More than 50 artists are taking part in the Cupola’s ever popular Christmas exhibition which this year is entitled Unique Beauty.
By celebrating the unique and idiosyncratic curator Karen Sherwood accepts that individual works will not be to everyone’s taste. “When items are unique, they rarely appeal to everyone, but that’s what makes them so special,” she says
Unique Beauty showcases a diverse range of paintings, drawings and printmaking. From abstract to figurative, large scale microcosms to petite vistas the range of subject matter this year is only equalled by the varied range of styles, she observes. There is equally entralling 3D work. Folk and myth-inspired exquisite porcelain skulls decorated with gold and platinum lustre sit alongside elegant functional and decorative vessels and vases. Bronze sculptures are included this year in contrast to less traditional works exploring textile embellishment and surreal modification of furniture. Glass vessels resting upon concrete plinths compliment classic studio glassware.
Jewellery ranges from sand cast silver seeds and forged oak leaves to concrete collars and hand knitted earrings. There is also photography that features silver gelatine prints and some deftly observed digital work. The printmaking on offer is a virtual A to Z of techniques showcasing etching, aquatint, silkscreen, lithograph, linocut, woodcut, collograph and digitally generated images.
Unique Beauty is on view from Saturday to January 6 with an opening evening on Friday from 7.30pm mulled wine and mince pies .