Salisbury Arts Centre
Friday, December 6, 2019
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin Street, Salisbury, SP1 3UT
South West England
Wiltshire Creative, Salisbury Arts Centre

Drawn to Craft
Exhibition at Salisbury Arts Centre
21 November- 18 January
Arts Centre opens 10am-3pm
Monday to Saturday
Christmas Closure dates 22 December- 2 January

As a pan-arts organization Wiltshire Creative is deeply committed to providing opportunities to showcase the results of creative output of all kinds. Through our programme we are also keen to forge links with our cultural partners within the city and beyond. This Autumn and Winter The Salisbury Museum is hosting an exhibition of the shortlisted artists of the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2019. This prize, formerly the Jerwood Drawing Prize, is the largest and longest-running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK. Selected from original drawings, the exhibition has established a reputation for its commitment to championing excellence and promoting contemporary drawing practice. To mark the exhibition Messums Wiltshire, Young Gallery and Chapel Arts Studios are presenting associated programmes.
It was the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing prize which provided the inspiration behind the Wiltshire Creative Drawn to Craft exhibition which will be held at Salisbury Arts Centre between 21 November and 18 January.
Contemporary Craft represents a large part of the visual arts. It is a platform upon which skill, design and individual creativity meet. This year’s winter exhibition at Salisbury Arts Centre will include work made by some of the top contemporary British craft practitioners. It is an exhibition which seeks inspiration from drawing and will reflect on the drawn line. Whilst some of the work on show will present scenes and narratives and use the drawn line as an aid for the design of these, in other works the line is integral to the design or even the material itself.
Amongst the exhibiting artists you will be able to see work by print maker Sarah Young. Sarah is a household name in British craft and well known for her lino and wood cuts as well as screen prints. Her work, often inspired by tales and myths, is included in many books and publications and whilst Sara is renowned for her work she is also the director and founder of the Brighton Art Fair and MADE (Design and Craft Fair). Also included is the work of four potters: Mishima inlay technique and stoneware by Jennie Gilbert, slip decorated stoneware by Bridget Timoney, robust but subtle pots combining expression and function made by Sheila Herring, and exquisite and lively slipware made on a kick wheel by North Pembrokeshire-based Jennifer Hall. Jennifer will also be delivering a slipware workshop at Salisbury Arts Centre. Francesca Mclean is an illustrator based in The New Forest, she works in gouache and ink stamps to create illustrations inspired by the countryside. Using recycled materials, plastics and resins, Bronwen Gwillim creates wearable sculptural jewellery which mimics the effects of the sea when working the surface to obtain the natural feel of a ‘treasured pebble’ collected from the beach. Hand crafted lamps by Collin Chetwood embrace mark making created by surprise and chance when applied to the surface of the Japanese rice paper by tools such as syringe, reed pen, and brushes. The fascination with the sustainable, natural and simply beautiful is at the heart of the work of basket maker Louise Brown who will be delivering basket making days at the Arts Centre.
Running in parallel with Drawn to Craft exhibition will be ‘Imprint – Mind, Body and Soul’ on the Arts Centre’s Altar Stage which will present a selection of outcomes from a community drawing week held at The Salisbury Museum.
This diverse selection of practices and talents aims to present an exhibition which will excite and inspire. It is also an exhibition which will provide ample opportunity to enhance and adorn peoples’ homes by purchasing exquisite work made by artists and makers living in the UK.