A couple of weeks have passed since the LAT and I have been looking over the photos I took as I trotted around the venues, trying to see as much as I could on a Sunday afternoon (and probably bidding on too many pieces in the secret auction). I was so impressed by the variation this year, in mediums and in content. I grew up in Leigh so could not count how many times I have explored the trail but this one stuck for me, particularly as I was so involved this year from working at Create98.
In our studios at Create98 we had two artists: Bronwyn Oldham (photographer) and Lauren Stranks (embroiderer). It was fantastic seeing their works come together after all the prep and thought that went in! We had a buzzing private view, and a busy week including a day to meet the artists and a late night opening. The top it off we held a free kids workshop called Snap and Stitch which was led by our two artists. The workshop was a combination of both artists’ ideas and talents and resulted in beautiful works!
Some of the highlights for me included seeing the works of some of our tutors and neighbouring artists. Lola Swain’s pottery (Venue 9) showed how she was inspired by her world travels and Susan Allen’s paintings in the Two Tree Gallery (Venue 21) illustrated her ability to play with scale and mark making.
As a budding curator, I found myself drawn to how the works were displayed. The LAT artists face the challenge of tackling the public space they are exhibiting in in terms of safety of their works, best exposure of the works and not to mention trying not to disrupt the flow of the business itself!
I liked Number 70’s (venue 37) use of the window space to display the jewellery as it created varied levels in the space. Also Jonathan Trim’s (Venue 40) scenic painting contrasted well with the bathroom space and the works displayed in the window were very impactful with the sun bouncing off of them. Overall, I just enjoyed that each temporary gallery was bustling and a bit awkward to get around because it broke the mould of the empty, large commercial gallery space that art is most often displayed in. It is good to enjoy viewing art!
We’d love to hear what you thought of Leigh Art Trail this year!