The Association is centred on Leamington Spa and currently has 65 members. The Association’s first Jam Factory exhibition promises to showcase a wealth of talent and variety of output.
The Association of Midland Artists was formed around 30 years ago by a group of recent art school graduates, setting a standard of professionalism that continues today. The Association is centred on Leamington Spa and currently has 65 members. Styles, philosophy, and approach range from realism to abstract, decorative to conceptual, traditional to new media. This is as true of the artists creating wall hanging pieces, including paintings, prints, photography and textiles, as of the designer makers working in ceramics, glass, jewellery, sculpture, and site-specific installations.
In recent years members have had work included in the Royal Academy Summer Show and in “Open” exhibitions around the country. Many produce regular solo and small group shows, some hold “artist in residence” and teaching posts in a professional art environment.
The Association’s first Jam Factory exhibition promises to showcase a wealth of talent and variety of output. Contributors will include Jane Williams, artist in residence to Leamington Music, known for her passionate visual interpretations of musical performances and musicians at work. Oxfordshire based member and a previous Summer Exhibition exhibitor, Margaret Condon, will be showing fine and sensitive etchings inspired by poetry, music, and memory. Victoria Smith, recent Royal Academy exhibitor, is known for her often humorous collages, using century old post cards and their messages as her starting points. Recent work has been small, intimate, and compelling. On a larger scale, Katharine Barker will be showing her 2015 prize-winning textile piece, inspired by mummy wrappings in the Ashmolean collection. These are just a taster, a few of the many, from a much larger exhibition that should provide a tantalising range in terms of style, scale, image, object and price.