Laura Ford: Fantasy, Menace and Tenderness: Facets of a very Modern Sculptor

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Laura Ford, born in Cardiff, studied at Bath Academy of Art, 1978-1982, which included a sojourn at the Cooper Union School of Art, New York , followed by Chelsea School of Art for a year .Among a host of very eminent tutors were Anthony Gormley and Peter Randall-Page. At Chelsea  she became a lecturer from 1983-1995 after which she was Senior Lecturer in Art at Middlesex University. Now she lives in Camden with her husband and children.
She is identified with the New British Sculpture Movement. Her work is found in a multitude of prestigious collections including the Tate, the V and A, MOMA and the National Museum of Wales, to name but a few.
Laura Ford’s sculptures are faithful representations of fantasy both menacing and tender. Meticulous observation together with humour engage with a wide perspective on social and political issues. Her work is both intensely crafted and playful and she employs a wide range of media. 

Lisvane Saturday Lunches – Laura Ford – 25th March 10:30. Please click on link for more details lisvane-25-3-17

 

 

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JAC SAORSA – Artist: The Abject Artist: Exploring the Capacity of Art to Communicate the Experience of Illness

Lecture Theatre 0.53, School of Architecture
King Edward VII Drive – Cardiff

Date(s) – Tuesday, November 22, 2016
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Jac Saorsa is a visual artist and researcher. Her background is in philosophy and creative practice and she has extensive international teaching experience in higher education. Her work is rooted in the Medical Humanities and is characterised by an interdisciplinary mix of practice and theory where the overarching theme is questioning how, as human beings, we experience and engage with the world and with others in it. She focuses on this engagement through exploring the relationship between sickness and health, and the existential experience of illness. This has led to various projects, solo and collaborative, in the field of arts and medicine including Drawing Women’s Cancer: Art Science and the Lived Experience.


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SALLY MOORE – Artist – in Conversation with Tony Curtis – Domestic Surrealist

Lisvane Memorial Hall
Heol Deryn – Lisvane|

Date(s) – Saturday, November 12, 2016
11:00 am – 2:30 pm

Sally’s paintings are intriguing, there is a drama being enacted, a story unfolding.Sometimes the stage set is a domestic one, or an everyday scene, a seemingly familiar and therefore reassuring picture. We are drawn in as eager observers, only to realise that we have become participants in the story.

Her work displays an interest in, and a deep knowledge of, three visual art traditions, the Narrative, the Surreal and the Symbolic, marrying all together through her use of highly personal imagery. Her paintings are painstakingly crafted, taking months to produce one glowingly detailed art work. The paintings are icons of magical realism, the known with the mysterious. In making art she is making sense of the world and we, in viewing the work become part of that process, part of the drama.