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MEET OUR ARTISTS

Lucy Sanderson

Lucy works with a wide range of media and artists. Over the last 15 years, a consistent theme in her work is the creation of highly textured, layered and unique effects. Lucy has considerable experience in shaping accessible and engaging events for all ages, through an exciting range of projects, including community led festivals. In 2020, Lucy designed, developed and delivered a 12-week programme of accessible online art classes. 
"I have always found peace, inspiration and connection through creativity and find it a tonic to the more mundane and difficult elements of life. I work to embrace the uncertainty and unpredictability of life and to develop an artistic practice that is congruent with my values, skills and purpose. I am inspired by the natural world and the creative people in my life."
Yves Leather
www.yvesleather.com
@yveslettersletters
Having studied at Manchester School of Art, Ruskin School of Art and Glasgow School of Art, Yves uses methods predominantly in painting, sculpture and performance to express and unilaterally explore themes that are central to their artistic career including their own experiences, conflict in Europe, humanitarian crises, and social coups of personal freedoms. 
"My practice is rooted in deep compulsion, I see this overtaking me. Allowing the colours of the world, the experiences of my past, the situations of the day, and my desires in the moment blur together. The content of each individual piece of work is largely unimportant as I work through iterations of ideas and imagery until they exist on their own terms. As though one could stutter with a paintbrush. I strive not to question these impulses, but rather to take them at face value. Turning a symbol over and over again until it gains some sense of belonging."
 
Teresa Kirk
www.teresakirk.co.uk
@teresa_kirk_design
Teresa Kirk is an artist, illustrator and surface pattern designer. Teresa trained in Fine Art at Edinburgh College of Art and History of Art at the University of Edinburgh. Following graduation Teresa went on to work for a national museum where the collections of art and design fed her appetite for bold colour, pattern, decoration and story telling. 
Much of Teresa’s work is inspired by the natural world and is concerned with bringing wildlife into focus. Recent work has focused on local species found in the north west of England: curlews, lapwings and dormice - all in dramatic decline - need human intervention and support to survive. By making some of the vulnerable species encountered on our doorstep the focus of paintings and illustration, Teresa hopes to engage attention, and through her artwork, highlight important conservation issues.  
 
"In order to want to protect and save something, you have to love it and treasure it first."
Craig Jones
@andrew.craig.jones
With a background in textile design, having studied at Glasgow School of Art, Craig Jones worked in the interior and furniture design industries. Returning to his artistic practice, Craig studied classical realist drawing and painting at Barcelona Academy of Art.

Craig develops his work by observing nature and combining ‘plein air’ studies and botanical drawings. His technique of paint application creates a textural quality to his work, which includes both landscape and still life paintings.  Currently working from his studio in Lancaster, Craig has lived in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Jane Timshle
www.timshle.com
As a self-employed artist for more than 30 years, Jane Timshle's creative endeavours have taken on many forms.  Originally trained as a sculptor (BA Hons, Sheffield Hallam and MA, Virginia Commonwealth University), she has since turned her hand to teaching adults and young people, creating props and sets for theatre, installation and events and photographic performances along with continuing her own work.  
 
"When not collaborating and just doing my own thing, thoughts arise that then need expressing through the creative making process.  I may take a few years to get it ‘right’, but eventually it communicates back to me - then it’s done. Older work which evokes empty spaces where people have left, has more recently, been supplanted by abstract figurative sculpture and printmaking."
Meg Bowyer
@meg_bowyer_
Meg Bowyer is an artist, writer, and curator from the northwest of England, whose work seeks to explore personal relationships with home landscapes, territories, and ecologies. Megs visual works utilise a variety of different mediums including soft pastel, graphite, digital print, egg tempera, ceramic, and foraged plant matter. Meg is primarily trained in drawing, having recently graduated from Paris College of Art with an Master of Fine Arts in Drawing.
 
Her 2023 graduate exhibition 'My Flaws and Charms Won’t Work Here' was displayed at the Bastille Design Centre in Paris,
and looked specifically to the complex ecology of Cumbria and Lancashire - linking graphite mining, nuclear power, agriculture, and folklore. Meg’s works in drawing, ceramic, and writing aim to hold a mysterious narrative quality, depicting strange, weird, and queer events within the landscape, often featuring mythic personal objects and mutated biologies.
Sally Button
@salbutton
An artist and writer based in Lancaster, Sally has studied at both Falmouth University and The Royal College of Art. 

"Writing and making for me act as intimate modes of being and seeing and feeling - for reflection, understanding and communication. Through my work I explore ideas relating to the body, movement, memory, rhythm, nature, place. I
am interested in visual and material cultures, practices of care and the nature of attention. My research is rooted in the work and lives of women artists, and my own practice drifts between writing, drawing, printmaking, textiles and animation - movements guided by affinity, emotion and intuition."
Alice Evans
www.aliceevansfineart.co.uk
A graduate of the Royal College of Art, Alice Evans is a visual artist and filmmaker working in a range of media. Alice has exhibited her work prolifically both in the UK and further afield. In 202O she was awarded a PhD from Chelsea College of Art having undertaken practice-led research “Five ‘Exits’ from Brecht - Towards New Brechtian Subjectivities in Artists’ Film”.
 
Saskia Vermeylen
www.strath.ac.uk/staff/vermeylensaskiadr/
Saskia Vermeylen is a writer, academic, and curator. In my academic practice I explore how aesthetic theory can disrupt legal theory. At Assembly Arts, I seek to expand on that enquiry by experimenting with collages that accompany the book project that I am co-writing with C.F. Black on outer space and jurisprudence. For this project, I have done research in the Rauschenberg archive in New York in 2022 on the Stoned Moon Series. Just like my academic practice is interested in subverting the law, I am also interested in how collages can deconstruct the meaning of legal praxis by exposing and storying the ambiguity, coloniality, and patriarchy of legal praxis.
 
Still finding my voice in the arts, I am drawn to explore how Dadaist political collages as ‘satirical and utopian’ manifestos can disrupt and change the spirit of our current political era. At the moment, I am reading more about Hannah Höch’s collages who was fascinated, in her own words, with ‘the process of remounting, cutting up, sticking down, activating – that is to say, alienating (Höch 1971: 16).’ Art as a form of rebellion at times of social change seems to me like a productive and therapeutic space that I am curious to let enfold in The Retreat at Assembly Arts.
Rae Tribbick
www.raeceramics.co.uk
@rae_ceramics

I am a process driven artist, writer, and sculptor. My work explores identity. I examine the ways in which stories we tell ourselves influence our own identity: Memories from childhood. Genetic inheritance. Scars.

 

I look at how we can enjoy, preserve and honour these relationships and stories through a range of mediums including free form writing, poetry, mark making and sculpture. My 3D work uses found objects and natural fibres, but I specialise in ceramics, enjoying the tactile nature of clay.

 

In my past I have been both a research scientist and a maths teacher. To me science and art are two sides of the same coin - ways to learn about ourselves, the world around us and the relationships in between.

Sarah Galloway
www.sarahgallowayglass.com
@sarahgallowayartglass
Sarah is a UK based artist working in contemporary architectural glass, drawing, painting and screen printing. One of the original artists to work within Birmingham's Custard Factory in the nineties, Sarah continues to experiment and adopt innovative techniques in glass. Her glass and public realm works can be seen in over fifty public venues across the UK, including at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, West Leigh Baptist Church in Essex and Oban town centre. 
"My drawing and fascination with flowers and plants is an ongoing theme that I have. They are visual collection of moments in time, memories and journeys. I was given my first flower press when I was 6 years old, along with a book of wildflowers. Over the years I have become interested in the symbolism of plants, their healing qualities and their use in medicine. My practice involves collection, pressing, drawing, painting and screen printing my observations and studies."
Alan Morris
www.dralanmorris.com
@alanmorrisphoto
Alan Morris is a teacher, social documentary photographer and writer. Alan has taught in a number of institutions, including as MA Course Leader for the Entrepreneurship for Creative Practice programme at Arts University Plymouth and Course Leader for the BA(Hons) Fine Art programme at the University of Gloucestershire.  From his portraits of Birmingham residents facing eviction, to an exploration of Morecambe Bay, Alan's photography explores the impact of political choices on our social and topographical landscape. 
"My project United Kingdom explores the adverse impact of capitalism and the increasingly divisive policies pursued by British governments in recent decades. Documenting aspects of both the current social and environmental fabric of the United Kingdom, I am seeking to reveal some of the realities of pursuing an increasingly damaging neo-liberal political agenda."

All graffiti is low-level dissent, but stencils have an extra history. They've been used to start revolutions and to stop wars.

- Banksy

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