Photographic Portraits by Martin Billings
7th November-6th January 2014 -The Longwall
A poignant collection of photographic portraits by Broadway photographer Martin Billings in support of the St Richard’s Hospice. Spot local celebrities from the Worcestershire area sit for the camera alongside their favourite toys.
A engaging and intimate exhibition that explores companionship, affection and inspiration and evokes a moment of reflection by any viewer.
Billings encourages thought on life relationships, ranging from that of the photographer and sitter in his images, to families, loved ones and also the Treasures that have acted as life companions and support.
This exhibition hopes to promote and encourage awareness of St Richards Hospice which provides free palliative care for patients with life threatening illness. The Hospice supports over 2,300 patients and families in Worcestershire annually and is about to undergo expansion to improve its In-patient facilities.
7th November- 6th January 2013 -The Barside Space
Dawn’s work explores the identity of the women through the legacy they leave behind. Dawn investigates the identities of the women in her paintings in relation to others, in relation to a performed role and in relation to the period of history within which the women lived.
The face, specifically the eyes are central in these works, the faces are taken directly from their portraits hung within a stately home and stripped of the adorning paraphernalia chosen by the portrait artist. The faces are then embedded with the experience culminating in a visual representation of the women’s identity within that moment. The women within these paintings all have fascinating stories of how they fought for the freedom and safety of their loved ones, the work is also an empathetic response from an artist who shares an understanding of the desire to want to love and protect as is present within us all.