Mad Dogs & Englishmen
16 March – 12 May
Exploring the relationship between man and his dog, this humorous exhibition observes the daily activities that bind Englishmen and their canine companions.
With a background in Fine Art, Contemporary Craft and Illustration, Staffordshire based artist Lauren Van Helmond creates a solo show which is multidisciplinary. It brings together an explorative body of work featuring her distinctive style in the form of 3D illustrations, sculptures, prints and ceramics.
In many of her pieces she creates little worlds incorporating a mix of found and re-purposed objects, transfer printing and enamel paint. Evoking ideas of an era gone by, each piece is intricately formed giving a surreal insight into everyday life, turning mundane objects and situations into something creative and amusing.
16 March – 12 May
This exhibition features new work by automata maker John Grayson. ‘Faux Georgian’ is an on-going project that started in 2004 as a collaborative project with Bilston Craft Gallery and Bilston & Battersea Enamels Ltd., that resulted in the making of a series of contemporary enamel objects in response to the Gallery’s important enamel collection. Looking at the production techniques, visual aesthetic and function of historic Georgian enamel boxes, in particular those made in South Staffordshire, John uses historic research to inform the design and manufacture of his satirical contemporary, interactive enamel objects.
The historic Georgian enamel box was often decorated with imagery that documented celebrities, places, political and historical events of the time. John uses the visual language of the Georgian enameller as a means to make faux, satirical objects that reference, in their form and decoration, contemporary political and historical events. This exhibition will feature work inspired by political events of the last twelve months.
Staffordshire Open Art 2013
18 May - 14 July
The submission dates for this year's exhibition are: Friday 26 & saturday 27th April between 9.30am - 5.00pm.
Full details & Entry forms are available to download now on the Open Art page - information will also be on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
To view the full programme, download the current leaflet:
Exhibitions & Events May - Nov 2013 (2.66mb)
For further information about the Shire Hall Gallery exhibition programme contact the Exhibitions Officer Kim Gould on 01785 278345, or email email@example.com