Posts Tagged ‘painting’

Painting in England made me lighten up , says winning artist – The Times

In Arts, Newspaper Contributions on November 25, 2015 at 6:27 pm

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Charity can draw on celebrity assistance – The Times

In Art Reviews, Celebrity, Newspaper Contributions on September 24, 2014 at 5:14 pm

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Artist of the week: Stockport painter’s homage to abandoned places sheds light on lost worlds – Mancunian Matters

In Art Reviews, Leeds and Manchester Local News Contributions on October 28, 2013 at 5:16 pm

A Stockport-based painter who spent her lonely childhood with sketches of imagined and scribbled friends has spoken out about an artists need to have ‘his or her own voice’.


Manchester-born Anne Aspinall is due to showcase her talent at Cheshire’s Gorstella gallery exhibition next month.

With collectors due to battle it out for her sublime and elegant paintings, MM spoke to Anne who admitted that her lonely upbringing has taught her that each artists needs an element to their work which marks them out from others.

Born in 1949 as the only child to a kind and artistic mother whose own work inspired Anne’s colourful paintings.


Whilst her mother ran errands and made the regular rounds visiting elderly relatives, Anne was nurtured by her high school art teachers and occupied herself by drawing.

“I created lots of brothers and sisters through my drawings together with all the ponies, dogs and cats a child could wish for,” she said. Read the rest of this entry »

Manchester’s Unsung Heroes: Mustard Tree manager leaves life of drugs to mentor homeless with art therapy – Mancunian Matters

In Art Reviews, Charity, Comment and Opinion, Leeds and Manchester Local News Contributions on October 15, 2013 at 2:35 pm

As homelessness figures continue to soar, with an increase of almost 10% in Greater Manchester last year, it appeared to be one of the only growing businesses during the recession. 


But spending time on the streets, in shelters and behind bars has not deterred one man from devoting his life to helping those who suffer as he once did.

Just off Oldham Road lies a street full of secrets. On that street is a place where dignity, faith, grace, joy and truth are not just values that reflect off a painted canvas, but emanate, filling everyone inside with a glow of silent, selfless goodwill.

As you walk upstairs a giant, psychedelic portrait of Jimi Hendrix gazing at its admirer through knowing, hallucinogenic eyes.

This place is the Mustard Tree. It is a place that creates the sense of home for the homeless, downtrodden and displaced.

Caring 52-year-old Graham Hudson is Mustard Tree’s Creative Programmes Manager. He uses an informal mode of art therapy to encourage his students to rebuild their lives.

“They know that they’re not all going to be artists – but all of them are going to have to go on and continue with their lives afterwards,” he said.

He cites the example of one student, Gina, whose life was full of self-loathing and misanthropy, insisting that she couldn’t paint. Read the rest of this entry »

‘Art saved my life’ – pal of Oasis star has brush with success – Manchester Evening News – 17/09/13

In Art Reviews, Charity, Features, Leeds and Manchester Local News Contributions, Newspaper Contributions on September 17, 2013 at 2:36 pm

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The article is on page 6 of the Main Edition South/City – 17/09/13

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