Archive for August, 2011

August 30, 2011

Page Eight (continued)

So we didn’t end up on the cutting room floor, and lots of artists’ work was in shot. Great external view of the gallery as well. If you haven’t seen it yet, Page Eight is available to watch on BBC iplayer. You can find it by following this link:

Here are a few of the best shots featuring i2Art Gallery, featured in shot was work by Kathy Prest, Caia Matheson, Sophie Howard, Ian Hodgson and Rosemary Catling:

August 23, 2011

Irena Willmott


Irena Willmott – A Single Wave Emerging

Irena Willmott’s love of textiles began as a young child when she made tiny outfits for dolls which she successfully sold to friends. She continued to make clothes, quilts and accessories while studying for a BSc in Management Sciences and taking a PGCE before teaching.

Irena Willmott – Floating Seascape

Irena Willmott – For Shore Will Reach Sun

 After starting a family, Irena took a City and Guilds Certificate in Patchwork and Quilting at Westhope College, Shropshire.

Irena Willmott – For Shore Will Reach Sun (detail)

About 8 years ago, Irena went on her first felt-making course where she found that she could fully explore her love of colour and texture in a creatively experimental and painterly way.

 Inspiration comes mainly from the woodcuts and prints of Japan that combine an attention to detail, simplicity and strong composition, with particular reference to landscape and water.

The versatility of the medium enables Irena to undertake an artistic exploration of emotions and ideas.

Irena Willmott – Sylvan Waters

August 23, 2011

Page Eight Filming


Filming the BBC’s Page Eight at i2Art Gallery

Back in February this year, the BBC came to Saffron Walden to shoot a scene from their upcoming film Page Eight, right here in i2Art Gallery.  David Hare’s (The Reader, The Hours) first original screenplay for 20 years is a contemporary spy thriller starring Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz, Judy Davis, Michael Gambon and Ralph Fiennes.

Page Eight, to be screened on BBC2 this Sunday at 9pm, is both written and directed by Oscar nominee David Hare and produced by David Heyman and David Barron.

Bill Nighy at i2Art Gallery

The scene at the gallery included renowned actor Bill Nighy, who stars as the main character, a long-serving MI5 officer. Here he comes to sell a painting to his ex-lover who owns a gallery.

Look how the gallery has transformed!

Although only a short scene it took from midday until nearly midnight to shoot, with the previous day taken up with dressing the set upstairs (which they then didn’t use) and at the back of the gallery.  In the morning of the shoot the gallery was transformed into a film studio, full of cameras, lights and sound equipment.  It was fascinating to watch all the work involved in filming such a small scene.

Filming with Bill Nighy in the Gallery’s second room

We were really pleased that the exhibition on display at the time, Figuratively Speaking, was left up and some of it we believe will be partially seen in the background.  Look out for works by Caia Matheson, Kathy Prest and Rosemary Catling amongst others.

Caia Matheson – Keep Dancing

Kathy Prest – Ami      

Rosemary Catling – Jump III

So don’t forget to watch Page Eight, this Sunday 9pm, BBC2, and maybe you can spot i2Art Gallery during our three minute pivotal scene!

August 20, 2011

Alan Foxley and Anji Jackson-Main

Alan Foxley and Anji Jackson-Main are two of the artists currently exhibiting in our Selected Artists exhibition.


‘In my work the emphasis has been on exploiting form and surface texture on both a small and large scale. From the study of beetles, Egyptian amulets, armour, boats, stones and the human form, ideas are developed through hand-building using crank stoneware and porcelain clays. Surface treatment consists of cutting, scratching and impressing into the soft clay and then continuing with slips, oxides and dry matt glazes.’

Alan Foxley Lecturer in Ceramics Saffron Walden College of Education until closure in 1977. Set up own workshop initially wholesaling work but eventually moved into direct retailing with hand-built and thrown ware. During the early eighties, also taught 3D design to Foundation students at St. Albans College of Art.

‘My interest in Ceramics began when I was introduced to clay as an art Student. Although I trained as a potter/painter and teacher, the urge to continue working with this fascinating and very versatile material has remained with me. Over the years, I have worked in a variety of ways with various clays and have returned to hand-building, with emphasis on a sculptural rather than utilitarian way of working; since 1998 I have concentrated on individual sculptural work.’


In the 70s Anji Jackson-Main studied painting and film making at Sheffield College of Art. Since then she trained as a dancer, teacher and choreographer, founding a dance and performance company and directing several dance theatre shows.

‘I am interested in the in-between spaces of movement and time. What happens in the transition between one gesture and the next? What is movement? How do we get from here to there? In painting, all the gestures that make up the brush and body strokes on the canvas exist at once simultaneously. This is expressed in a multi-layering of image and pigment.’

My paintings are typically built up layer by layer, reduced and built up again. This series of work is exploring the relationship between remembering and the new. The works explore incomplete fragments of vision. Each isolated fragment represents an encapsulation of time, and is linked to memory (the past), but also to the future, in terms of its affect on the viewer and the potential for triggering of remembering in others.’

‘In 2008 I graduated from Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University, with a First Class Honours degree in Fine Art. Since graduating I have worked as a painter, presenting my first solo exhibition at the New Hall Art Collection in 2009, and as a curator, notably co-curating the post-humus exhibition of the paintings of Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett, at the Ruskin Gallery in Cambridge, 2008. I am currently studying for the MFA in Fine Art.’

August 16, 2011

Selected Artists Private View

Come along to the private view for i2Art Gallery’s Selected Artists exhibition this Saturday, 2-4pm, and enjoy a glass of Pimm’s in our new courtyard space. The exhibition includes work by Alan Foxley, Anji Jackson-Main, Anna Tun, Irena Willmott, Justin Hawkes, Mel Fraser, Michael Westbrook and Christophe Gordon-Brown.

We also have a body of work by Helena Reut on show, so please feel free to come and have a look.

August 3, 2011

Helena-Alexandra Reut

Helena-Alexandra Reut was born in Belarus and studied in Moscow (Russian State Humanities University, Faculty of the History of Religion; Moscow Institute of Applied Arts), then continued in Warsaw (Academy of Fine Arts, graduation work supervised by Piotr Welk – Graded ‘Excellent’). She also attended the Warsaw School of Photography (directed by Marian Schmidt), the British Higher School of Art and Design, Moscow, and others.

In Helena’s own words, “The role of visual art is to express that which no other medium can convey. The exquisiteness of a painting is its inexplicable something – its striving for sacrum. For centuries it did this by exploring explicitly religious themes – biblical scenes, myths and fables. I believe this heritage is vital for the continued relevance of art, which is why I draw inspiration from, for example, the medieval period, the Fayum portraits, and difficult questions about the roots of the Slavic peoples – themes related to the art of bygone ages and the spirits of those times. The techniques used by those artists also fascinate me, and I try to employ and re-interpret their methods in my own work.”


Helena has exhibited internationally including Warsaw and Moscow. She is married and now lives in Cambridge where she has also exhibited some of her work.