A NEW visual art show exhibition is taking place at Newcastle-under-Lyme’s little gem – The Brampton Museum.

Juncture by #7 will be held a the brand new The Jim Wain Courtyard Gallery, at the Museum from 19 March – 8 May 2022.

‘Juncture’ can be interpreted as a particular point in events or time or a place where things join. The exhibition sees 7 artists create NEW WORK in response to the theme, in an individual way using a wide variety of media.

The group’s work includes a highly developed use of visual language, that originates from different strands within art practice: ceramics; 3D; paint; textile; lens-based; animation and in this exhibition, poetry. The group is united in the desire to create a compelling response to a carefully considered starting point, or collective theme: JUNCTURE.

The seven artists came together as #7 in 2016 with all having worked (or currently work) as art lecturers/teachers at a variety of educational institutions such as Newcastle College (NSCG), Staffordshire University and University of Derby as well as local schools. They have exhibited locally and nationally with some having shown their work internationally.

Joyce Iwaszko, who specialises in producing contemporary works using unconventional
materials such as ceramic pigments and cement, is the the founder and director of local
visual arts organisation DUST Rising and its Every Other Seat pop-up exhibition which
featured a display of seat designs in Hanley and Newcastle Town Centre to highlight the crucial role that creative people play in the well-being of a town, particularly after Covid. Her work for the exhibition is inspired by celebrated Stoke-on-Trent ceramic artist and designer Clarice Cliff.
Meanwhile, artwork produced by Heather Hancock has been shortlisted for the Jerwood
Drawing Prize – the largest and longest running annual open exhibition for drawing in the
UK – and was exhibited in various galleries around the country. Joining #7 as a guest is
Olivia Rowland, a practice-based PhD student at the Manchester School of Art, whose
print-based and animated works have featured in numerous exhibitions with highlights
including the Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, The Brick Lane Gallery, Alchemy Film and
Arts Festival, Clifford Chance’s Postgraduate Printmaking in London, the neo:art prize,
Masters: Screen and Stone at Bankside Gallery and The Red Mansion Art Prize. Olivia’s
mum, fellow member Ruth Rowland, taught Joyce who in turn taught Olivia.

Joyce, of Newcastle-under-Lyme, said: “We are delighted to be the first group show in the beautiful Jim Wain Courtyard Gallery and are looking forward to shine light on the creativity happening in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

“We’re really looking forward to hosting the first group show in The Jim Wain Courtyard Gallery. This is a highly visual exhibition, with something for everyone. We planned it almost three years ago, before the pandemic started, so we’re happy that it’s finally opening. It’s been worth the wait as the new art gallery is really modern and bright.

“We want to shine a light on the creativity happening in Newcastle-under-Lyme. I’d like to
think that residents are becoming more used to seeing more challenging artwork thanks to
Appetite’s ongoing programme. Art can be anything you want it to be but there are things
that hopefully people will see. There is so much happening in the world at the moment so I
hope this helps to provide a welcome distraction. It’s a great opportunity for anyone to come and be inspired. It’s definitely something a bit different.”

Cllr. Jill Waring, Cabinet member for leisure, culture and heritage, at Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council added: “We’re very pleased to host ‘Juncture by #7’ in the museum’s new art gallery following the hugely successful Arthur Berry season. It’s great that this exhibition celebrates the talents of local female artists. Visual art is very powerful – we want to help raise its profile and the role it plays in making the town a forward thinking, culturally diverse and inclusive place.”

The artists at the exhibition are: Heather Hancock; Hazel Higham; Joyce Iwaszko; Sara Penny; Sharon Porteous; Olivia Rowland; Ruth Rowland.

Juncture by #7” runs at the Brampton Museum until Sunday, 8 May. Open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and on Sundays from 1.30pm to 5pm. Admission is free and a limited amount of free parking is available. Members of #7 officially opened the exhibition on 19 March.

(Main image left to right, with their new exhibition at the Brampton Museum are: Joyce Iwaszko, Sharon Porteous, Hazel Higham, Sara Penny, Ruth Rowland and Olivia Rowland.)

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