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Artworks 8th Annual Exhibition - paintings, prints and sculpture by 30 leading East Anglian artists is at Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, Bury St Edmunds until tomorrowSelf-identity and the human body, domesticity, and Alzheimer's disease are among the inspirations in a fabulous exhibition of paintings, prints and sculpture now showing at Blackthorpe Barn.

Artworks 8th Annual Exhibition - paintings, prints and sculpture by 30 leading East Anglian artists is at Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, Bury St Edmunds until tomorrow

Self-identity and the human body, domesticity, and Alzheimer's disease are among the inspirations in a fabulous exhibition of paintings, prints and sculpture now showing at Blackthorpe Barn. Artworks 8th annual exhibition is a huge and eclectic show of new work by 30 of East Anglia's leading artists. It's certainly one of their best to date.

Constance Stubbs intimate portrait Iranian Mother, pastel, is tender and perceptive. A young veiled woman nestles her infant to her,black luxuriant hair contrasting with the vibrantly patterned carpet she sits on. The work makes a nice comparison to Val Armstrong's The Company Of Women, collagraph/watercolour, which also pays homage to dark beauty. It's a striking image in which the women are shown in profile, their long slender necks elongated and beautifully stylised.

Elaine Nason's amusing linocut prints of Homely Virtues: knitting, baking, ironing and preserving present domesticity without its drabness. They're beautifully executed, colourful, and uplifting. Lynn Hutton's sculpture The Ruin Of Psyche, ceramic, print, fabric and stitch is much darker. It explores the disintegration of memory as a result of Alzheimer's disease.


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Psyche's head is slit open, revealing her brain, and she is surrounded by loads of tiny muslin boxes, trailing red cotton, each containing a word.

This is clearly a very personal piece but it does reach out as does Lina Hunter's sculpture Just Waiting, ceramic/mixed media. The latter shows a headless woman stretched out on a bed of rusty springs, bone-like hangings above her and scattered on the floor. It's a work with many interpretations, it's also sensual and has elements of magic and myth.

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Lesley Bermingham's painting Patchwork Planet is totally joyous; an image of bright colour, pattern, sweeping movement and text. Also superb are the two prints Carefree I and II which portray the wonder and freedom of dance in a highly stylised, decorative and eloquent way. In contrast Doug Patterson's bird Market, Hong Kong, pastel, is a work that explores imprisonment . It shows a number of birds in cages, is loosely drawn and quite quirky.. Like Patterson's dramatic God Is Just A Whisper Away At 6000m, Bhutan, also pastel, it captures the essence of the place it depicts and is very evocative.

There is some stunning glassware in this exhibition which include Verena Daniels' fused glass platters Cascade V, and VI, like waterfalls trapped in time and rhythm, and playful hangings inspired by topiary. Liz Waugh McManus' kiln cast glass Offering and Ripe Fruit are also wonderful. They suggest organic forms frozen in time and have a silent beauty and clarity.

Finally don't miss Graham Portlock's photographs or Mac McCaughan's contemporary furniture. Portlock's graphic images, still lifes and landscapes, include the fabulously composed, and richly textural Roots Of Learning. Among McCaughan's pieces are a funky rocking chair made of circles of steel and a steel chair in the shape of a leaf, both powder coated. They are contemporary and very comfortable.

I've mentioned just a small selection of work in this exhibition, but there are many other superb paintings, prints and sculptures to enjoy.

Sonia Carvill

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