Winter, a contemporary art exhibition at Oxheys Mill Studios, Preston

Denise Swanson

On Thursday evening we went to Winter, a new exhibition at Oxheys Mill Studios featuring the work of local artists. It was held in an exhibition space within the artists’ studios in Preston. The studios were set up a few years ago by three local artists to provide studio space to local and regional artists. It is run as a not for profit organisation.

Earlier this year I interviewed one of the resident artists Simon Plum, he told me how instrumental the studio space had been in him taking up painting again. He had graduated with a degree in Fine Art and subsequently found himself working full time in the family business with little time or motivation to do what he loved, drawing and painting. He thought it would be a brief sabbatical from art. For a decade he didn’t create any artwork, until he found the studio space at Oxheys Mill and began working alongside other artists.

Their current exhibition features a wide range of work, from the fine art photography or Denise Swanson to the peculiar etchings of Julia Swarbrick and the gorgeous ceramic plates hand painted with platinum and blue lustre by Elizabeth Emmens-Wilson.

The exhibition is open every Friday and Saturday before Christmas, from 12-3pm and again in the New Year from 10th – 24th January 2014.

All the artwork being exhibited is available for sale and there is also a special under £20 area selling hand-made cards, art and prints.

Oxheys Mill Studios, Stanhope Street, Preston, PR1

Image: Denise Swanson

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