Strange Bridges by Michael Powell


A selection of assembled works created in the deeps of evening across the lock down.
I am artist and writer currently living in Todmorden, West Yorkshire.
I enjoy using my imagination to create illustrations, poems and stories of another world made up of mythic and hybrid creatures, inspired by a love of story, folklore and the power of myth.


I also like to make use of found and discarded objects to create illustrative installations to house these stories in within both derelict and forgotten spaces and gallery walls.
For commissions, collaborations or just to say hello: michael@thecloudgallery.com


https://thecloudgallery.com

It’s OK to Look Inside by Michael Powell

An influenced by the pull of the Moon and a closer connection with nature. Submitted on a Harvest Moon.Pen and Ink, 2020.


I am artist and writer currently living in Todmorden, West Yorkshire.
I enjoy using my imagination to create illustrations, poems and stories of another world made up of mythic and hybrid creatures, inspired by a love of story, folklore and the power of myth.


I also like to make use of found and discarded objects to create illustrative installations to house these stories in within both derelict and forgotten spaces and gallery walls.
For commissions, collaborations or just to say hello: michael@thecloudgallery.com

https://thecloudgallery.com

Love, Feel, Dance by Miranda van den Heuvel

Lockdown forced us all within, to FEEL all the feels, to concentrate on what is essential and important: LOVE. It also gently nudged us to move, DANCE and exercise in order not to go crazy. This painting represents the return to feelings, love and movement.


Everybody is born an artist. Until they go to school and are asked to fit a mould. This is usually when the creative spark dies.


It took me quite a while to re-ignite that spark and dare call myself an artist again. I thought you had to have a degree. And maybe you do. I don’t, although I have followed numerous art- and drawing classes. I believe that you must try many things (and fail often) in order to find what you like. I’m glad I found my voice in what I call intuitive painting. I paint with no plan but with rules and lots of fun. Layer upon layer, things get processed, translated onto canvas and eventually (sometimes immediately, sometimes only after weeks or months) something happens, intuitively. My paintings create themselves.


I have exposed my art in multiple venues in Luxembourg over the past years, mainly shops, bars, restaurants, doctor’s practices – places I myself go to. I believe that art should be accessible to all, not only shown in galleries.


I share my passion for painting through workshops in my studio and often find many parallels between art and life and how we move through it.


https://createandconnect.org

Dry Stone View by Kurt Tabbada Wood


The elements of ‘Dry Stone View’ were painted as a contradiction. The stark contrast of being able to roam freely contrasted with divisions that dictate where we can go; the restrictive, dark, cold stone vs the lush and open colours of the landscape.

Oil on canvas. W61cm H46cm D2cm. The oil has been painted thick onto the canvas to convey the 3 dimensional contours of the foreground.


www.instagram.com/kurttabbadawood

Dwell Awhile

Dwell Time and Yorkshire Visual Arts Network (YVAN) are delighted to announce their partnership on a new series of podcasts ‘Dwell Awhile’. These podcasts revisit conversations with artists interviewed by Dwell Time co-curator Alice Bradshaw for her ‘Resilience is Futile’ writer residency. ‘Resilience is Futile’ was a YVAN and Corridor 8 collaboration exploring the uncritical term ‘resilience’ within the Yorkshire visual arts networks. Alice mapped out a network of artists recommended as ‘resilient’ by their peers. With her Dwell Time co-curators Vanessa Haley and Lenny Szrama, Alice talks to the artists about how they have been since their initial conversations in 2019, and how Covid-19 and lockdown have impacted their practices and mental wellbeing. The podcasts will be published in October 2020 on the Dwell Time Press and YVAN websites.

The team are also thrilled to welcome Ashleigh Armitage on board as the designer for the podcasts and rebrand of Dwell Time. Ashleigh is a designer working within the arts, cultural and educational sectors and is part of Dust Collective.

Dwell Time is an award winning, not-for-profit arts publication reflecting on mental wellbeing. Produced and curated by Alice Bradshaw, Vanessa Haley & Lenny Szrama, founded in 2018.

Yorkshire Visual Arts Network is a visual arts sector support organisation as a voice and advocate for the sector in Yorkshire & Humber, delivering a programme that effects change in the profile, reputation and sustainability of the visual arts and artists in Yorkshire & Humber. YVAN prioritises individual practitioners and small-scale initiatives, including those that are artist-led. YVAN is funded by Arts Council England, through a partnership with The Art House, and are part of the national Contemporary Visual Arts Network.

Dwell Time Press: https://dwelltimepress.wordpress.com

YVAN: http://www.yvan.org.uk

Ashleigh Armitage: https://ashleigharmitage.co.uk

Resilience is Futile: https://corridor8.co.uk/publications/resilience-is-futile

Shoes Off, Sit by Samantha Davies

I am a multimedia artist who works with sound and sculptural space. I have always had an attraction towards the otherworldly and spiritual. E.T., Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Star Wars fuelled my imagination as a child. The theme of alienation resonated deeply, sparking a life-long obsession to understand the self and consciousness.

I make large scale, wooden, aluminium, steel microphones, sound objects, and sonic installations. The work explores and documents a personal process of listening to the landscape around me. I am curious about how an awareness of, and sustained practice of listening, can transform consciousness through receptive insight.

My sound installations have evolved through experimentation in listening to found sounds and field recordings, resulting in natural and synthetic soundscapes delivered to an audience in the form of interactive sculptures and spaces to inhabit. The sculptures bring about a heightened awareness of the listener’s body, signposting toward an interdependent relationship between the material and immaterial, the ordinary and otherworldly.

The practice, and emerging work, consistently seeks an autonomous space in which to explore and learn from the made objects, believing that the work’s voice reveals and illuminates the mind of its maker and audience, something new, unknown, or other. Listening through the objects and field recordings is key to my experimental style and is, as Pauline Oliveros suggests, a process that “continues throughout one’s lifetime”.

Shoes Off, Sit was shown externally at The Holburne Museum, Bath as part of their mental health awareness week. The sculpture/installation invites its audience to listen to sound through the ears and through vibration response of the body engaging with it centrally. Scientific studies have shown vibration to be an effective method of healing as well as new studies indicating that the body has listening receptor cells all over the body. Shoe Off, Sit, explores both vibration and listening.

*The artist has a background in healing traditions of indigenous traditions of China, Tibet and the Americas.

samanthadaviesartist.com