Summer Open 2021 press release
20 July 2021


Wiltshire Creative today announces their Summer Open Exhibition, showcasing work from local talent and providing a platform for artists from Salisbury and the South West. Taking place at Salisbury Arts Centre from 13 July to 4 September are two exhibitions Picture This and Small Pictures which will celebrate the creative diversity within the region. 

The two-part Summer Open Exhibition 2021 is a selling exhibition which acknowledges and highlights the surge in creativity seen in lockdown by providing a platform for artists in all stages of their creative careers. This reflects Wiltshire Creative’s ongoing commitment to artist support and engagement. 

This year we have two artists’ prizes: the winner of the Memory Fine Art Prize will receive £200 and an opportunity to exhibit at Memory Fine Art Gallery, Salisbury. This prize is decided by the public vote. The winner of the Noble Arts Prize will be selected by Sharon Noble of Noble Arts Supplies and will be awarded to the best under 25’s entry.

Wiltshire Creative also announces today the programme for their Autumn and Winter Exhibitions at Salisbury Arts Centre, which will focus on presenting many different facets of contemporary craft practice. The exhibitions aim to expose craft practice as an analytical tool for capturing and interpreting our understanding of environments, situations and shared signifiers. The Autumn and Winter exhibitions are Makers' Tale from 14 September – 30 OctoberLinescapes from 9 November – Christmas Closure45(A) from 9 November – 4 December and Same Sea, Different Boat from 11 January – 5 March 2022. 


Resident Artist and Head of Visual Arts Mirka Golden-Hann said today: “When we have no words, art steps in. I feel very strongly that in the last months it was often the case that the only thing that made any sense were the messages and stories depicted through the courage of the creativity of artists.”



Wiltshire Creative Summer Open Exhibition 2021
Picture This

Picture This is a selection of works created by the members of Salisbury Photography Club. Presented are 54 pieces exploring many photographic methods and genres, with the aim of showcasing photography as an important art form.  
This exhibition was selected by Tony Oliver ARPS CPAGB BPE4*, Dr Jane Osbourne LRPS and Mirka Golden-Hann Wiltshire Creative Resident Artist and Head of Visual Arts. 

Small Pictures
Small Pictures presents a kaleidoscope of creativity responding to the open call out to all South West based artists. You can expect to see painting, drawing, photography, textiles, wood, mixed-media, ceramics, and more, all presented within a maximum frame size of 25cmx35cm. This exhibition introduces 123 pieces selected from 215 submitted entries

This exhibition was selected by Jonathan Mansfield, Artist, Painter and Deputy Director of Pound Arts, Corsham, Megan Smith, Artist and Young Arts Voice, and Sally Firino, Artist and Head of The Art Department at Burgate School and a legendary art teacher. 

Artist Elizabeth Hammon says, “Thank you so much for accepting my work for the upcoming exhibition, this has made my day!”

Artist Karen Welsh says, “I am delighted you accepted it, painted specially for the exhibition. Thank you.” 

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Autumn and Winter Exhibitions
The Autumn and Winter exhibition programme at Salisbury Arts Centre will focus on presenting many different faces of contemporary craft practice.  They will expose craft practice as an analytical tool for capturing and interpreting our understanding of environments, situations and shared signifiers.


14 September – 30 October 2021
Makers’ Tale

Exhibition featuring Peta Jacobs (textiles), Manuela Kagerbauer (metal), Michelle Shields (ceramics) Hermione Thomson (textiles), and Cara Wassenberg (glass and metal) and composer Dr. Harry Whalley along with composer Akira Sileas and cellist Anna Menzies.

Makers’ Tale exhibition examines craft and making as a highly relevant component of contemporary life.
This exhibition concentrates on presenting new insights into particular craft methods which are deeply rooted in a historical context yet connected to today. It presents them as the conveyors of new ideas, as the conductors of disciplinary crossovers, and will highlight the persistence of craft knowledge within the context of modern creative industries.

The exhibition also includes the work created in response to Salisbury Cathedral by recent graduates from The University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.

Makers’ Tale is co-curated with Loucia Manopoulou, PHD candidate UCA Farnham. The exhibition is a result of cooperation between Wiltshire Creative and The University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, in association with Salisbury Cathedral.

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9 November – Christmas Closure

Exhibition featuring Carolyn Marr, Frances Marr, Alexandra Hoare, Sue Kelly and Nancye Church

Linescapes is an exhibition in which contemporary craft practice explores the line of the landscape and the visible changes to the natural environment occurring through human and non-human influence.

In their art sisters Carolyn and Frances Marr respond to the interplay between the effect of natural forces and human-made scars on the land. They create multi-part installations, incorporating ceramic vessels and sculpture, found objects, and mark-making using gathered materials such as peat and mud.
Alexandra Hoare is a glass artist and will exhibit a series of works titled Glimpses of Marleycombe inspired by the ancient earthworks of the Marleycombe Hill.
Sue Kelly is a multi-material artist who develops work as a personal response to the natural world. Through the use of simple forms and a limited colour palette Sue produces pieces that evoke a sense of place.

Nancye Church is a Cumbria-based jeweller making jewellery from precious and base metals using gemstones and other items. Her work is inspired by the terrestrial and planetary geology as well as man-made structures such as Neolithic standing stones and dry stone walls.

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9 November – 4 December
by George Gammer - Photography Exhibition on the Altar Stage

The Roman road between Winchester and Salisbury was identified as 45(A) in book “Roman Roads in Britain’ by Dr Ivan D Margery.  

George Gammer is a photographer fascinated by the materiality of photographical process and the presence of the finished outcome. He uses film and darkroom to develop his silver-based photography.

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11 January – 5 March (TBC)
Same Sea, Different Boat

by Sue Brown in collaboration with Louise Asher, Liske Johnson and Cath Kingzett

Same Sea, Different Boat is a quilt with a difference instigated by the project founder artist Sue Brown in collaboration with artists Liske Johnson, Louise Asher and Cath Kingzett. This textile artwork is an uplifting artwork, a combination of craftivism and social documentary. The piece consists of hundreds of hand-printed and stitched stories lovingly produced by individual artists from across the UK and abroad. Each participant in this piece is reacting to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Same Sea, Different Boat was originally programmed to be exhibited at Salisbury Arts Centre in January 2021, but due to the third Covid 19 lockdown we were not able to host the exhibition then. During the last year, the quilts which form the piece have continued to grow as the piece took to its UK tour fulfilling its mission to collect stories, share experience, and to make people laugh or cry whilst reflecting on the unknown world in which we now live. 

Sue Brown, the project founder, says: “The quilt is a metaphor for how the effects of the quarantine have isolated us, yet we have all been part of it. Making the piece open ended also illustrates that Covid-19 will continue to shape our lives - everyone has their own isolation story, and we will help tell it”.

This exhibition will also showcase a selection of artworks created by the four founding artists of the Same Sea, Different Boat project. 

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Salisbury Arts Centre is open Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 3pm.


For more information please contact:
Kate Morley                             kate@katemorleypr.com          / 07970 465 648 
Hannah Margerison                  hannah@katemorleypr.com    / 07375 660 957