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News from our artists

Anthony Bennett’s ‘Swarfhorse’ sculptures, created in collaboration with Brian Alcock, one of Sheffield's last metal gringers will be on show at the Millenium Gallery from 9th July to 26th August 2013. They accompany ‘Stainless Steel Cinema’, which features ‘Stave’ - a video/sound portrait of Brian - made by Anthony in collaboration with Sean Bloodworth and In The Nursery. For detailed information visit

Jeweller Annette Petch will be exhibiting a range of jewellery at the Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford, in the 'Pattern' exhibition from 20th July to 8th September. Annette Petch can also be seen at RHS Tatton Park Flower Show where she will be exhibiting, demonstrating jewellery making, and selling her work in the Horticultural Arts and Crafts Pavilion from 25th to 28th July.  And she will be exhibiting at Cornwall Design Fair, Trereife House, near Penzance, from 16th to 18th August.

Annette was recently awarded Arts Council England funding to support her research and development with Argentium silver (recycled silver) and you can follow her developments on her blog:  

Textile artist Laura Lou will be working with Johnny White, former Yorkshire Artspace artist who made the cutlery automata monster in the Avenue at Millennium Gallery.  Laura will be running a series of workshops with visitors to the Headway Brain Injury Association in Rotherham to create automata for an exhibition that will tour Rotherham from August 31st starting at The Old Market Gallery. Johnny currently has an exhibition on tour called Beastly Machines which will be coming to Doncaster in July.

Daniel Schofield and PSALT Design are showing their new design products at TENT London from 19th to 22nd September.  

Silversmiths Charlotte Tollyfield  Colette Bishop and Sarah Pasley were recently awarded a commission by Cutler's Hall to make a new functional object for their impressive silver and metalwork collection.  The piece had to include an element of stainless steel in reference to this year's celebration of 100 years since the development of Stainless Steel in Sheffield.  All three had to present their ideas to Julie MacDonald, Misstress Cutler.  The pieces will be made by the end of September to mark the end of the year for the current Master Cutler Neil MacDonald. (picture: model Rose Bowl by Charlotte Tollyfield)

" The presentation was fairly informal. I went up to the Cutler's Hall with Colette (Bishop) and we sat down for a cup of tea with Julie MacDonald in The Mistress' Room for which we had to design a new centre piece to sit on the round table.  The Mistress' Room is often used for lunches and small meetings. Colette and I took it in turns to talk through our design work. Both of us had brought extra little pieces to better demonstrate intended surface finishes and talked through some of the questions raised by Julie who had been former archevist at Cutlre's Hall in charge of it's collection.  We were happily surprised when Julie told us that she wanted to commission both of our pieces.  We are looking forward to presenting these in early October when the current Master Cutler steps down" (Charlotte Tollyfield)

Olivia Punnett is creating a new site specific installation on Greenhill as part of this year’s Wirksworth Festival from  6th to 22nd September.  Light Lapse will track the light trajectory across the hill in chalk, highlighting its shadows & reflections to provide a view of Greenhill at its most dramatic.  She is also part of an exhibition called Mote a group show of artists, whose practice involves the use of ephemeral materials. Olivia’s exhibit responds to Harrington Mill, Nottingham where the exhibition takes place drawing on the old lace manufacturing industry from the Mill. Exhibition runs from the 8 to 29 September. And she gives an interview for Peripheral ARTeries magazine talking about her art practice, her latest work and the Starter Studio Programme for Engaged Practice at Knutton Road Studios.  

Ceramicist Brian Holland is exhibiting at Art in the Pen in Skipton on 16th, 17th and 18th  August and has some preview tickets for the Friday evening for anyone who wants one - just get in touch with Brian if you do.