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Contemporary Art Exhibitions, Artist talks & Workshops

Helen Angell, Harriet Mena Hill & Mandy Payne: Travels Through The Valley of Stone

Connected by their love of urban spaces, artists Mandy Payne and Harriet Mena Hill with poet Helen Angell have created brand new work in paint, textiles and words to capture the spirit and beauty of Rossendale. The exhibition follows their journey of discovery through the valley with an emphasis on the present as well as a recognition of the area’s rich past. Journeying mostly on foot, they explore the notion of place as one created through personal experience.

Using local materials such as felt, slate, quarry stone and experimental concrete from a nearby works, the trio reflect on the ever-changing nature of where we live. Current concerns about balancing progress with the environment as well as preserving our heritage underpin this exhibition. Their conversations and walks with enthusiasts as well as research in the archives brought the unfamiliar to life – not least of which was the discovery that Mandy Payne’s great-grandma used to live next door to The Whitaker!

  • Dates
    Thursday 27th July 2023 – Sunday 24th September 2023
  • Tickets

    Free, open to all.

This event is supported by the Arts Council England

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Mandy Payne is a painter and printmaker based in Sheffield.  Her work is inspired by urban landscape, particularly Brutalist architecture, social housing, and issues of gentrification. Mandy works with materials that have a physical connection to the sites she depicts.

Mandy has exhibited nationally and internationally and her work is held both publicly and privately. Her work is featured in The Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth; Yale Centre For British Art; Jiangsu Art Museum China; The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, Canada; the  Ruskin Collection, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield; the University of Salford and University of Sheffield.

Harriet Mena Hill is a visual artist and educator specializing in the investigation of connection and memory, working with communities in the built environments they inhabit. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally over the past 30 years and is held in collections including The Government Collection, The Museum of London, The Fleming Wyfold Art Foundation, The Women’s Art Collection University of Cambridge, British Land Art PLC, FIAR International, St John’s College Oxford, The Ballinglen Arts Foundation and in private collections in the UK and abroad.

Helen Angell is a poetry/non-fiction writer and mentor. Inspired by brutalist architecture and post-war landscapes, Helen writes about the beauty and temporality of urban life as well as our human responses to them. Helen’s poetry has appeared in a number of publications and anthologies and she has worked creatively with The Hepworth, Manchester School of Architecture, National Railway Museum and Kelham Island Museum as well as in collaboration with visual artists and musicians.

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