August Exhibitions

As we start settling into Autumn, we’re excited to welcome in new exhibitions, creative workshops, video games and more this October. 

Ruby Taylor: Rip it Up
03 – 08 October 2023 // 10.00 – 17.00 // Free

To kick off the month, we have Ruby Taylor with her ‘Rip it Up’ collection. A series of art works that have been created from previously used billboards of unwanted materials. During the week, Ruby will be hosting drop in workshops where materials will be provided for you to make your own collages.

Heavily influenced by urban decay, natural erosion, the local tip and rubbish on the streets, Ruby embodies the ‘one man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure’ by creating works out of what would be landfill, Ruby turns it into art in the style of abstract and contemporary to maximalist pop.

Drop in workshops will run Tuesday – Friday // 13.00 – 16.00 & Sunday // 12.00 – 16.00

Ruby Taylor: Rip It Up
Helen Mary Stronge: Leaf, Clay & Paper Works
10 – 15 October 2023 // 10.00 – 17.00 // Free

Helen Mary Stronge is a sculpture artist. Helen particularly loves working with papier- mache. The sculptures appear fragile but is one of the strongest and most enduring materials. Helen draws inspiration from nature and its organic forms, often working with leaves.

Mary believes in the fundamental importance of creating an environment that gives time and space to those that are troubled, hoping that her work communicates through its silence.

Helen Mary Stronge
Liz English: Blue and Green and all the Colours In Between
10 – 22 October 2023  // 10.00 – 17.00 // Free

Liz English is exploring her love for colour, particularly in nature in her new exhibition ‘Blue and Green and all the Colours in Between’. Searching for the physical reaction Liz feels when certain colours dance together on the canvas, Landscape, abstract and still life paintings come together in a cacophony of colour.

Liz English is a local artist who works in mixed media, with the unifying thread tying it all together being colour. Her work is very often a celebration of, or a reaction against the emotions living in these environments.

Abstract landscape painting of the wild pond
Level 3, Games, Workshops, Talks
24 – 29 October 2023 // 10.00 – 17.00 // Free

Level 3 have built an arts organisation whose sole purpose is bolstering the voices of underrepresented groups within playful media and video game art. They’re pleased to be bringing their festival of playful media for and by learning disabled and neurodivergent people to Colonnade House. Expect a week of games, workshops, talks and more, there will be;

– An exhibition of games all made by A/LD/ND artists

– An all day walk in workshop 3D scanning and rigging your own characters

– 25 October // 14.00 // Artist Simon Wilkinson will talk about being diagnosed with ADHD in his 50s & the video game he created ‘Asymmetrically Distributed Hyder Dynamism’.

– 28 October // 14.00 // A short talk with Danielle Garratt & Daniel Hajas introducing their work in creating more accessibility for blind and visually impaired individuals.

A photograph of a painting created during a session at Highdown Gardens discover days
Landscapes in Time
31 October – 12 November 2023 // 10.00 – 17.00 // Free

Starting at the end of this month and moving through into November, we have ‘Landscapes in Time’, a group show by three local artists. Chris Sedgwick, Amanda Duke and David Wise unite around the single theme of time which is embedded into each of their practices. This thought provoking show will widen ideas of what a landscape can be.


Mel Elston-Mendones: Mabuhay
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