Some of the current art shows not to be missed
Second year creative arts students at Bath Spa University have recently been put into groups and given the challenge of working together to stage art exhibitions. T
hese are running consecutively during this month.
This year will be the sixth year that Bath Spa University have staged exciting art exhibitions at Walcot Chapel in Bath.
The work represents an eclectic mix of individual interpretations of the groups chosen themes which include It Could Happen to You and Tell it Like It Is.
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The aim is for students to gain hands on experience of putting on an independent, local exhibition which facilitates the development of vital skills required for staging a collaborative, creative event.
Popular Bath artist Nick Cudworth currently has an exhibition at his London Street gallery which shows paintings of Walcot Street in all its many different guises. The exhibition runs throughout March.
Currently showing at Hilton Fine Art in Margarets Buildings Bath is a joint exhibition called Common Ground featuring the work of David Brayne and Ruth Stage.
Just as the show opened it was announced that Ruth had won first place of £15,000 in this year's prestigious Lynn Painter Stainers Prize.
The new show brings together two artists linked by the fact that they both make their own paints (David Brayne collects his own pigments which he uses with acrylic binders and Ruth Stage mixes the pigments with egg yolks) and use them to make landscapes in the lyrical tradition.
David's subject matter comes from a repertoire of favourite motifs and things seen in the landscape and home. Land and sea appear blended together in a gentle linear exchange where there are no shadows – all as if in a dream. He tenderly portrays women and men as they hold their fishing lines and nets, making improbable but graceful shapes. These are paintings that have a strong abstract sense of design and are poetically and formally beautiful.
Ruth Stage has worked exclusively in the classical egg tempera tradition since leaving the Royal Academy in 1995.
She has become a master at using its special qualities to produce paintings that have a strong sense of design and pattern and also a slightly otherworldly quality in the tradition of the English Romantic painters.
There is still plenty of time to see Roger Mayne's Aspects of a Great Photographer and new paintings by Katie Sims at the Victoria Art Gallery, Bath where they run until April 7.
At the Rostra Gallery the A to Z of Printmaking runs throughout March.