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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 

Stygian

Stygian

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

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.

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 of branches at the rugby ground in Wisbech. Her partner made an enquiry to Wisbech in Bloom, the result is this fabulous display.
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 

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 

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 level) is No 1 North Brink, the Corn Exchange, with the Town Council Chamber above. The painting is by Clive Bilcliff and you can find it here

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.

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 are part of a series, called “The Impact of the Anthropocene”

Also, here’s some macro shots of her Jewel Orchid:

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 whose colourful work is inspired by the Fens, construction and growth. The exhibition brings together paintings inspired by urban and rural landscapes within a 20-mile radius of Ely. Her work ranges from small studies of colour in nature, to large canvases of building sites and roadworks.

Amy was winner of the Cambridge Open Art Exhibition 2018 and shortlisted for the D-Contemporary Painting Prize in London in 2019.

The exhibition brings together original framed works in oil and acrylic to browse or buy. Entry to the gallery is free and all are welcome.

www.amywormald.net

@amy_wormald

#20MileRadius

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 

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 towns and villages across Cambridgeshire. To see the latest programme of events and workshops visit www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/arts”

Thankyou to The Library Presents team for putting us in touch and of course to Harp and a Monkey for taking part. We look forward to working with them further, and we’ll be putting this in the Minecraft Arts Trail!

Here’s some details from Harp and a Monkey:

As the people of Britain embrace the partial reopening of our ‘houses of heritage’, the award-winning song and storytelling trio Harp & a Monkey are making public the fruits of a new project that celebrates the value of our public museums, galleries and archives.

The Ballad of Wisbech Museum is a timely reminder (in song and imagery) of the vital role that cultural centres play in our lives, and the pride and care involved in maintaining them.

Harp & a Monkey front-man Martin Purdy explains: “For many of us, places like museums provide an oasis of calm in a frantic world. As soon as you enter and the door closes behind you, the chaos of the street disappears and it’s like being embraced by a special kind of stillness. Many of us find these places totally immersive and magical – somewhere we can have a quiet thought in our own heads.”

 

We agree. The Museum is a perfect place to take time out from a busy day, or to just enjoy a quiet moment. Always worth a visit, seeing something new each time, and of course a good place to find local history books and unusual gifts.

Martin continues:
“This sector, not unlike our own in the music world, has faced – and continues to face – very tough times. We’ve done a lot of projects with museums, archives and galleries in the past and we were pleased to be asked to help celebrate the important role they play, and must continue to play, in archiving our past and providing vital lessons for our future.”

The Lancastrian trio’s commission came via the Arts Council and The Library Presents, which is Cambridgeshire County Council’s arts project for County Libraries. The challenge was to write a song inspired by the The Wisbech and Fenland Museum, which is one of the oldest purpose-built museums in the UK.

Harp & a Monkey’s relationship with this particular facility dates back to late 2019 when they launched their acclaimed fourth album, The Victorians, with a live show in the facility.

In keeping with the founding history of the building, for this particular project the trio used a pre-existing song from the period of its birth (1847) for their initial inspiration. The song they chose was unearthed by the outfit’s banjo player Andy Smith, and is an old Victorian Broadsheet called The Electors of Cambridge, which was itself a reworking of an even older ballad called Fly Not Yet.

Here’s the music and we’re sure you’ll love the film too:

The Ballad of Wisbech Museum is accompanied by a short art film put together by the band’s harpist Simon Jones, who is an internationally recognised art photographer and animator.

Like the tracks on their last album, The Ballad of Wisbech Museum has been mixed by the in-demand Darren Jones, whose clients include the likes of Stormzy, Tom Walker and Harry Styles.

 

www.harpandamonkey.com

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, 

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.

Make a Wish – Anne Evans

Make a Wish – Anne Evans

Mixed Media and MDF Anne tells us: “I am 77 years old and during lockdown I had to isolate, to keep myself busy and my mind active I used this time to craft. Creating things has got me through lockdown. I made this piece with 

Paul McGregor

Paul McGregor

Paul tells us: I make stained glass panels for fun and as a hobbyist. I live in Guyhirn having moved here from Peterborough 2 years ago. My inspiration for undertaking stained glass work was a desire to make something as inspiring as much of the 

Clive Bilcliff

Clive Bilcliff

“One is a portrait in acrylics of my niece who is a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit in Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary.

I painted it in tribute to her and all her NHS colleagues who have been helping in the fight against the coronavirus.

The other is a painting in oils of a local scene taken from a Lilian Ream b&w photo from I believe the 1920s (with kind permission of the Lilian Ream Trust).”

 

Cliff has kindly sent us some more work from his Lilian Ream work, which is a fantastic way to show you the work from this local photographer. From the Lilian Ream Trust website:

Lilian Ream was a remarkable woman who ran a number of businesses in Wisbech including the Borough Studio. She started her photographic career, at the age of 17, as an apprentice to Alfred Drysdale, a Wisbech photographer and, after working with a number of other local firms, she started her own studio in 1909.

In time she took over the photographic businesses in Wisbech and became a well-known figure in the area until her retirement, at the age of 72, in 1949. The family firm she built continued until 1971 and over this period she amassed a large collection of photographic negatives.

 

 

 

Aimee Virgo

Aimee Virgo

A young artist, Aimee is 22, we love the range of styles she’s working on. Thanks for contributing Aimee and for sharing with your friends!  

Luke Gillings

Luke Gillings

Here’s just a couple of pieces of Luke’s, check out his instagram for more! Luke tells us: I’m working on new stuff all the time and hopefully getting better. Ive been sketching mainly during the lock down working on gesture drawing trying to put more 

Ruth Baldry

Ruth Baldry

I’ve been painting for 6 years now. During lockdown, I’ve been busy with commissions but also painting live on Facebook every Wednesday at 11am in the hope of providing some company to people at home. I then put the videos onto YouTube. Here are some of the paintings I have done over the past few months:

 

 

When the country went into lockdown, I felt isolated and thought, I can’t be the only one! So I decided to start painting live on my Facebook page every Wednesday at 11am. I think it’s been a success, it’s not that I have a lot of views live but loads watch later. I try to be creative and think of various things to paint, florals, landscape, seascapes, symbolic etc. I work from my studio in the garden.

 

I was born in Great Yarmouth, lived in Norway during my teen years then back to Yarmouth. There I met and married my hubby and we moved to Peterborough with our two young sons. Now they’ve left home, we moved to Sutton Bridge. I started painting as an escape from the day job! A high school cover supervisor! I’m totally self taught from watching YouTube. I started selling 6 or 7 years ago and have never lost the feeling of utter amazement that someone actually likes my paintings enough to pay for them!

Fb.com/ruthbaldryart Instagram: ruthjbaldry9 website: www.rbart.co.uk
Meadow – Lisa Salisbury

Meadow – Lisa Salisbury

What a refreshing painting! Lisa Salisbury, the artist,  says: “I’m a very amateur artist with no training, I enjoy acrylics, watercolours, clay, and drawing”    

woven bracelets

woven bracelets

A local maker who sells her work online via Folksy, Clair has been making these lovely creations for some time. During lockdown, she created some new work and learned some new patterns.

Simone

Simone

Interesting subjects, and textures. Living locally for 11 years, Simone wanted to share her work with us although she hasn’t created in a while. We hope this inspires her to do some more.

 

A melancholy face in blue mixed media
“Sadness” – Full size – Mixed Media

half of a face with decorative styling in dark yellows, red and blue
“Illusion” Mixed Media

“Inner Demons” Life Size Plaster Cast

Natalia Shlyapina

Natalia Shlyapina

With thanks to Andrew Bottley and Alan Wheeldon for introducing Natalia to us! “Natalia Shlyapina is a floral designer from Tyumen, Western Siberia. She first studied her craft at the International School of floral design in Moscow called “Nicole,” which just happens to be the 

Crocodile – Annie Appleby

Crocodile – Annie Appleby

Judi by Lorna Sugden

Judi by Lorna Sugden

Lorna has also submitted a poem, pop over to our poetry section to read it (Ghost Buses)

Tiny canvas of a Mountain scene

Tiny canvas of a Mountain scene

by Maddie Callaghan

 

Submitted after seeing the callout on Instagram – find us @WisbechArts find Maddie @PaintingsbyMads

Beach Huts

Beach Huts

by Maddie Callaghan   Submitted after seeing the callout on Instagram – find us @WisbechArts find Maddie @PaintingsbyMads