Summer Exhibition at Lamport Hall – July 21st and 22nd 2018

The stables in the courtyard of Lamport Hall presented a unique exhibition space for members of the Harborough Artists Cluster for their summer exhibition on 21st and 22nd July 2018: an L shaped area of 12 single stables and 7 double stables on one side of the main courtyard, well lit, with a beautiful herringbone tiled floor.

Individual creativity came into play with each artist displaying their works in their own style.

Tables were bought in, along with easels, display cases and boards. Innovative use of cable ties, hooks and clips previously holding Lamport's display boards presented great opportunities to show off the varied artworks.

Some of the artists set up their space to allow for demonstrations and hands on workshops, which was to provide a key element to the weekend; that of artist interaction with the visiting public.

Visitors entering through the main entrance to the stables were greeted by a mixed display of wall hung artworks representing a cross section of the artists and this was further complimented on Saturday afternoon with a jazz trio.

Across the courtyard, in the carriage house, an exhibition featured some of the literary and visual works by the BB Society and HE Bates Society and hosted a series of very well attended talks and demonstrations.

Zest Catering made use of the Tac Room and created a cafe style ambience out into one corner of the courtyard.

HAC member, Janet Alderson Smith braved the hot sunshine by sketching in the courtyard over the two days, providing a unique insight into the practice of a working artist who draws inspiration from her surroundings.

Lamport hosted a theatre in the park event on the Saturday, 'Much ado about nothing' and a Jazz event on the Sunday.

Clearly, the events attracted a number of visitors, with each group mutually contributing and sharing the resultant footfall.

The exhibition was very well received, with artists receiving good feedback about the quality of the work, the creative use of the stables, which provided individual showcases to members whilst being part of a collective group whole.

As well as individual artists, there was also a varied and intriguing showing of textile art pieces by members of the Market Harborough Embroiderers Guild.

A hands on photographic print workshop provided by Roger and Danièle Bradley was well received by people of all ages and ability, as were demonstrations and opportunities to engage and talk with artists.

This is such an important element that allows for better understanding of how artists work, how they are perceived and how this plays out in a world of consumerism, largely where instant gratification and repeatability is the norm.

Ruby Tomes showed a diverse range of enamelled jewellery and created a fascinating insight into her practice along with the tools of her trade, including a small kiln.

Victoria Keskeys demonstrated her own unique ways of creating mosaics and Andrew Wynne also demonstrated Mosaic making on the Saturday and a brief glimpse into Indonesian Tjap printed Batik on Sunday.

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