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In Pictures: h.Art Unique Art Event Presents Artsite3, Rose Tinted Rags & Aylestone Court

September 13, 2013

h.Art is a week that goes down in Herefordshire’s history each year. Celebrating the artists that thrive in our surroundings. h.Art Herefordshire Art Week is an annual showcase aimed at promoting the large number and wide variety of artists and craftmakers working in the region.
h.Art’s core aim is to support the county’s artists and makers and promote them both within the local community and to visitors from the region and across the UK with the specific intention of increasing sales of work. During the week visitors are invited to explore and be guided by bright pink signs to 119 venues located across Herefordshire during this FREE 9-day event where you can meet the maker and purchase artwork.

On the 10th September, Circuit Sweet visited a special all day celebration party to mark 5 years of Artsite 3. The event was an exciting multimedia exhibition of award winning local city artists including paintings, illustration, ceramics and textile design. A fresh, innovative, urban and unusual art collection Housed in a 350 year old Gentleman’s residence and award winning walled garden with a café and organic restaurant. Based at Artsite 3, Rose Tinted Rags and Ayelstone Court at Rockfield road, Hereford City Center.
Artsite3 is a not for profit unit of studios with a diverse community of professional artists and designers located in central Hereford. A variety of single and shared studios are available with access to kilns and communal work spaces. Founded in 2008 by a co-operative of artists, designers and crafts people who pooled their resources to gain affordable studio space, Artsite3 has gone on to support many artists and designers at differing stages of their careers. Housing creatives working in a range of specialisms including illustration, textile design, ceramics, fine art, mixed media and print making, the studio has evolved to become a sought after working environment.Artsite3 maintains close links with Hereford College of Art & Design, offering a yearly award to a graduate of the college comprised of a free studio space for a year. To date all of the award winners have gone on to take up permanent studios within Artsite.

Artiste 3 is currently home to the following artists and designers-

Chloe Scadding

Trained at Chelsea College of Art London, Chloe specialises in mixed media textiles for fashion and home. Currently working freelance, creating concept led design work for the high end and commercial markets, Chloe’s work sells internationally to clients such as Calvin Klein, Armani, Tory Burch, Clerici Tessuto, DVF and Donna Karan.

Mark Hudson

Mark Hudson’s work explores notions of place, history, migration and journeys/travel. He makes connections and narratives surrounding everyday things, people and their common histories through the use of photography, video, sound recording, text, print, books, sculpture and installation. He has exhibited extensively across the UK and Europe. His work is in the collections of the Tate, Manchester Metropolitan University, Winchester School of Art and in the Live Art Collections of the Arts Council at Bristol University.

Angela Howard

Angela is a painter primarily excited by organic growth and natural forms. Her ideas and work are based around her own perception of nature and surroundings “I am particularly attracted by the gorgeousness of the shapes, forms and colours all around us, it is this starting point that provides a catalyst for my art”.

Alfie Hall

Co founder of Artsite3 Alfie Hall is a multi disciplinary artist predominately working in ceramics. Using slips and coloured clay Alfie is fascinated by the evolution and reforming of simple shapes to create print like qualities on the surface of ceramic forms. Alfie has led a varied career working with hand built ceramics since 1975, exhibiting nationally, working extensively at London galleries and project managing design exhibitions.

Gayle Ansell

Artsite 3 2012 studio award winner Gayle Ansell specialises in ceramics, creating pieces which are simple and useful, made from minimal, renewable resources and waste materials. Celebrating the humble and earthy qualities of clay, Gayle experiments with natural glazes and alternative firing techniques, creating colours imbued into the surface from fruit and vegetable peelings. ‘I hope that people question my work and in doing so will realise the simple values that the natural world can offer us’.

Adam Fisher

Adam is an illustrator from Cardiff working in the field of publishing. He has worked for Penguin books, National Geographic magazine, Crayola and the BBC. Adam is working on a series of illustrations for a children’s book, and is a regular contributor to the Financial Times, and the magazines Taliesin and Pretty Nostalgic.

Marissa Thereze

Marissa Thereze is a vintage inspired knitwear & accessories label. Marissa sources curious yarns and repurposes antique findings with the aim of creating timeless fabrics in beautiful colours. Luxury natural yarns are gathered from Devonshire alpacas and industrial surplus.

Ita Drew

Artsite3’s 2009 award winner Ita Drew is a mixed media artist predominately working in ceramics. Drawing ideas from her imagination, while honing in on narrative, Ita seeks to take the viewer on a journey. “Behind every works lies a story, this may be a personal response to my experiences or a reaction to a moment which I then transform into a story”. Artist in residence at Hereford College of Art during 2013, Ita exhibits her work nationally at galleries and trade shows including ‘Made London’ and ‘Hereford Contemporary Craft Fair‘.

Tom Roberts

Mural artist and Illustrator Tom Roberts is heavily influenced by mythology and folk lore. Predominantly using acrylics, oils and pencil sketches, the work he produces is often woven with personal symbolism.

Liam Bromage

Winner of the 2012, Mall Galleries, Bite 2012, Printmaking Today Magazine Award Liam’s work explores the indentations left behind on used analogue technology. Interested in what we are able to say with the use of redundant types of technology Liam sees the interactive element as a crucial element in what has become a generative process. His prints are paired together to reflect the original matrix , setting up positive and negative images.

Marion Campbell

Stained glass artist Marion, see’s her work as painting with glass. From a background in photography and digital media, Marion started working with glass to create impressionistic images, predominantly based in the landscape or nature. Some of the ideas then translate into relief prints or manipulated images in order to explore different moods or aspects suggested by the subject and the photos taken to record them. With her husband, David, she runs Apple Store Gallery, the Fine Art Gallery in Hereford featuring local artists’ work. She also helps organise Herefordshire Young Open Exhibition which takes place in September as part of h.Art (Herefordshire Art Week).

David Laws

Fine Artist David Laws views his work as constant experimentation in any medium he can lay his hands on. Whilst he is more comfortable using pastel, charcoal or pencil, he believes art needs to be personally challenging and enjoys gaining an increased insight into its endless possibilities using more fluid mediums such a oil, acrylic or ink. with his wife Marion, David runs the AppleStore Gallery in Hereford.

James Rueben

James is a painter and illustrator, trained at Brighton University in Fine Art Painting. He has exhibited his work nationally including at Tate Modern and every year works as artist for Latitude festival live painting and creating large scale murals.

Alan Hughes

Alan gained his Masters Degree in Fine Art ( University of Wales ,Cardiff ) in 2002. A founder member of Artsite 3 , he was selected in 2011-12 for the Artists Access Scheme at Hereford College of Arts, where he began to explore the pictorial and narrative potential of mass produced items of industrial packaging ( “multiples” ) , a theme which he continues to pursue.

Associate Member Richard Bavin

After a career in IT project management Richard began studying fine art in 2000. He works full-time as a landscape painter, making observational studies all year round as a starting point for more expressive studio work. Richard has exhibited regionally in public and commercial galleries and is represented by the Apple Store Gallery, Hereford.
Following five successful years at Artsite3 in 2013 Richard’s developing career led him on into a new studio, he remains however, an associate member continuing close links with Artsite3.

Liam Bromage, Tom Roberts and James Rueben are all friends- and regularly mentioned either due to their artistic creations or their music- here on Circuit Sweet, and we took up the offer to join in the celebrations and to bask ourselves in a wide array of talented work based at their own workshops in Hereford.


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Following the work at Artsire 3 we strolled over to Rose Tinted Rags for their private viewing. Rose Tinted Rags is a Textile Resource and Arts Centre selling recycled, salvaged and vintage fabrics, wool, haberdashery, zips, wadding, buttons and much more. The exhibition there was an incredible insight of fantastic imaginary and a collection of aspiring work. Rose Tinted Rags will be celebrating its 1 yr anniversary this September with a week of drop in workshops, art installations and exhibitions. Set up by registered charity Echo & not for profit organisation Greeneyedmonsterco, this textile and arts centre is entirely stocked by donations and supports adults with social, physical & learning difficulties.

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Finally to finish the event off we visited Aylestone Court. Showcasing a range work from Artsite3 and Rose Tinted Rags, Artspace at Aylestone Court is a not for profit gallery with a restaurant and cafe set within the 350 year old residence and award winning walled gardens.Aylestone court was home to an afterparty with a BBQ and  champagne drawing the night to a lovely finish.

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All images by  Oli Montez.
Email oli@circuitsweet.co.uk for copies/permission of use.

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