Hopping over to Lacock you will find a group of artist studios in a beautiful setting at New Farm on the Lacock Road…
Rebecca is not only a talented artist in her own right, but also inspires young people to be creative as part of her full-time job as teacher of art at Corsham School. She laughs when she says that the Peacock Arts Trail, “enables my students to see me being a ‘real’ artist’!” Although, she says that she occasionally works alongside students as it inspires both them and herself.
She is currently working on a range of mixed-media pieces, using the inspiration that comes from the colours, forms and textures found in the natural environment. The beautiful surroundings of New Farm is perfect for Rebecca’s work.
Paul is a self-employed carpenter, painter and decorator who enjoys making bespoke creations from reclaimed wood in his spare time. He is sharing a venue with his wife Rebecca McCarthy-Carter and says, “our work compliments each other well despite the different art forms and techniques. I have made a range of pieces that include mirror frames, tables, quirky side-tables and wine racks. I love creating turned wooden bowls. My interest lies in the working with the natural form and the grains found in the wood itself; using reclaimed wood is really rewarding. My ambition is to to be recognised for the wooden creations that I can craft and to be able to sell them locally.”
Chloe is a contemporary artist. She studied Fine Art at Bath Spa University College and is a trained art teacher. She enjoys working responsively to a variety of media with strong conceptual undertones.
Alun has been a professional photographer for the last 35 years, working locally and in London, specialising in still life photography for the advertising industry. In the last few years Alun has been expanding his personal work and developing his fine art practice. Working with large format cameras he produces work that takes in a myriad of subjects focused on abstraction in nature and self identity. Recent exhibitions include, RA Summer show 2016 and the RWA open 2015, 2014.
Candidly admitting that after becoming disillusioned with digital photography Alun reverted back to film in a strange desire to make his life as difficult as possible!
By using unwieldy cameras and ludicrously heavy tripods, exposing on film, developing it in the darkroom, scanning and then printing it! Obviously not quite as straightforward as getting out the IPhone but an awful lot more satisfying.
Alun’s main interest in opening up the studio is to show people what he does and perhaps offer advice to anyone interested in the photographic process.
Anna has had a very successful thirty-year career as a children’s book illustrator, working on many projects including ‘The Macmillan Book of Nursery Rhymes’ and, most notably, Julia Donaldson’s ‘One Ted Fell Out of Bed.’ She has also written a few books herself, the most popular being ‘The Christmas Unicorn.’
Anna also enjoys sculpting, printmaking and figurative drawing, specialising in animals. Beautiful ‘New Farm’ near Lacock is home to her studio, where she always has a stash of ginger biscuits and she readily admits that “my working day does involve a certain amount of gossiping with the other artists. I love walking up and down the stream to see what bird life is around.”