 2020 Open daily 12pm – 4pm (closed on Mondays) Babylon Gallery Waterside – Ely – CB7 4AU Gallery opening times: Tuesday – Sunday 12pm – 4pm Amy Wormald is a contemporary painter living in Ely 

Amy Norton

Amy Norton

This is something we could look at for a long time, how beautiful and mesmerising!

Amy tells us:

Doing repeating patterns has allowed me to escape the anxiety of our current situation and to concentrate on something pleasant. It was created using pen on thick paper and pencil shading to make it look 3D.

Amy’s sent us more to enjoy!

Where is Freedom Born – Pete Cox

Where is Freedom Born – Pete Cox

Is freedom born in a fire burning a palace?

A Recipe – Kim Allen

A Recipe – Kim Allen

Before the counting’s done…

Six Miles – Leanne Moden

Six Miles – Leanne Moden

Six miles, again, we’ll go today,

for honour built on broken blades.

We’ll tame these meres; skate far and fast,

with hopes that winter, long may last.

For cold that creeps and freezes fen

brings out the Runners once again.

In tests of wit and skill and speed

on crystal lakes, still wreathed with weeds.

Contracted muscles, chests pulled tight,

like frightened birds, we take to flight.

Sinews screaming, taut like wire,

in every eye, a glint of fire.

On flooded fen, we carve our names

as brackish blood runs through our veins.

The lure of wealth may spur some forth –

we skate for love and all we’re worth.

This subtle smoothness, ice unspoiled,

a canvas stretched o’er sunken soil.

To skate the marsh is to be free:

These Fenmen do not run; they flee!’

Jessica Millar

Jessica Millar

Our young artist (see our Young People pages) has taken up photography, reading books and learning about DSLR cameras. WE think she’s got a good eye for this! (“Grass” repeated below so you can click and see it full size!)

Harp and a Monkey

Harp and a Monkey

We’re very excited to be able to bring you this brilliant song by Harp and a Monkey inspired by our very own Museum! The video was produced as part of The Library Presents scheme which “brings physical and digital arts activities for all ages into 

Shelley Youell

Shelley Youell

Shelley is a Spiritual Artist producing work on all kinds of media, often featuring Angel like figures.

Find her on Facebook.

Brandon Mattless

Brandon Mattless

Local Illustrator/Designer, Brandon has produced work that has been sold across the UK including: Waitrose, ASDA, Clintons & UK Greetings He works with the Wisbech and Fenland Museum on ideas to support young artists. He has kindly sent us some of his pieces of Wisbech, 

St Peter’s and Castle Lodge Area – Anita Bowles

St Peter’s and Castle Lodge Area – Anita Bowles

“After lockdown I saw the world from new angles and with a new phone in hand I took some photos with wide lens of the St. Peter’s church. I’ve grown up in Elm and many generations before me. I’ve always loved taking photography and capturing 

In the Wash – Diane Calton Smith

In the Wash – Diane Calton Smith

Local writer Diane tells us a little about what she did during Lockdown – a productive time for many.
Writing Fenland Histories and Mysteries has been part of my life for the last six years, but lockdown really gave my writing a boost. There was time at last to concentrate on finishing my latest book and to make sure it really was ready for the publisher.
‘In The Wash’ is a Fenland History set in the time of King John. The loss of his baggage train in the Wash in 1216 has become interwoven with local legend and we have no way of knowing any more what really happened. There are too many theories and there is too little evidence.
I had to choose one theory for the medieval plotline and keep to it, running alongside it a modern day sequence of events to give it structure.
I love writing about the medieval era and this book has been such fun to write. It was hard work, certainly. There was a lot of research needed, as well as the solving of quite a few conundrums, but it was a happy project and one which I hope makes happy reading.
(It is available online through Amazon and Waterstones.)
Another Town – C J Mawganson

Another Town – C J Mawganson

What can be done

Is there ever a way

Covid Lamb – C J Mawganson

Covid Lamb – C J Mawganson

They said that he died, the old man from the flats

Shannon Johnson

Shannon Johnson

Shannon found out about the Arts Trail on Instagram (follow us on @WisbechArts and follow Shannon on @ShannonJohnson.Art)

She tells us:

I have painted on and off over the years but since the lockdown I have found the time and space for my inspiration to grow. I am from the United States and living in the UK temporarily. The beautiful landscapes of the United Kingdom are a huge inspiration to me and I am so grateful for this experience.

This piece was painted during lockdown and inspired by the beautiful spring flowers growing around where Shannon is living.

Better Days Ahead

Better Days Ahead

By C J Mawganson – see also Poetry “I wanted to create a piece of work that reflected the easing of lockdown. A reminder of what had been, and how we are now moving into a new ‘normal’. “

Fen Pumpkins

Fen Pumpkins

by C J Mawganson (see also Poetry) “I love how pumpkins carpet the Fen fields in the autumn. They glow burning orange in the weakening sun. Way too delicious to carve and throw away.”

Mike Stallard

Mike Stallard

 

Mike tells us: “The building is the centre of a tiny village in Hungary – I forget the name – which I did for my next door neighbour in return for a couple of jars of delicious pickles. It was her hometown. She moved away so I do not know where it is, now.”

 

“This is a very young and dynamic Thomas Clarkson. I think it isn’t a bad likeness but to be honest, it depends which picture you are using at the time. His face changes – bones and all – depending on who does him! It is a large piece, at the Secret Garden Touring site, Wisbech St Mary.”

For those not from the area, Thomas Clarkson spent his life working towards the abolition of Slavery. He and his brother John, also an abolitionist, were born in Wisbech.

Jessica Millar

Jessica Millar

From Jessica’s Mum: “Jessica is 11 years old, has had a few health issues, so that has meant plenty of time to draw, paint, and she loves digital art too. She is just finding her style and loves to try different things”   We’ve had 

Neill Robinson – Black and White

Neill Robinson – Black and White

From Neill: “These were all taken at various points during lockdown. I live in Guyhirn so a lot are of the surrounding area around the village, as for a long time we weren’t really allowed to go elsewhere! The exceptions being of 2 from King’s