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Sidcot Arts Centre News

Sidcot Arts Centre News w/c 18 January 2016

Thank you!

What an exciting launch we had on Saturday! We wanted to thank all of those who came to the opening of 'Ikuko Iwamoto', 'Mother Love' and 'My Eyes'.

Ikuko, Jenni and Ingrid were all overwhelmed by the response and the amount of people of turned out to see the shows.

Special thanks to Team Sidcot for helping out, you know who you are and an extra thank you to Students Arran Lu and Anson Chan for helping with the teas and coffees.

Ikuko made 17 sales on the first day! Her work is very collectable!

We are back open tomorrow (Saturday) and every Thursday, Friday and Saturday for the duration fo the exhibition, be sure not to miss this one!

We look forward to welcoming you to the Arts Centre. 

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Sidcot Arts Centre News w/c 11 January 2016

Three Exhibitions Launch and Preview

We’ve no less that three amazing exhibitons launching Saturday 16 January, 1pm and 3pm (tomorrow). There is real excitement in the air as this is the biggest show we’ve ever had at Sidcot. We’d be delighted if you could make the opening, all welcome and bring your family and friends too!

Lights, Camera, Action!

There’s a buzz in the air ahead of the much-anticipated opening of Ikuko Iwamoto’s exhibition in the Upper Gallery.

Japanese-born, London-based Ikuko is the subject of an episode of Japanese television series ‘CHIKYUBIN’, which translates as ‘Letters From The World’. Each show features one, usually well-known, Japanese person who has settled abroad. A letter is given to the person featured from someone close to them still residing in Japan. The film serves as a reply to this personal letter, setting out how they are doing and what their daily life is like. 

Ikuko’s solo exhibition at Sidcot Arts Centre will feature in the show and Ikuko will be present to be interviewed.

Ikuko’s works in Porcelain are quirky, exotic and very intricate. She finds her inspiration from many areas including prehistoric life forms, the sea and architecture.  

Come along on Saturday and be part of the buzz! 

Mother Love

Also creating a stir this week as it went up, is the incredible 'Mother Love' exhibition by Somerset artists, Jenni Dutton and Ingrid Hesling. Jenni’s stitched portraits, 'The Dementia Darnings', are of her mother as she tries to depict her journey into Dementia. These are overwhelming, touching and extremely clever. You could mistake them for oil paintings from a distance. Sidcot is the first venue to host them since they were on display at the workplace of Boris Johnson, London City Hall, in 2015.

Both Ingrid and Jenni’s works are produced using stitch and textiles. Ingrid’s powerful story of her relationship with her adoptive mother is also very moving.

We’ve already had tears from some staff on viewing the pieces and the students have been wowed by the sheer amount of work and talent that has gone into them.

My Eyes Exhibition

We are delighted to be able to include, Sidcot parent, Colin Moody’s Photography work.

Representing the charity ‘Alive!’, Colin explores the use of photographs as conversation-starters for life-story work in care settings for elders living with memory loss, dementia or reduced mobility. He believes new ‘here and now’ images representing their living spaces (past and present), hobbies and interests could be a catalyst for more engagement for and with the elders of Bristol.

Students will benefit from the above shows too. We’ve got talks from the artists, Alzheimer’s Society, and Ikuko will be coming to do a special talk in the Ceramic Studios with Sixth Fomers.

What a way to start 2016!

We look forward to welcoming you to the Arts Centre.


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