Painter, print maker, designer - Amanda has exhibited her paintings and prints in the UK and abroad. She has been an independent artist, designer and project manager for architectural glass, interior and landscape design, and public events.
Andy Greenacre is a visual artist and public speaker based in Suffolk. His practise explores the theme of play and the familiar triggers in shared memories and experiences. Andy uses the commonality of play to bring audiences together in his installations and exhibitions. Andy's durational installation 'Sandscape' was a sand sculpture created from the forms of waste packaging on the beach during the 24hrs of First Light Festival 2019.
Ffiona's pictures often take inspiration from the coasts of Suffolk and Cornwall, with scenes that are stripped of people but nonetheless allude to a human presence. Much of her work achieves a fine balance between figuration and abstraction. Lewis has said of her practice that “smallness, localness, emptiness is what I love”, and this is reflected in her paintings, particularly of barren coastlines, punctuated only by a breaking wave, or a lighthouse, or the flight of a lone bird.
Frances' work is based on her perceptions, with a focus on form and contrast. She loves the immediacy of working from life, capturing the essence of the body’s form using gestural mark-making; working with black ink on wet paper, which can have a rhythm and speed for creating, also the dark, bare starkness of compressed charcoal. She aims to give a sense of the person as subject, and also her own state of mind – whether positive or negative at that moment. Frances has worked alongside her son, Matthew Bradley, to create their bird box for the First Flight exhibition.
“Birds appear time and again in Heriz’s work, occasionally modelled in terracotta or constructed for their own sake, but more often sitting on the head or shoulders of her figures or cradled in their open hands. They function as an emblem of freedom rather than fragility…As they perch, Heriz’ birds capture the attentiveness and energy characteristic of all her work. Like the artist’s figures, these birds are the inevitable outcome of experience, perfectly formed for what they are about to do." Amanda Geitner, Bridget Heriz, 2017
Sue Brinkhurst's recent drawings sit between figuration and abstraction, employing a combination of atmospheric charcoal surfaces and mixed media which are subjected to an onslaught of physical and in some cases aggressive, marks made with rocks and stones found in the vicinity of her subject. The energy of the subject is transposed to paper exploring personal relationships with the landscape.
Spadge works with copper and steel in three dimensions although recently this has led to a foray into printmaking. He exploits shadow and silhouette and has recently established a trail of Cormorant sculptures along the River Deben at Woodbridge as well as contributing to Sculpture Trails at Raveningham and Potton Hall. Recent subjects have included animals, Sutton Hoo themed pieces and music icons.
Places of safety and refuge have been very much on the mind of both artists and the public recently during the global pandemic with the huge shifts and worries we have seen concerning our place in a world with chaos and climate change. Natasha has responded by creating elliptical shapes that refer to the origin myths of the cosmic egg, animal, plant and insect hides and as imaginary places to curl up in for respite. For First Flight this became the "Hilton" of bird houses to elevate our bird life into our minds as vital, important and deserving of care, attention and protection by humans. The slightly tongue in cheek and humorous reference to a five star hotel birdhouse is intended. Natasha is a mixed media artist with a love of ornamentation based in Norwich. She exhibits and runs works shops at Artpocket Artschool.
Malcolm Doney studied Fine Art at St Martin’s School of Art in the 1960s and 70s. He went on to pursue a career as a full-time writer, but has returned to his art practice since moving to Blythburgh, Suffolk. His work is preoccupied with the vernacular and the everyday, in an attempt to find what the metaphysical poet George Herbert called “heaven in ordinary”.
Kaavous works to maximize the potential of resources, whether it be by creating space for others to work in, using found materials to produce useful objects, or presenting concepts and design objects that can spark conversations and provide a commentary on contemporary life (sometimes with a humorous bent that is used to highlight a serious situation).
The Herring House Trust
Made by participants from the Herring House Trust, supporting single homeless people (making a home for another when you have no home of your own feels particularly poignant). From left to right: Leon, Russell, James, Tony C/O Kavous Clayton originalprojects
Laura Such is a contemporary artist based in Southwold who combines traditional sculptural methods with found objects to produce artworks that are both witty and critical. A graduate of the Norwich University of the Arts, Laura Such has been shortlisted for the British National Sculpture Prize 2021.
Jelly Green (b.1992) is a British - New Zealand painter who divides her time between her studio in Suffolk and London. She has been mentored by artist Maggi Hambling since she was 16 years old. Her work is defined by her passion for the natural world, particularly the earth’s forests. Having spent extended periods immersed in the global web of jungles and rainforests from Brazil to Borneo and Sri Lanka to New Zealand, Jelly’s large-scale works revel in the magnificent primordial canopies, while unflinchingly bearing witness to the brutal decapitation and destruction of the world’s lungs.
Gwyneth FitzMaurice studied Fine Art at Brighton Art College and now lives in Norwich. Gwyneth spends a lot of time near water, both the Broads and the coast.
Niki Medlik designs (her specialism is book covers) and publishes (she has worked in publishing for more than 20 years). She is also an artist, mainly a printmaker. Her design work sometimes combines her art, and she often uses hand lettering or type in her artwork. She most recently exhibited in 'Woven Waters' at Norwich Cathedral Hostry in 2020, where her love of landscape and maps combined with sound art.
Adam’s work is influenced by a graphic and visual tradition that is quite specific to Britain. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2006, his use of a diverse range of materials and working methods pursues an incisive and witty exploration of distinctively British sentiments, externalising the underlying sense of loss and nostalgia that permeates our memories. Everyday, almost mundane subjects are treated with the importance and status of emblems; centred in each work and often encapsulated within related text or target-like circular borders that focus our gaze.
Bill Jackson is an international award wining photographer, film maker and sound artist. Primarily working at night, he maps ‘events’ in the Suffolk landscape. Having set the ‘stage’ he creates the tools necessary to capture, through time exposures, the ‘performance’ of elements such as the sea or the wind, creating a unique document which taps into the natural energies.
Les can usually be found making books - books that explore the idea of what a book can be, sequence, order, insides and outsides, and audience interactions. This is a bird box - which I believe has a lot of book-like qualities. This approach to making art has led to a wide range of commissions and exhibitions. The work can be found in numerous public and private international collections including The Rijksmuseum, Den Haag, The Victoria and Albert Museum, and M.O.M.A. New York. Currently working on synthetic anatomy at Kings College University within the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and as a Senior Lecturer at Norwich University of the Arts.
I am inspired by things made by nature and people. I paint trees and also use wood to make painted wooden small scale environments from ships to allotments, harbours to bird houses. I trained at the Slade and Goldsmiths in fine art and education. I teach children and adults sometimes taking them on walks using bespoke art journals to explore nature, social history and architecture.
Brenda Unwin’s paintings are fundamentally about colour relationships to evoke a sense of place. Brenda Unwin and Philip Walmsley decided to collaborate on the ‘Bird box’ project making a structure derived from Philip’s drawings and colour that would reflect light onto neutral surfaces.
Philip Walmsley’s drawings explore imagined structures using pencil on paper. Philip Walmsley and Brenda Unwin decided to collaborate on the ‘Bird box’ project making a structure derived from Philip’s drawings and colour that would reflect light onto neutral surfaces.
Tassie Russell studied BA Fine Art at the University of Kingston, the Royal College of Art and went on to the Slade School of Fine Art. Following this she embarked on post graduate studies in MA printmaking at Camberwell where she was awarded the Clifford Chance Purchase Prize by the late Sir Terry Frost. Her work as a painter and printmaker has been widely exhibited and is held in a number of private and public collections. Combining her printmaking and photography practice as well as painting, her work displays an interesting range and versatility. Drawing on materials and experiences from many sources, both urban, rural, man-made and elemental. Russell is currently showing in a joint exhibition with Amanda Edgecomb at printroom.studio
Jim Racine is a bronze sculptor and he loves it, he makes every stage of the process from wax to patina. His subject area as a sculptor is diverse, from what he calls ‘Aherms’, which are performable bronze helmet masks, to the ’Monumenties’, which are outdoor bronze monuments to undisclosed future happenings. But increasingly, one fresh area of sculptural investigation is claiming his central focus: ’The Bird Alphabet’. This is an abstract conceptual glyphic meta language that Jim suggests is for the use of birds. It has created for him a new and poetic symbology which can form unique and seemingly inexhaustible subject material for sculpture. Needless to say it is a challenge to understand and develop, and is taking Jim on an exciting journey of discovery about existence and the universe.
Neil Hanger uses found objects, words and phrases. His work is open to free association and interpretation, marrying meaning with form. He invites us to play with the words as puzzles and conundrums and to continue to engage with them, metaphorically turning them around and again in our mind’s eye.
Helen Gilbart works mainly 2-dimensionally and focuses on exploring specific histories buried deep within the land. How a place has been physically made, what it has experienced, who or what was also there. These questions are for her, paramount. Gilbart first studied Geography and Fine Art jointly and continues to embed herself directly within her subject wherever possible. She has been a recipient to numerous awards including a Leverhulme award at a University of Cambridge, an Arts Council award to work on a UNESCO site in Canada and several others enabling her to work for long periods in the Mediterranean.
Georgina Warne is a ceramicist and printmaker. She grew up in rural Suffolk and studied Ceramics and Glass attaining a BA at Birmingham College of Art and an MA in ceramics at Cardiff School of Art and Design. In 1994 she was awarded a Commonwealth Foundation Fellowship to study indigenous art, and its relationship to nature, in Papua New Guinea. Georgina’s art practice, and life, has been shaped by her life in the countryside; the changing environment, seasons, flora and fauna, and is an unsentimental exploration of the world around her. She is also influenced by the poetry of John Clare and Ted Hughes as well as the writings of Kathleen Jamie and Richard Maybey.
John Kiki trained at both the Camberwell School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools. By the time he finished his studies in 1967, Kiki had developed a unique style, a fusion between figurative painting, abstraction and Pop Art. John Kiki's long career has included shows at the Royal Academy, Hayward and Serpentine Galleries in London, as well as the OK Harris Gallery in Soho, New York.
"As individuals we have a great desire to project our own humanity and emotions onto the most primitive human form”. Roger Hardy - "For although Roger's work may have been created with “minimal intervention”, just as a haiku only contains three lines, it has both the substance and the resonance which are surely the test of all true art”. Anthony Horowitz.
Jeffrey Fisher is an illustrator, with a major part of his work being in publishing, covers etc.
Simon has a background in magazine illustration and cartooning but for the last number of years he has been making figurative artworks ranging through distorted narrative scenes, portraits, abstracted land/seascapes and big drawing on paper. He lives in Suffolk and Ipswich is his base.
An Architect working and living in Norfolk. Contact: 07841482233.
Sue Skeen's career has been in magazine journalism, art direction and production. Her studio is in Sudbourne Park near Orford.
‘21Hands by Russell Marsh’ - Woven Textiles. Creating collections of handwoven ideas for interiors, fashion and surface design. Commissions accepted.
Marc Linton is a landscape architect committed to designing functional, resilient landscapes that connect people with the beauty of the natural world.
Jane Morter is a graduate of St Martin's School of Art BA FA Painting and is an artist working primarily in sculpture and collage. She has exhibited in the UK and the USA and lives and works between Suffolk and London.
John Christie has worked as both a visual artist and a broadcast film-maker over the years. As a maker of artists’ books since 1975, he has produced more than 20 limited editions for both the renowned Circle Press and his own imprint Objectif. He co-authored, with John Berger, the award-winning book I Send You This Cadmium Red. His prints, drawings and artists’ books are in many collections worldwide including the Tate Gallery, the V&A, the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, New York Public Library and the National Library of Australia.
Martin is an abstract painter and writer living in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Martin Battye's work began over 40 years ago in a tradition of landscape painting. Today Martin has left most of the recognisable landscape form and lines behind to create canvases of bold collisions of colour and texture. Sometimes the paint is sprayed and flecked onto the surface from a brush. Martin has exhibited widely within the UK, from the Northern Young Contemporaries to the Royal Academy Summer Shows.
With about 100 associate members, a core group runs and organises the shop. We meet monthly to discuss co-op business and consider newly submitted work. We are always interested in encouraging new makers. Our aim is to provide a permanent showcase for contemporary applied arts from East Anglia.
As a sculptor Zoe Rubens works with metals (mostly recycled), ceramic, concrete and fibreglass. The fascination for metal and colour draws her to printmaking. Drawing and responding to the world as she tries to comprehend is integral to her practice.
Paddy Peters works in Suffolk and produces ceramic pieces using imagery that reflect a life long held interest in the natural world. Ceramic work varies from small scale figurative objects to large highly decorated chargers adorned with birds and plants.
Jacqueline Pooley's work is inspired by a love of nature and develops through a series of drawings. She uses porcelain as it is white high firing clay, this adds vibrancy to the glazes and when fired, it is a very strong material. Pieces are imprinted with texture, which show the softness and the versatility of the clay, and then the fine details are highlighted with coloured oxides. Jacqueline produces her own glazes, mixing these together to achieve a rich and varied texture on the surface, adding several layers to one piece. She now works from her studio in rural Norfolk near the broads. Other pieces Jacqueline produces are large fish/bird hangings and also porcelain leaf mobiles. Commissions accepted.
Previous Artistic Director for the Village Stage at Womad, Julie Carpenter has designed and made giant puppets for Carnival Crossroads at UKCCA, worked as a maker with Tin House and Norwich Puppet Theatre, and was part of the team at Nutmeg Puppet Company for 15 years, as photographer and technician/puppeteer; with one highlight being Theatre in Residence at The British Museum in the ‘Tutu and the Sky Goddess’ show. Working with wire and found objects, Julie makes assemblage sculptures for exhibition and commission.
Jon Warne makes a range of wooden things from simple automata, furniture such as benches, stools and tables through to sculptural wooden vessels. He has recently completed a range of hollow forms inspired by walking and wild camping on the Suffolk coast with his father in the ’70’s. Jon wrote a short book “Walking with Peter” to accompany this project. He uses local wood, mainly from Suffolk.
Joe Lawrence is a Suffolk artist inspired by the British coast and countryside, it’s history and folklore. Working mainly in ceramics, Joe creates characters and creatures on this theme.
Susan Horth is an artist and maker primarily sculpting intricate standing works and wearable pieces with beading and wire. Observing beauty in unexpected places, Susan captures moments in nature and brings to life a diverse range of creatures with extraordinary craftsmanship and skill. She is based at Cockpit Arts in London amongst a community of artisans.