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17 September 2015


A Yorkshire artist who traditionally sells his work at art shows in London – but to Yorkshire folk – has chosen York as the place to launch a new art, design and contemporary craft show.

Brendan Hesmondhalgh has joined forces with more than 100 artists from Yorkshire and beyond to stage the Art Market at York Racecourse on 2 - 4 October.

Brendan says: “It’s bonkers that, like many local artists, I take my artworks to London and lots of interest comes from Yorkshire buyers so I end up transporting my huge animal sculptures back up north again. There are art lovers on our doorstep but few opportunities for me and my fellow artists to showcase our work and give local people the chance to commission unique pieces of art, when there is clearly a market for it.

Interactive and fun
“The Art Market York is in a fabulous venue and brings together top quality artists from a wide range of disciplines including painting, sculpture, ceramics, glassware, jewellery, homewares, lighting, leather goods, wire and metal work, and taxtiles – an unusual art form that merges textiles and taxidermy. There’s even a life-size kinetic sculpture of the children’s game Operation, complete with working buzzer!

“We’re keen to make the three day event as interactive, accessible, fun and interesting as possible for visitors. As well as artist’s showcasing their work for sale priced from £5 to £20,000, there will also be artists’ talks, life drawing workshops, interactive areas, live music, art demonstrations and a living plinth where you can chat to the artists about their processes and their inspiration and watch as pieces of work are created and come to life.

RAW talent
“We’re even encouraging new talent by giving 12 free places and a mentoring programme to graduates and talented newcomers in the RAW Graduate Mentoring Awards. We’ve allocated all 12 of the places and the talent from Yorkshire universities such as Sheffield Hallam, Leeds College and York is tremendous.”

Art competition
As well as organising and promoting the Art Market alongside fellow artists, designer-maker Victoria Robinson and ceramicist Emily Stubbs, Brendan will be demonstrating his art and creating dramatic new sculptures throughout the three day event.

He says: “I’m actually going to be working against the clock to compete with another ceramic artist James Oughtibridge to create a large scale sculpture over the duration of the show and see who can finish it by the time the event closes at 4pm on Sunday 4th October.

“Alongside creating our own pieces we also intend to create a collaborative piece for the first time. Although we work from the same studio in Holmfirth - we have never worked on something together - so it will be a first for everyone.”

The People’s Paintings
But it’s not just about professional artists creating art. Members of the public can help to create a unique artwork. Brendan explains: “We’ll be encouraging visitors to take part and work with artists to create three large scale paintings called the People’s Paintings over the course of the show. We literally want people to come along and 'make their mark'. It gives anyone who wants to the chance to become an artist and contribute to a large scale art experience."

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List of Yorkshire artists follows:

Notes to editors

Yorkshire artists include
Amy Stringer - Sheffield Hallam jewellery and metalwork graduate, now a studio holder at Bank Street Arts.
Ann Decker - Ceramic sculpture, still-life paintings and prints influenced by natural geometry, dramatic colour and macro views. Now based in York, Ann graduated from University of York in 2009 and was Artist-in-Residence, Wentworth College, University of York, October 2011 - July 2012.
Cari-Jane Hakes - makes and designs jewellery in her workshop on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds at Elloughton near Hull.
Chris Rhymer - creates contemporary wood art by 'Reshaping Nature', revealing fascinating combinations of patterns, lines and wood grain from his workshop in Haxby, York.
Circle 52 - Unique pieces of beautiful and functional homeware handmade from wood in the Colne Valley.
David Mayne – Based in Holmfirth, David is a sculptor of national repute who produces work for galleries, public spaces and the domestic environment. His artwork has been commissioned throughout the country and can be found in town centres, rural locations, public buildings and private homes and gardens.
Diane Jones – Bradford-based Diane Jones Textiles creates unique, hand-painted devore velvet scarves in a wide variety of beautiful patterns derived from the natural world.
Elaine Thelier – screen printing and pen and ink drawings, based in Holmfirth.
Elizabeth Nast – based in Holme-Upon-Spalding-Moor Elizabeth is an established painter and artist.
Emily Stubbs - ceramic artist and designer working from her studio in York.
Fiona Calder – based in York her illustrations of flowers and leaves are created with paints, pencils or pastels, which are then set against beautifully designed digital art backdrops.
Heather Shaw - Working from her studio at home just outside Huddersfield, mixed media artist Heather creates box framed pieces inspired by nature.
Helaina Sharpley - a designer/maker, based at the West Yorkshire Print Workshop in Mirfield, creating 2D and 3D wirework pieces.
Hilary Simms - handmade ceramicist inspired by nature and natural forms, based in Holmfirth.
Inkylinky – Leeds-based jeweller and printmaker working primarily in silver & copper which is etched, engraved and enamelled.
James Oughtibridge – based in Holmfirth, James designs large scale sculptural vessels.
Jamie Frost - Huddersfield born Jamie Frost is a figurative artist. He makes work in carved stone, wood, cast bronze and other materials. Jamie is a keen draughtsman, enjoying working on an epic scale in pencil and biro.
Janet Wass - a jewellery designer-maker based in Sheffield working in silver and acrylic. Having originally studied photography, she uses photographic techniques to create dynamic patterns within her jewellery.
Jennie Gill – Jennie is based in Sheffield and makes jewellery in precious metals set with rough, antique, natural and brilliant diamonds as well as semi-precious stones and enamels. Forms are a combination of organic and man-made, most pieces are one offs, brushed and burnished to give a sense of history and depth.
Jill Ford Ceramics - Jill Ford Ceramics is based in Ellerton near York where she make wall pieces and thrown bowls and vases.
Joanna Wakefield Jewellery - a silver jewellery designer-maker, working from a home studio in York. Her pieces reflect her love for textiles and haberdashery, and she has a penchant for small found vintage objects, which are often incorporated into her designs.
Julia Borodina – a Russian-born fine artist, based in Grange Moor, Wakefield. Her current subject matter is the local landscapes and the views of Snowdonia.
Leigh Shepherd Designs – a designer maker who works from her home studio in Haworth, West Yorkshire. Her interest in upcycling has led to the creation of her resin jewellery and wall pieces.
Lindsey Tyson Textile Art & Design - Originally a weaver in the automotive trade, around 10 years ago Lindsey sidestepped into the world of feltmaking. Being brought up in the countryside and living in Scarborough, she is inspired by moody seas and skies, the landscape and nature in all its glory
Magnolia Restrepo – Now living in Leeds, Magnolia was born in Colombia, in a small village in the Andes, she grew up surrounded by the nature of tropical mountains, which till inspires her life and jewellery, handmade from ECO_GOLD, silver as well as precious and semi-precious stones.
Mary Duggan - Fractals are striking computer-generated patterns that Mary uses to create original silver jewellery from her base in Wakefield.
Olivier Brown – based in Hebden Bridge Olivia makes ceramic sculptures of dogs and has a 1st Class Honours degree in contemporary craft.
Rachel Brown Jewellery – a senior design lecturer at Huddersfield University, Rachel’s jewellery has explored the technique of drawing on white enamel.
Roger Simpson - a watercolour artist from Liversedge specialising in painting horse racing paintings.
Samantha Bryan - Samantha works from her studio at the West Yorkshire Print Workshop in Mirfield, where she creates her illustrative sculptures. Each piece depicts a narrative built around fairy characters. Her extraordinary objective is to realise the necessities and requirements that would be involved in 'fairy-life': to provide everything a fairy might demand during its daily existence. Her making process is laborious and commands a unique concoction of materials and techniques. Silver soldering, chemical colouring, hand stitching, clay modelling and whatever else an idea might demand.
Valerie Wartelle - a textile artist based in Halifax, West Yorkshire, Valerie works with a combination of fibres, threads, print and machine stitching to create felted wall pieces with a contemporary and refined feel.