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 …
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.
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) …
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
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:
by Amy Wormald
29 September – 11 October 2020
Open daily 12pm – 4pm (closed on Mondays)
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.
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.
“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.
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 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.
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.
“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.
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!
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 …