Friday, 28 June 2013

Barnaby Artists 'In Conversation' with Whitworth Curator Bryony Bond

Barnaby 2013 is holding an ‘In Conversation’ event to help conclude the amazing visual arts programme of this year’s festival.

Barnaby's headline artists - Brass Art, Rachel Goodyear and Liz West discuss with Bryony Bond - curator at the Whitworth Gallery - What their experience of working in a town like Macclesfield represents for them.

As part of the discussion we will also examine - What the potential is for the development of visual arts in a town like Macclesfield, what are our aspirations, where do we go next?

Saturday 29th June 
Charles Roe House, Chestergate, Macclesfield
Attendance by invite only 

Thursday, 27 June 2013

New Works: collage using reflective materials

I have had a productive day in the studio making new work. I have been expanding on my recent works on paper, progressing by using reflective materials such as plastic mirror, sticky-back mirror and PVA glue in conjunction with my typical saturate hues. I would say these works are more collage than drawings. Here are a few images as a taster of what I have been doing:

Monday, 24 June 2013

New Works on Paper

I have busy making new work in my studio for the last month or so. I wanted to share some new works on paper. These 'drawings' have been helping me develop ideas for future installations and sculptural works.

More new works can be seen here: Flickr.
They will shortly be added to my website:

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Barnaby Festival 2013 - New Public Art Commission

Barnaby 2013 presents an exciting and contemporary visual arts programme including new site specific commissions by Brass Art, Rachel Goodyear and Liz West. 

Preview: Friday 14th June (6.30 - 9.30pm)

Three new contemporary art commissions have been produced for Barnaby 2013, funded by Arts Council England, featuring Brass Art, Rachel Goodyear, and Liz West as part of an exciting and packed programme for this year’s Festival in the heart of Macclesfield. Working in heritage buildings and an empty shop unit the artists reference the historic town of Macclesfield and explore themes of metamorphosis. This year has built upon the quality programming from preceding years, which has previously shown work by internationally acclaimed artists such as; David Shrigley, Ian Davenport, Ian Rawlinson and Nick Crowe.

Commissioned to work in an empty shop unit in Macclesfield’s Grosvenor Shopping Centre, LIZ WEST will use transparent object to create her largest site-specific installation to date, positioning found, disguarded and recycled objects on top of red, yellow and blue light boxes, encased within a Perspex museum-like case. West is influenced by the process of collecting, and her work specifically relates to the desire to gather and assemble objects, using colour and light to transform everyday things into new sculptural forms.

The town’s historic buildings, including Christ Church and Charles Roe House will be transformed by the commissions and an art trail of over 100 participating artists from the area during this year’s extended Barnaby Festival from 14-30 June 2013. Contemporary art will also be brought into the heart of the town's busy retail area, using an empty shop on the town’s main thoroughfare, Churchill Way where local young artists from the 'Magpie Thunder Bureau' project will create a pop-up print workshop and gallery.

Liz West:
‘Consumed’ - 15th - 30th June, Grosvenor Shopping Centre, Macclesfield - FREE 

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Wednesday, 5 June 2013

New Works on Paper

Here's a sneak peep at a couple of my new works on paper. These are some of my preparatory studies for the Barnaby Festival commission.

 Consumed #13, Acyclic spray on paper, 29 x 21cm

 Consumed #4, Address labels & acyclic spray on paper, 42 x 29cm