Belper exhibition puts art of storytelling in the frame

Pippa Mansel at the launchof the exhibition which includes  works by artists Pat Shentone and Kerri Pratt.
Pippa Mansel at the launchof the exhibition which includes works by artists Pat Shentone and Kerri Pratt.
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A new art exhibition opened as part of the Belper Arts Festival last weekend, and left audiences spellbound with its extraordinary visual stories.

The show at Number 28, Market Place, is being hosted in partnership with the regular Farmers’ Market Café which runs art exhibits most months at the community hall.

Work by Belper artist Tan Draig

Work by Belper artist Tan Draig

Organiser Pippa Mansel said: “It was inspired by a show we held recently with for the painter Pat Shenstone, which people really loved and bought into.

“Even in a single frame, her work always tells a story. They are quite surreal, mysterious, but still accessible.”

To complement Pat’s work, Pippa called other local artists whose work explores similar territory: Tan Draig, Sophie Cartmell, John France, Tony Hall, Peter Knight, Judy Liebert, Kerri Pratt, Margaret Rose and Paul Johnston

Pippa said: “We selected a variety to celebrate the role of narrative. It’s not always obvious, but they are all thought-provoking and surprising.”

One of two works of art displayed by Belper artist Margaret Rose

One of two works of art displayed by Belper artist Margaret Rose

The exhibition launched on Saturday, May 13, to coincide with a family storytelling workshop as part of the festival’s Woollen Woods project.

Pippa said: “We got lots of great comments and enquiries about buying the work - that’s not the main point but it’s good for the artists. A big thank you has to go to the artists and volunteers who work in the café.”

The exhibition will be on view until Thursday, June 8.

Work by Sophie Cartmell

Work by Sophie Cartmell