ADVENT-urous

Joel Baker’s neon ‘Amen’ on show at Engedi Arts centre. Photo courtesy of Jonny Baker, with thanks.

ADVENT-urous is a really interesting open art exhibition happening again at Left bank, Leeds and also taking place at the Engedi arts centre , Colwyn Bay in Wales. Different artists are showing at each venue. Part of the Engedi exhibition travelled to the one day Greenbelt festival at the Union chapel, Islington earlier this month. The theme ADVENTurous seeks to explore the biblical story of ‘advent’, or ‘coming’. Artists were asked to channel their responses in the light of the following three ideas and their relevance to contemporary culture:-FAITH – where we are? -ECONOMY – where we are going?-ECOLOGY – How we get there? . In the brief the following themes were given: PROPHET – SILENCE – STAR – ZECHARIAH – ELIZABETH – MARY – GABRIEL – JOSEPH – DONKEY – BETHLEHEM – INN – STABLE – SHEPHERD – HEAVEN’S CHORUS – LAMB – MAGI (JOURNEY) –– MAGI (FOLLOWING) – MAGI (HEROD) – FRANKINCENSE – GOLD – MYRRH – JERUSALEM – HEROD – MANGER – JESUS.

The current exhibition at Left Bank is open to visit and there is a blog for the exhibition where the work of different artists, interviews and other material are regularly featured. The artists exhibiting are: Terry Mart, Sonja Benskin MesherAbbie HulsonSteve BroadwayRachel YatesRhys JonesRic Stott, Ewart Hulse, Lou Davis, Sally Owens, Sally Baker, Sara Heard, Susie Liddle, Kate Mounce, James Feraciour, Elizabeth Loren, Steven Morant, Alison HerbertRick BeerhorstWe Stitch Angry, Mike Maddox and Jeff AndersonSally JaneThompsonMike RadcliffeJay Gadhia

The works featured at the Engedi Arts centre can be viewed on the Engedi website. Artists exhibiting are:DEE RIVAZ, LAUREN NATASHA EASTWOOD ROBERTS, JENNIFER BELL, EILEEN HARRISSON, CLARRIE FLAVELL, JUDITH SAMUEL, SARA HEARD, PEA RESTALL, DAVE SHARP, RIC STOTT, ANTONIA DEWHURST, KURT FRANCIS, ALAN WHITFIELD, HARRY BAKER, STEVE BROADWAY, GREETJE BAARS, JOEL BAKER, KIM DEWSBURYSALLY OWENS, CERI LEEDER, ERNESTO, NICK ELPHICK, ABBIE HULSON, JEFF ANDERSONN AND MIKE MADDOX, RACHEL YATES, DAVE BYRNE, RHYS JONES, DEREK HILL, TRACY J HULSE, PHILL HOPKINS, TRISH BERMINHAM, SHAERON CATON-ROSE, SUSIE LIDDLE, ALISON HERBERT, LUCY SHERIDAN, TERRY MART, JAMES FERACIOUR, JAMES KESSELL, LOU DAVIS, SI SMITH, EWART HULSE, DEWI OWEN HUGHES, BEV BELSHAW, ELIZABETH LOREN, JELORIAN, SONJA BENKSIN-MESHER RCA.

There is an archive of work from the previous ADVENTurous exhibition at Left Bank back in 2009 which can still be viewed on the blog

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