RedPod Arts and The Clay Factory are presenting ‘Making a Scene’ as part of Plymouth Art Weekender 2017. Making a Scene is a weekend of creative events exploring the relationship between landscape and creativity.
There will be open studios and an art exhibition and RedPod Food will be serving delicious home-made food and cakes.
On the Saturday the a cappella group Crewmates will be performing from midday and artist Anita Reynolds will be hosting an interactive workshop from 2pm. Anita spends large amounts of time working outside, so is particularly suited for the theme of the weekend. For her current project, A Year on Dartmoor, she is visiting every one of the 365 square miles that make up Dartmoor National Park. She aims to make a piece of work to represent each square mile. Pushing the boundaries of printmaking techniques, she constantly explores new ways of representing her ideas.
There will be a special artist talk with renowned landscape artist Anthony Garratt on the Sunday from 2pm. Anthony is a rising star in the art world. He studied at Chelsea College of Art, followed by Falmouth College of Arts where he took a design degree. After working as a designer for a few years in London, he was able to take up painting full-time following two successful solo shows. He is a member of the Royal West of England Academy, where he has regularly exhibited. He has also shown work at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and the Royal College of Arts Henry Moore Gallery. Since September 2015 Anthony has been a tutor at the Newlyn School of Art in Cornwall.
Anthony is predominantly a painter of the British landscape; his work is concerned with the weather and an experience and impact of a landscape. His research time is sent in heavy weather, in remote locations and places that have an emotional impact.
The Clay Factory originally started life as a china clay works at the turn of the last century, with the clay pumped down to the site from Dartmoor for drying and processing before being transported by train for production. The works closed down in the early 1930s when it was no longer commercially viable.
The next company to take up residence was the tractor engineering firm Western Machinery, which was so impactful that The Clay Factory is still known locally as the ‘Western Machinery building’ or ‘Westmac’. After Western Machinery closed, the site was broken up into smaller units for various industrial uses. After many years of under-use, the section now known as The Clay Factory was taken over by RedPod Enterprises in 2016, when they launched an ambitious plan to set the building at the heart of the community once again.
Making a Scene is at The Clay Factory, Redlake Industrial Estate, Ivybridge, PL21 0EZ on 23rd and 24th September, 12pm-4pm. Visit www.clayfactory.co.uk or email redpodarts@theclayfactory for further information.
Visit www.agarratt.com and www.anitareynolds.com for more information about Anthony Garratt and Anita Reynolds.