This is a piece made by A&M Potters during lockdown in response to watching ‘Seaspiracy’ and in order to raise awareness of the importance of our oceans in the battle against climate change. This piece ‘The Whale’ is made from crank stoneware, mounted on a …
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 cut and painted by me. I really enjoyed the whole process from going for a walk, collecting bits and bobs, pressing and drying, arranging and finally taking the photograph! It’s my kinda thing I like to do, especially as times are at the moment.
A Linocut printmaker from Ramsey, Vivien has been inspired by Fenland Fauna (and a beautiful Giraffe!) and has produced these during lockdown.
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.”
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) …
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 arising during lockdown, being used across the world to support the Black Lives Matter movement. As a neighbouring artist, and someone we’ve known for many years, we wanted to share his work and this work in particular for the times we’re going through. See more of his work on the “Nearby” pages and on Facebook here
It is displayed in the Minecraft map next to Museum Square and the Church. This space would be perfect for artwork in real life having “blind” windows and a large wall area. The museum is the home of Thomas Clarkson’s story, the abolitionist who worked all his life against slavery.
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.
“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 …
They said that he died, the old man from the flats
Diabetic and eighty, he fitted the stats
An ambulance came, was a call from his daughter
They took him away, Covid lamb to the slaughter
Connected by wires to machines made by Dyson
No time for goodbye or a kiss from his grandson
‘We did all we could, please prepare for the worst’
They’ve said it so often the lines feel rehearsed
Another bed empty, another one bagged
Another confirmed, another toe tagged.
No poem by Auden, no black horse with feathers
The only respects are for distancing measures
We scuttle from houses like terrified spiders
To clap the front line, as it serves to remind us
We’re here, still alive, and not yet met our fate
Then return to our fears at one-minute past eight.
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 some new paintings sent it, thankyou Jessica! These were created for her teachers as she leaves Tydd St Mary Primary, she will be going to Spalding High School in September.
“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 Lynn one from Hunstanton and one from Wolferton.”
(see our other photography categories to complete the set of Neill’s work)
“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.
The buses are running,
And this time, they are on time,
Because all the traffic
Is no longer there.
But the drivers keep driving,
Making stops at empty shelters,
At empty depots.
Where did all the people go?
Or are they still there?
Slumped on seats,
Blank eyed, faces pale,
Riding on ghost buses.