Not Just Hockney project continues with work by Ian Beesley, Craig Dyson, Alice Fox, Dionne Hood and Ping Kelly

By Jo Winrow

Not Just Hockney project continues with work by Ian Beesley, Craig Dyson, Alice Fox, Dionne Hood and Ping Kelly

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AN EXHIBITION on Bradford’s big screen, which aims to provide outdoor gallery space to local artists, continues this month with five more showing their works.

Images of their work are screened daily in City Park as part of the Not Just Hockney exhibition which showcases work by five different artists each month.

The project is supported by Bradford City of Film and is curated by arts enthusiast Colin Neville, who wants to promote local artists.

He said of the big screen project, which began a year ago: “It’s a struggle for artists to produce work that satisfies them and will also sell, or at least bring public recognition for their work.

“Artists have to continually look for new markets and it can be a real time-consuming process that cuts into their creative work.

“Some find the self-promotion side of their work difficult too, as it goes against the grain of their personality.

“So the Big Screen presentations offer a great opportunity to local artists to showcase their work effectively.”

And of this month’s artists, he added: “Bradford is particularly fortunate and rich in people with creative ideas; it always has been.

“The professional artists featured this month demonstrate the range of art talent to be found in the district, including social-documentary photographers, sculptors, textile artists, painters, and artists who work in a multi-media way.

“The ‘Young Masters’ Winter Exhibition of children’s art work on display this month at the local Kala Sangam Arts Centre suggests too, that there are many more talented artists of the future coming our way.”

This month’s five artists are:

Ian Beesley, a social-documentary photographer, born in Bradford, who has photographed the social and industrial change in the north of England for many years.

His work can be found in national photographic collections, including Bradford’s National Media Museum, London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, USA.

Craig Dyson, a Haworth-based sculptor, artist and photographer noted for his public sculptures, including the controversial Baby of the North in Bradford city centre.

He works with a variety of materials, including metal and wood, to create sculptures for private collectors, galleries, and public exhibition.

His ideas have been inspired by his travels worldwide and by his love of nature.

Alice Fox, a textile artist who uses natural dye techniques, print, stitch and weave in different combinations to create a variety of surfaces and structures.

Her work is often experimental to discover more about material properties, boundaries and possibilities.

Alice exhibits, lectures and teaches nationally and internationally and is a member of the Textile Study Group as well as the Society of Designer Craftsmen.

Dionne Hood, a mixed media artist combining embroidery, collage, found items, precious metal clay and paper clay, along with working as a development officer for Bradford Council’s library service.

Her work has been exhibited throughout the UK, including at Cartwright Hall.

She said: “Not Just Hockney is a great database of Bradford’s many artists past and present and I’m really pleased to be included in this showcase on the Big Screen in City Park.

“It’s a really exciting and fun opportunity to have my work shown in such an unusual format.”

Ping Kelly, a Bradford artist who applies the ancient art of Chinese brush painting in oils, watercolour and acrylics to her subjects.

Her work has been exhibited around the region, including at the Delius Arts Centre and the Fabric Gallery in Bradford.

David Wilson, director of Bradford UNESCO City of Film, said: “February’s Not Just Hockney exhibition is a real delight to have in City Park and one of real contrasts from the large animal sculptures of Craig Dyson to the intricate mixed media images from Dionne Hood.

“Once again the exhibition just goes to show how much artistic talent there is in Bradford district.”

Images of all five artists’ work are being shown on the big screen every day this month at 12.30pm as part of a short presentation.

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