James Pullen Exhibit at the Watts Gallery
In 2018 artists at Art Matters participated in a project in celebration of the inspiring artistic works of James Henry Pullen.
James Pullen lived in the 19th century 1835 -1916, resident at Earlswood asylum. His clever, creative, coherent mind allowed him to produce several amazing artistic master pieces.
He specialised in sculpture, which showed the use of his fine artistic skills in carpentry.
The Art Matters project ‘A Flottila of Boats’ celebrating his work, took inspiration from his famous sculpture the Dream Boat.
Many Art Matters artists: sketched, painted, printed and made origami and wooden sculptured boats. This showed the diversity of their skills, bringing together their individual inspirations to allow for a spectacular exhibition at the Watts Gallery in August 2018. This commitment to art makes me proud to be a supporting voluntary at Art Matters and I am sure that other residents of Reigate and Banstead are also very proud of their work.
Celebrating the life of Capability Brown at Gatton Park
In 2016 artists at Art Matters joined Gatton Park to celebrate the 300 years Anniversary of the Life of Capability Brown.
Capability Brown lived in the 18th century 1716 - 1783, he was a renowned landscape gardener of that time. His work can still be see within the English landscape at various Estates and Stately properties, like: Woodall Estate, Ashridge Estate, Wimple Estate, Stowe, Petworth, Wellington and Dinefwr Castle. In 1762, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown was commissioned by Sir George Colebrooke, to sculpt the landscape of Gatton Park. Situated on the Surrey Hills, Gatton Park is a beautiful example of Capabilities work.
Drawing inspiration from the landscape created by the designer, Art Matters artist recreated one of Capabilities merandering steams, the Serpentine. Using over 5,000 colourful plastic spoons, the Art Matters artists recreated the whining Serpentine in sculptural form, exhibited in Gatton Hall corridor and down the grand external starcase. This created a sence of art meets landscape which emphasized the celebrations at Gatton Park.
The Heads-Up Exhibit at the Royal Holloway University
2015 celebrated eight hundred years of the signing of the Magna Carta. To celebrate this, Art Matters exhibited Heads Up as part of the Daisy free festival, at the Royal Holloway University. The Heads Up exhibit, questions how images in fashion magazines and celebrity media have an impact on society. Using collages and creating masks this exhibit aimed to ask you " who are you looking at? ". The exhibit invited you to explore: idenities, beauty and conformity, this questioned uniformity and the percevied erosion of individuality.
Over the years Art Matters has featured art work in collabration with DAISY. The most resent project we joined was 'Flotilla'. If your interested in the work DAISY is doing click here. This has given Art Matters a focus for their work and brought together other organisaions in the local community: Art Matters, DAISY, East Surrey College, Gatton Park Trust.