December sees the opening of the Gallery's fourth Winter Journey exhibition, an exhibition that takes its name from Schubert's Winterreise song cycle and has now become an annual event in the Gallery calendar. The theme of the exhibition remains true to the central preoccupation of Winterreise and Wilhelm Müller's poems that describe a journey through an evocative and emotional landscape.
Terry Setch lives close to the sea-shore in South Wales where the beach, with its scenic and metaphoric qualities, has become the backdrop to his sometimes passionate reaction to contemporary events. With titles such as 'Ice Melt', 'Meltdown' and 'Arctic Melt' his strangely moving images reveal an anxiety about the effects of our changing climate.
Henry Kondracki and Michael Broughton take an inward journey that begins and ends with the strangeness of ordinary and familiar objects. For Kondracki it is the streets of Edinburgh where childhood memories hold a deeper meaning whereas Broughton weaves a rich narrative from the most humble subjects in his domestic surroundings.
Paul Hamlyn journeys through landscapes in which real, imagined and received events are interwoven and Paul Gopal-Chowdhury 's paintings are about a journey from the reality of the grimy streets of east London to an alternative dream-like space populated with ghosts, demons and other Indian mythological characters.
This year's Winter Journey again spans several generations and as many moods with the work of five artists who are deeply concerned with the nature of the world they live in and their relationship to it. And like Schubert's hero they show us that it is a journey that can be both painful and emotionally fulfilling.