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Shape-shifting spirits swim through Sheffield with Susana North-Bates’ new exhibition of paintings. Entitled Sea Longing (or Ionndrainn Mhara in Scottish Gaelic), Susana’s exhibition mixes her love of the magic of the Selkies, seals who turn into humans, with visions of the sea. Her work depicts the shoreline as a border between us and the mysterious 'Otherworld' of Celtic mythology.
Susana has studied Gaelic song at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig College on the Isle of Skye under the tuition of the internationally acclaimed Christine Primrose MBE. The wonderful imagery of Gaelic songs learned at the college resonated deeply with Susana, and her Artist’s Talk on Thursday 16th January will explore the imagery of the songs and how they came to inspire the paintings.
Additionally, join composer Joseph Shaw and musical wellbeing tutor Emma Aspinall on Saturday 25th January for a 'Drawing into Music' workshop. The session encourages participants to turn their drawings into short musical compositions; no prior musical or artistic experience is required! Musicians are welcome to bring along their own acoustic instruments and turn their music into art.
The exhibition will culminate on Sunday 2nd February in an afternoon concert of the new music composed to accompany Susana’s paintings. These pieces will be performed in a programme which also includes traditional songs in English and Gaelic.
A combination package for the 'Drawing Into Music' workshop and the Closing concert is available, priced at £16.