Dean Clough
Monday, September 2, 2019
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Fletcher Mill, Dean Clough, Halifax, HX3 5AX
Alice Bradshaw / Dean Clough

Art Lab at Dean Clough

Monday 2nd September, 7:30pm start
Fletcher Mill, Dean Clough, Halifax, HX3 5AX

David Fennell-Roberts

As a lifetime scribbler and always aspiring (never had the bottle to start) artist, I took brushes to hand 11 years ago. Soon realising that to develop what little talent I may have, I needed to be educated. Six years part-time (technically) at Huddersfield University Barnsley Campus has been a good grounding in both intellectual and practical aspects of Art.
So, I am now a slowly ‘emerging artist’ with interests in painting and printmaking.
My talk will focus on my journey as a developing artist, touching on key moments of development and what inspires me.
My art is of landscape in all its forms, from industrial to rural, which vary primarily in the degree and nature of human intervention. I perceive close parallels between landscapes and the human condition both at individual and collective levels. In this respect, many of my paintings are analogous.

As an integral part of my work, I continue to explore the range and limitations of mark-making and colour. This activity is driven by the joy of painting and the desire to experiment whilst referencing the colours textures and forms in the local landscape. Though distinctly abstract, these paintings stand in their own right as well as informing my primary work.

Gill Crawshaw

Gill Crawshaw’s curatorial practice draws on her experience of disability activism. She has curated two exhibitions of textile-based work by disabled artists, in Leeds where she is based.  Both had elements of protest and highlighted issues of access and inclusion.

Gill is now planning another exhibition in Wakefield, of work by disabled artists on the theme of charity. It is being organised as a counterpoint to Charity, a sculpture by Damien Hirst, which is on show at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

This presentation will be an opportunity to discuss some of the issues that the exhibition aims to raise: the disabled people’s movement’s antipathy towards charity; representation and authenticity; controlling the narrative.