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Celebrating 75 Years:
The Evolution of Lichfield Cathedral School

9 - 21 May 2017

An exhibition of artwork by Year 9 students, celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the founding of Lichfield Cathedral School.

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In The Light Of Turner Exhibition

Anthony Birchwood FRSA

Winner of The Lichfield Prize 2016
25 April - 6 May 2017

This powerful body of work is an intuitive manifestation of response to the landscape in Lancashire where Anthony Birchwood lives and works.  Each of the evocative paintings has emerged from a spontaneous mixing of oil paint, pigments, resin and medium as a reaction to the visual experience of landscape and its transient relationship to light, weight of weather and texture.

Anthony has exhibited, during a career spanning three decades, in the UK, America and Europe and his paintings hang in numerous private collections internationally. 

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The Lichfield Prize 2017

Call for entries is now open with prizes worth £1200

emporium, in association with Lichfield Festival invites emerging and established artists countrywide to participate in their annual visual arts competition.

Under the exhibition title Dreams and Extremes artists are invited to creatively interpret this year's competition theme which focuses on America; a land of hopes and dreams, and extremes of terrain and temperature, of colour, creed, culture and colonisation.

This very topical subject, as well as a wide historical or geographical brief, invites interpretation and artistic expression with paintings, drawings, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, mixed media, film or photography.

First Prize
•    £500 cash sponsored by Lichfield BID
•    A solo exhibition at emporium

The People’s Choice
•    £200 cash sponsored by Keelys LLP Solicitors
This new prize will be awarded to the artist who receives the most votes from exhibition visitors.

Competition finalists will be exhibited at Lichfield Cathedral and more selected entries exhibited at emporium for the duration of the Lichfield Festival 7th – 15th July.

Closing date for entries:Tuesday 6th June 2017


For more details and information on how to enter the competition please click on a link below.

CLICK HERE for the Entry Form in PDF format

(To complete: download a copy of the form; enable editing and complete using the fill & sign tool).

CLICK HERE for the Entry Form in WORD format

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Momma

Ann Wilkinson
 21 March - 1 April 2017

This body of work by Ann Wilkinson celebrates maternal moments and family.

Ann’s paintings have a warm and delightful narrative of everyday human lives with interesting surface patterns and compositions that takes into consideration every shape of the subject matter and the spaces between.

Working on a group of three or four paintings at a time, Ann makes a series of sketches from drawings and photographs before drawing her final compositions in charcoal, then by using a limited pallet of pastels with strong tonal variations to emphasise the overall unity she creates her charming compositions.
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The Art of Literature Exhibition

28 Feb - 11 March 2017

This intriguing and delectable exhibition celebrates literature in art form. Visitors are invited to fathom the literature referenced in the wonderful paintings, etchings, jewellery, sculpture and 'specimen boxes' created by regional artists.

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A Christmas City Ditty by emporium

Video

Click on this link to watch our Christmas 2016 video.

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Xmas 2016



Exhibition of Festive Treasure 2016

Until 24 December 2016

The Exhibition of Festive Treasure 2016 showcases truly unique and inspirational Christmas ideas designed and created by artists countrywide. It is an eclectic collection of wall art, ceramics, glassware, jewellery, sculpture, contemporary seasonal decorations and cards.

Originality, quality and quirkiness are important factors when selecting work from across the country and the number of pieces exhibited by each guest artist is limited, ensuring that gift choices are extra special and guaranteed to delight. In keeping with the City’s Christmas theme this year, angels feature in a variety of forms including original oil paintings by Peter Walker, lavender filled textile figures, contemporary ceramic cherubs and knitted wire sculptures.

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The Lichfield Prize 2016

Shadow Exhibition
1 - 10 July 2016

The Lichfield Prize is an annual visual arts competition open to artists across the UK, offering an opportunity to raise their profile and develop new audiences. This year’s event is sponsored by tinyCOW, in association with Lichfield Festival.

Finalists work will be exhibited within Lichfield Cathedral alongside an exhibition of selected entries at emporium for the duration of the Lichfield Festival 1-10 July.

Artist Demonstrations:
Saturday 2 & 9 July 2016
11am - 4pm

Join us during the Festival when we will have artists working outside the gallery painting and demonstrating a variety of specialist crafts.

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Dappled Light

MorvenBrowne

Dappled Light Exhibition

Morven Browne
31 May - 11 June 2016

North Shropshire based Artist Morven Browne was brought up in Dumfriesshire. Inspired by her rural background and the relationship of movement and light within the natural world, she has created a series of sculptural forms that reflect the ever changing and ephemeral nature of this association.

The viewer perceives a forest has been planted within the exhibition space with seedlings emerging from cracks, swaying trees and swirling leaves, movement can be seen within some pieces but is only implied within others.

The elegant sculptural forms are made from laminated birch, paper and metals such as silver, copper and brass which have been textured and patinated and then soldered or riveted together.

There will be an opportunity to meet and chat with Morven at the gallery on Saturday 4th June 11am - 4pm.

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The Lichfield Prize 2016

Call for entries now open

The Lichfield Prize returns for its third year with prizes worth £1000

emporium, in association with Lichfield Festival, is looking for emerging and established artists across the UK to participate in their annual visual arts competition.

Under the exhibition title of Shadow artists are invited to creatively interpret this theme with paintings, drawings, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, mixed media, or photography.

First Prize
  • £500 cash sponsored by tinyCOW
  • A solo exhibition at emporium
Finalists work will be exhibited within Lichfield Cathedral alongside an exhibition of selected entries at emporium for the duration of the Lichfield Festival 1-10 July.

Closing date for entries is Tuesday 31st May 2016.

For more details and information on how to enter the competition please click the link below.

(To complete: download a copy of the form; enable editing and complete using the fill & sign tool).

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Emporium


Precious Memories II Exhibition

Jo Beattie
19 April - 30 April 2016

Meet the artist: Jo  will be demonstrating her work at the gallery on Saturday 23 April 2016 11am - 4pm

"Memories are those precious moments
that tell our story"

Jo Beattie’s artwork is a reflection on memories of people we love and how we associate them with particular items of clothing. Images of fabric patterns and colours are embedded into our memory, becoming inseparable from the associated person. Our choices of patterns and colours determine not only our character and how we wish to be perceived by others, but also define us in a time, place and culture. The pieces are produced in a way that evokes an atmosphere of nostalgia; a suspended image occupying a space and leaving the shadow of a memory behind.

Jo uses predominantly machine stitch, creating her images of people, patterns and identity, with translucent or sheer backgrounds enabling shadows to become an integral part of the work. By creating a shadow onto a plain background a distance away from the actual work, the image becomes larger and more defined enhancing the idea of memory.

Jo has recently started experimenting with backgrounds of colour striving to enhance the idea of time and place and to tell a more personal story.

Jo Beattie, who lives and works in Derbyshire exhibits and sells her work in London, Ireland, and countrywide.  She also delivers talks and demonstrations and also works to commissions.

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Photography-Gary Hawkes

Land & Sea Exhibition

Gary Hawkes
8 March - 19 March 2016

Lichfield born photographer Gary Hawkes studied Fine Art at Winchester School of Art initially experimenting with canvas and oil paint he found himself increasingly immersed in the world of photography.  Winchester’s focus on conceptualism served to foster this interest further, resulting in Gary experimenting with a variety of production processes in order to explore his key interest: capturing beauty in its purest form.  It is this concept which informs much of Gary’s present body of work in which the simplicity of the images belies the complex processes and techniques employed.

The photographs, full of texture, movement and light perfectly capture the haunting beauty and innate strength of this remarkable landscape. The eye is irresistibly drawn to the fluidity of the oceans, the rough surface of the rock, the chaotic and tumultuous sky. Indeed, the enormity and strident beauty of the sky plays a vital role in creating an awe inspiring backdrop upon which to depict the fragile resilience of nature.

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Emporium

Exhibition of Festive Treasure

14 November - 24 December 2015

An exhibition of Christmassy creativity and festive festoonery. Featuring unique Christmas gifts and decorations to inspire and delight, offering an eclectic range of original art and craft by fifteen guest artists and designer makers.

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Birds Eye View

Birds Eye View Exhibition

John Rattigan
15 September - 3 October 2015

John Rattigan likes his work to appeal to the art aficionado as well as the uninitiated, the young and the old.

John's  wonderful  paintings  have  a  graphic   and  strong  geometric decorative elements as he strives to deal with a number of paradoxes producing rich images of anthropomorphic creatures that are both playful and serious, abstract and figurative, complex yet simple.

For the viewer John's work evokes an immediate emotional response and an irrepressible smile!

There will be an opportunity to meet and chat with the artist at the gallery on Saturday 26th September 11am - 4pm.

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Emporium Gallery Lichfield - Agnes in her Dress - Jo Beattie Textile Artist


Through The Artist's Eyes Exhibition

Twinned with 'A City As Sculpture' Exhibition
at Lichfield Cathedral

Peter Walker FRSA MBRS ARBSA
7 August - 9 September 2015

Emporium offers a rare opportunity this summer to view and acquire artworks by the internationally renowned sculptor and artist Peter Walker.

Peter produces work of international significance including powerful sculptures, absorbing paintings and drawings as well as installation pieces and son et lumieres. With now over fifteen public statues located around the country and works in private and public collections worldwide his reputation grows.

Born in the area with a great passion to bring his years of learning and expertise back to where it all began, Peter Walker is keen to see support for the visual arts grow for the benefit of the local community and visitors to the area, but especially to offer more creative opportunity to the younger generation.

A selection of Peter’s work now returns to his place of birth here in Lichfield for a short period for viewers to see as a collection.

The exhibition entitled 'Through the Artist's Eyes' is twinned with Peter's exhibition at Lichfield Cathedral and incorporates work from several collections, featuring works of ink on paper, oil landscapes and bronze sculpture.

There is an opportunity for advanced viewing on 7 August 2015 when the gallery will remain open until 7pm.
 

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FOV

Lichfield Festival & The Lichfield Prize 2015

Field of Vision Exhibition

3 - 12 July 2015

The winning entry of The Lichfield Prize 2015 and other finalists' work will be on show in the Field of Vision Exhibition at Lichfield Cathedral and the gallery throughout the Lichfield Festival.

During the Festival we will have artists working at the gallery demonstrating a variety of specialist crafts and some will be sketching quick portraits. Below are dates and details of these events:

Saturday 4 July
All day           Wood Sculpting
11 - 1pm       Painting & Jewellery design
2 - 4pm         Portraits & Ceramics

Saturday 11 July
11 - 1pm       Painting, Textiles & Jewellery design
2 - 4pm         Portraits, Painting & Sculpture

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The Journey

The Journey Exhibition

Michael Wheeley
19 May - 30 May 2015

For fifty years Michael Wheeley's family visited Anglesey. A caravan was their second home. Now everyone has moved on. The caravan gone.

This powerful body of work was created on his very last visit, one piece painted each at night without thought; a purely emotional response to the day's final sight seeing. Becoming one of life's wonderful memories.

The viewer is invited to follow the artist's journey from the heavy storm clouds of his first painting, to the last emotive piece, colourful free and open. Ready to move on.
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The Still Point Exhibition

Graham Burquest
21 April - 9 May 2015

This body of work explores man’s relationship within the land and how we have forged and created the landscape we see today.  Hedge rows, crumbled walls and farm ruins; seeing a fragment, a now vanished moment. Absence.

These captivating paintings and drawings of rural landscape have an earthy, quiet, timeless quality with exquisite detail inviting the viewer to step in and explore the ancient, musty buildings and enduring landscapes.

Emporium Exhibition at Lichfield Cathdral

Graham Burquest 
21 April - 9 May 2015

Graham Burquest created his intricate drawings exhibited within the cathedral through the layering of marks in graphite. Time spent studying and recording each statue in great detail and creating art from art provided opportunity to reflect and consider;

"The statues on the west façade of the Cathedral have the enduring appeal of the apostles; spiritual, reflective and compassionate. They have an aura of having been and seen, a kind of presence of knowingness."

The large detailed, expressive drawings bring the statues closer to the viewer inviting a new awareness of the craft and skill involved in their creation so long ago.

Lichfield Cathedral exhibition opening hours.

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The Lichfield Prize 2015

Calling All Artists: Win £500 cash and a gallery exhibition

Emporium art gallery, in partnership with the Lichfield Festival is looking for artists across the UK to participate in their annual visual art competition. Under the exhibition title of Field of Vision entrants are invited to creatively interpret this year's festival theme of landscapes and journeys.

Paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, textiles, mixed media and photography are welcome.

First Prize: £500 cash sponsored by Tempest Ford of Lichfield plus the opportunity of a solo exhibition at Emporium.

All finalists work will be exhibited in the Field of Vision exhibition at Lichfield Cathedral and all selected artists will be exhibited at Emporium for the duration of the Lichfield Festival.

Closing date for entries is 2nd June 2015.

For information on how to apply and the rules of the competition please click here: The Lichfield Prize 2015 Entry Form



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Exhibition of Festive Treasure

15 November - 24 December 2014

Come & browse our festive treasure trove of affordable original art, unique gifts, decorations and much more. Be inspired by our Christmassy creativity and festive festoonery made by local artists and craftmakers.
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Europe

Contemporary Twinning Exhibition
30 September - 5 October 2014

The exhibition showcases artwork created by three artists from our German twin town Limburg-an-der-Lahn. Featuring scrap-metal sculptures by Armin Höhler, Batik pictures by Elisabeth Knossalla and paintings by Susanne Messer.

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Calling Artists & Craftmakers:

An opportunity to exhibit and sell your work in Lichfield during our Christmas Exhibition of Festive Treasure.

We are seeking an eclectic range of original art and craft including seasonal gifts or decorations for our treasure trove of Christmassy creativity and festive festoonery!

Please email us for further information and with details of your work including images if possible (or your website address) and a brief artist statement by Friday 26th September.

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Mutability:Life Through the Scanner

David Noble - Photographer
30 August - 20 September 2014

David who lives in Derby and is the course leader for the BA(Hons) Photography at Staffordshire University has created intricate, painterly images of decaying vegetables,flowers and garden detritus, with the use of a flatbed scanner. He explains, “To begin with this was a very strange experience as a photographer, no camera or looking through a viewfinder, just an empty screen to fill piece by piece and all in reverse order”.

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Emporium Gallery Lichfield

Emporium at the Cathedral

& The Light of Other Days Exhibition

4 - 13 July 2014

Emporium were delighted to be invited as guest curators for the Lichfield Festival again this year.  The exhibition within Lichfield Cathedral during featured work by emporium’s own artists and designer makers.

The standard of entries for the Lichfield Prize competition 2014 was really impressive and the panel of external judges had a difficult job whittling the selection down to six finalists.  These were exhibited in "The Light of Other Days" exhibition at the Cathedral during the Lichfield Festival.

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Emporium

Edge of the Landscape Exhibition

Geoff Selkirk
1 - 20 July 2014

Geoff is a Lancashire born artist now living in Lichfield, who is inspired and fascinated by the abstract nature of landscape, stimulating him to create works that go beyond description and express the powerful intensity of the natural world with light and colour.

Working on a painting is akin to meditation for Geoff, pictures evolve instinctively as he responds to the creative impulse generated by inner stillness, a quieting of the mind.Visual experience is translated abstractly, connecting his emotional response to the landscape with brush strokes of oil paint.

The resulting atmospheric paintings radiate light, almost like stained glass, imbuing the work with the essence of something reverential, precious and tranquil. Geoff has had several solo exhibitions in London and the Midlands and has works in private collections in Britain, Canada and Israel.

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Emporium

My Hero Exhibition

Young Artists' Exhibition
Humpty Dumpty Day Nursery & Pre School

7 - 15 June 2014

In collaboration with Humpty Dumpty Day Nursery & Pre School, Emporium hosts a second exhibition of artwork by young artists' this time from the Yoxall nursery.

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Emporium Gallery Lichfield - Lesley Westrop

Spring Exhibition - Book Sculpture

Isabel Moseley
15 - 26 April 2014

This exhibition of exquisite hand-bound book sculpture illustrates Isabel's technical precision and creative innovation.

Book-Binding Workshops

Enrol on Isabel's workshop to learn basic book-binding skills here at Emporium. Please ring for further details or bookings 01543 256624.

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Lichfield Prize 2014

The Lichfield Prize 2014

Calling All Artists: Win £500 & a Solo Exhibition

Emporium art gallery in partnership with Lichfield Festival launches a new art competition; The Lichfield Prize. This is open to all amateur and professional artists 18 years and over living in the UK. 

To coincide with the WW1 Centenary “The Light of Other Days” theme invites artists to present fresh contemporary works for the occasion.

Drawings, paintings, prints, textiles, digital art, photographs, mixed media and sculptures are welcome.

First Prize: £500 and an opportunity for a solo exhibition in Emporium art gallery in Lichfield.

Selected artists: Inclusion in “The Light of Other Days” Exhibition at Lichfield Cathedral during the Lichfield Festival 4th to 13th July 2014.

Deadline to enter: Tuesday 10th June 2014, by 4.00pm.

Full Conditions of Entry and an Entry Form can be downloaded from the link below:

The Lichfield Prize 2014 Entry Form

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Emporium


Exhibition of Festive Treasure

5 November - 24 December 2013

An exhibition of Christmassy creativity and festive festoonery. Featuring unique Christmas gifts and decorations to inspire and delight, offering an electic range of original art and craft by local artists and designer makers. 

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Emporium

Young Artists' Exhibition

Humpty Dumpty Nursery

22 October - 27 October 2013

In collaboration with Humpty Dumpty Nursery, Emporium hosts an exhibition of artwork by nursery children.

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Emporium

Call for Artists & Designer Makers:

An opportunity to exhibit and sell your work
in Lichfield during the

Exhibition of Festive Treasure

5th November – 24th December 2013

We are seeking an eclectic range of original art and designer treasure suitable for seasonal gifts or decorations for our exhibition of Christmassy creativity and festive festoonery!

Please email us for further information and with details of your work including images if possible (or your website address) and a brief artist statement by 17th September. Selected artists will be notified by the 20th September.

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Emporium Frontage

We Are One!

14 September 2013

A Birthday Invitation. We cordially invite you to pop into the gallery between 10am and 5pm on Saturday 14th September to help us celebrate our first birthday- how time flies when you’re having fun!!

It will be a great opportunity to meet our artists, some of whom will be demonstrating their craft in the gallery or making music outside.  We will also be exhibiting some wonderful artworks specially created for the occasion.

We do hope that you can join us and look forward to seeing you again.

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Emporium Food Festival


Food Festival

Food Festival Fiesta

Margarine Masterpieces
27 August - 1 September 2013


To celebrate Food Festival week we will exhibit several amazing and beautiful margarine sculptures created by Lichfield’s own celebrity chef and artist Simon Smith.


Simon creates these wonderful animal sculptures for display at high society events and surprisingly they do not melt!


Fruity-Tooty Competition
31 August - 1 September 2013

In collaboration with the Food Festival we are hosting a quirky competition open to anyone with artistic flair!

Carve or craft a creation or creature using fruits, vegetables or bread.

Make it seriously arty, funny or cute to win one of our lovely prizes.

Please click on the link for an entry form and more details:

Enter the Fruity Tooty competition online


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Emporium at the Cathedral

Emporium at the CathedralThe directors of emporium were delighted to be guest curators for the Lichfield Festival. The emporium exhibition within Lichfield Cathedral celebrated the creative talents of local artists and designer makers.

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Emporium Gallery Lichfield -  Lesley Westrop

Cathedral

Lesley Westrop
25 June - 14 July 2013

Lesley's current work is concerned with exploring colour and mark-making via drawing and painting. With her background in three dimensional works Lesley takes a contemporary approach to representing the architecture and detail of Lichfield Cathedral.

Combining inks, paints and drawing materials Lesley explores the serene beauty of the Cathedral's spaces, structures and carving, creating colour-drenched ethereal images that evoke the character of this ancient building.

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Breakwater Beach Cleveleys artist Phil Ordidge

Revealed

Phil Ordidge ARBSA
23 April - 12 May 2013

Phil’s current work explores the often magical interplay between land, sea and sky. He captures the evening sunlight, scattering across beaches and through trees, enhancing the often unnoticed textures and shadows. By using high horizons with little sky or brilliant sunlight juxtaposing intense shadows and textures he creates the mood.

Phil's landscapes invite the viewer to step into the picture and experience the solitude of the location. With a palette of cool, soft colours he evokes a sense of peace and tranquility whilst using stronger hues to generate dark, sultry shadows encapsulating the aura and atmosphere of the ever-changing daylight.

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Latent State Victoria Wolny

Latent State

Victoria Wolny
12 March - 30 March 2013

Victoria's large canvasses showcase her particular painting technique involving the manipulation of oils through complex layering and knife work. The result is a dramatic collision of both texture and colour.

Can art without the figurative evoke emotion?

It is through colour, light and texture that Victoria presents a body of work which invites the viewer on a journey, to see, to feel and to be touched by art on an emotional level.

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Lily - Mixed Media by David Finney

Spirit

David Finney
15 January - 27 January 2013

Using a self created technique, applying mixed media onto canvas, David Finney has focused on figurative compositions that reflect his personal fascination and admiration for individual character, highlighting a sense of freedom of spirit through a look, an attitude, an individual style; a kind of silent / peaceful / personal rebellion.

The artist's ultimate satisfaction would be that the viewer shares his sense of discovery whilst appreciating that not all people of the world can enjoy the luxury of showing true creative and personal individuality and potential; their true SPIRIT.

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Emporium Gallery Lichfield - Exhibition of  Festive Treaure

Exhibition of Festive Treasure

10 November - 24 December 2012

An exhibition of unique Christmas gifts and decorations to inspire and delight, offering an electic range of original art and craft by local artists and designer makers.

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Emporium Gallery Lichfield - Vintage Street

Vintage Street

27 October 2012

Emporium were delighted to collaborate with the organisers of Vintage Street. The event in Bird Street stepped back into the past for the city's first vintage extravaganza. Cocktail bars, vintage cars, dance demos  and live music were just a few of the treats on offer. The gallery underwent a nostalgic make-over for the one day event, with themed  window displays, 50's style outfits and a delightful Frog-Eyed Sprite  driven by the gallery Directors parked outside the premises.

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Emporium Gallery Lichfield - Agnes in her Dress - Jo Beattie Textile Artist

Reflections

Jo Beattie Textile Artist
22 October - 5 November 2012

Jo’s work visualises a fragment  of a precious memory, it is a reflection on memories of people we love and  how  we associate them with what they wear. Patterns and colours become inseparable from our image of them. The  unbounded  and  physical  nature  of  Jo’s  work  enables a suspended  image  of  a  moment in a person’s life to occupy a space,  leaving the shadow of a memory behind.

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