The Art Windows are located at the bottom of Ironmonger’s Street, Stamford PE9 1PL and feature exhibitions of work by local artists. We are grateful to Superdrug Stamford for permitting the use of their windows for the project and South Kesteven District Council for their financial support.
by the Stamford Community
In March 2020, Art Pop-Up launched a project to support those dealing with isolation during COVID-19. Participants received a newsletter and journal in which to record their thoughts, creative writing, drawing etc. These works and others from the Stamford community show the solace found in creativity during lockdown, capturing an unprecedented moment of social history. We believe it is profoundly important to find inspiration in these times, to utilise creativity and self-expression as a cathartic balm. As well as 400 journals, we also distributed over 100 creativity packs and Arts Council England ‘Let’s Create Packs’ (funded by the National Lottery) to those most in need in Stamford. We are grateful for the support of MindSpace Stamford, The Royal British Legion, The Stamford Kiwanis, The Stamford Round Table, Wilkos, The Evergreen Care Trust and those who supported our crowdfunding campaign.
Step into the Light
The urban artist known as Korp employs multi-layered stencil techniques and marker pens to create utterly contemporary and frequently iconographic images. His stencil work displays a remarkable level of patience and an exceptional eye for detail and the use of text and hidden meanings in many of the images belies a subverted playfulness. His marker work consists of an army of mutated worms that explore his childhood experiences and current affairs.
Pigeon La Rue
Pigeon la Rue’s work is an intuitive visual journey, exploring endless routes of imagination, laying down inks with splashes of coloured sprays, layers of stencilled form. Inspired by the simplicity of things around her, things that distract her from the disarray of life, she finds exquisite wonder in the tones of a leaf or the markings of a moth wing; how a bird’s song can transport you miles away even in the depths of a busy city.
British Chronicles in no chronological order
Sue focuses mainly on cultural geography with particular interest in the historical and modern narratives of people’s lives within their landscape. By walking, mapping, exploring and chatting, she develops a relationship with the immediate environment, exploring the local marginal and obscure to expose, and to some extent re-imagine, forgotten stories and re-discover lost affinities.
Tales of the beautiful strange
Jason creates beautifully haunting illustrations that hint at strange realms where melancholic, surreal stories unfold. His work is influenced by Pop Surrealism and Victorian era photography, which inspire the eerie atmospheres portrayed in his artwork.
Laura specialises in maps, cityscapes and patterns along with a bit of hand-drawn typography. The iconic city landmarks featured here are taken from her maps, drawn in her signature style. With a keen eye for detail, her simple linear marks define immediately the essence of these familiar structures, whilst her detailed drawings of urban landscapes are intricate explorations of the architecture.
The works by Kat are created in response to her travels around Australia with her sketchbooks. The Australian landscape has been a source of fascination to Kathryn for 30 years – its volume and space, structure and light, colour, textures and patterns – which are revealed in this collection.
The fine line of the land
Really looking – strong observational drawing – is the vital element of Julie’s work, which extends to painting, printmaking and collage. Working primarily from natural history resources and the landscape, she is drawn to the minute detail of nature and the extensive line of the countryside.
Ann’s world is full of spinster aunts, best clothes, coal tar soap and acute human observations tinged with humanity, empathy and a wicked sense of humour. Her highly visual, idiosyncratic flights of fancy have developed into the drawings of observational characters, only glimpsed or heard in passing, that Ann is so well known for today.
For the Stamford Art Festival 2015 supported by Arts Council England.