An insight into BRA ……… ( Back Road Artworks)

It is nearly 12 months since I joined this brilliant cooperative of local artists here in St Ives. The gallery is located in the historic Downalong area of the town. It is a large & inviting gallery & usually a working space too with the artists creating while they are there. There are seven artist involved exhibiting paintings, jewellery, metalwork & mixed media work. A former fish mongers, Back Road Artworks originally opened as a gallery in 2012 by a group of local artists including Doris Linderman who was the driving force to the venture.

When I applied to join last summer I wanted the opportunity to exhibit some of my paintings alongside with my metalwork in a gallery environment. Although I of course already have an outlet in St Ives, at the Drill Hall, being on this side of St Ives does have a different footfall with the proximity to The Tate & Penwith Gallery. I have been really pleased with the response to my original artworks.

Under more ‘normal’ circumstances the gallery is open 7 days a week throughout the year however with some of the artists still shielding as part of Covid-19 the opening times are a little more limited. My usual stewarding day is a Monday so you will find me there. The gallery is a lovely bright airy space in which to exhibit & every month we have a rehang to keep the displays looking fresh.

So in addition to my framed metalwork I am exhibiting both framed & browser original artworks. I am really enjoying the freedom of working with paint! The looseness & movement is a real contrast to metalwork. Also being able to create on a larger scale is also very liberating. The paintings are abstract in nature but inspired by the colours & textures found on the Cornish coast.

I do of course have a selection of jewellery on display too. I concentrate mainly on the sea themed pieces for Back Road Artworks but have the animal characters at the Drill Hall gallery.

The other exhibiting artists are:

Susan Barraclough – Jenny Frey – John Greig – Kathryn Loveluck – Sally MacCabe – Karen Taffinder

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