An exhibition inspired by Great Britain’s proud history of exploration and naval exploits opens at the Chapel Gallery on Saturday 13 September.
Burnt Out is an ambitious new exhibition of work by award-winning artist Helen Snell and has been a year in the making.
Inspired by time spent at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth, where she had access to iconic artefacts like the sledge used to transport Captain Scott's dead body, Helen considers themes relating to exploration, survival and the quest for knowledge in extreme and hostile environments.
Helen’s exhibition takes its name from her creative technique which involves using digital laser and water-jet cutting techniques to create exquisitely detailed work. The collection of exquisite paperworks that form this breath-taking exhibition at the Chapel Gallery include cascading installation pieces featuring repeated motifs of divers, life-rafts and sailors, and a sprawling icepack of paper pop-ups.
Alongside these new works Helen also presents ‘Paper Flotilla’, a stunning installation featuring more than 50 of her exquisite and delicate laser-cut paper boats. There are spellbinding large-scale sculptural works cut from steel, acrylic, paper, card and fabric.
Councillor David Sudworth, portfolio holder for Leisure, said: “This promises to be an exciting exhibition by an extremely talented artist so come along and enjoy it.”
Helen was selected as Axisweb Artist of the Month in December 2012 and in 2013 she featured in Growing, the National Centre for Craft and Design’s review of emerging artists who will be innovators of the future.
Burnt Out has been organised by the 20-21 Visual Arts Centre and has been supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
To celebrate the exhibition opening the gallery will host a free family-friendly drop in event on 13 September where you can make your own paper artworks. People need to contact the gallery to book in advance on 01695 571328 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Sessions take place from 10am to midday and 1pm-3pm
The exhibition will run until Saturday 1 November, and throughout this time there will be other free family-friendly gallery based activities encouraging people to explore and enjoy the artworks.
Exhibition Tours: Saturday 20 September and Saturday 10 October. Please contact the gallery to book.