Artwave 2018

‘On Communication’ 18th Aug – 1st Sept

The TRINITY Centre, St John sub Castro

TRINITY is taking part in Artwave for the first time this year. We’re excited to present ‘On Communication’, with artists Suzanne Hennegrave, Julie Janvrin, Martina La Trobe Bateman & Jo Marks, exploring the theme of communication in a spiritual sense: looking at emotions, experience and the natural world.

 

We’re hosting an interactive exhibition at TRINITY St John sub Castro with work for sale, and alongside it a selection of workshops. Also part of the exhibition are various exhibits encouraging engagement between visitors, and also with God, through interactive stations inviting us to prayer, contemplation, reflection and prophesy.

 

Sat 18 Aug  ~ 10-4

Tues 21/Wed 22/Thurs 23 Aug ~ 10-4 (café12/31 open also)

 

Sat 25 Aug ~10-4

Sun 26 Aug ~ 1-4

Mon 27 Aug (Bank Hol) ~ 10-4

Tues 28/Wed 29/Thurs 30 Aug ~ 10-4 (café12/31 open also)

 

Sat 1 Sept ~ 10-4 – final day!

 

Workshops

 

‘Whispers of the Land’with Suzanne Hennegrave (for children aged 7-15)

Thursday 23 August 11am -12 noon (free)

 

Suzanne Hennegrave will be discussing her life and journey as a landscape painter.  This interactive talk will give children an insight into the artistic/poetic way of experiencing the world around us and in turn encourage them to view, in more depth, and hopefully foster a greater appreciation of, the beauty that surrounds them daily.  It will also give them valuable tools for examining works of art in general and will explore themes relating to environmental conservation.  They will be given opportunities to draw with pastels, read poetry about found objects and do some creative writing.  The Natural World is constantly communicating with us and whispering glorious messages and warnings that we sadly, so often do not hear, due to our fast lives that are increasingly being taking over by modern technology.

 

The workshop is aimed at children from ages 7-15 years. Parents can either enjoy the talk or have a coffee in the coffee shop but must remain in the church.  Talk duration 1 hour. All materials will be provided by the artist.

 

Artist Information

 

Suzanne Hennegrave    ~    Julie Janvrin    ~    Martina La Trobe-Bateman    ~    Jo Marks

Suzanne Hennegrave, Artist and Educator BA Hons, MA

 

Suzanne Hennegrave is a semi-abstract, contemporary landscape painter and a teacher. She is inspired by the land, sea and big skies. She paints in oils and mixed-media from memory and experience and her work is developed using artistic intuition. 

Her greatest loves are atmospheric weather and fleeting light and this she tries to capture in her work, through her own emotional response.  She hopes that her paintings will encourage viewers to foster a greater appreciation of their natural surroundings also.


‘If we do not engage with God’s creation in a joyful way, there is no hope of healing.’

Julie Janvrin, Sculptor

 

Although I have been sculpting in clay for many years, it was as a mature student that I went to study ceramics at Falmouth College of Art. Returning to Sussex I set up my own studio producing figurative stoneware sculpture. Singers, dancers, performers, some written over with sonnets or songs, my work reflects my love of literature and my early career in the theatre. I constantly go back to basics, which for me is an endless exploration of the human form. 


The theme of Communication for this exhibition is a broad one. Visibly, verbally and tangibly, art is the great communicator, giving us fresh insight into the human condition. I like the image in the bible of the body being the temple of the soul. I hope these quiet abstract nudes have a meditative quality - meditation being perhaps one of the purest forms of communication.

 

The other two figures were inspired by events in the life of Jesus Christ 2000 years ago, but they are very modern tragedies. A Syrian refugee, her child in her arms and her possessions on her back, flees her country. A mother cradles her son after violence on a Hackney street. Only you, the viewer can say what, if anything they communicate, but if you have paused to look and wonder for a moment why these things happen, then thank you.

Martina La Trobe-Bateman, Photographer

 

‘What Lies Hidden’

 

Martina was struck by the stories of pain, suffering and incredible strength and integrity she discovered just among friends and family. All hidden behind the socially acceptable facade of: ‘I’m fine’. 

 

Using the limitations of photographic representation to mimic human interaction that can be limited to a skin-level or outside interaction, she highlights the fact that all of us have another story to tell, and to awaken the senses to the complexity of the “other” we are meeting every day.  

 

For this series she has photographed women with a hidden illness or trauma. The women choose a flower, branch or other foliage to represent the fact that there is more to discover than can be seen on the outside. The choice of foliage or its positioning may reveal something about their illness or struggle and how it affects their relationships and identity. 

Jo Marks, Figurative artist

 

Jo Marks is a British figurative artist. Using graphic lines, her chalk and charcoal drawings are developed from a fascination with the human form.

 

Having studied life drawing and sculpture for years, Jo says she is “always looking for the perfect line which says a lot with very little”. 

 

Her unedited marks reflect the energy and urgency with which the subject was observed. Whether these marks are intuitively abstract or more true to life, they always express an authentic understanding of form.

 

Exploring femininity as her central theme, Jo’s drawings are simultaneously tender and strong. She says: “Having recently become a mother I am in awe of how wonderfully we are made. We are incredibly strong, although I know at times I feel the opposite. It is this contrast, this vulnerability which I try to communicate”.

 

While Jo tries to reflect this sense of dichotomy in her carefully balanced compositions, she also aims to ensure her work brings a sense of peace. “Knowing when to stop is a huge challenge, I never want to over-bake my pieces but instead reflect the joy with which they were made.”