LYTHAM ST ANNES ART COLLECTION
WAYMAKING: WOMEN ARTISTS OF THE REGION
Sophie Fuce, FBC Collections Development Officer
Talk by Veronica McDonnell
Monday 25 March at 2pm, at Lytham Assembly Rooms
“Small Woman Great Work”
about Kathleen White whose work is featured in the glass cabinet at the Centre.
Still Life Drawing Class for female artists
Wednesday 3 April at 2pm, at Lytham Assembly Rooms
The 300th Exhibition at Lytham Heritage Centre opens on Tuesday 12 February.
A Selection of Paintings from Lytham St Annes Art Collection will be placed on show to celebrate 300 exhibitions at Lytham Heritage Centre.
This exhibition shines a spotlight on the unsung heroines of the Lytham St Annes Art Collections and celebrates the work of local women artists.
Work by women artists makes up only 3–5% of major permanent collections in Europe. The top three museums in the world, the British Museum (est. 1753), the Louvre (est. 1793), and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (est. 1870) have never had female directors. Only 32% of the winners of the Turner Prize, one of the most well-known visual art awards, have been women.
For this exhibition, we present a selection of works by women artists from the Lytham St Annes Art Collection. Testament to the historic tendency to disregard the expertise and efforts of women artists, there is much mystery surrounding the provenance of many of these works; there are mysteries to unravel and stories to be told. Join us in not only recognising the talent of our local women artists but also on our exciting journey of discovery as we uncover clues that tell us more about these women, their lives, and their art.
We will be holding Curator Tours on selected Fridays throughout the exhibition. Please see dates below:
15th February, 2pm
1st March, 2pm
8th March, 2pm
5th April, 2pm
The exhibition is open from February 12, 2019 – April 7, 2019 on Tuesdays to Sundays from 10 am – 4 pm
Lytham Heritage Centre, 2 Henry St, Lytham, Lytham Saint Annes FY8 5LE, UK
Admission is free and donations welcome
Dave Price writes about his mother Mr G Price and her long term collection of dolls.
My mother continued to love her dolls and added to her collection over another 20 years. As with the article details, she continued to both buy dolls and make dolls from kit form individually styling them in clothes she gleaned from many sources such as:
Her imagination, her past, Fashions she had seen in books and magazines, representative of Characters off TV, Film Opera, etc
Everybody was roped in to some degree… Dad for his woodwork skills and the kids, me included, for the “Blue Peter” sticky backed plastic, cardboard and painting brigade.
If the local press had run a follow up article years later they would have found her family of dolls had grown to number over 750 and evident within 5 rooms of our house.
Some of the dolls are for sale at Lytham Heritage Centre. Pop in to have a look.
Latest Exhibition: “Art for your Home”
Paintings in different media by “The Brentleigh Group” from 15 August to 3 September at Lytham Heritage Centre
The Brentleigh Group was formed in 2013 and consists of 4 artists:
Anne Taylor, Beryl Davenport, Liz Ellis and Vivien Unsworth.
Whilst differing in their styles and inspiration they all share a common interest in contemporary art and this is their 3rd joint exhibition and their 2nd time in Lytham.
Their varying styles of work range from landscape to abstract, and from water colour to mixed media.
This wonderful new exhibition at Lytham Heritage Centre is open Tuesdays to Sundays including Bank Holidays from 10am to 4pm. Closed from 1pm – 2pm for lunch.
15 August – 3 September
Latest Exhibition at Lytham Heritage Centre
23 May – 11 June 2017
Joan grew up in Wrea Green, where her creativity was nurtured from a young age by her parents who were writers and painters themselves, and who encouraged an appreciation of the natural environment. These artistic leanings were also supported by teachers at Queen Mary’s School and she went on to study Art along with Education at Warwick University, with a specialism in ‘Creative Work with Fabric and Threads ‘ – she made huge textured embroideries and tubular wall hangings, always with natural materials.
Joan’s art then took a back seat for a number years, whilst she enjoyed exploring and encouraging creativity as a wife, mother, teacher and singer. Turning her hand to Amateur Operatics and Dramatics, Joan is probably better known in the Fylde area as Kiss Me Kate, Eliza Doolittle or The Merry Widow.
Inheriting her mother’ s watercolour paints catalysed Joan’s art and the adoption of a new medium. There was something comforting about using that same palette and, whilst spending time in the Lake District and abroad, she found that watercolours were just right for recording and interpreting what she saw.
Her love of the natural world, its colours, textures and shapes, and the smell and meditative absorption of walking in the countryside or by the sea, is what motivates a lot of her painting.
Pictorial pieces are inspired by four main subject areas: ‘In the Hedgerows’, ‘Trees Alone’, ‘Seas and Skies’, and ‘The Feeling of a Place’. Often, her work is a mosaic of different things arranged into a composition.
Her abstracts are also rooted in the natural world but the subjects are more fantastical and interpretation is open-ended. Joan believes we are all wired according to both our nature and nurture therefore we each see and appreciate different things from the same painting, which can also change with our mood. A number of her abstract paintings can be hung in different orientations to allow for shifting perspectives and interpretations.
A new book by Brian Turner . Only 100 copies of this interesting book have been printed. Only £7.50.. Brian will be signing copies at the Archives in Lytham Library on 8th February between 1pm and 3pm. Do not miss out. See you there