Contemporary, Contemplating and Coming Soon with ANGUSalive Visual Arts

Votive Offering No 81 - Apple Blossom on Silver, Oil on Linen
Votive Offering No 81 - Apple Blossom on Silver, Oil on Linen

Published: Friday 15 September 2017

Did you know that there is a core of creativity in Angus aiming to inspire and ignite creative minds? In anticipation of your visit, the displays in our spaces are ready to invite you to explore as our Visual Arts Officer, Gill Ross describes:

"Galleries have a space and place in the hearts of everyone and I am excited about the vibrant contemporary artists joining our autumn and winter exhibitions this year. Visitors can marvel at our wide spectrum of visual art on offer across seven gallery spaces - much in tune with the changing landscape of Angus as it captures audiences in both traditional and present forms."

Gill invites you to firstly pop in to ANGUSalive's Brechin Town House Museum to view the local landscape as captured in abstract form and grasp an insight into the origins of blueprints or cyanotypes, with a new collection of work from Scottish artists and long standing friends Hetty Haxworth and Kit Martin, running until the end of September.

Hetty's series of monoprints document the movement of light over the Aberdeenshire landscape, marking time amidst the constant flux in the scenery, capturing moments in her colourful images. Hetty finds the process of monoprinting itself mirrors the transiency and immediacy of nature, with each single unique image finally being revealed only at the very end of the process.

Kit gets great enjoyment from the process of creating an image in the darkroom and works with alternative photographic processes. Kit makes extensive use of the cyanotype process and has been working with the zoology collection in Bell Pettigrew Museum, University of St Andrews. Other work includes lumen prints which are made at the sea shore by placing fresh materials directly onto light-sensitive photographic paper and exposed to sunlight. After a series of washes in water and citric acid the images settle into their final Prussian blue colour once completely dry.

Why not continue your cultural journey and visit ANGUSalive's Meffan Museum & Art Gallery, Forfar [The Meffan] to enjoy the contemporary artworks of Michael Visocchi. The work of Kirriemuir artist, a winner of the Jerwood Sculpture Prize, reflects his vision of landscape on the natural and man-made countryside. Michael's Length x Breadth exhibition responds to the landscape and the built environment in his minimalist sculptures. Michael's work is being shown until 30 September and explores aspects of his previous work, while extending his interest in the land; in particular, man's concerns with measuring, delineating and bounding the landscape.

Following on from this exhibition, award-winning Scottish visual artist Kirsty Lorenz debuts her new collection 'Floresce' at The Meffan from 7 October to 4 November. Kirsty's visual art depicts images of flowers and wild flower posies in different contexts through drawing, painting, mixed media and installation. A selection of her works will then be showcased at ANGUSalive's Montrose Museum from 11 November to 16 December. We will also be hosting a Meet the Artist session with Kirsty on Saturday 7 October from 2-4 pm in The Meffan and on Saturday 11 November 2-4 pm at Montrose Museum, everyone is welcome and refreshments will be available, booking is not required.

If you have enjoyed hearing about our visiting artists so far, then pop along to local artist Brian Petrie's Paintings & Stoorcatchers at our newly refurbished gallery space in Carnoustie Library from 18-28 October. There is a lot on offer with ANGUSalive's visual arts events and just in case you didn't know, we also have a host of activity spaces for community use, bookable spaces for group studies or business meetings as well as an open gallery spaces; which can be reserved for professional and community exhibitions or functions. For further information please email enquiries@angusalive.scot.

All exhibitions can be viewed during museum opening hours, Tuesday - Saturday 10-5pm, for library opening times please visit www.angusalive.scot/libraries.

We also have the chance for you to get involved and exhibit your own amateur or professional work at our annual Meffan Museum & Art Gallery Winter Exhibition. In this open exhibition there is a Purchase Prize of £1500 and the Colin Dakers Memorial Purchase Prize of £1000 for professional artists as well as £200 prize money for amateur artists. We will consider your work under a selection criteria, (fees apply) further details are available at The Meffan during October or by emailing ForfarMuseum@angusalive.scot.

As Gill connects with the local and national art scene to develop our exciting visual arts events, both in our first-class Meffan Museum & Art Gallery and across ANGUSalive gallery spaces, she would like to reach out to fellow and aspiring art enthusiasts to sign up to our enews. Be the first to hear about our up and coming exhibitions and exciting creative events. Anyone interested can register at www.angusalive.scot/visualartsignup.

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