Show puts artists in the spotlight

Helen McKay with some of her work at the exhibition
Helen McKay with some of her work at the exhibition

Artists from 18 to 85-years-old are showcasing their work in Corby’s first major exhibition.

It has opened at what is to become the town’s Old Library Gallery and Studios and organisers are hoping residents will go along and enjoy the wealth of talent in the town’s thriving artistic community.

Artist Helen McKay, who co-ordinated the Corby Open 2012 show and is also an exhibitor, said: “What I hope we have achieved with this exhibition is a demonstration of the talent that Corby possesses.

“What it also hopes to demonstrate is that the people of Corby need and want a place to go to see and interact with the visual arts.

“This exhibition is for all those artists crammed in Wendy houses, sheds and spare bedrooms, who can look forward to the future in Corby, where artists have no need to go elsewhere and take their talent with them.”

The exhibition features the work of 41 artists and includes paintings, video installations, sculpture and photography.

Among the artists exhibiting are Jim Lockhart, who is showing his work for the first time at the age of 85, and Wayne Summerfield who has turned unwanted industrial by-products into art.

Carole Miles and Jo Dacombe received Arts Council funding for their project Fingerprints on the Pew, to highlight the architecture of St Peter and St Andrew’s Church in Beanfield Avenue.

Work developed during the project was exhibited at York Minster and is now on show at the Corby Open.

Another exhibitor, artist Michael Quarrinton, broke his neck when he was 33, damaging his spinal cord, and has the use of his arms but not his hands.

He paints in a shed at the bottom of his Corby home using an easel driven by electric motors, which raises and lowers the canvas.

The Corby Open 2012 runs until Saturday, March 31, from Wednesday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm.