Belper exhibition puts art of storytelling in the frame

A new art exhibition opened as part of the Belper Arts Festival last weekend, and left audiences spellbound with its extraordinary visual stories.

Wednesday, 17th May 2017, 10:00 am
Updated Sunday, 4th June 2017, 9:50 pm
Pippa Mansel at the launchof the exhibition which includes works by artists Pat Shentone and Kerri Pratt.

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.

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.”

Work by Belper artist Tan Draig

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.”

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.”

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

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

Work by Sophie Cartmell
Work by Belper artist Tan Draig
One of two works of art displayed by Belper artist Margaret Rose
Work by Sophie Cartmell