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Guardian of the Newsletter | Photographer
Graham is a photographer and also custodian of our MAC Newsletters and administrator of artist submissions. If there is an exhibition to be hung you will generally find Graham there helping out. Graham is also a volunteer at Heysham Heritage Centre and exhibits his work regularly in the area.
Projects Developer | Deco Publique
In 2014 Elena co-founded Deco Publique with best friend Lauren and set about making their vision of creating unforgettable moments in civic spaces come true. As well as producing Vintage By The Sea and the Festival of Making, Deco Publique's work transforms seafronts, canal towpaths and town centres with uplifting, accessible and memorable experiences.
Sian has had a rich and varied career with over 45 years in manufacturing, retail, tourism consultancy and the creative industries. She has worked in the past as project manager for the 1995 study, ‘The Tourism Development of the North West Coastal Resorts’, and as managing consultant for Deloitte, monitoring business and operations for the Millenium Dome. Her consultancy clients include Hadrian’s Wall Heritage Trust, the National Trust, and ONE NorthEast. She is also a member of the prestigious Market research Society.
Sian has lived in Morecambe for 15 year and endeavours to truly put something back into the community.
Artist | Sculptor | Educator
Originally a fairground artist in Blackpool and Morecambe, Shane has worked in the film industry, London theatre, commercial arts and special education. He has a reputation nationally as a provider of innovative, practical and accessible multi-media projects to schools and community groups and is a successful co-coordinator of arts events in the Northwest and beyond for local authorities, arts agencies, festival and theatre companies. Shane combines a vibrant and inclusive community arts practice with a highly regarded sculpture and mosaic company, he was Signature Artist at The 2004 Manchester Cow Parade and has created popular landmark attractions such as Morecambe’s iconic Venus and Cupid sculpture.
Artist | Agent Provocateur
Artist, Production Designer, Escapologist and Flaneur, Paul was born in Leeds, educated by nuns, Jesuits and amazing parents After studying fun and Fine Art at Leeds and Bournemouth Art Schools, he graduated with a first in fun! He has designed over 100 productions for theatre, opera and dance and was joint Gold Medal winner at the Prague International Theatre Design Quadrennial. Paul also had a trial for Leeds United and auditioned for The Wombles!
Artist | Painter
Dawn was born and raised in Morecambe, went to live in London as a teenager and graduated from Chelsea College of Art as a mature student in the 1990’s and has recently returned to the area. Dawn describes herself as a self-employed artist living the dream! Dawn is always creating, but most enjoys working on large-scale paintings. When asked to describe the role of the artist in society, Dawn replies "to cause a pause". She is a big admirer of the public art produced by Artangel. In her youth Dawn served cups of tea in Morecambe railway station tea bar - before it became The Platform! What wouldn’t you do without? comfortable shoes!
Chair | Arts Administrator
Kathryn is one of our founding members and is currently Chair of MAC. She is also the Development Director at More Music.
Musician | One Man Band Supremo
Pete is another of our founding members. A local legend and world's "fastest one-man band", Pete is the founder and current Artistic Director/CEO of More Music. After 25 years at the forefront of community music in the UK, Pete is stepping down and has recently celebrated with 4 fantastic party nights at The Hothouse.
Musician | Artist
Alan is one of our founding members and curated the 20th Century Morecambe Exhibition for the Vintage by the Sea Festival.
Alan makes paper and digital collage, also electronic music, and has recently started a soundtrack Tape Label called Horror Pop Sounds.
Why do you do what you do? it has to be done. How do you work? sporadically and then frenzied! What work do you most enjoying doing?
making record sleeves. Describe a real-life situation that inspired you: Being on Blue Peter. What is your dream project? go back in time and be the in-house artist for the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. What wouldn’t you do without? a sharp blade!
Projects Developer | Deco Publique
Lauren is a co-founder, in 2014 along with Elena Gifford, of Deco Publique, based in Morecambe, just off the Victorian Promenade. Deco Publique's aspiration is to bring the quality of international cultural experiences to the places we live and work - seaside spaces, waterfronts and northern towns..
Born in Blackburn, Jill moved to Lancaster some years ago, and finally to Morecambe in 2016. A keen sailor, she loves living close to the sea, and the innumerate photo opportunities afforded by spectacular Morecambe Bay. She studied photography at Blackburn College back in the 1990s but it wasn't until 2013 - with encouragement from local creatives, and from More Music in Morecambe - that she produced her first exhibition there, with a further four following in various locations throughout the North West. Portraiture and street photography are her main focus - her aim is to capture the 'thing' behind the eyes - in locations with an unexpected viewpoint.
Wyn Abbot is an award-winning Sculptor & Ceramic Artist, her work is inspired by Ancestors & Ancient Cultures and from the nature around her. Story-weaving her magic into the clay from the mother earth itself, Wyn creates wonderful and meaningful pieces which are sold worldwide. Every single piece is individually hand sculpted and filled with symbolism and the energy of the earth.
James makes amazingly intricate papercut pictures. He would call like to call it art but actually thinks of it more as a craft. Each picture is cut from a single sheet of paper using a craft knife. They take a while to create, especially now that he is getting more adept at making little cuts.
Mark Attwood is a contemporary photographer working across a variety of genres, with an interest in the ‘self’ and constructed imagery, his work tends to make you question yourself or your surroundings, the images he creates aim to make you ask questions rather than answer them in the hopes it enlightens you to the subject of the series.
Mark is a student at the University of Cumbria and is working towards a bachelors degree in photography and is hoping to get involved in the local area and with other artists, as he considers collaboration very important in art.
Mark has just had his first exhibition along with fellow students at the Circle Gallery in Keswick, in which an image from his ‘Desensitised’ series was shown, and has more coming soon including a book series about Morecambe that he is currently working on and an exhibition at the Vallum Gallery.
Mark is excitable, disciplined and determined when it comes to making and viewing work and you will struggle to find someone more excited to be around photography and art as a whole.
Mollie is interested in the holistic creative process through a variety of mediums, although professionally, primarily through writing.
Johnny is a founding member of MAC and former Administrator/Treasurer. A full-time professional Photographer, Johnny's previous jobs have included being a DJ, a dishwasher, a handyman, an Admin/Finance Manager for Lancaster Litfest and Bookshop Manager at the ICA. Johnny is also Administrator for LAP - the Lancaster Arts Partners and Secretary for The West End Million.
Mixed Media Artist
I am a mixed media artist, in that I am constantly experimenting with different ways of using art materials in my work. I often work in a semi-abstract manner, but I also like detail. Colour and pattern, are always a key factor. I am never short of ideas for subjects to paint – far more than I will ever have time to develop in my lifetime.
I continue to be inspired by my experiences of travelling in Asia. This year I have been concentrating on experimenting with the many methods of print making.
I regularly exhibit my art work and textiles.
Janet runs the wonderful Stone Jetty Cafe on the Stone Jetty, Morecambe Promenade. The Cafe has been and continues to be the home to many of MAC's exhibitions.
The cafe opens 10am-4pm Tues-Sun during the summer.
I am local but lived abroad and travelled for many years, finally coming home to roost about ten years ago. I still like to escape the winters as much as possible. I've been felting for quite a few years. I love the texture, colours and versatility. I use pure merino wool, using brightly coloured fibres to 'paint' a picture, adding silks, bamboo fibres, soya bean tops and even camel down, as well as fibres, threads and pieces of fabric. I live in Morecambe and take inspiration for the pictures I make from the surrounding countryside and the purple and orange sunsets of the Bay. Each piece I make is vibrant and original.
Now have time to take my art seriously! I’ve completed many short courses and the London Art College diploma in Drawing and Painting and I’m now establishing my own style. I love watercolours and especially acrylics but also printmaking - all inspired by the landscape. I’m a regular member of South Lakeland Urban Sketchers
Nick is a painter, photographer and gardener. His first MAC exhibition of photographs "Out of Season" was held at The Stone Jetty cafe in 2016.
Bay Framing offers a full picture-framing service at affordable prices in Morecambe for all your prints, photos, needlework, canvases, memorabilia and anything else you can put in a frame. Single frames to full exhibitions, no job is too big or too small. You can find Bay Framing in Regent Road in Morecambe's West End. 10% discount to all MAC members!
PR and Copywriter
I help artists secure media coverage - print, broadcast and online - for their work, publications and exhibitions through effective, affordable PR. I am also a copywriter, editor and proofreader who can help you create first-rate copy for brochures, websites, blog posts, exhibitions and funding applications. Does your CV need an overhaul? Contact me to find out how I could help. Art clients have included the Hannah Frank Art Project, Glasgow (15 years), John Elles, Graham Lowe, Peter Layzell, (Lancaster), Steve Rostron, (Ribble Valley), and Serbian-born artist Diana Zwibach, as well as music, literary and heritage-related clients. I have worked as a journalist, have a Certificate in Periodical Journalism from the University of the Arts, London, and a degree in English Literature, BA (Hons), from Lancaster University. I was an editorial board member at Lancaster & District Chamber of Commerce for many years.
Please visit the Judith Coyle Editorial website to find out more.
R Simon Dalton is a photographer based in Morecambe, U.K. Simon has had an interest in photography for as long as he can remember but it's become more serious over the last few years. Initially, this came through the practice of street photography, but this has developed into a broader interest in the urban environment.
My little business was born three years ago, after moving to Morecambe Bay and becoming totally inspired by the beautiful bay and discovering the treasures that each new tide brings. I love turning the pieces of driftwood, sea glass sea pottery and pebbles that I find into fun and unique creations. I started by selling at craft fairs, but as my confidence has grown I am now making pieces for exhibitions. I didn't really consider my self as ‘an artist’, until I sold my first exhibition pieces. In 2017 I held a joint exhibition with my photographer husband. 2018 sees my first solo exhibition. It is to be held in the Bay, at The Stone Jetty Cafe in Morecambe. I cannot think of a more fitting venue.
Writer and 3D Maker
I was born in 1942 and am a former art, design and technology teacher. A member of Morecambe’s Pier Writers, my work, prose and verse, has appeared in anthologies, specialist journals and the local press, sometimes as Pierre Le Gué. My creative work is 2D and 3D, with an enthusiasm for cast pewter and constructed jewellery on a motorcycle theme. I contribute regularly to local spoken word and open mic events, as a reader and R&B harmonica player. I am enjoying the current Morecambe renaissance, as I have happy memories of the Forties, Fifties and Sixties here.
David has developed his art over the past 20 years, influenced by his life in a seaside resort and love of the coast and sea. His work has a subtle undertone of escapism, the constant search for secluded coves and apparently undiscovered beaches, depicted from a raised perspective, describing a dream that may be within grasp.
His work has been exhibited in venues across the northwest of England including the Storey Gallery Lancaster and Harris Museum Preston. He has also exhibited at the Manchester Art Fair and the Mall Galleries London.
Paintings of the Morecambe Bay Area can be found in Crescent Gallery Bare and paintings of St Ives in the Art House Gallery St Ives (www.thearthouses.com)
Lyn makes images of the land and the sea, the people and life in the North West of England and Scotland. She likes intimate shots of the landscape; of places that aren't instantly recognizable. She is fascinated by abstract photography and capturing fleeting moments in the landscape is her core interest.
2015: Included in two of The Royal Photographic Society's "The Photographic Angle 2015" exhibitions and a finalist in Visit Britain's British Landscape Photographer of the Year 2015.
2016: Shortlisted in the Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year competition 2016.
2017: Exhibited at Cambridge University in Shutterhub's Artifical Things and in the International Mountain Photography exhibition in Portugal.
2018: Sept - Oct Solo exhibition in the cafe in Williamson Park, Lancaster.
Adam York Gregory & Gillian Jane Lees
Gillian is a Glasgow based performance practitioner. She makes rigorous attempts to build and control her environment over hours, and sometimes days, by undertaking physically demanding and mentally exhausting durational performances. Gillian’s interest lies in the fleeting moment where her will to succeed meets her diminishing physical ability to complete each task.
Adam is a scientist, games designer, typesetter, comic artist, film-maker and Visual Artist. His practice reflects each of these disciplines, often combining them to create novel areas of exploration, using his background in creating scientific investigations as a starting point for artistic explorations and methodologies.
Together, their practice seeks to explore the notion of ‘the imagined ideal’ through subjective performance, objective experimentation, documentation and observation.
Chris is a multidisciplinary artist; a creative player and experimenter extensively focused on promoting community arts and music, delighted in seeing barriers to art and the imagination crumble. He plays with different mediums, as time, tide and energy allow - never feeling the need to confine himself to a single material, style or theme – although themes become apparent naturally over time.
Since March 2017 he has been freelancing as a graphic designer, musician, photographer and animation workshop instigator. His present creative incarnation is inextricably and passionately linked to the haven for all things artistic – The Exchange CIC - and to Morecambe.
Pat studied fine art at Doncaster College of Art and the University of Central Lancashire, graduating with honours in 1980. Her work is held in The House of Lords Permanent Art Collection, in the Head Office of Cadbury and in private national and international collections in Europe, America and Australia. She is represented by galleries in the North West and takes part in exhibitions in the region and across the UK, with shows in N. Yorkshire, Newcastle, Edinburgh and London. In 2004, she represented artists from the North West of England in the Summer Exhibition in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden.
She is available to give talks and runs workshops for art associations and social groups.
Jamie Holman is an artist, writer and lecturer. Early works were predominantly in video, audio and performance, before developing into a broader, multi disciplinary practice that now includes photography, print, sculpture and text. Holman was a founding member of the music/artist/writers collective tompaulin, who released three LP’s, seven singles and recorded two John Peel sessions between 2000 and 2007. In 2008 Holman began writing for The Saatchi Gallery Magazine Art and Music, and is now a contributing editor working under David Sheppard and Gemma De Cruz. Jamie works in Blackburn where he leads the B.A. (Hons) Fine Art programme at Blackburn College.
I mainly make videos on my phone. These are the basis for my practice-based PhD at LICA, Lancaster, titled Popular Video Users: A Quantum Materialist Practice. I've exhibited work internationally including The National Portrait Gallery, London; V&A, London; MoMA, New York; CCA, Glasgow; and NCCA, St. Petersburg. Alongside my practice, I teach on the Visual Communication MA, at RCA, London; and programme, curate and write on contemporary art practice.
Sue Johnstone... aka Shane's missus! But to those who know me better, a retired Grandma first last & in the middle. A keen baker (Midland Hotel cake baking champion 2010), veggie & flower grower from seed, rocket yogi, enjoy photography (mostly of grandchildren), Splodge-a-Matic's pedaller-in-chief, co-mosaicer of Venus & Cupid statue, & numerous mural & mosaic art projects since 2002, from the West End of Morecambe to the left bank in Paris. A lifelong learner City & Guilds Watercolours & Spanish AS level so I enjoy chatting with locals during my other passion - travelling. Recently acquired skill - painting cakes & biscuits (ACA bakes) whose commissions are occupying my retirement in between my favourite part of the week, childminding in Manchester.
Textile designer, artist, art educator and singer songwriter
I am a textile designer, artist, art educator and singer songwriter. My art practice embraces a wide range of media and materials, however, collage and screenprinted textiles are my specialisms. My work is often concerned with contrast and the interactions between colour and space, exploring how rhythms and patterns create a gestalt impression of a particular place, landscape or experience.
Experimental mark making, and the resulting energy created when distinct elements come together, has been an ongoing feature in my art.
I studied Printed Textiles at Edinbugh College of Art, and worked as a print designer for interiors. I recently completed an MA in Textiles, at Manchester School of Art. I am looking forward to getting to work in my Morecambe basement studio now that my son is starting school!
From the world of the fairground, a member of The Showmen’s Guild, Jane ran her family amusement arcade, in Morecambe, before turning to journalism, and the dark art of arts marketing, working for most arts organisations in the area and some further afield. Jane considers herself a martyr, as wife to, the very talented, wonderful, yet, frustrating Paul Kondras. Jane became partially sighted, at the age of forty, which she considers a wonderful challenge, wonderful because the sight loss gave her a guide dog, and who wouldn’t want a four-legged best friend rather than seeing their ageing reflection in the bathroom mirror every morning?
Ginny is a photographer, specialising in family photography and business, and with a keen interest in creative portraiture. Ginny also runs smartphone photography workshops and offers 1:1 photography tuition.
Hazel describes herself as an Introverted secret painter. A painter of secrets.
I have followed several different careers in addition to those involving Art, and have lived in several parts of the UK, resulting in having exhibited comparatively widely over time and place. My artistic output could best be described as “eclectic” - both my subject matter and my chosen media being subject to change. I have enjoyed producing site-specific and installation work, using whatever media I deemed appropriate. I have made textile pieces, combined with a variety of other materials/ methods, used printmaking, drawing and painting in all media. My work ranges from abstract to figurative - it all depends!
Catherine is a Lancaster-based painter and student of fine art BA at Uclan.
Priscilla creates beautiful contemporary stitched mixed media pieces in 2D and 3D. She exhibits regularly both nationally and internationally. Priscilla is a freelance educator in Further/Higher Education and secondary schools and she also runs a programme of independent workshops and talks in galleries, museums and selected venues.
Photographer and Artist with a passion for our land and seas.
Richard is a hand weaver. He weaves and spins 100% natural UK wool from native and rare breed sheep, and specialises in hand spinning and hand weaving wool to create unique and bespoke clothing, accessories and art using heritage skills that you can’t replicate in a factory. Richard is passionate about making a stand to protect the planet as well as creating beautiful, ethically produced, pure wool products.
Richard lives in Bare, Morecambe and has a studio at Farfield Mill, Sedbergh.
Grace is an artist based in Lancaster, England, the historic city where she went to university. Her work is entirely personal and self-expressive, with a focus on emotion, story-telling, folklore, and fantasy, her drawings are raw interpretations of imagination, subconscious, and perception.
Linda studied graphic design and illustration at the Norwich School of Art in the late 1970s and early 80s.
She has awards from the Society of Industrial Artists and Designers and the International Wool Secretariat.
She moved to Morecambe 14 years ago and began to enjoy the experience of painting and illustrating once more. The pace of living in Morecambe is conducive to absorbing the views and environment, unlike city life.
She has found many amazing subjects, mainly architectural, to paint in her own style and particularly delights in producing paintings of the Midland Hotel.
Linda has an exhibition planned at the Midland Hotel in June 2018.
Mixed Media Artist
Moira Peelo is a researcher and freelance educational consultant having worked as Co-ordinator of the Student Learning Development Centre at Lancaster University
Mixed Media Artist
I am a mixed media artist based in Overton, beside the estuary of the River Lune. My work invariably has an autobiographical starting point leading me to broader questions about identity and the human condition. From somewhere deep inside me, questions float to the surface and demand that I engage with them. I rely on notebooks to capture the essence of these questions and any raw, unprocessed sparks and ideas. My notebooks are an important tool in my art-making process. I use whatever materials and methods are relevant to the work I am making. I often experiment with printmaking techniques such as collagraph and usually find myself overprinting with several different plates to build up the artwork layer by layer. My paintings and sculptural artworks can also involve a process of building with layers which I then rub down and build up again to allow the piece to reveal itself to me. I am interested in the way individual pieces that are arranged together can simultaneously be separate yet part of the whole and I frequently use multi-aperture mounts to present this within my work.
Carol graduated from Cambridge School of Art in 2014, with an MA in Children's Book Illustration. Since then she has produced her first book, Banjo Billy and the Bullies, for primary school aged children. Other projects have included a village sign in Oxfordshire and children's murals in Guatemala, Taiwan and Lancaster!
I’m a textile designer/maker working with farmers in the Morecambe Bay area to promote the use of wool. I buy fleeces direct from the farms and work closely with the farmers and the UK based spinning mill to ensure we have beautiful yarn and I produce a wide range of textile work that shows the versatility of wool... a wonderful, readily available natural resource! My designs tend to reflect the unique beauty of the area and incorporate driftwood, sea glass and shells, plus acorns and leaves. I weave wool tweed to make into bags, throws and ruana/ponchos. I also felt the wool for hat making.
Gilli's work is mainly inspired by the beautiful landscape of the Arnside and Silverdale area. It comes from an imaginative recollection of the textures, light and feelings she has experienced, rather than true life. Her pictures can be seen in local galleries, cafes and exhibitions. She has also undertaken several private commissions and run textile art workshops for schools, art groups and artist’s studios. Gilli has lived and worked in this area for 40 years. After retiring from 25 years of teaching she found time to follow a more artistic path. This had been lying dormant since she gained a degree from Southampton University in Textile Art and Education in the 1970s.
Mixed media and textile art.
After leaving art college in the 60's I have spent years creating many different forms of art. I now do mainly mixed media, print and textile art. After doing Open college level 111 at Dallam, my work became more abstract and exciting. I love mixed media, using every sort of media available. My other love is textile art and after doing my City and Guilds I followed on dyeing, rusting and eco dyeing materials to use in my work and on individual textile cards.
My current work is about raising awareness and asking questions. In the 1940/50s woman were very resourceful, still in the make-do-and-mend mentality and often staying at home to look after the family rather than working full time. Whereas now in most cases but not all, women are treated as an equal and either want to work full time or need to so that they can pay the bills.
painter and printmaker
Julia is a painter and printmaker based in Lancashire
"One day, my husband let me use his camera and I was hooked."
Irena's first exhibition of photographs "Real" was held at The Hothouse in 2017.
I am a contemporary visual artist whose primary medium is printmaking, sometimes combined with other mediums. I work out of my studio a few miles south of Morecambe and I’m a resident artist at Art Lab Contemporary Print Studio’s, UCLan, Preston.
My work is abstract but with a human presence and heavily influenced by the natural world. It is underpinned by psychoanalytic principles and the notion of the unconscious, using the sea as a metaphor to represent this.
My work is exhibited across the UK and internationally.
It feels odd writing a bio of my work as an artist because I’m not sure that’s what I am. I enjoyed drawing when I was a child/teenager and have an Art O-level (my only artistic qualification). However, when work and later a family came along I no longer managed to make space to draw. When retirement came along I found time again. Moving to Morecambe and being near to the bay and its bird life gave me inspiration. Seeing a wire and paper sculpture on Pinterest and then being given some wire to ‘play around’ with set me off. I started by making shapes of the waders I saw on the bay. I just enjoy the making. I started to sell my creations mainly to make space at home for new ones! I have to say that selling my first bird (at Leighton Moss with the Bay Craft Collective) was amazing; the fact that someone liked my creations enough to part with their money and put my bird in their house was a real joy.
Hi,this is the Steve Varden Cloud Looping Experience. My idea is to explore rhythms, lyrics and loops in life. I’m excited about the idea of creating something new that hasn’t been seen or heard before.
Jane describes herself as a "beachcomber artisan from the wild shores of Sunderland Point", and her work encompasses, unique one-off art pieces, handmade cards, prints and jewellery. Every piece is unique and she is happy to create commissions.
Woodcarver and wood black printer
I am a 63-year-old retired geography teacher who wishes to spend his dotage looking at and trying to create nice things. I am pretty new to woodcarving and woodblock printing but in the last few years have been able to concentrate on developing these new skills. In the past, I have worked with watercolours and exhibited many years ago in Watford. I have tried my hand at woodturning and sold some items locally. It is my intention to continue with woodworking and would like to exhibit in the future.
Artist and digital imaging specialist
I am a Heysham based artist with a fondness for animal and architectural drawing and painting, I also am a keen photographer, and digital imaging specialist.
Corinne Young is a textile artist from Warton, Carnforth who creates embroidered 3D artwork using handmade linen paper and vintage fabric and painted paper. Her work is inspired by gardens, old botanical books and antique needlework.
Julie lives in Heysham, where she upcycles and decoupages items of home decor.
Celia is currently the Co-Director of the Centre for Gender and Women's Studies and Joint Doctoral Director in the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University.
Freelance Theatre Professional
Music Specialist, Performer, Teacher, Community Arts
I'm a self-taught watercolour painter and have drawn/painted since childhood. I paint landscapes and street scenes in a detailed style which owes much to my engineering training (groans from the atmospheric painters!).
I sold my first pictures in the 70's and then sold through several galleries in the NW where I lived until recently. I exhibited regularly in Lancashire, Yorkshire and Manchester, even as far afield as Hungary on a couple of occasions.
I'm now based in Buckinghamshire where I exhibit and play an active part in local art societies.