Exhibitions
Illusions
The Artists' Pool
Wednesday 13 - Saturday 23 September

Illusions presents the work of artists from the Artists' Pool.

Going beyond the surface, exploring the illusions of life, the change of art, time, fashion, environment and the perception we're fed, what is reality and what isn't? Does reality still exist in the age of technology and the changing times of social media? Can we trust our own eyes?

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Craft Continuum
Tuesday 19 - Saturday 23 September

Craft Continuum is an eclectic group of makers specialising in textiles, glass, ceramics, sculpture, drawing, collage, photography and jewellery. It was formed in 2016 by a core of new MA graduates from UCA, Farnham and held its inaugural exhibition at the Menier Gallery.

One year on the group, together with an invited selection of PhD students and Artists in Residence from UCA and artists from West Dean College, has reunited to showcase its developing practice.

A number of makers have already achieved recognition Ceramic artist Julie Massie was selected by the Crafts Council to exhibit her work on fragility at 'Collect 2017' and scooped the Rising Stars award at New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham.

Teresa Munn's unique ceramic writing fired the interest of the Craft Potters Association and she was invited to exhibit at their prestigious international show 'Ceramic Art London'.

PhD student Dr Jennie Jewitt-Harris, recent Artist in Residence at Watts Gallery, is a multi-media artist using her experience in medicine to inform her work investigating what shapes us into who we are.

QEST Scholar Kate Boucher incorporates photography, drawing, forged metal and felt sculptures into her practice. Her work is held in private collections including The Edward James Foundation.

In Dreams
Tuesday 26 - Saturday 30 September

An exhibition exploring the sensory experience of sleep, dream narratives and internal visual landscapes. Twenty artists share with vividness and wonder the internal world of sleep, treated with the same careful observation and curiosity as the physical world.

Featuring artists: Esra Alhamal, Becky Brewis, Ruth Calland, Regina de Barros Carvalho, Alisia Casper, Sophie Charalambous, Michael Chance, Clare Dudeney, Abigail Edgar, Aisha Farr, Bobbye Fermie, Christabel Forbes, Dasha Klyachko, Emily Morey, Oliver Mulvihill, Veronika Peat, Amelia de Rougemont, Lottie Stoddart and Anthony Waters.

Public talks on 'Society in sleep': Thursday 28 September 2017 (6.00 - 8.30 pm) with artists, psychologists and leading neuroscientists giving different perspectives on the role of sleep; what dreams say about us as individuals & wider society.

Image: Anonymous 'Underneath'
Draw 17
The Society of Graphic Fine Artists
Monday 2 - Saturday 14 October

'Draw 17' is the Annual Open Exhibition of the Society of Graphic Fine Artists, the Drawing Society, to be held at the Menier Gallery, London, from 2nd to the 14th of October. Founded in 1919, the Society promotes the importance of drawing in all media and styles. This annual open exhibition celebrates the outstanding quality and diversity of drawing, whether evidenced in monochrome with graphite on paper, through print-making, or at the core of a work in colour using watercolour, or oils on canvas. Over 200 original artworks have been carefully selected from artists, both members and non-members, including international submissions. Whilst up-holding the great traditions of drawing, works on show also explore contemporary and innovative methods, addressing figurative to abstract subjects. Drawing is the unifying force which communicates through these selected works, and with over 2000 pounds worth of prizes awarded this year, 'Draw 17' will be an exciting exhibition to experience.

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The Male Perspective
Tuesday 17 - Saturday 21 October

Painting is both physical and imaginative and a vehicle for exploration. It invites us to inquire and search for the male physical form. The shared exploration amongst these artists expose individual experiences and observations of look-ing at men. The work presented in this exhibition challenges our preconceptions about the male form in our society, including masculinity, strength and vulnera-bility. The jouney artists explore convey more than just a representation and pro-vides a platform for ongoing dialogue between artist, subject and viewer. The work in this exhibition covers a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, photography, and x-ray.

The artists involved in this exhibition include: Axel Bottenberg, Martin Ireland, Brad Kenny, Chrissy Thirlaway, Rupert Record, Ernesto Romano, George Mey-er-Wiel.

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Catherine Williams
Monday 23 - Saturday 28 October

Catherine Williams presents a previously unexhibited selection of oils and sketches, focusing on her larger-scale nudes and landscape works. Please note that some of the pieces in the exhibition are on loan from private collections, but the 2017 works will be available for sale during the exhibition.

Hidden Messages
Anita Ford and Alfred Huckett
Tuesday 24 October - Friday 3 November

This autumn Anita Ford and Alfred Huckett will be exhibiting together for the first time. Focussing on miscommunications, undisclosed secrets and a quiet monster, they have put together a powerful show of mixed media work including large scale canvasses, installation, print and talisman, which though often dark are not without a sense of humour.

Ford has spent most of her working life as a successful printmaker, selling her work to the corporate sector. Five years ago she decided to shift direction embracing mixed media processes to create work based on highly personal experiences related to hearing loss and cancer, unfortunately part of her life. She confronts her misfortunes head-on, challenging her situation with a mixture of displeasure, indignation and a large dose of grim humour.

Huckett is primarily known as an artist concerned with the portrayal of music, having been artist in residence at the York Early Music Festival on three occasions. He is now looking back to his early training in theatre design at Central St Martins with a collection of unshorn work made in the 90s, together with recent large scale canvasses confronting and exploring his feelings and experiences as a transvestite.

New Ground: Discoveries in Landscape
Wendy Brooke-Smith
Tuesday 21 - Saturday 25 November

Exploration is the central theme of Wendy Brooke-Smith's third major solo exhibition of paintings and drawings.

All the works explore new territory for the artist, whether from personal travels and walking, or a newly accessible view of her favourite subject, the Thames. As well as her trademark urban landscapes, this wide ranging show includes paintings of France, New Zealand and the ancient route of the Ridgeway.

The London paintings bear witness to the chaotic transience of the city's jostling skyline, whereas Brooke-Smith's striking mountainscapes and earthy Ridgeway works remind us of the essential permanence and continuity of the landscape beneath our feet: a reassuring counterbalance to our shrill and shifting times.

Wendy Brooke-Smith summarises: "All landscape can be seen as a metaphor for our ideas and emotions. As an artist - and an optimist - I recognise the importance of innovation and renewal, while daring to hope that the most important things in life will stand their ground".

Image: Ridgeway Walking the Chalk, Downhill Stretch, 2017, acrylic on canvas