Artists in Residence: Charlie Betts & Anna Garrett

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Posted 13th November 2017

Charlie Betts & Anna Garrett
13 – 22 November &
28 November – 3 December

As artists in residence at The Watts Gallery, Charlie and Anna will immerse themselves in the rich history of Limnerslease and the surrounding area. In particular, their research will focus on connections between three highly successful creative women from the 19th century: Mary Watts, Helen Allingham and Gertrude Jekyll.

Coinciding with the Helen Allingham exhibition at the gallery, the artists provide a contemporary approach to working with the landscape and the use of watercolours, combined with a range of other mediums including drawing, prints, video and sound work.

The residency is also inspired by the diaries of Mary Watts and her dedication to building the Artists’ Village in Compton, along with her own artistic endeavours and work with the local community. As contemporaries, Mary, Helen and Gertrude were all involved in the Arts & Crafts movement. Mary and Gertrude also had roles in the National Union of Women’s suffrage. Through the residency Charlie and Anna will explore ideas closely associated with these artists: nature, the woodland and plants, femininity, feminism and collaboration.

Charlie and Anna have been working together for several years, merging their practices and experimenting with their paintings as collaborative, sculptural installations. The artists are interested in deconstructing painting and breaking the boundaries of the canvas and frame. They are not constrained by traditional modes of display - often removing their paintings from the wall and placing them in the landscape.

Charlie and Anna will be working in the studio from 13 - 22 November and 28 November – 3 December and they are looking forward to opening the doors to visitors. They will also be running a drop-in family arts and crafts session related to their work on 3 December 11am – 4pm (Free with Gallery admission).