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Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Gruffalo hits Shetland, Dundee Masters & Brechin Rocks

The Illustrators
Bonhoga Gallery 
Weisdale Mill, Weisdale, Shetland 
01595 745750
Until September 25

Earlier this year, before she was appointed Childrens’ Laureate, writer Julia Donaldson had her first taste of curating when she put together a wonderful exhibition called The Illustrators for the Park Gallery in Falkirk.

Featuring the work of top flight illustrators who have worked on designs for Donaldson’s hugely popular childrens’ books, the exhibition included some never-seen before work by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Schefller in the shape of personalised envelopes sent to Donaldson’s home in Bearsden.

Donaldson and Sheffler only met after they had been paired by a publisher in the early 1990s but through working together on various book projects since, they have forged a close bond.

Donaldson, who has written over 150 books for children has worked with some of the best illustrators in the business and you’ll find oodles of original work in this exhibition by 16 artists. Well-known names include David Roberts (of Dirty Bertie fame) and Nick Sharrat (best known for his work illustrating books by Jacqueline Wilson and Jeremy Strong).

The exhibition was originally put together as a partnership initiative between Falkirk Council and the charity Artlink Central, of which Donaldson is patron.

It has moved to Shetland for a second airing, appropriately enough to coincide with Shetland Arts Wordplay Festival, which takes place next weekend. It will then tour throughout the UK.

As well as Julia Donaldson’s show, there is a stairwell projection of work by Shetland-based illustrator Meilo So, whose two books The Grumpy Old Sailor and A Midsummer Foy, written by Janice Armstrong, present a dazzling and vibrant counterpoint to the work in the main gallery. This show includes preparatory sketches and other illustrative work.

Shetland Arts will also be running Listen with Others, a series of free informal readings in the gallery during the run of the exhibition, open to all children. Janice Armstrong will be reading her two books and there will be other readings of Julia Donaldson’s classic stories. 
Dundee Masters’ Show 2011
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design
13 Perth Road, Dundee
01382 385330 www.dundee.ac.uk/djcad/mastersshowUntil September 3

The work of MSc Animation & Visualisation student, Dylan Gould

While the rest of the student world has been ‘resting’ from their academic endeavours, 47 MA students from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art have been building up to the 2011 Dundee Masters Show, which opens to the public today.

This highly anticipated show feature works from the Design, Fine Art, Animation & Visualisation, Forensic Art, Media Art and Medical Art Masters courses.

To coincide with the start of this week-long event, an Open Doors event will take place today (Aug 27), which includes a host of tours and presentations.

Included in the line-up is a guided tour of the MSc Forensic and MSc Medical Art show from 12pm-1pm led by lecturer Caroline Erolin and a joint presentation by MSc Animation & Visualisation student Dylan Gauld and Dundee University’s head of Mathematics, Mark Chaplain. The two men will be discussing their research into visualising the predictive growth of cancer cells using 3D animation.

Master of Fine Art students Amy Hanley and Joanna Foster give a guided tour of the MFA exhibition at 3pm, introducing artists and giving the inside track on their work.

There is a lot to appreciate in this exhibition, be it Bruno Brites’ (Design) unique Braille typography, Ju Hee Lee’s (Fine Art) contemplative images which deal with growing old in modern society and Huaijin Cao’s (Animation & Visualisation) fluorescent motion graphics.

Other students to look out for are Yi-Jing Chen (Media Art), who is displaying a large projected installation which deals with the political differences between China and Taiwan, Lydia Carline (Forsensic Art) with her impressively detailed illustrations of syphilitic cells and Jennifer Colquhoun (Medical Art) who will showcase some interesting 3D animations of stem cells.
Hetty Haxworth and Rachel Owen
Brechin Town House Museum
28 High Street Brechin, Angus
01356 625536
http://www.angus.gov.uk/history/museums/brechin September 3 – October 1

Aqueous V by Hetty Haxworth

To celebrate the opening of their new gallery space, The Brechin Town House Museum presents an exhibition of original prints by Edzell-based Hetty Haxworth and Rachel Owen, from Oxford.
Hetty Haxworth, born in Oxford in 1971, graduated from The Glasgow School of Art in 1993. Her bold abstract prints are based on organic forms, which are inspired by patterns found in nature, particularly from the coastal landscape. Her work investigates the delicate juxtaposition of colour, form and line.

Haxworth has shown several times at The Royal Academy Summer show, London.
Rachel Owen was born in Cardiff in 1968. She completed a degree in Fine Art and Italian (specialising in printmaking) at the University of Exeter, and studied painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence. In 2001 she received a PhD from the University of London upon completion of research into the illuminated manuscripts of Dante’s Divina Commedia.

Her recent work comprises photographic screenprints exploring the idea of transformation, both natural and supernatural.

Hetty Haxworth will be running free drop in screenprinting workshops for children (accompanied by their parents) in the Town House Museum on Saturday 17 September and Saturday 24 September, from 2pm-4pm.

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