This year the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival runs from 23.06.17 until 02.07.17 and has WATER as its theme. To tie in with this, FLOW is our exhibition of handmade happiness. Our artists find pleasure, happiness and lasting satisfaction in their activities that bring about a state of ‘flow’ characterised by complete absorption in what they do.
In positive psychology FLOW is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energised focus, full involvement and enjoyment in the process of the activity.
We are launching brand new paintings by local artist Kate Boyce. Kate first moved to the Calder Valley in the mid 90’s and it has been a constant inspiration to her. She lives on a hill above the town with her two teenage daughters and has a studio in the valley. She loves the dramatic landscape and the industrial human narrative within and beneath it. Recently her focus has been on capturing the restorative powers of nature.
Kate creates abstract landscapes. Her paintings are a study of light and the way it falls on the landscape. She uses paint expressively and colour joyously. Elements of her own photography, find their way into her work in the form of fragments of printed transfers. Vintage documents, fabrics and photographs are often collaged into the backgrounds of her work.
Alongside Kate's paintings and prints we have 5 new ceramicists and 10 new jewellers all bringing new and exciting work never before seen in Heart Gallery, Hebden Bridge.
We feel that FLOW is the secret to happiness, handmade happiness, that we can all enjoy and experience.