Gallery 150 in the Regent Court Shopping Centre, Leamington, is launching Art talks, an opportunity for people to meet the artists exhibiting at the gallery and get an insight into their methods, conception and production of art.
Two talks next week tie in with current exhibitions. On Tuesday, April 19 at 7pm Andy Farr will give a talk on his exhibition of paintings, and on Thursday April 21 at 7pm the founder of the Coventry-based Titanic Heritage Trust, Howard Nelson, will be giving a talk about his work and the trust.
Andy Farr’s exhibition is entitled The Space Between and is a collection of paintings including swirling, dancing figures, and land- and town scapes, the latter more successful. Foundry Sunset, based on some photographs taken at the now decommissioned Ford Foundry, stands out for being brightly coloured but somehow gritty too.
Other works such as Vienna and Tango featuring couples dancing seems to bring together the influence of Jack Vettriano with a Cubist influence, and are also reminiscent of the works of Robert Delaunay.
The other half of the gallery is taken up with an exhibition of Titanic-related memorabilia and artworks related to it.
There are copies of telegraphs sent from the ship, of pictures from onboard and a Daily Mirror spread picturing the onboard staff who died. Local artists have also been invited to submit works on the Titanic theme, of which Tim Robottom’s work featuring a rotating record player, holding a sailor’s hat and three cloth creatures in it, entitled Who Do You Think They Be? is the most memorable.
The exhibition aims to raise funds for the Milvina Dean Lifeboat Appeal, named after the Titanic’s last survivor, which wants to buy a lifeboat for the RNLI in time for the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic on April 15, 1912.
*The talks are free to Leamington Studio Artists members and cost either Â£3 on the door, including refreshments, or Â£2.50 if booked on-line at http://www.gallery150.co.uk/