Martin Mossop is a Painter Printmaker who has spent the last 30 years living and
painting in North East London. His paintings explore light in the city and the
observation of people in the urban landscape. Through the dream-like quality of
his paintings he evokes the possibility of the inner ‘soft’ soul in our contemplation and response to the work and life in modern cities.
John studied photography at the Royal College of Art London, under John Hedgecoe
and Mike Langford, but chose to pursue a career in graphic design. Throughout
his career he art-directed many top photographers working on a vast range of
advertising and publishing projects. Lately he ran both BA graphic design and
HND photography courses and continues to be involved in education and the
Throughout his successful years as a photographer Rod hadn't stopped being
interested in drawing, an interest that was born and nurtured during his art
student days at Colchester School of Art and later at Central St Martins in
London, where his tutors included the painter Henry Collins and the illustrator
Andrew Dodds, both ex-Colchester School of Art. Indeed, those inspirational
early student years fostered in him a lifelong interest in all the visual art
and design disciplines, and it is an interest that is still unfolding some
40-odd years later.
Venue reaches out to the wider arts community through its website. Here we are
able to feature individual artists, crafts people, designers and performers
that have links with the East of England. Practitioners have the opportunity to
talk about their work and their creative journey in depth. It is a showcase for
the creative and a window for our readers into their creative life. Perhaps you
don’t have your own website and would like to show your work here. Please let us
know as we would be glad to hear from you. To appear on this page contact us
Malcolm now lives and works in Wales but continues to exhibit in East Anglia. He
has exhibited widely in our region with his paintings included at the
Fitzwilliam Museum and Kettles Yard in Cambridge, the Old Fire Engine House at
Ely, Norwich Castle Museum, the Minories in Colchester and King's Lynn Art
The painting 'Distant Thunder' 2013, detail above, was on show at The Tabernacle
Gallery, MOMA Wales, at their annual Summer Exhibition held in conjunction with
the Machynlleth Festival in Powys. This year’s exhibition theme was on 'The Garden' with paintings selected from all over
Wales on display.
The Royal Cambrian Academy's 131st and 132nd Annual Summer Exhibition successes
Malcolm’s work had been exhibited at the Royal Academy London in the sixties. Last year
he had four works selected for The Royal Cambrian Academy's 131st Annual Summer
Exhibition, which ran from 3rd August until 4th September. Malcolm is also
featuring in the RCA’s current show at the Crown Lane Gallery, in the medieval walled town of Conwy
North Wales, which ran from Saturday May 17 until 21 June 2014.
Following on from our article in the Summer issue of Venue I've been
experimenting with new shapes of classic designs. Hopefully capturing some of
the positivity and energy of spring! I'm exhibiting at the following events soon:
Newcomers Exhibition at the
The Exhibition showcases a collection of newcomers, who we have selected over
the last 12 months to represent our anniversary year. The show runs from the
8th March to the 2nd April 2014. Visit event homepage
I'm exhibiting at Burwash manor with the painter Melanie Max throughout March
where I'll be showing many of my designs including some new shapes.
Visit Burwash Art's website
Picture: Helen Karapangzic
Shaun Hall Since we featured the Raku pottery of Shaun Hall in Venue Summer 2013 he’s gone on to further success. Working from Halstead in Essex, he has been
established since 1998. Recent visitors to Chelmsford Museum in Essex will have
seen his piece commissioned as a special one-off, ‘Nuclear Jug’, which is on permanent display.
He has now 2 international exhibitions underway: one at Sedona, Arizona, USA as
part of a Raku ceramics exhibition.The other is at Kyoto, Japan, the birthplace
of Raku ceramics. The show is organised through the Ewaee UK Japan Artists
Exchange and takes place from March 20th at Gallery Jarfo in Kyoto. Shaun has
sent 4 pieces of ceramic including his Raku glazed piece ‘Sentinel’. He has exhibited with Ewaee many times over the last 4 years at their annual
show in Pall Mall, London, but Shaun says, ‘It's really special to show my work in Kyoto. My only regret is that I'm not
going with the pots!’
Back in the UK he has just shipped some work to Manchester City Art Gallery for
their shop and that’s is pretty exciting too.
Further information from Shaun Hall,
Left: Shaun Hall ‘Pisces’ copper matte vessel
Laura Hart: Top glass
Since Laura Hart’s glass Phalaenopsis Orchid first appeared on the BBC’s Paul Martin’s Handmade Revolution, just over a year ago, her work has gone from strength to strength. Now
represented by Vessel, London’s premier glass gallery, her flower collections have blossomed into four orchid
species and several varieties of poppies and lilies, with more blooms in
development. Commissioned by Vessel to design and create a large-scale piece
for Decorex International 2013, Laura’s Orchid Mirror is now on exhibition at the gallery. Further success came when
Vessel commissioned her
Pansy Orchid sculpture as a table centrepiece for the International Design Awards Luncheon
in November 2013. And in February 2014, the FT Weekend Magazine featured Laura’s collection of analytic cubism works based on Picasso’s Ma Jolie in their How to spend it supplement.
The Hart Glass studio is situated just a stone’s throw from Gainsborough’s birthplace in Sudbury, and as a member of Suffolk Open Studios Laura will be
welcoming visitors and collectors for several weekends this coming Summer.
Indeed, 2014 looks set to be a busy year for her, with a documentary programme
on her work in the offing and participation in several national exhibitions
Laura’s work can currently be seen at Vessel Gallery, London; the Hunter Gallery, Long
Melford; the Sarah Wiseman Gallery in Oxford; Bruntnell-Astley.com of
Stourbridge; and Sable & Ox, Yorkshire.
Venue was delighted to be a supporter of Cambridge Original Printmakers. Their launch exhibition took place at the historic Pitt Building, Trumpington
St, Cambridge CB2 1RB and ran from Friday 26 September to Sunday 5 October 2014.
Cambridge Original Printmakers is a new exhibiting group that showcased Printmakers who specialised in
hand-pulled original prints working within a 30 mile radius of Cambridge UK.
The goal was to promote and further a knowledge and understanding of
printmaking and its technical variables and complexities. This will be achieved
through an exhibition, demonstrations, and talks on printmaking. We were
particularly keen to showcase new, emerging printmakers alongside established
names. We had forty one printmakers taking up places for the launch exhibition
a vast array of work using hand pulled printing methods were on show.
Cambridge is home to the world's oldest publishing house and home to three of
the largest printmaking studios in the UK so the launch of Cambridge Original
Printmakers was right at home.
The launch exhibition took place at the wonderful historic Pitt Building,
Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1RB, situated on the corner of Silver Street,
opposite the famous Fitzbillies café.
The exhibition ran from Friday 26 September to Sunday 5 October 2014.
For more information visit Cambridge Original Printmakers website: