Wilm­slow artists ready to show off their work

Wilmslow Express - - FRONT PAGE - Zoe John­son

FOUR artists are storm­ing Manch­ester’s cre­ative scene as part of an all-fe­male col­lec­tive.

Ju­dith Roberts, Pi­etra Castel­lani, Clare Hawkes and Julie Han­son make up the Wilm­slow and Hand­forth con­tin­gent of the North­ern Women’s Art Col­lec­tive which has launched its in­au­gu­ral ex­hi­bi­tion in Manch­ester.

The col­lec­tive is a troupe of 19 women artists from the north of Eng­land com­ing to­gether to sup­port and en­cour­age each oth­ers’ cre­ative tal­ents and show­case their work in ce­ram­ics, paint­ing, drawing and photography.

Their first show as a col­lec­tive has opened in the Nexus Art Cafe on Dale Street, in Manch­ester.

Ju­dith, 53, of Up­cast Lane in Wilm­slow, has her ce­ram­ics fea­tured in the ex­hi­bi­tion.

She said: “We had a great turnout and a real mix of peo­ple showed up.

“It’s nice to get feed­back on your work, as it re­ally helps to give you con­fi­dence as an artist.”

Ju­dith felt hav­ing regular meet­ings as part of the col­lec­tive helped her gain cre­ative con­fi­dence.

She said: “It’s nice to get to­gether with like-minded peo­ple.

“I think it just shows that it’s amaz­ing what you can do. I started a bit later in life, and now it’s all I do.”

Pi­etra uses acrylics to cre­ate her vi­brant and tex­tured Mediter­raneanin­spired paint­ings.

She too is em­pow­ered by be­ing part of an allfe­male group, say­ing: “It’s a cel­e­bra­tion of all the cre­ativ­ity from women in both the present day and the past.

“A lot of the great artists in years gone by have been men. Fe­male artists have al­ways been around but of­ten went ig­nored and un­ap­pre­ci­ated.”

Anne Pol­litt, 53, from Mid­dle­ton, founded the North­ern Women’s Art Col­lec­tive af­ter feel­ing there was a real need for women artists to be able to meet and ex­hibit their works.

She said: “One of the bril­liant things about the col­lec­tive is how di­verse and in­clu­sive it is. We have psy­chol­o­gists, teach- ers and stu­dents as well as pro­fes­sional artists, and we’ve got a real mix of ages and na­tion­al­i­ties.

“I’m so pleased with how the group has taken off, and with the sup­port that Nexus has of­fered us.”

The Col­lec­tive is busy plan­ning its next in­stal­la­tions and plan to pi­o­neer monthly work­shops in Manch­ester. Their ex­hi­bi­tion runs in the Nexus art café un­til June 1 and all pieces are avail­able to buy.

From left Ju­dith Roberts, Pi­etra Castel­lani, Clare Hawkes, Julie Han­son who are part of the North­ern Women’s Art Col­lec­tive

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