Primavera springs to life at the Malthouse Gallery

Art and Craft in Lyme Regis this Easter

As the earth tilts imperceptibly towards the sun, the season of spring brings warmth and blossoms to our gardens, beaches become more populated and brave souls swim. In the upcoming Primavera exhibition in Lyme Regis this Easter, textile artist Jane Colquhoun and ceramist Jane Staniland celebrate these intrepid bathers in stitch and clay, Jonathan Mulvaney on the other hand would rather a stroll in the countryside to capture the abundance of the season in paint.

Jane Staniland at Malthouse Gallery Lyme regis Jane Colquhoun at Malthouse Gallery Lyme Regis Jonathan Mulvaney at Malthouse gallery Lyme regis 

Jane Staniland, Jane Colquhoun, Jonathan Mulvaney

Responding to these themes of renewal, rejuvenation and regrowth, Jenny Gracie returns to the gallery with her home-grown willow which she uses to weave baskets. Alison Shelton Brown will install a cascade of delicate porcelain clematis flowers incorporating sea-twine collected along the local shoreline. 

 Jenny Gracie at Malthouse Gallery Lyme Regis Alison Shelton Brown at Malthouse Gallery Lyme Regis 

Jenny Gracie of Making Space to Make, Alison Shelton Brown

Helen Eastham’s love of our coastline inspires her designs for glass vessels, while Sam Isaacs goes one step further incorporating the fishing floats he finds washed up on beaches in his unique recycled lamps. Printmaker Jacqueline Mulvaney prefers to be inspired by the Catch of the Day, screen-printing plates of lobster and seafood, with a good recipe on the side.

Helen Eastham at Malthouse gallery Lyme Regis Sam Isaacs Reworked at Malthouse Gallery Lyme Regis Jacqueline Mulvaney at Malthouse gallery Lyme Regis

Helen Eastham, Sam Isaacs (Reworked), Jacqueline Mulvaney

Jewellery is a particular passion for curator Alison Shelton Brown and this year Anthony Wong of The Bluecoat in Liverpool is the featured out-of-towner, he specialises in making designs using precious metals which include elements of the found and uncovered, while local maker Robin Shelton responds, discovering the potential in the odd and overlooked in his wearable ornaments.

 Anthony Wong at Malthouse Gallery Lyme Regis

Anthony Wong, Robin Shelton

This exhibition provides the opportunity this Easter to enjoy a cornucopia of materials such as glass, clay, willow and fabric used by makers based in the South-West. Paint and printmaking techniques are on show, along with skilled design and workmanship in jewellery and lighting, all at affordable prices.

Where and When

Malthouse Gallery, Town Mill Courtyard, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU

Good Friday 7th to Thursday 13th April 2023

10am – 5pm daily

Sarcoma UK

Five of the artists taking part in the show have a direct link to Dylan Shelton (aged 25) who was diagnosed with sarcoma cancer in 2021. Sales of the hand-made cards will all go to the charity Sarcoma UK who are specifically researching and supporting mostly children, young adults and their families with this awful disease. As organiser of the show I will also be giving a fifth of the commission I take on sales.




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