During my trip down south I decided to take a de-tour to Colchester as I have some friends who live there and I am always hearing of the creative and interesting things that are happening there on a regular basis.
The first place we visited was The Minories an old Tudor building dating from the pre 1700s that houses galleries, events, study groups, cafe, shop and a beautiful 18th century Gothic walled garden.
The current exhibitions are Simon Newby’s Mr.Eighty and Colette Magnus’ Almost Seen. Both explore the art of printmaking and I found Colette’s work particularly interesting as the paintings have been bought through a process that involves making cuttings of materials that are then grafted, grown, erased and grown again to reveal the image.
Visually it reminded me of the work of Tracey Eastham and re-affirmed the idea of mixed media artwork and the creative aspects of collage that we will be bringing to people in January for this project.