THE work of more local artists is being displayed on Bradford’s Big Screen this month as part of a special project to provide outdoor gallery space.

Entitled Not Just Hockney, the exhibition shows work by five different artists each month with images being screened daily in City Park.

Supported by Bradford City of Film, the exhibition is curated by arts enthusiast Colin Neville whose aim is to support and promote local artists and their work.

He said: “The Big Screen project aims to promote the work of artists locally. The artists who we have featured so far have really enjoyed seeing their work on the Big Screen.

"It’s a good opportunity to showcase their work. “The project is set to go into next year and I am currently contacting artists to see if they want to be featured next year.”

David Wilson, Director of Bradford UNESCO City of Film said: “More than half a million people a month walk through City Park and see the screen, so it’s is a really wonderful space to promote and support local artists who are part of the Not Just Hockney project.

"We’re very keen to support all artistic and cultural projects in the district - not just film and the moving image.

“Every month we have a different Not Just Hockney exhibition featuring everything from fine art to ceramics which really adds to our offer on the Big Screen and gives a flavour of the sheer amount of artistic talent in the area.”

Mr Wilson added that they were in discussion with Mr Neville about how to extend the exhibition next year to potentially include interviews with artists and films about their projects.

This month the five artists involved are:

Lucia Smith, a landscape painter based in Ilkley, who often features the local countryside in her work. She also teaches art to students and gives demonstrations and workshops at art clubs and societies throughout Yorkshire.

Barry Langroyd Hanson’s watercolour paintings cover a wide range of subjects, including Bradford city centre, the Yorkshire countryside, and West African scenes. His work has been sold as greetings cards and posters.

The multi-media artist, Jean McEwan, was born in Scotland, but now lives and works locally. She is best known for her humorous altered postcard images and as the founder of the local Wur Bradford community art project.

Jane Gerwitz is a Bradford-based freelance illustrator and artist with work featured in magazines, books, stationery as well as in children’s books. Her prints, original artwork, and greeting cards are sold locally.

Lou Sumray is a Bradford figurative painter and is actively involved in community and educational projects, working closely with local schools, theatre, adult and community groups. She was one of 30 artists chosen to participate in an arts project at the closing ceremony of the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

Images of all five artists’ work are being shown on the big screen every day at 12.30pm.

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