Rosalind Stoddart, Independent Cultural Engineer and Artist, has announced an open gallery and sale at her Northamptonshire water tower on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September 2011 showing her work ranging back many years with everything for sale.
Cakes and tea will be sold too.
Profits go towards the art projects she will be running next year: BB and his world.
Opening times 11am to 4pm both days.
The Water Tower
Tel: +44(0)1536 370108
Those with an interest in the cultural value of water towers, please note the text bolded (by me) below from the website of Fermynwoods Contemporary Art
FCA was founded by artist Rosalind Stoddart and architect Patrick Duerden towards the end of 1998 as an art gallery exhibiting paintings, sculpture and artists prints for sale. Their motivation was their own abiding passion for contemporary visual art, primarily non figurative work in the tradition of British modernism. Alongside this abiding interest, Rosalind perceived that there was no exhibition space for the most exciting and forward looking of artists in Northamptonshire, nor anywhere in the County to see the work of nationally and internationally important contemporary artists. Rosalind’s vision was to promote the work of the best up and coming artists by showing their work alongside that of established practitioners. She received early encouragement and support from David Holmes, who for many years had run a gallery in his own house in Peterborough before relocating to Cornwall in the mid 90s.
When Rosalind bought the Water Tower from the Fermyn Woods estate in 1994, it was as much for the opportunity to create a large artists studio as it was to realise its potential for domestic use. With FCA’s first exhibition, it was apparent that the building was also eminently suited to use as a gallery, and that alongside the art, the building itself helped to draw visitors to the venue. The garden that was created around Rosalind’s site specific sculpture Enclose completed the profile of the Water Tower as a visitor attraction.
Rosalind once described her practise to the BBC:
"My work encompasses painting sculpture and printmaking. It is often colourful and bold and on all scales from very small to very large.
I seek to emphasise the relationships of abstract form, colour, line and the balance and rhythm of these elements in composition.
My work often is autobiographical because the shapes are arrived at intuitively. Looking inwardly in this way is central to my artistic practice. My work is often site specific.
I trained as a painter at The Byam Shaw School of Painting and Drawing and at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts.
In 2000, I had a solo exhibition of large sculptures at Lyveden New Bield - the National Trust property near Oundle, Northamptonshire. This was part of a Year of the Artist residency.
I live and work in East Northamptonshire from where I also run a gallery, Fermyn Woods Contemporary Art."