Here are just a few more wonderful events to look foward to at Ucheldre this Month, including an exhibition of paintings by the wonderful Stuart James Burne and a Christmas Panto!
Welcome to this retrospective exhibition of paintings, drawings and prints at Ucheldre by
Stuart James Burne.
These selected works span over a decade and are all influenced by the one square mile surrounding Holyhead.
Living and growing up on Holy Island has influenced my response to the landscape. I remember the de-industrialization of the town’s buildings, structures and machines which has had a subconscious influence on my creative practice. As a youngster I worked as roofer with my father and this provided a different perspective of looking at the landscape. Whilst roofing we’d use various materials such as bitumen, felt, wood and plastic to layer a roof; later on I would use these materials in my artistic practice.
Starting my career and self-directed practice as an artist I enrolled onto a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Coleg Menai 2003-04 and then completing my BA (Hons) Fine Art 2004-09 at Coleg Menai. It was during this time I experimented with materials such as bitumen to create the abstracts, works and briefs allocated to us. This practice was captured on TV programme Byd O Liw in 2006 presented by Osi Rhys Osmond (Available to watch on YouTube).
Drawing and mark making has been an integral approach in the work and also the importance of looking whilst drawing increases your observation and discipline towards the subject matter. Hours of observation in the life drawing room helped sharpen my ability to draw better. Alongside drawing I’ve worked closely with printmaking, which strengthened my mark making techniques and helped me understand a completely new practice in print. Dry point etching and carborundum printmaking brings various depths to the subject matter, also the smell of oil based inks preparing aluminium/copper plates resonates with early experiences, and the hard work is rewarded by the finished image.
During the last five years I’ve developed a new perspective, bringing in more figurative images, and the influences of the ships that sail between Holyhead and Dublin and the trains that leave the port. Inspired by Art Deco and the Pre-Raphaelite movement I’ve been observing how people relax and reflect on the North Wales coast including recreational activities; a theme I’m continuing to explore.
My work has been exhibited in Texas, USA, and is now in a number of private collections in the USA and UK. I have sneaked in a few images from my American series.
Social Media – Facebook, Instagram and YouTube: Stuart Burne
Ucheldre Christmas Panto
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
This year live on our stage here at Ucheldre we have Dorothy and her friends busy in the land of Oz. Goodness knows what will happen and will she find her way home? Come along and help her to manage the mischief and mayhem with her friends…
A wonderful show for children and adults alike this Christmas.
With performances taking place twice a day this December:
Wednesday 20 – Friday 22 at 9.30am & 12.30pm
Saturday 23 at 2pm & 5pm
Wednesday 27 at 3pm & 7pm
Thursday 28 at 2pm & 5pm
Friday 29 & Saturday 30 at 3pm & 7pm
For more information about Ucheldre please visit: www.ucheldre.org