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Woodend Artists
along it's corridor walls covered with art. Chris Cyprus’s shed paintings
displayed alongside Matt Buckles saucy
‘Man’s Ruin’ and Jude Gidney's fine
landscape photographs capturing local
scenes and scenery. The nature theme
continued with Pat Simms intricate textile
pieces ‘Daises’ and her ‘Walk In the Woods’
On two chilly sundays in December 2009, Woodend Artists held their
that lead to Jacqui Symons beautiful and
annual winter event at Woodend Mill in Mossley. This years show was
refined leaf monoprints.
FREEZE; an intimate group exhibition held in two specially created gallery
spaces at the 18th Century cotton mill that houses the group and gives
Visitors took the opportunity to rest a while
them their name. The Woodend Artist group consists of over thirty artists
and enjoy these works from Arbarus’s rough
and covers the full spectrum of contemporary and traditional art practice
hewn yet comfortable reclaimed timber ‘mill
from painting and ceramics through printmaking and textiles to digital and
joist bench’ next to which were displayed Mel
kinetic sculpture.
Roberts startlingly organic ceramic vessels
and Pat Bakers three
Woodend Mill is an imposing stone building that still carries the air of
dimensional puppet
times past but as visitors walked down the drive they
collages. However the wonders didn’t end here.
were greeted by the sight of huge
Through a door opposite was Sue Platt’s Bizarre
Kingfisher and Salmon
and Mysterious gallery exhibiting her intricate and
sculptures that give the
obsessive Cabinets of Curiosities alongside her
first inkling of the wonders
beautiful etchings and collograph prints.
to behold within. Guided by
these strange creatures
Whilst enjoying the art, visitors had opportunity
visitors entered the first of
to talk to the artists about their work and gain a
the two spaces to be
fascinating insight into their practice. All in all
greeted by the artists who
the show provided a fascinating few hours
welcomed them into the
diversion for visitors and a fabulous showcase
of the talents of the Woodend Artists group.
Exhibited in this industrial
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space were the colourful and
exciting large scale abstracts by
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Laura Smith, their artistic style
contrasted and complimented
the vividly playful cartoon feel of
Simon Carrigan, Adam Musa and
Lee Ashworths huge street art
pieces ‘Jelly Babies’ and ‘Pipes.'
Above these hung Jacqui Symons beautiful origami chandelier and nearby
nestled a stall selling craftwork and christmas gifts including prints by Matt
Buckle, Mechagami cranes by Arbarus and SCADD’s surreal and
appealing Papier Mache creatures. Other works included Victoria
Ashworths dynamic landscapes and Chris Cyprus’s much sought after
allotment paintings.
Whilst enjoying the paintings and browsing the stall visitors slowly became
Plant Offers
aware of strange sounds emanating from around the corner and were
lured away by the banging and clanking of metal on metal. Here they The Cafe is now open for Breakfast, Light Bites, Afternoon Tea and a selection
were treated to a display of traditional blacksmithing by Mike Green, the
of Coffee and Cakes. Come dome relax and read the papers in the Teapot
Mid Feb
Room or just enjoy the garden surroundings.
groups resident art metal worker making candlesticks, pokers and log
turners at the forge. Whilst watching Mike hard at work and enjoying the The Garden Centre will be stocked from February with variety of Spring bulbs,
warmth of the forge, younger visitors had chance to enjoy puppet making
hanging baskets and planters. Walkers, Cyclists, muddy boots all welcome
and plenty of space to park bike's and buggies.
with Pat Baker in her homely corner of the show, older visitors were drawn
into Pats communal knitting challenge. Located at Woodend Mill, Mossley, next to the Huddersfield Canal Towpath,
between Uppermill and Stalybridge, just far enough for a stroll with the dog or
cycle ride.
Tearing themselves away from the warmth and fun of this gallery visitors
then ventured into the mill proper, around the corner and up the winding Spring Opening Times The Flying Teapot & Garden
steps to the second FREEZE gallery passing more of SCADD
Tues - Sun 10am - 4pm Unit 11 Woodend Mill, Manchester Road
Closed Mondays Mossley, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL5 9AY
surreal creations. Here visitors entered a white walled gallery space,
Tel: 07971590483
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