Last week was the launch of our latest exhibition REcycled REscued REstored. Heart Gallery welcomed you to a world of recycling; embracing new work by carefully chosen UK artists and makers working with recycled or sustainable materials and inspired by reclamation processes.
This was a seed earlier this year that had been planted and was taking shape but was watered when I was asked to judge Open Houses at Saltaire Arts Trail earlier this year. My brief for the Best of Open Houses Award was to give the award to the artist or company behind the best presentation of a body of work in my opinion…and so more artists were found to join us in September in the shape of Peter and Kate Caruana.
The main showcase in our Picture Gallery is photography introducing new and exciting work from local photographer Ross McGinnes who has been inspired by this exhibition to scour the locality and Yorkshire in a bid to capture the process of classic car restoration, from ‘barn finds’ to concours classics. From Todmorden to Sheffield he’s photographed motoring icons untouched for 40 years, as well as gleaming show-stoppers.
We had great fun hanging the framed pieces and putting the finishing touches to the Picture Gallery the night before the launch on Sunday 8th Sept … even managing a few cheeky beers!
Sunday we opened the doors at 12pm and, although September is historically a quiet month whilst folk get back into the swing of ‘normal’ life after the summer holidays, there was a steady stream of customers bobbing in to enjoy a glass of fizz and admire the new pieces.
Among the 14 garages Ross visited, he also captured the work of SD Developments in Todmorden, where classics in desperate need of some TLC are transformed into professional rally cars, Mk1 and Mk2 Escorts being a speciality. Many of the car owners/garage owners came to take a peek at the final results and were really chuffed with the little background stories on the wall for each photograph. As Ross had also produced a fab limited edition set of Art Cards in a tin for us these made a perfect present for people to buy at only £15 and only 20 produced…believe it or not they were being bought for Christmas stocking fillers (yes the BIG C already!).
It was great that some of our makers bobbed in to see their displays, chat and meet other designers they’d only previously spoken to on social media … a face to a name/tweet!
It was a lovely day, the weather was kind and we enjoyed the fizz and fun. It was a long day too so as soon as the doors closed at 5pm this is what happened!
Here are a few shots of what’s in store for you now at Heart Gallery as part of REcycled REscued REstored which runs until 20 October 2013 so hope to see you soon.