Craven District Council

Craven District Council

Truth and Fantasy Exhibition

2 February- 24 March 2018. Another great exhibition from Art Unpacked.

Saturday 24 March 2018 10:00 AM

Free Entry

2 February- 24 March 2018 then touring

Truth and Fantasy Exhibition
Open Monday to Saturday
10am - 4pm.
Free Entry

Drawing is often described as an artist’s primary means of expression; a way of translating thought into image:

‘Until we can insert a USB into our ear and download our thoughts, drawing remains the best way of getting visual information on to the page’.  (Grayson Perry)

Truth and Fantasy brings together artists from across the UK who draw in highly skilled and imaginative ways, from pencil on paper to objects and animation.  Their art responds to the real, and at the same time reveals a spirit of enquiry and imagination, an uncovering of memories and the unconscious, where other worlds become visible.

Artists: Paul Chiappe, Dennis Creffield (Courtesy of James Hyman Fine Art), Penny Davenport, Hondartza Fraga and Simon Woolham 

Within the inaugural showing  at Skipton Town Hall on the Truth and Fantasy tour, the exhibition will also include a selection of art works from The Roebuck Collection. Acquired by local art collector Clement Roebuck during the 20th century and bequeathed to the town of Skipton, the collection contains 145 paintings, watercolours, prints, drawings and sculpture. Ranging from the 1700’s to 1970’s, in a variety of artistic styles and works of both local interest and national importance, its eclectic nature shows and celebrates Roebuck’s instinctive approach to the visual arts. Truth and Fantasy will also feature a selection of objects from Craven Museum’s collections.

Artist workshops will also be programmed alongside this exhibition, see the 'What's On' section for more details.

Truth and Fantasy is part of Art Unpacked, a series of touring exhibitions created by Chrysalis Arts. Art Unpacked brings the best of contemporary art and craft to small and unique venues across North Yorkshire, East Riding and Lancashire. Truth and Fantasy will be open at Skipton Town Hall until 24 March before continuing on tour to North Bridlington Library, Chorley Library and Selby Library.

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Penny Davenport obsessively makes drawings which emerge from her subconscious.  With no pre-planned outcome, her characters emerge from ink lines on paper - sometimes tender and beautiful, other times awkward or uncomfortable.

Penny is based in Liverpool having completed at Fine Art degree at Liverpool John Moores University in 2002. She has exhibited her work in solo and group shows across the UK and featured in publications such as The Skinny, Double Negative and the Drawing Paper.

Simon Woolham uses drawing as a way of uncovering hidden stories. He often collaborates with people through activities such as walking a neighbourhood to recount childhood experiences.  Drawing a school playing field or back garden becomes the starting point for memories. 

Simon is an artist, lecturer and curator based in Macclesfield.  He gained his MA at Chelsea College of Art in 2000 and completed his PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2016.  His work has been included in numerous exhibitions across the UK and in Europe and USA. He is a musician and performer, and has worked on a number of residencies and collaborative projects.

Hondartza Fraga explores our relationship with the world around us.  Her drawing, photography, animation and video are like traces of an investigation into the truth of an epic idea, an intuition or a strong emotion.

Hondartza was born in Spain and graduated in Fine Art from the University of the Basque Country in 2005.  She completed an MA at Sheffield Hallam University in 2007 and is currently researching her PhD at Leeds University.  She has exhibited across the UK and in Europe.

Paul Chiappe responds to ‘found’ images.  Removed from their original context, but made with painstaking accuracy, the drawings have a haunting presence.  They compel us to look, to wonder and consider the lives of strangers.

Paul lives and works in Edinburgh, where he completed his MFA in 2007.  Recent exhibitions have included solo shows in London and New York, and the Drawing Room Biennial, Found at New Art Gallery, Walsall, Slow Looking: Contemporary Drawing at Tate Britain, and Small at the Drawing Center in New York.  His work can be found in private collections as well as the National Galleries of Scotland collection.

Dennis Creffield is one of the most respected figurative artists in Britain, known particularly for his expressive charcoal drawings – of urban landscape, English Cathedrals and more recently works of Jerusalem and William Blake.  ‘I find drawing extremely difficult.  I don’t do it because I enjoy it.  But it’s the only way that I can understand things.’

Dennis was born in London in 1931, where attended David Bomberg’s painting classes at the Borough Polytechnic from 1948-51.  He later studied at the Slade School of Art and in 1961 was a prize winner at the John Moores exhibition in Liverpool.  Dennis lives in Brighton and he continues to work, with representation by James Hyman Gallery, London.

Accompanying the work is a film of Dennis drawing Ely Cathedral in 1987, made by Malachite Films for Anglia Television.

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