During WWI, the postcard industry reached its peak, as thousands of soldiers on the battlefields of Western Europe sent postcards to mothers, wives, sweathearts and friends back home, and postcards with messages of love and support were sent from home to the frontlines.
Photographic artist Lee Karen Stow brings together postcard-sized botanical images of the common cornflower poppy with a series of WWI original postcards exploring the roles of women during four years of conflict, after which the accepted perception of what women were capable of changed irrevocably.
Poppies & Postcards forms part of Stow’s major documentary project Poppies (Women and War) sponsored by Arts Council England which tells the stories of women affected by and involved in wars and conflicts, from WWI to the present day.
Manchester artist Colin Taylor is well-known for transferring his love of mountains to his paintings.
But in his latest exhibition, Riverscapes, which is currently on view at Barton upon Humber’s The Ropewalk he took to the skies to bring a new perspective to his latest body of work which was created especially for the regionally acclaimed arts centre.
Two consecutive evenings of outstanding comedy are being staged at Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall within the next couple of weeks.
“It really will be a comedy weekend here in Barton with Susan Calman and Robert Newman appearing at our venue on two successive nights,” said Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk.
The regionally acclaimed Barton upon Humber arts centre, The Ropewalk, has just announced a significant increase in numbers during 2013.
The Maltkiln Road arts venue, which first opened in April 2000, has recorded best ever figures, The Ropewalk’s Managing Director, Liz Bennet has revealed.
As well as being a painter, Colin has nearly 30 experience of climbing and working in mountains. He was born in the East Midlands and studied art and drama at Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham in the mid-eighties.
In 2008/09 Colin produced ‘A short walk in the big landscape’, a series of nine solo exhibitions that toured England funded by the English Arts Council.
In 2010, he was invited to undertake a year-long residency at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral which led to an exhibition of 30+ drawings and which later transferred to Cologne, Germany. In 2012 he had a solo exhibition in Chelsea, New York.
He is currently nearing the end of a 3-year project with a Manchester-based property developer, (Bruntwood plc), working on a series of ‘cityscapes’, looking across the city skyline from the top of a number of their properties and for which a large exhibition is planned next summer. Also in 2014 he will be exhibiting in Washington DC with Susan Calloway Fine Art and has been invited to undertake a series of drawings for the National Cycling Stadium in Manchester.