Exhibitions to visit (May – July 2022)

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Pictured above: Mosaic by Adela Webb

Here we take a look at just two of the exhibitions you might like to visit over the coming months. Enjoy!

‘Picking up the Pieces’ (UK)
Kitchen Gallery at Cockington Court, nr. Torquay 
Runs 11 June – 25 July 2022
Free entry. Find out more at: southwestmosaicartists.uk

The South West Mosaic Artists collective will be holding their third annual exhibition from 11 June until 25 July 2022.

Seventeen artists will be showing their work: Emma Abel, Corinna Barrell, Ruth Coram, Denny Dormer, Michelle Greenwood-Brown, Dawn Handy, Audrey Hardman, Alison Hepburn, ‘Terry meets Julie’, Manya McMahon, Allan Punton, Kate Rattray, Ali Soper, Vita Sumeiko, Janet Ventre, Adela Webb and Pam Wilcox.

Mosaic art by the following artists (clockwise from top left): ‘Terry and June’, Kate Rattray, Alison Hepburn, Emma Abel
and Michelle Greenwood-Brown

“Our first exhibition in 2020 was also held at Cockington Court,” says Allan Punton. “That show was received so well that we’ve been invited back again this year. In 2021 our annual show was held in the Sou’ Sou’ West Gallery at Symondsbury, nr. Bridport, and we’ll be returning to exhibit there in 2023. The artwork on show this year will continue to be wide ranging in contemporary style, subject and size.”

South West Mosaic Artists welcomes mosaic artists at any stage of their creative development who wish to exhibit their art with the collective.

‘A Thread of Light: Three Generations of Kiln Cast Glass Artists’ (UK)
The Museum in the Park, Stroud
Runs 1 May – 11 June 2022
Free entry. Find out more at museuminthepark.org.uk

This exhibition of kiln-cast glass art brings together three generations of globally celebrated artists, five of whom – Colin Reid, Sally Fawkes, Richard Jackson, Karen Browninq and Fiaz Elson – live and work in the Stroud Valleys. Collectively their work can be found in 75 renowned museums worldwide.

“This exciting exhibition shows the reach and quality of the exceptional artists that work throughout the Stroud District,” says Kevin Ward, Museum Development Manager at the Museum in the Park. “We’re really proud to be able to host such a high-quality exhibition and we hope people enjoy it.”

Sally Fawkes, one of the locally based glass artists, considers it a privilege to be able to show her work to a local audience: “For many of us in the exhibition, Stroud was the real starting point of our careers as professional artists,” she says. “So bringing ‘A Thread of Light’ to our local museum is a sort of homecoming!”

Left: Bridging Light by Fiaz Elson. Photo by Steve Russell. Right: Canyon Falls ii by Joseph Harington. Photo by Sylvain Deleu.

The exhibition was originally curated for Liuli glass museums in Taipei, Taiwan and Shanghai, China. As well as bringing together the work of nine British artists, it also includes pieces by two celebrated Asian artists, Loretta Yang and Chang Yi. The exhibition in Stroud is dedicated to the memory of Chang Yi, described by The New York Times as the “founding father of the Asia studio glass movement”. He passed away in 2020.

If you’re organising an exhibition and you’l like it to be featured in Mosaic & Glass, please get in touch.