We are delighted to confirm that the prestigious PURE Autumn Art Fair will return to the beautiful and historic PowderMills Hotel, Battle, East Sussex in October 2016 in conjunction with Battle Arts & Music Festival and as part of the Battle 1066 950th Anniversary celebrations.
The PowderMills is a stunning privately owned 18th Century listed Country House nestling in 150 acres of beautiful parklands, woods and large lakes, situated just outside the historic town of Battle, adjoining the famous Battlefield of 1066.
The PURE Autumn Art Fair is a selected art fair showcasing the brightest upcoming and more established talent. Curated by Lesley Samms, it will feature the work of some fifty artists working across all fine art media including painting, drawing, printmaking, digital art, photography, sculpture, ceramics and glass.
Exhibitors will include: Simone Riley and Julian Sutherland Beatson, both of whom have recently produced work in response to Glyndebourne Opera House. Celia Allen; ex head of ceramics at St. Leonards, Mayfield, Jane Bridger, best know for her glazed and Raku-fired wheel thrown pottery and Antonella Cuisimano, who is an Italian born artist based in Belgium, whose art practice is based on drawing, space and movement. Also exhibiting in this historic year will be Jacqueline Devereux PSGFA, selector and President of the Society of Graphic Fine Art (the drawing society) alongside several notable SGFA members including Vincent Matthews, Felicity Flutter, Melvyn Evans and Les Williams.
For this Battle 1066 950th Anniversary Edition PURE will be placing a key focus on the “historic, natural and the made by hand” with a range of talks, events and special exhibit.
Ali Rabjohns will be exhibiting her ‘Between The Worlds’ Nuno Felted Coat, which was made using silk georgette as a base, with Merino, Wensleydale and mixed Angelina fibres carded together and nuno felted to give textural effects. Fellow artist Sandra Ventris also helped with the construction design and tailoring of the coat.
Felt making is the most ancient form of textiles, predating weaving. Felted pieces in Europe have been discovered originating from the Bronze Age in 5AD. The most wonderful thing about felting is that the craft can meet you at whatever artistic level you are. Whether a beginner, or a crafts person, or a textiles artist - the development of different felting techniques ranging from Nuno felting to three-dimensional techniques has something to offer everybody. For full details of talks, events and workshops please see the printed Battle festival guide and websites. www,pureartsgroup.co.uk, www.battlefestival.co.uk, www.powdermillshotel.co