22nd September 2017 - 7th October 2017
ARTISTS, MAKERS & COLLECTORS FROM NORTH OF WATFORD GAP!
If artists such as Kenneth Rowntree, David Blackburn and Joash Woodrow, to name a few of the North’s most exceptional creatives, had been at the heart of the art scene in London as each of their careers developed, would they have been better known and more celebrated today? If David Lloyd-Jones had moved from his beloved house in Fulford, York, to be part of the ceramics scene in St Ives or Stoke, would dealers be fighting over his work when it came up at auction? Alas, probably, yes.
So what fate for artists of the North? Today, as the North-South divide lessens, and cultural hubs emerge outside of the capital, in Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh; and as the nature of the internet makes geographical location almost obsolete, such concerns might seem slightly melodramatic. Step back into the 70’s and 80’s when getting your name ‘out there’ was a whole different matter, especially if you hailed from the ‘grim’ north, and it’s easy to understand why some of the country’s finest artists have sadly slipped under the radar.
Read more here: http://www.lotteinch.co.uk/northern-art-from-scarborough-to-skye