about caryl beach


about Caryl :

Caryl graduated from University of Hertfordshire in 2009
attaining an MA in Fine Art

Awarded best video prize by Elstree Heritage in 2012 during 
Eastern Approaches Open Exhibition.

A former fellow, now a Trustee at Digswell Arts.

Recently exhibited in Prague and London, was to exhibit 
at the gallery Oxo Tower and Paris later this year- now postponed.

Caryl works from her studio overlooking the Mill Stream 
at Dicker Mill Hertford.
Caryl's current focus is time lapse video, photography 
and print exploring the concept
of time and memory.

'time : the indefinite continued progress of existence and 
events in the past, present and future regarded as a whole'
Time: How it is perceived by the individual, how it can be 
marked and measured by the natural world around each 
and everyone of us.

Her preoccupation with the concept of time has led her to 
re-examine her practice, viewing previous work from a 
different perspective. Now her imagery of the horizon 
lines, series of moving images, tree lines and hedgerows, 
tides and action of waves, seem to mark time.  
As well as the seasons and events of everyday life. 
This is a continuing investigation through the medium 
of time lapse video and photography.
Former Fellow now a Trustee

carylbeach.org


Recent Exhibitions and Projects:




    Time lapse video exhibited at HY B4 Galerie Kampus Hybernská 
  Prague in January 2020.
Also shown at Hertford House Hotel April 2019
as part of Hertford Arts Trail.
https://vimeo.com/327532555


         Stream awarded 'Best Video' at Eastern Approaches 2012  
by Elstree Heritage.https://youtu.be/lrY-p2MNjgs






Biography

MA Fine and Applied Art (Commendation)

2009 University of Hertfordshire England U.K.

BA (Hons) Fine Art

2005 University of Hertfordshire England U.K.

Access Art & Design

2000-2001 Oaklands College Welwyn Garden City Herts England

Art Foundation

Walthamstow School of Art, Walthamstow  East London England.

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2020 April LOMO Bar.  Hertford. As art of Hertford Art Trail. CANCELLED

2019 September Solo Exhibition and Installation event at
The Mill House Hertford as part of Open Studios.

2019 April 8th - May 6th Hertford House Hotel -
Hertford Arts Trail. Fore Street Hertford.

2018 April - May 6th -  Women's Society
in St Andrews St Hertford as part of Hertford Art Trail 2018

2018 April -  June 4th - Mixed Media Display of work at
'Wesleys Cafe ' Harpenden Herts

2018 July - Currently exhibiting mixed media work at Bebo Cafe Hertford Herts.

2017 June 6 - July 29th 'Impossible Landscapes' Art Van Go Knebworth.

2016 June - Mixed media works at Bebo Cafe Hertford, as part of Hertford Art Trail.

2016 April 1-30  'The Simple Act of Walking'
Art Van Go Knebworth.

2004 (July) Exhibition Reception and  offices of Fresh Creative Services Charlotte Street London WC1

2001 Film Projection/Installation Media Studios Oaklands College Welwyn Garden City Herts England

Group Exhibitions

2020 APRIL 3- MAY 16TH IN OUR GARDEN NEW MAYNARD GALLERY
POSTPONED until DATE TBC
2020 12 – 16 May Derwent Art Prize  
at 20 rue Saint Claude in Paris. Postponed until further notice.

2020 22 April to 3 May Derwent Art Prize Gallery@OXO London 

Postponed until further notice. Online Virtual Gallery:

https://artspaces.kunstmatrix.com/en/exhibition/505497/the-derwent-art-prize

2020 February 7th - 13th The Old Biscuit Factory Bermondsey. Contemporary Fine Art Exhibition.

2020 January 10-30 th Seen Forms HY B4 Galerie Kampus Hybernská Prague.

2019 December 1st Open Studios at The Forge Digswell AL6 0BU

2019 May 10-11 Digswell Arts Open Studios and Print Exhibition
at The Forge Digswell Hertfordshire AL6 0BU

2019 April 11th Herts Visual Arts Big Showcase-New Maynard Gallery Welwyn Garden City.

2019 April 9th Courtyard Arts Open Exhibition Hertford.

2019 January 23rd to February 23rd Thin Places (Revisited)
at Art Van Go Knebworth

2018  September Courtyard Arts Auction Courtyard Arts Hertford

2018 October 13-20 Thin Places Wynd Gallery Letchworth

2018 September 25th Group Exhibition Wynd Gallery Letchworth

2018 June 25th 2018- Group Exhibition at Wynd Gallery Letchworth.

2018 May 30-June 23 'Time and Tide' with Cathy Smale at Courtyard Arts

2018 June 1-3rd Open Studios at The Forge Digswell Herts AL6 0BU

2018 April - Courtyard Arts Open Exhibition Hertford Herts.

2017 October Hertford Art Society 20th Members Exhibition Cowbridge Hall Hertford.

2017 September 23-24 HVAF Open Studios
at The Forge Digswell AL6 0BU

2017 September 8  Group Exhibition of Co Operative Members  
at Wynd Gallery Letchworth

2017 May Open Studios at Digswell Arts Digswell

2016 November 20th Digswell Arts Open Studio Christmas Sale
Digswell AL6 OBU

2016 November Courtyard Arts Members 20th Anniversary Exhibition
at Courtyard Arts Port Vale Hertford Herts.

2016 November  Hertford Art Society Members Show Cowbridge Hall Hertford.

2016 May 21-22 Open Studios Event at The Forge Digswell
as part of Digswell Arts

2016 April 8-May 8th Hertford Art Trail my work displayed in Cafe Bebo Hertford.

2015 October 30-November 1 HAS Members Show Hertford.

2015 May 21-June 28th Praesentia group exhibition 'Encounters' Parndon Mill Harlow Essex

2014 October 31st-November 2nd HAS 17th Members Show Mill Bridge Rooms The Wash Hertford Herts.

2014 May 10-11 2014 Print works exhibited as part of Digswell Arts Trust Open Studios  Digswell Herts AL6 OBU

2014 April 25th - May 10th 2014.Three of my unique mono prints
to be exhibited as part of Hertford Town Council Art Trail
in Peter & Susan Brown Interiors St Andrews Street Hertford and The Castle Hertford.

2014 March Wallace 100 Framed Mono print exhibited in Palace Green Gallery Stable Yard Hatfield Park AL9 5NQ

2013 November 8-10 HAS Members Show at Millbridge Rooms Hertford Herts

2013 November 10th Praesentia's one day launch of Art Trail for Wallace 100 at Courtyard Arts Centre Port Vale    Bengeo Herts

2013 November 7-21 Art Trail for Wallace 100.Various locations in town centre of Hertford.

2013 September Print Exhibition for Open Studios at DAT Digswell Herts AL6 OBU

2013 June New works installed at Palace Green Gallery Stable Yard Hatfield Park AL9 5NQ

2013 May 5th Open Studios at The Forge Digswell Arts Digswell
Welwyn AL6 OBU

2013  (May) Hertford Art Society Open Exhibition at The Cowbridge Halls, Cowbridge, Hertford SG14 1PG

2013 March Palace Green Gallery  Stable Yard Hatfield Park AL9 5NQ

2012 December Eastern Approaches St Albans Hertfordshire Open Exhibition. Awarded 1st Prize for Best Video by Elstree Heritage.

2012 (October) Members Show Hertford Art Society Millbridge Rooms Hertford Hertfordshire
2012 (September) Open Studios at The Forge Digswell 
as part of The Printmakers Group.

2012 (September) Open Studios Unit 3 Dicker Mill Hertford Herts SG137AE

2012 (May) Hertford Art Society Open Exhibition Cowbridge
Hertford Herts

2012 (March) praesentia at Courtyard Arts Hertford Herts

2011 (December 10- January 4 2012) Hertfordshire Open Exhibition Museum of St Albans Hertfordshire

2011 (December 7-21) Courtyard Arts Members Show Hertford Herts

2011 (November 11-20) praesentia at Caffe Yum Hertford Herts

2011( April-May) Courtyard Arts Open Exhibition at The Castle Hertford

2010 (December) Open Exhibition @ Margaret Harvey Gallery
St Albans

2010 (December) Courtyard Arts Members Show Bengeo Herts

2010 (October) Artists in Residence at Luton Hoo Walled Garden

2010 (September) Open Studios at Luton Hoo Walled Garden
Luton Beds

2009 MA Show in Gallery at University of Hertfordshire

2008 Open Studios Unit 15a Dicker Mill Hertford Herts SG13 7AE

2006 Hertfordshire Graphics Gallery Hertford Hertfordshire

2006 (May-August) Art Van Go Knebworth Hertfordshire

2006 (May) Hertford Art Society Open Exhibition

2006 (April) Art Fair Artshed Ware Hertfordshire

2006 (April- October) Ashridge Park Gallery Berkhampstead Hertfordshire

2006 (February) ‘wish you were here’ exhibition Artshed Ware Hertfordshire.

2005 (November) Hertford Art Society Members Show Hertford Hertfordshire.

2005 Passionately Pink Artshed Ware Hertfordshire.

2005 (June) BA Degree Show Hertfordshire University Hatfield Hertfordshire.

2005 (May) Hertford Art Society Hertford Hertfordshire.

2004 (April) Inparallel Group Exhibition Dicker Mill Hertford Hertfordshire.

2002 Year One BA Group Exhibition University of Hertfordshire Hatfield Hertfordshire England.

2001 Access Group Exhibition Oaklands College Welwyn Garden City Hertfordshire England.

Awards Prizes Fellowships

2012 Best Video Prize awarded by Elstree Heritage at Eastern Approaches Open Exhibition St Albans Hertfordshire

2012 Ist Prize awarded for 'Most Innovative and Intriguing Work' at HAS Open Exhibition Hertford Herts. Print on metal of macro image.

2010 Shortlisted for Skywards Future Artists Award https://www.ourfutureartists.com/Shortlisted/Default.aspx

2007 Margaret Harvey Prize for Welwyn and Hatfield.



http://digswellarts.org/caryl-beach/News Event



2014 October 24th Become a Fellow of Digswell Arts at The Forge Digswell Hertfordshire. http://digswellarts.org/caryl-beach/

News Events 2020:

Selected for Derwent Art Prize Exhibition was to be at Oxo Gallery.
Exhibition postponed rescheduled : Date tbc.

'In Our Garden' Group Exhibition of Digswell Artists at New Maynard Gallery WGC to celebrate the WGC100 Thursday April 2nd 2020 Private View @ 8-9.30pm. Now postponed, date of exhibition tbc.

LOMO Bar - work exhibited as part of Hertford Art Trail April 2020, now. cancelled.

Open Studios at The Forge Digswell AL60BU June 6/7th 2020 postponed until further notice.

Open Studios at my studio Unit 15A Dicker Mill Hertford SG137AE  as part of HVAF Open Studio Event September 2020 - uncertain it will happen now.

about caryl beach


about Caryl :

Caryl graduated from University of Hertfordshire in 2009
attaining an MA in Fine Art

Awarded best video prize by Elstree Heritage in 2012 during 
Eastern Approaches Open Exhibition.

A former fellow, now a Trustee at Digswell Arts.

Recently exhibited in Prague and London, was to exhibit 
at the gallery Oxo Tower and Paris later this year- now postponed.

Caryl works from her studio overlooking the Mill Stream 
at Dicker Mill Hertford.
Caryl's current focus is time lapse video, photography 
and print exploring the concept
of time and memory.

'time : the indefinite continued progress of existence and 
events in the past, present and future regarded as a whole'
Time: How it is perceived by the individual, how it can be 
marked and measured by the natural world around each 
and everyone of us.

Her preoccupation with the concept of time has led her to 
re-examine her practice, viewing previous work from a 
different perspective. Now her imagery of the horizon 
lines, series of moving images, tree lines and hedgerows, 
tides and action of waves, seem to mark time.  
As well as the seasons and events of everyday life. 
This is a continuing investigation through the medium 
of time lapse video and photography.
Former Fellow now a Trustee

carylbeach.org


Recent Exhibitions and Projects:




    Time lapse video exhibited at HY B4 Galerie Kampus Hybernská 
  Prague in January 2020.
Also shown at Hertford House Hotel April 2019
as part of Hertford Arts Trail.
https://vimeo.com/327532555


         Stream awarded 'Best Video' at Eastern Approaches 2012  
by Elstree Heritage.https://youtu.be/lrY-p2MNjgs






Biography

MA Fine and Applied Art (Commendation)

2009 University of Hertfordshire England U.K.

BA (Hons) Fine Art

2005 University of Hertfordshire England U.K.

Access Art & Design

2000-2001 Oaklands College Welwyn Garden City Herts England

Art Foundation

Walthamstow School of Art, Walthamstow  East London England.

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2020 April LOMO Bar.  Hertford. As art of Hertford Art Trail. CANCELLED

2019 September Solo Exhibition and Installation event at
The Mill House Hertford as part of Open Studios.

2019 April 8th - May 6th Hertford House Hotel -
Hertford Arts Trail. Fore Street Hertford.

2018 April - May 6th -  Women's Society
in St Andrews St Hertford as part of Hertford Art Trail 2018

2018 April -  June 4th - Mixed Media Display of work at
'Wesleys Cafe ' Harpenden Herts

2018 July - Currently exhibiting mixed media work at Bebo Cafe Hertford Herts.

2017 June 6 - July 29th 'Impossible Landscapes' Art Van Go Knebworth.

2016 June - Mixed media works at Bebo Cafe Hertford, as part of Hertford Art Trail.

2016 April 1-30  'The Simple Act of Walking'
Art Van Go Knebworth.

2004 (July) Exhibition Reception and  offices of Fresh Creative Services Charlotte Street London WC1

2001 Film Projection/Installation Media Studios Oaklands College Welwyn Garden City Herts England

Group Exhibitions

2020 APRIL 3- MAY 16TH IN OUR GARDEN NEW MAYNARD GALLERY
POSTPONED until DATE TBC
2020 12 – 16 May Derwent Art Prize  
at 20 rue Saint Claude in Paris. Postponed until further notice.

2020 22 April to 3 May Derwent Art Prize Gallery@OXO London 

Postponed until further notice. Online Virtual Gallery:

https://artspaces.kunstmatrix.com/en/exhibition/505497/the-derwent-art-prize

2020 February 7th - 13th The Old Biscuit Factory Bermondsey. Contemporary Fine Art Exhibition.

2020 January 10-30 th Seen Forms HY B4 Galerie Kampus Hybernská Prague.

2019 December 1st Open Studios at The Forge Digswell AL6 0BU

2019 May 10-11 Digswell Arts Open Studios and Print Exhibition
at The Forge Digswell Hertfordshire AL6 0BU

2019 April 11th Herts Visual Arts Big Showcase-New Maynard Gallery Welwyn Garden City.

2019 April 9th Courtyard Arts Open Exhibition Hertford.

2019 January 23rd to February 23rd Thin Places (Revisited)
at Art Van Go Knebworth

2018  September Courtyard Arts Auction Courtyard Arts Hertford

2018 October 13-20 Thin Places Wynd Gallery Letchworth

2018 September 25th Group Exhibition Wynd Gallery Letchworth

2018 June 25th 2018- Group Exhibition at Wynd Gallery Letchworth.

2018 May 30-June 23 'Time and Tide' with Cathy Smale at Courtyard Arts

2018 June 1-3rd Open Studios at The Forge Digswell Herts AL6 0BU

2018 April - Courtyard Arts Open Exhibition Hertford Herts.

2017 October Hertford Art Society 20th Members Exhibition Cowbridge Hall Hertford.

2017 September 23-24 HVAF Open Studios
at The Forge Digswell AL6 0BU

2017 September 8  Group Exhibition of Co Operative Members  
at Wynd Gallery Letchworth

2017 May Open Studios at Digswell Arts Digswell

2016 November 20th Digswell Arts Open Studio Christmas Sale
Digswell AL6 OBU

2016 November Courtyard Arts Members 20th Anniversary Exhibition
at Courtyard Arts Port Vale Hertford Herts.

2016 November  Hertford Art Society Members Show Cowbridge Hall Hertford.

2016 May 21-22 Open Studios Event at The Forge Digswell
as part of Digswell Arts

2016 April 8-May 8th Hertford Art Trail my work displayed in Cafe Bebo Hertford.

2015 October 30-November 1 HAS Members Show Hertford.

2015 May 21-June 28th Praesentia group exhibition 'Encounters' Parndon Mill Harlow Essex

2014 October 31st-November 2nd HAS 17th Members Show Mill Bridge Rooms The Wash Hertford Herts.

2014 May 10-11 2014 Print works exhibited as part of Digswell Arts Trust Open Studios  Digswell Herts AL6 OBU

2014 April 25th - May 10th 2014.Three of my unique mono prints
to be exhibited as part of Hertford Town Council Art Trail
in Peter & Susan Brown Interiors St Andrews Street Hertford and The Castle Hertford.

2014 March Wallace 100 Framed Mono print exhibited in Palace Green Gallery Stable Yard Hatfield Park AL9 5NQ

2013 November 8-10 HAS Members Show at Millbridge Rooms Hertford Herts

2013 November 10th Praesentia's one day launch of Art Trail for Wallace 100 at Courtyard Arts Centre Port Vale    Bengeo Herts

2013 November 7-21 Art Trail for Wallace 100.Various locations in town centre of Hertford.

2013 September Print Exhibition for Open Studios at DAT Digswell Herts AL6 OBU

2013 June New works installed at Palace Green Gallery Stable Yard Hatfield Park AL9 5NQ

2013 May 5th Open Studios at The Forge Digswell Arts Digswell
Welwyn AL6 OBU

2013  (May) Hertford Art Society Open Exhibition at The Cowbridge Halls, Cowbridge, Hertford SG14 1PG

2013 March Palace Green Gallery  Stable Yard Hatfield Park AL9 5NQ

2012 December Eastern Approaches St Albans Hertfordshire Open Exhibition. Awarded 1st Prize for Best Video by Elstree Heritage.

2012 (October) Members Show Hertford Art Society Millbridge Rooms Hertford Hertfordshire
2012 (September) Open Studios at The Forge Digswell 
as part of The Printmakers Group.

2012 (September) Open Studios Unit 3 Dicker Mill Hertford Herts SG137AE

2012 (May) Hertford Art Society Open Exhibition Cowbridge
Hertford Herts

2012 (March) praesentia at Courtyard Arts Hertford Herts

2011 (December 10- January 4 2012) Hertfordshire Open Exhibition Museum of St Albans Hertfordshire

2011 (December 7-21) Courtyard Arts Members Show Hertford Herts

2011 (November 11-20) praesentia at Caffe Yum Hertford Herts

2011( April-May) Courtyard Arts Open Exhibition at The Castle Hertford

2010 (December) Open Exhibition @ Margaret Harvey Gallery
St Albans

2010 (December) Courtyard Arts Members Show Bengeo Herts

2010 (October) Artists in Residence at Luton Hoo Walled Garden

2010 (September) Open Studios at Luton Hoo Walled Garden
Luton Beds

2009 MA Show in Gallery at University of Hertfordshire

2008 Open Studios Unit 15a Dicker Mill Hertford Herts SG13 7AE

2006 Hertfordshire Graphics Gallery Hertford Hertfordshire

2006 (May-August) Art Van Go Knebworth Hertfordshire

2006 (May) Hertford Art Society Open Exhibition

2006 (April) Art Fair Artshed Ware Hertfordshire

2006 (April- October) Ashridge Park Gallery Berkhampstead Hertfordshire

2006 (February) ‘wish you were here’ exhibition Artshed Ware Hertfordshire.

2005 (November) Hertford Art Society Members Show Hertford Hertfordshire.

2005 Passionately Pink Artshed Ware Hertfordshire.

2005 (June) BA Degree Show Hertfordshire University Hatfield Hertfordshire.

2005 (May) Hertford Art Society Hertford Hertfordshire.

2004 (April) Inparallel Group Exhibition Dicker Mill Hertford Hertfordshire.

2002 Year One BA Group Exhibition University of Hertfordshire Hatfield Hertfordshire England.

2001 Access Group Exhibition Oaklands College Welwyn Garden City Hertfordshire England.

Awards Prizes Fellowships

2012 Best Video Prize awarded by Elstree Heritage at Eastern Approaches Open Exhibition St Albans Hertfordshire

2012 Ist Prize awarded for 'Most Innovative and Intriguing Work' at HAS Open Exhibition Hertford Herts. Print on metal of macro image.

2010 Shortlisted for Skywards Future Artists Award https://www.ourfutureartists.com/Shortlisted/Default.aspx

2007 Margaret Harvey Prize for Welwyn and Hatfield.



http://digswellarts.org/caryl-beach/News Event



2014 October 24th Become a Fellow of Digswell Arts at The Forge Digswell Hertfordshire. http://digswellarts.org/caryl-beach/

News Events 2020:

Selected for Derwent Art Prize Exhibition was to be at Oxo Gallery.
Exhibition postponed rescheduled : Date tbc.

'In Our Garden' Group Exhibition of Digswell Artists at New Maynard Gallery WGC to celebrate the WGC100 Thursday April 2nd 2020 Private View @ 8-9.30pm. Now postponed, date of exhibition tbc.

LOMO Bar - work exhibited as part of Hertford Art Trail April 2020, now. cancelled.

Open Studios at The Forge Digswell AL60BU June 6/7th 2020 postponed until further notice.

Open Studios at my studio Unit 15A Dicker Mill Hertford SG137AE  as part of HVAF Open Studio Event September 2020 - uncertain it will happen now.

past present future


past:

A themed project is a great way to stretch your practice and leave your comfort zone.

During my two year MA I teamed up with two other artists and we formed the group ‘praesentia’

https://praesentiadotorg.wordpress.com

Our first project was in 2012 :
In celebration of the rich heritage and landscape
of Hertford, praesentia are exhibiting new work in response to

this theme to include drawing, painting, print-making, photography
and sculpture. Fine artist and photographer, Caryl Beach is
particularly interested in the landscape and often overlooked
evidence of human occupation. For experimental printmaker
and fine artist Sally Tyrie, the fine line and traces of nature’s
presence inspire her unique mark-making. Veronica Grassi will
explore the delicate balance in the local environment using the
mediator of stitch, soluble film and iron wire.

As my studio was located overlooking Hartham Common it seemed fitting that, as a landscape artist, I should explore this area close to home.

I made a video of the waterways that pass through and around Hertford and some large scale photographic images. Veronica’s installation explored 100 found and made objects relating to, and found in Hertford. Sally produced delicate print work again responding to the buildings and heritage of Hertford.

Our next group event followed in 2012 with an Open Studio exhibition at Dicker Mill Hertford. A large empty warehouse housed current work from all three artists and was the perfect space to create installations and large scale projections.

In 2013 it was the Centenary of the death of Alfred Russel Wallace. Following on from the Hertford exhibition this was a really inspirational research based project to work on.

Caryl Beach, Sally Tyrie and Veronica Grassi studied together at the University of Hertfordshire on the MA Fine Art course and are currently based at Digswell Arts Trust studios. Following on from a very successful show at Courtyard Arts in Hertford in 2012, which examined Hertford’s heritage, they have come together again to create work that responds to one of Hertford’s historical residents, Alfred Russel Wallace. 

‘Wallace 100’ Art Trail coincides with nationwide events being organised by the Natural History Museum and partner institutions around the world to ‘commemorate the life and work of Alfred Russel Wallace on the 100th anniversary of his death in 1913’. 

My contribution for this event was a video : The simple act of walking , which followed the pathways Wallace had trodden as a boy, living in Hertford, with a mocking call of the bird of paradise. The bird he unsuccessfully searched for in his explorations.

The Art Trail was very labour intensive as each venue had to be approached to take part in exhibiting our work, as well as a trail map being designed and produced, we had to make the work.

The venues who kindly supported us were:

Hertford Library

The Classic Barbers

Il Vino Restaurant

Fingertips

Leaf Café

Maxin Porcaro Salon

Wallace House

Colormax

Hertford Framers

Tourist Information Centre

Courtyard Arts  (Sunday 10th- only)

The one day launch at Courtyard Arts and ensuing art trail was a great success and well worth all the work. This preceded an art trail the following year by Hertford Council and Courtyard Arts who continue to stage an event every year.

At various times praesentia also exhibited work at various Market venue, such as Duckpond market in Lauderdale House Highgate, and St Albans Museum, Watford craft market and St Albans Christmas Market. This was a valuable networking strategy and led to many good contacts being made, as well as a way of selling small works.

In 2015 we were delighted to be invited to exhibit at Parndon Mill Gallery with our exhibition ‘Encounters’ :

A body of new work by three artists, explores the relationship between object, memory, material and process. Whilst each artist uses different media, there is a narrative and cohesive theme to their work which has been described as ‘Fresh, fragile and emotive perspectives juxtaposing thought provoking use of multi media’.

past present future projects
Images 1. Caryl Beach. 2. Veronica Grassi. 3. Sally Tyrie

More to follow…………

past present future


past:

A themed project is a great way to stretch your practice and leave your comfort zone.

During my two year MA I teamed up with two other artists and we formed the group ‘praesentia’

https://praesentiadotorg.wordpress.com

Our first project was in 2012 :
In celebration of the rich heritage and landscape
of Hertford, praesentia are exhibiting new work in response to

this theme to include drawing, painting, print-making, photography
and sculpture. Fine artist and photographer, Caryl Beach is
particularly interested in the landscape and often overlooked
evidence of human occupation. For experimental printmaker
and fine artist Sally Tyrie, the fine line and traces of nature’s
presence inspire her unique mark-making. Veronica Grassi will
explore the delicate balance in the local environment using the
mediator of stitch, soluble film and iron wire.

As my studio was located overlooking Hartham Common it seemed fitting that, as a landscape artist, I should explore this area close to home.

I made a video of the waterways that pass through and around Hertford and some large scale photographic images. Veronica’s installation explored 100 found and made objects relating to, and found in Hertford. Sally produced delicate print work again responding to the buildings and heritage of Hertford.

Our next group event followed in 2012 with an Open Studio exhibition at Dicker Mill Hertford. A large empty warehouse housed current work from all three artists and was the perfect space to create installations and large scale projections.

In 2013 it was the Centenary of the death of Alfred Russel Wallace. Following on from the Hertford exhibition this was a really inspirational research based project to work on.

Caryl Beach, Sally Tyrie and Veronica Grassi studied together at the University of Hertfordshire on the MA Fine Art course and are currently based at Digswell Arts Trust studios. Following on from a very successful show at Courtyard Arts in Hertford in 2012, which examined Hertford’s heritage, they have come together again to create work that responds to one of Hertford’s historical residents, Alfred Russel Wallace. 

‘Wallace 100’ Art Trail coincides with nationwide events being organised by the Natural History Museum and partner institutions around the world to ‘commemorate the life and work of Alfred Russel Wallace on the 100th anniversary of his death in 1913’. 

My contribution for this event was a video : The simple act of walking , which followed the pathways Wallace had trodden as a boy, living in Hertford, with a mocking call of the bird of paradise. The bird he unsuccessfully searched for in his explorations.

The Art Trail was very labour intensive as each venue had to be approached to take part in exhibiting our work, as well as a trail map being designed and produced, we had to make the work.

The venues who kindly supported us were:

Hertford Library

The Classic Barbers

Il Vino Restaurant

Fingertips

Leaf Café

Maxin Porcaro Salon

Wallace House

Colormax

Hertford Framers

Tourist Information Centre

Courtyard Arts  (Sunday 10th- only)

The one day launch at Courtyard Arts and ensuing art trail was a great success and well worth all the work. This preceded an art trail the following year by Hertford Council and Courtyard Arts who continue to stage an event every year.

At various times praesentia also exhibited work at various Market venue, such as Duckpond market in Lauderdale House Highgate, and St Albans Museum, Watford craft market and St Albans Christmas Market. This was a valuable networking strategy and led to many good contacts being made, as well as a way of selling small works.

In 2015 we were delighted to be invited to exhibit at Parndon Mill Gallery with our exhibition ‘Encounters’ :

A body of new work by three artists, explores the relationship between object, memory, material and process. Whilst each artist uses different media, there is a narrative and cohesive theme to their work which has been described as ‘Fresh, fragile and emotive perspectives juxtaposing thought provoking use of multi media’.

past present future projects
Images 1. Caryl Beach. 2. Veronica Grassi. 3. Sally Tyrie

More to follow…………