Book Signing Event

Gillian Lee Smith - Artist

Gillian Lee Smith – Artist

Many of you have now met with Gillian in Heart Gallery recently as her latest solo exhibition launched in October and lots of you wanted to come along and support her….both at the launch of We all Cast Shadows and also when she visited to paint, chat and drink tea! (more about that here)

We all Cast Shadows

We all Cast Shadows

Gillian’s book ties in with her first solo exhibition ‘We all Cast Shadows’ that is currently still showing at Heart Gallery and which runs until January 2015.

Looking for the lights

Looking for the Lights – Gillian Lee Smith

This self-published book is a peek into her process with images of her sketchbooks and journals, writing and the artwork for the show.

Gillian Lee Smith at Heart Gallery with her sketch books - photo Craig Shaw

Gillian Lee Smith at Heart Gallery with her sketch books – photo Craig Shaw

It’s all based around the female communities, coming together in the great adversity of war time, when men had to go and serve their country on land and sea, and leave their families behind.

    Detail from Gillian's sketchbook; part of We all Cast Shadows

Detail from Gillian’s sketchbook; part of We all Cast Shadows

Gillian is excited to see this book coming together and it will be launched with us on  the 29th of November at 12pm.

Details from Gillian's sketch books that will appear in her long awaited book

Details from Gillian’s sketch books that will appear in her long awaited book

There will be a soft cover version of Gillian’s book as well as a limited edition special collector’s edition cloth bound hardcover book …. not everyone has room for art on their walls but most folks I know love a book.

Book Cover

Book Cover

The book contains images of sketches, drawings, journal pages and the paintings for the exhibition along with some of Gillian’s  thoughts about this body of work and what inspired her to create it.

Sketches and text in Gillian's book

Sketches and text in Gillian’s book

The special edition will also come with a signed small fine art print of the image below which is exclusively available with this version of the book and will not be available as a separate print.

Mending the Nets - Gillian Lee Smith

Mending the Nets – Gillian Lee Smith

Each book has 64 pages with 32 colour images and Gillian’s own writing about her work.

Image from the book

Sketches

Sketches and text in Gillian’s book

Gillian has collaborated with Fiona from Happy 4 pr (our local Hebden Bridge PR and Marketing business) and some wonderful folk musicians who have been writing and rehearsing some songs inspired by the artwork for  ‘We all Cast Shadows’ and Gillian’s writing for it. Gillian, as you would expect, is so excited about this!

Image from Gillian's first ever book 'We all Cast Shadows'

Image from Gillian’s first ever book ‘We all Cast Shadows’

Gillian recently had a sneak peek of the music that will be performed on Saturday 29th November at Heart Gallery and it brought her to tears. With titles such as Oh to be a Sailor’s Wife and My Boy Archie Went Off To Sea (a title from a previous painting of Gillian’s  and one from the work for the current exhibition that is actually still available despite being greatly admired) the collaboration between Gillian, Fiona and the local musicians has really captured Gillian’s  thoughts on her work and her storytelling. Fiona and the musicians have created lyrics and music that are so moving that Gillian cannot wait to see you listen to these on Saturday 29th November in Heart Gallery and neither can we to be honest!

Extract from Gillian's book

Extract from Gillian’s book

Gillian’s long term plan is to get into a recording studio at some point in the future and create an EP which will of course will also be available – so stay tuned for news on that! However, in the meantime we shall see you next weekend … Saturday 29th November at 12pm … oh, and did we mention that Gillian will be with us to sign the copy of your book you buy! x

Sketches

Sketches by Gillian Lee SMith

 

 

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