Guildhall art & ideas…

A new exhibition at the Guildhall in Gloucester is well worth a visit. It’s a range of art quilts by Bethan Ash, which are very impressive.

A bit of a Matisse journey through shapes and colour and a range of approaches and styles. Some interesting patterns and techniques used, but at times slightly too busy. It’s obvious she has a well developed skill and eye for design though.

Another small presentation in the corridor leading to the cafe shows students work, which is also worth seeing. There’s also a few framed prints by Kel Portman ( These caught my eye partly because of the style of the photographs (abstract but with a clear subject, if that makes any sense??), but mostly for the layout and design of the sheets.

There is a main image, which is a squashed horizontal, which has details of the photo printed underneath, including date, title, description of photo, background + a short poem! Brilliant. the text he used is two shades of grey, which emphasises the different parts + there is a central break line. Using a poem is a great idea, being brief but related.

The paper he uses is great. It’s a slightly thicker than normal type, which is also textured and rough around the edges. The photo itself is very clear and smooth and the contrast wirks really well. This type of thing could easily stand on its own, without a frame and i’m going to use this approach for the next exhibition, or just for my own house. This would also be cheaper, with no frames + more flexible.

The other prints used a much simpler format, with just the image, with a pencil poem under, still with the rough paper. Very nice overall result and good way to combine art, photography, information, graphics and poetry.

I find sometimes that art without any information is slightly de-valued because of it. Art for it’s own sake is amazing, but if the art is for public consumption, the lack of a story or information relating to it presents itself only on a limited number of levels. By giving some information, this allows people a fuller experience of the artwork.



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