Light Structures, a solo exhibition by one of the UK’s most exciting ceramic artists, Halima Cassell, has opened at The Arts & Crafts House in Blackwell and runs until 7 October.
The exhibition contains a new body of work in stone, porcelain and glass as well as her signature clay bodies and features relief wall panels, sculptural forms and the bowl-like vessels for which she is best known. Halima’s work is informed by geometry and organic forms which reflect many of the decorative elements at Blackwell. Her work is characterised by high-relief carving, and the play of light and shadow on the forms she creates reflects the way in which natural light dramatises and animates the house.
In addition, Halima has made a unique series of five wallpaper designs. These white on white papers are textured and embossed, presenting different levels of surface to capture and reflect the light. The wallpaper has been developed to her design by Graham & Brown, aspects of which are also on display.
Commenting on the exhibition, Jane Beardsworth, Arts Council England’s Director for the North West said, Halima, who studied at the University of Central Lancashire, was on the Arts Council’s Setting Up Scheme which offered rent free studio space and a comprehensive business development to artists to help them establish their business in Greater Manchester. It ran for 13 years and supported 109 artists through 56 host organisations. Halima now practices and lives in Blackburn and we are delighted that her hard work and creativity has brought such recognition. This is an illustration of our commitment to developing the careers of artists and of our desire for the North to be the place of choice for artists to live and work. The exhibition at Blackwell reflects our interest in developing contemporary arts in heritage venues and increasing audiences through cultural tourism.’
Gordon Watson, Chief Executive of the Lakeland Arts Trust said, ‘We are committed to working with contemporary artists inviting them to interpret Blackwell in new and innovative ways. This exhibition has offered Cassell such an opportunity. Cassell was inspired by the combination of geometry and organics forms which reflect many of the spatial and decorative elements at Blackwell.’
Lakeland Arts Trust is one of our national portfolio organisations and a leading independent museum and gallery trust creating opportunities for understanding and enjoyment through the work of artists and the Trust’s collections and buildings. It is highly regarded for the excellence of its collections and exhibitions at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Blackwell The Arts & Crafts House, and the Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry.