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Artisan's autumn season opens with an exhibition featuring three photographers, each with a distinct style and unique interpretation of the great outdoors. Tony Wallis takes our breath away with his high altitude images and then we go down to the beach with Elizabeth Blanchet and finally out onto the sea with Quentin Ball. As artisan enters its sixth year it continues with its promise to create a space which offers an opportunity for artists of many disciplines to showcase their work. artisan's success has been its ability to keep changing and offering something different each month.

Elisabeth Blanchet

Elizabeth is a London-based photographer, film maker and mixed media artist. For this exhibition she is showing her 'Beaches' series. Her use of over-exposed images of seaside resorts infuses them with a dreamlike quality, taking an ordinary scene at the seaside into something extraordinary. Elizabeth says "Through my different projects, I explore emotions, attachment, memory and nostalgia. I see my camera as a "laissez-passer" to meet people and cross the borders of their homes and their territories". Elizabeth founded and curates the amazing Prefab Museum, housed in a post war Prefab in Catford.


Quentin Ball

Earlier this year Quentin sailed to Holland in a 19th century Brixham Trawler called the 'Leader'. This set of photographs is the result of that journey. His images have strong architectural and sculptural lines which give power and strength to his work. Quentin says this about the trawler "As she moves through the sea she moans, groans and creaks - but happy, for this is where she feels at home. Here I try to capture her 'life' ". All of his images are recorded on film and not digitally-enhanced. Much of Quentin's black and white work is taken on Kodak Infrared film and generally his choice for colour is Fujichrome colour slide/transparency. Quentin is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society.


Tony Wallis

Tony is exhibiting work taken on his latest trip, this time to the High Sierras in California. It was serendipity that he found himself in this location having discovered that his best laid plans to visit Yosemite would not be possible. The High Sierras has proved a worthy subject for Tony's talent. Here he has captured the sweeping scenery and changing light of the breath-taking landscape for which this region is famous. Tony is a founder member of the Queens Park Group of photographers, and for a number of years ran the Dissenters' Gallery, Kensal Green. He has exhibited extensively, and prizes include the RHS Plant Photographer of the Year Award in 2009 and a finalist in the International Garden Photographer of the Year, in 2013. 


'From the High Sierras to the Sea'

10th to 27th September 2014 at artisan

Wednesday to Saturday - 11am to 5pm

Please see attached jpeg images. Subject to availability, all items will be available after the exhibition via artisan. Please contact Naomi Harrison at artisan tel: 020 8451 6315020 8451 6315, mob: 0778 900 20520778 900 2052 or email:


The Riverside Group


2-D works

Cloe Freemantle-Bleguad                   

Brian Dennis                                         

Jim Hanlon                                             

Martin Ireland                                         

Anne Hickmotta                                     

Valerie Taylor                                         

3-D works:

David Light                                             

details plus image to follow shortly



Mary Pritchard
puts her mother's life under the microscope.

Mary Pritchard's exhibition is based on archival material about her mother, Olive Elizabeth Ackroyd and is a homage to what she gave and taught her. Mary puts her mother's early life 'Under the Microscope'.

Olive was born in Dublin, Ireland over a 100 years ago and was exceptional in many ways. She went to Trinity College Dublin in the 1930's and obtained a PhD in Zoology at a time when it was unusual for women to pursue a scientific career. Her research contributed to the expansion of the subject at that time. However, after she married and had a family she did not return to her research. 

Mary grew up knowing little about her mother's life prior to her birth (as is often the case with children). Olive passed away over twenty years ago so Mary no longer has the opportunity to ask questions. She inherited her mother's old brass microscope and laboratory slides and has always found them intriguing.  Mary has been researching Olive's early life and has gathered together all her original published scientific papers, photo albums, letters and drawings. It has been a revelation, a journey of discovery and at times an emotional experience to put her mother's life under the microscope. 

All the work in the exhibition will be derived from or inspired by the archival material and will include photographs, ceramics, artist's books and greeting cards.





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