Best of Nottinghamshire Art Celebrated in New Summer Exhibition at the Chapel Art Gallery

8.05 to St Pancras by Steve Brazier

8.05 to St Pancras by Steve Brazier

The exhibition in the new art gallery at the Framework Knitters Museum in Ruddington will open on Saturday 30 July, as part of the museum’s summer holiday activities. Building on the success of The Chapel Gallery’s inaugural exhibition, the new exhibition will feature work by three more popular local artists: Steve Brazier, Helen Kerry and Julian Pinnick.

Nigel Boughton-Smith from the Nottingham Society of Artists, said, “The feedback we received about the first exhibition has been extremely positive. Nottinghamshire has some amazingly talented people and it’s extremely rewarding to get them in the public eye. We’re really looking forward to presenting the work of the next artists now.”

Tunisian Market in the Square by Helen Kerry

Tunisian Market in the Square by Helen Kerry

The Chapel Gallery is a partnership project between the Framework Knitters Museum and the Nottingham Society of Artists. Regular exhibitions throughout the year will showcase some of the best artists in Nottinghamshire, and will be supplemented by a varied event programme, including an acoustic music session during the museum’s annual garden party on August Bank Holiday Monday.

Paul Baker, museum manager, said “We’re incredibly pleased with the reception of the new gallery and its first exhibition. It’s fantastic being able to add another aspect to our customers’ visit, without it costing them anything extra”.

The Chapel Gallery is open Friday to Saturday, 11am to 4:30pm and Sunday from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. Entrance to the gallery is free, whilst normal admission fees apply to the museum. The museum shop and café is open to all visitors, as well as the general public, to purchase refreshments and souvenirs as usual.

Maskarde by Julian Pinnock

Maskarde by Julian Pinnock

If you’d like to know more about the Chapel Gallery project, please contact the museum on 0115 984 6914. Further details of the exhibition and event programme will soon be available on the website,
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Information on the Artists Featuring in the Chapel Gallery Summer Exhibition

Steve Brazier was born in Wolverhampton, and moved to Nottingham after studying geography at University College London, to gain his town planning qualification at Nottingham College of Art. He returned to Nottingham later in his career and work for Nottingham City Council for 24 years; retiring as the Assistant Director of Planning in 1998. He became visually impaired at the age of 36 and was registered blind in 1998. Steve began painting at 61 years of age, relishing a new challenge. Since then he has had his work exhibited in a soleus exhibition at the Nottingham Society of Artists, as well as having work displayed in 6 of the last 7 Nottingham University Summer Exhibitions, at the Bromley House Library and the Lace Market Theatre.

Helen Kerry is a local artist who lives and works in Nottingham. She mainly paints with oils and finds most of her subjects in the locality around Nottingham. Inspired by the play of light in scenes she sees, or a fleeting moment, she tries to capture a sense of atmosphere in her work. She has been reviewed in the Leisure Painter Magazine, and had her work exhibited in the Djanogly Summer Exhibition, Patchings Arts Festival, the Fletcher Gate Gallery, and Sherwood Art Week, among other locations.

Julian Pinnick was born and resides in Nottingham. He is currently studying as a mature student for a degree in fine art at the De Montfort University in Leicester. He primarily works in oil paint and describes himself as a “contemporary figurative artist”. His inspiration comes from the urban landscapes and the faces he sees in the city streets. He often includes street art in his work, and it sometimes inspires entire pieces. His work has been exhibited in the Mall Galleries in London, Curve in Leicester, De Montfort University in Leicester and St. Barnabas Cathedral in Nottingham.

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