Pictures at an RA Summer Exhibition

Today I headed into this year’s summer exhibition for a quick once round as we have a few friends who have work on display. Unfortunately my phone died about three quarters of the way round so here is a selection of what took my fancy before charging issues stopped play. The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition…

‘Still Life’ and the Safer World Conference 2022

Running yesterday and today is the Lloyds Register Foundation’s Safer World Conference at the Old Billingsgate, London, which brings together thought leaders from research, academia, business and government to discuss today’s biggest safety challenges and new approaches needed to create a safer world. The organisers of the event invited Ross to exhibit ‘Still Life’ in…

Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear

‘In a patriarchal society, masculine gender identity is often moulded by violently toxic stereotypes […] Any possible reference to femininity is aggressively banned, as it is considered a threat against the complete affirmation of a masculine prototype that allows no divergencies. There is nothing natural in this drift.’ Alessandro Michelle, Creative director, Gucci. This year’s…

‘Untold’ at the Art Pavillion

There is only today and tomorrow left for you to pop down to Mile End to see this year’s PRISM’s exhibition at the Art Pavillion. ‘Untold’ is the perfect place for an Easter weekend outing, with a vast variety of responses to the title of this year’s exhibition and a free embroidery workshop running this…

‘Enshrine’ at the Florence Trust, St Saviours

Sadly, the time has come for the final show arranged by the Florence Trust at their old home, St Saviours Church at Highbury, Islington. ‘Enshrine’ is an exhibition featuring the work of Yuka Namekawa & Steven Allbutt, who met at the Florence Trust, on their year-long artists residency in 2008/09. They married in 2014 and…

Natural Dyeing Course with Jenny Dean

Applications are now open for the 2022 Natural Dyeing Course at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, with renowned expert Jenny Dean, supported by our very own Ross Belton. This is the fourth time this incredibly popular course has run, and this year it will consist of 6 ‘in person’ Sundays at the Museum and…

At The Centre Of The Forest

‘At The Centre Of The Forest’ is a piece that was originally planned as a photogravure print. In the end, Jonny decided to use the cyanotype process to produce this large scale piece of 18 A4 sections. Unlike the majority of photographic printing processes, the chemicals used in creating cyanotype images are not toxic and…

Adornment

This series of work, Adornment, developed from the the Artefact series and the first two headdresses were shown as part of Colour Notes at the Knitting and Stitching show in 2018, but parts of this collection date to the previous year and an award winning entry to the Select Festival in Stroud. The pieces utilise…

Artefact: Adornment

Exhibited for the first time by PRISM in 2017, Artefact: Adornment forms part of Ross’ ongoing Artefact series of work. Using foliage and vegetable material is always a gamble as the longevity of the work is unknown. Ross uses no preservatives in creating these pieces, which makes their survival all the more impressive with some…

Belief

‘Belief’ started life as part of a collaboration between the Garden Museum and Morley College and was inspired by the newly reconstructed TRADESCANT ARK at The Garden Museum in 2017. The Curiosity Project explored the astonishing diversity of the recorded and surviving 17th century collection of natural, cultural, mythical and curious objects amassed by the Tradescant family…

Bishops Wood

‘Bishops Wood’ is a large scale cyanotype made of up to 12 A4 panels. The wood at Magus Muir near St Andrews was the site of the murder of Archbishop Sharp in 1675, during the Scottish reformation. The murderers were executed in Edinburgh; the head and two hands from three of them are buried in…

Split Traditions

Some of these tools were wrapped to create the BalconyLife Cloth at Open September last year.Media: Obsolete blacksmithing tools, loom state cotton muslin and string. ‘Still Life’ runs at the Leicester Contemporary, 16 Market Street, Leicester, LE1 6DP until the 27th of November. (Tues- Sat, 11am – 6pm). We will be in Leicester again from the…