September 2010

The August Bank holiday saw the culmination of Manchester Pride’s celebration of LGBT life – ‘the Big Weekend’.  During the preceding week Manchester City Art Gallery hosted the Pride Art Trail – a whistle-stop tour of a series of selected artworks chosen and interpreted by members of Manchester’s LGBT community specifically for Pride, accompanied by a guide leaflet for gallery visitors.

Having arrived slightly late to the event I skipped through the galleries with the help of alert and accommodating staff who quickly located the group for me to join.  Throughout the hour-long session people in the galleries floated fluidly into and out of the group, lending the event a relaxed and enquiring atmosphere.

The journey through the ages, expertly facilitated by Meg Parnell, Curator of Lifelong Learning at the Manchester Art Gallery, brought up key themes of public perception, legislative developments and the move away from repression to openness for LGBT people, amongst many other topics

The chosen artworks were interpreted in a highly personal way by individuals, which really highlighted the validity of private and intimate readings and acted as encouragement for us to engage in a personal way with art.

Evident from the readings of the artworks were the remarkable changes that have occurred during the last sixty years in particular, changing the face of LGBT life in Manchester forever.  The miscellany of readings explored at the event created a hugely lively and fun experience and, rather than arousing discord, culminated in the broad judgment that art develops multiple layers of interpretation – a palimpsest of LGBT history, which whilst not erasing the previous reading, gathers more meaning through time.  Essentially, however, the event posed more questions than it answered leaving an appetite for more.

Attended by some 25 people, a handful of which were women and the remainder men, the size of the event fostered an atmosphere that valued personal contributions.  What resonated from the start to the end was the absence of a female discourse.  Whether this is due to the lack of pertinent women’s work being held by the gallery or the choices of a male dominated LGBT group, is unclear.  With this set aside, however, the event was highly informative in respect of presenting an incredibly personal evolution of life experiences for GBT men in Manchester.

In counterpoint to the male dominated content of this event, I sought and found respite in  The Curated Place’s ‘The modern Lesbian’, exhibition at 52 Princess Street, supported by local businesses The Sweet Tooth Cupcakery and The Nip and Tipple amongst others.  The exhibition unwrapped some of the multiple identities of women within the LGBT community in Manchester through the graphical visual representation of the paintings, alongside a text description.  The images offer the beginnings of a challenge to conventional stereotypes about LGBT women, who are a series of individual minorities within the overarching LGBT grouping, which is so often overshadowed by male interests.  It was a great concept – to chart individuals and make a personal response from a uniquely female standpoint.

Ultimately however, the presence of the two exhibitions could not have been further apart, with the women’s event taking place in a low profile venue much further from the city centre with discrete footfall and far fewer opportunities for mainstream viewings from the public, indicative of the marginalisation of women in general and expressly lesbian and bisexual women in context of the male dominated gay culture of canal street.  Perhaps a development from this could see interventions at the fantastic People’s History Museum and the City Art Gallery during next year’s Pride to bring LGBT women’s art critique and practise in line with men’s.

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  • Acrylic on box canvas
  • 61cm x 30.5cm

This new artwork developed from previous work entitled ‘I just love you’.  The work, on a smaller scale than the previous work, uses a dark red/ pink as the base colour, with rainbow colours dispersed throughout the painting, giving a nod to sexual diversity.  Originally inspired by Derek Jarman’s work at Manchester City Art Gallery, this uses text as a central link between the viewer and the work.

The work discretely deals with the conflict between marriage and civil partnerships, with reference to marriage through use of the words ‘I do’ carved into the rainbow coloured canvas.  For non-heterosexual people, marriage is not an option – ‘I do’ doesn’t exist in the same way, but rather sets the LGBT community apart from heterosexuals.  Many see this as an unacceptable and unequal status, which must be changed.

Price: £125

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Open Studio Success

by Emily Pitts on September 28, 2010

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After a quiet start the Open Studio session today was a big hit, with visitors taking in the artwork on show and enjoying a cup of tea with a slice of home-made cake.  Thank you for coming (if you came) and for all your great feedback.  For those of you who took work away with you, I hope you like it.  If you missed it today, why not come along to the next one – details below.

New artwork on the way…

During the afternoon and into the evening I produced a new small-scale artwork, to be released shortly, entitled ‘I do love you’, which leads on from the immensely popular ‘I just love you’, due to show at the Mall Galleries in London at the end of October.  The use of text has been a recurring tool in my artistic arsenal and I continue to develop it, with recent inspiration from Tate Liverpool’s current exhibition that includes collaborative work with Carol Ann Duffy, poet laureate and other text-based artworks from artists such as Tracy Emin, Jenny Holzer, Laurence Weiner and Gillian Wearing.  A great exhibition, brilliantly curated.  Go to the Tate website…

Next Open Studio:  Weds 6th October    2pm-8pm

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15% off my Artwork

by Emily Pitts on September 25, 2010

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  • Special Discount available until 12pm on Thursday 30th September.

If you’re not sure, please ring me – I won’t eat you, scream or throw my dollies out of the pram, but I will help you as much as I possibly can!!!

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Yorkshire Coast No.3

by Emily Pitts on September 23, 2010

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  • Acrylic on box canvas
  • 152.5cm x 40.7cm

This particular artwork was inspired by a visit to Filey and by a fossil hunting trip onto the beach during damp weather, with the grey-blue sea and heavy sky casting a damp pall over the landscape and the cliffs.  The cliffs were unable to disguise the many shades, shapes and formations of rocks and detritus lying within the compacted layers.

Price: £195

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Filey Coast No.1

by Emily Pitts on September 23, 2010

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  • Acrylic on box canvas
  • 76.2cm x 50.8cm

A beautiful, calming and tranquil artwork, evoking the nature of the Filey coastline just as a rainstorm starts coming in off the sea.  The paint rises up off the canvas along the line of the sea – a powerful, foreboding and impenetrable mass.

Price: £125
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I Can’t get you out of my Head

by Emily Pitts on September 23, 2010

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  • Acrylic medium, hair & glue on box canvas
  • 61cm x 30.5cm

This new work uses real hair, sewn into the canvas in patterns that create the words ‘ I can’t get you out of my head’.  The hair is both appealing in the shapes that it creates, swirling and twirling like an ornate typeface, but at the same time repugnant and repellant when you get up close and see each stray strand wild and free – wafting in the breeze.

Price: £450

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Our Green Land

by Emily Pitts on September 23, 2010

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  • Acrylic on box canvas
  • 61cm x 30.5cm

This work was inspired by travel through the Yorkshire countryside with its striking greenness reflected deeply in rivers and streams along the journey.  The paint is applied generously giving a three dimensional edge to the piece and encouraging the viewer to come closer and become more intimately involved in the work.

Price:  £85
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Fabulous new Artwork…

by Emily Pitts on September 23, 2010

in News, Provocative

As promised here is a sneak preview of my new artwork:

“I Can’t Get You Out Of My Head”

Hair, medium and glue on Canvas      2010

The work was created by threading real hair into the canvas forming the series of words that you see in the images.  The work uses direct language to communicate with the viewer, who can make their own decision about what the work means to them!

Detail shot of artwork

Online for sale soon.

I’d love to hear and see your comments on the new work…

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