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Aug 10

Art in Layers – In conversation with Mark Gibbs and Victoria King

August 10 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST

Join Mark Gibbs and Victoria King in conversation with art historian Sara Riccardi, unveiling the layers of contemporary and past art

Two contemporary artists and an art historian discuss contemporary art practice, and link it to past art in a creative dialogue.

As Mark Gibbs and Victoria King present their respective work, Sara Riccardi, founder of Art Across, will expand the conversation by drawing connections between the artists’ processes, ideas, visual explorations and the arts of the past. Enjoy learning about the art of today, with a wider perspective on human creativity, beyond time.

Mark Gibbs graduated with a first-class degree in Fine Art from the University of Cumbria, and has since exhibited internationally, in London and in the North of England. Mark won the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists 2010 Prize exhibition and the 2016 Upfront Gallery Open. He was included in the 2018 and 2020 New Light Exhibitions and tours which showcase art form the North of England. He was shortlisted for the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year; being highly commended in the Wildlife in 3D category: 2010; 2011; 2012; 2013; 2014. Two particularly significant exhibitions were the Art of Remembering which explored the contemporary significance of the First World War and Craft and Conflict . His work is in private and corporate collections in the UK and abroad.

Mark’s intricate animal sculptures bring materials to life, creating exciting original artworks, that combine beauty and ideas. He describes his work as ‘Natural-History’; in which themes of deep time, loss and conflict are combined with animal forms, and symbolic natural materials. He says: “‘My work is a meditation on the fragility of life, and the tragedy of obsolete power.” Influenced by archeology, his sculptures resemble ancient ritual artefacts with layers of meaning. His Nightjar Project explores the poetics of camouflage – each bird is made feather by feather out of newspaper.

Mark Gibbs website

Dr. Victoria King is a painter, sculptor, photographer, essayist, poet and passionate gardener who emigrated from America to England in 1972 to study art and philosophy. She was a senior university lecturer in Fine Art and has exhibited her artwork extensively internationally in 14 solo exhibitions and many group shows over the past 40 years. In 2005, she was honoured with a large curated Australian museum retrospective of thirty-years of her paintings. She has spent extensive periods of time working with Aboriginal women artists and received a PhD for her thesis Art of Place and Displacement: Embodied Perception and the Haptic Ground. Her artwork and writing have been published in many books and international journals.

“My paintings are celebrations of the extraordinary life force in nature and the power of colour at its most abstract to communicate space and emotion. They are inspired by glimpses of unexpected beauty: the juxtaposition of vibrant and subtle colours and forms of flowers, of reflections in water, vistas within vistas, harmony spontaneously self-sown rather than imposed. Just as seeds take time to germinate and flower, so, too, do my paintings. With persistent nurturing, deep attention and often outrageous risk-taking, surfaces often take years to build up until a painting resonates with an embodied experience of perception and being-in-place. My hope is that they will convey to the viewer a meditative sense of stillness, presence and joy.”

Victoria King website

Some of the artworks by Mark and Victoria presented in this event are currently on display at Saul Hay Gallery, in Manchester, as part of their Summer exhibition, where they can be appreciated in the flesh, and are available for sale.

Technical info

The event will be hosted on the platform Zoom.

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Donations, on the other hand, are completely voluntary. As the organiser of the event, in the current ongoing situation I still don’t want to put a price barrier on it. My overall income has been and still is increasingly and substantially affected by the continued inability of delivering my usual programme of live events; although my livelihood fortunately does not come solely from my freelance activities, I would gratefully appreciate any donation you are able to share.

The event has been commissioned by the Friends of the Whitworth, but it is open to anyone. 15% of the donations received will be donated to the group of the Friends, to support their independent charity in their aim to aid the vital work of the Whitworth Art Gallery, in Manchester.



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