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In a joint ex­hi­bi­tion, Der­byshire-based artist Sue Lewis-blake and Ur­sula Blanck­eDau from Lüneb­urg, Ger­many, ex­plore the no­tion of the cir­cle: its out­line shape, cen­tral space and sym­bolic mean­ing.

Many of the works are in­spired by an­cient stone cir­cles – there be­ing sites close to both of the artists’ homes. Sue and Ur­sula be­gan to col­lab­o­rate some ten years ago fol­low­ing a cul­tural ex­change and this will be their fourth joint ex­hi­bi­tion.ur­sula ex­plores the ‘Cir­cles’ theme in ex­pres­sive can­vases, pho­to­graphic work and videos, whereas Sue’s for­mally com­posed paint­ings, un­der­pinned by draw­ing, present a dif­fer­ent re­sponse but one that cre­ates a di­a­logue when the works of the two artists are seen to­gether. One of their joint ac­tiv­i­ties in­volved bind­ing to­gether the sep­a­rate stones of stone cir­cles (Nine Ladies and Doll Tor on Stan­ton Moor and the Olden­dor­fer Toten­statt in Ger­many), with haz­ard warn­ing tape then sketch­ing and video-record­ing the process.

Sue Lewis-blake says: ‘Ralph Waldo Emer­son called con­ver­sa­tion “a game of cir­cles”. Our joint ex­hi­bi­tion high­lights a fruit­ful, cre­ative dis­cus­sion that has fos­tered new de­par­tures for both of us.’ On show from 12th Jan­u­ary to 23rd March.

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‘Dial Win­ter’ by Sue Lewis-blake

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