Victoria Works Studios
Art studios, courses and exhibition space in Chalford, Gloucestershire
Please find information and contact details on some of our current residents below. Should you wish to contact someone and they are not shown, please email general@VictoriaWorksStudios.co.uk
Rachel McDonnell is a landscape artist, and more, painting everything from the representational to the completely abstract, and working in whatever medium the work demands. She has produced work from the tiny to the monumental, and everything in between, and has had several solo exhibitions in London and Belfast. She welcomes commissions and visitors to her studio in Victoria Works.
Tel: 07860 572968
Anna Simson is a ceramist, making functional domestic ware as well as sculptoral pieces typically in stoneware.
Tel: 07970 224470
Dan McDermott is a painter of the overlooked. His extensive body of work is drawn from an expanding archive of images, frozen frames from film and television, emotionally resonant from their entrapment within the decades in which they were born and forgotten. The resulting image often seems familiar but its references are evasive, creating a sense of déjà vu, and investigating the ways in which individual significance is forged and shaped by type. Over 350 of Dan's works have been placed in multiple private and corporate art collections worldwide, including commissions for the Shell International Art Collection and several important private collectors.
Contact details through website
Helen Taylor is a Textile Artist who "sculpts and paints" with wool. She uses natural and plant-dyed rare-breed sheep fleece in her needle-felted studies of the natural world, particularly wildlife found in the five valleys. Examples of her work can be viewed on her online gallery at www.facebook.com/taylored.felt and can also be viewed in her studio by appointment. Portraits of Pets can be commissioned. Helen tutors at needle-felting workshops she runs one Saturday per month at Victoria Works Studios.
Tel: 07528 857598
Jill Watton makes wheel thrown ceramics in stoneware and porcelain. They are functional everyday objects that convey her love of throwing. Surface quality and the natural beauty of the materials are allowed to take centre stage on the simple undecorated forms. During the making process forms may be altered and multiple glaze firings explore the properties of clay and glaze. Open for sales and commissions, tuition and workshops for the public. Please ring for opening hours.
Lizzie Mabley (My Blue Shed) Lizzie is drawn to pattern, colour and repetition. This is conveyed in her textile designs. She draws her inspiration from nature, her garden and love of the coast. Lizzie always begins her designs using lino block prints which she then transfers to silk screens for a cleaner, more solid print that still tells the story of its handmade origin. Beginning in March 2017 Lizzie will be opening her Studio (13) on the first Sunday of the month so you can browse her products and designs and see new designs as they evolve. www.myblueshed.co.uk
Lucian Taylor’s playful skeuomorphic pieces revel in the contradictory, yet intriguing results of fusing the precise aesthetic of computer aided design with the tacit uncertainties of traditional and not-so traditional hand techniques.
Rebecca Simmons has an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea college of Art and Design and is currently Head of Art at Wynstones School. She is a ceramicist and painter exploring the affinities between clay and paint.
Nicola Clark is an artist fascinated by energy and colour. She paints mainly in acrylics; themes range from racehorse meetings to intimate domestic events. She is also an award winning portrait painter (BP Portrait Awards 3rd Prize, 1997)
Nicola opens her studio 11 to 4 on the 1st Sunday of the month.
Tel: 07957 580 447
Saira Todd is an arts psychotherapist who trained at the Institute of Arts in Therapy and Education. She works one to one with adults, adolescents and children in private practice in Studio 12 at the Victoria Works. She also works in schools, the NHS and the voluntary sector. Saira uses art making with paint, pastels, clay, sand tray, writing and roleplay to enable clients to explore psychological or emotional difficulties within a psychotherapeutic relationship.
Tel: 07808 173796
Katerina Gibb upholsters decorative and fine furniture by hand, using traditional techniques: hand stretched webbing, hand tied springs and hand stitched seats. She uses traditional tools and natural materials: jute webbing, horsehair stuffing, hessian, linen twine and unbleached calico. Katerina works to commission, restoring well-loved upholstered pieces to their original condition. She also runs upholstery classes where traditional techniques are taught in a relaxed and friendly environment.
Gourd and Horse presents a range of playful and functional handcrafted ceramic works. Yarn bowls for knitting-bees, orchid pots for green-fingers and tableware for food-lovers. Studio visits arranged by appointment.
Zoe Watts is a silversmith and jeweller, working with traditional techniques to create beautiful, tangible pieces that express a fascination with elemental beauty. Bespoke commissions include designing and making unique wedding and engagement rings.
Website: zoewattsdesigns.co.uk Facebook: ZoeWattsSilversmith
Steven Wood-Matthews specialises in portraiture and fine art photography. He is a medical photographer by profession and uses these skills in his personal work to capture precision in colour and detail, creating high quality portrait and fine art photographs. Located in Studio One at VWS, Steven will be showing his work and taking commissions for private portraits or other creative photographic assignments.
Tel: 07770 553542
Emily Cowen is a seamstress and shoemaker. Drawing inspiration from texture and form in her dressmaking she is now turning her hand to footwear, using her pattern-cutting skills to make unique creations.
Kathryn Brown is a visual artist who works across the fields of textiles and photography creating prints, wall hangings, installations and artists’ books. Inspired by the interplay of substance and image as well as the process of making recordings of recordings. Kathryn originally trained in textile art and then made the switch to documentary photography where she created images about textiles in relation to the body and its absence, which still informs her work today. Kathryn also runs art and photography workshops for children.