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RE: Collected

RE: Collected / Saturday 3rd August 2019 - Saturday 14th September 2019

Curated with collector Roger Morris this exhibition explores themes around collecting including the pleasures of collecting, relationships between the special and the everyday, friendships of the journey and the galleries role in facilitating collecting. Exhibitors include Ruth Ball, Halima Cassell, Carina Ciscato, Adam Frew, Walter Keeler, Chris Keenan, John Leach’s Muchelney Pottery, Jim Partridge, Petrel Furniture, Peter Howcroft, Lisa Kronenburg, Clement McAleer, Emma Rodgers, Kaori Tatebayashi, Ed Teasdale and James & Tilla Waters.

The work being exhibited will reflect my own taste and interests of ceramics  sculpture and furniture  but not be chosen too narrowly! There will be a section of work “borrowed back” in the form of pieces purchased from the Bluecoat Display Centre over the last thirty or so years; some will be from my own collection but we are also asking four or five of the Display Centre’s other major customers to lend items in order to show a wider range. The rest of the exhibition will, as usual, be available for purchase. All the items for sale will be from makers who are still active, but some will be very established names, some will be young makers who are still developing their practice, and some will be makers whose work I like but which has not been seen in the Display Centre before – Roger Morris

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Combining strong geometric elements with recurrent patterns and architectural principles, Halima’s work utilises definite lines and dramatic angles in an attempt to manifest the universal language of number and create an unsettling sense of movement.

To achieve these effects she uses relatively thick surfaces or solid forms to carve to the desired depth. Halima concentrates on simple forms as the basis of her work in order to maximise the impact of the complex surface patterns in combination with heavily contrasting contours.

This approach provides her with the tools to create the compelling drama and playful dynamism that characterises her work.

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