Exhibitions and unique installations showcase contemporary art at Valentines. There are also arts workshops and private viewings. The top floor of Valentines has been converted to artists’ studios. Open studio days provide a chance to visit the studios, meet the artists and view their work.
With a passion and a need to “make” with her hands, Lisa’s creative journey continues to see her working in an ever expanding variety of mediums which have included stained glass, ceramics, mosaic, felt making and green wood working, but more recently basketry. She has undertaken a highly regarded, 2 year intensive course in all aspects of basketry, exploring techniques from around the globe from Neolithic times right through to the use of contemporary materials. Lisa’s work is in response to possibilities within these materials, reacting intuitively and taking inspiration from natural forms, the land and our place in the web of life.
Cinzia Castellano is a Florentine abstract painter. For more than 20 years she has been living and painting mainly in London, but also in New York and in her native town. Her pictorial vocabulary reverberates her experience of travelling, rooting and uprooting, and her response to different environments. Contrasts, idiosyncrasies and misunderstandings are part of her narrative. Painting for her is the possibility to explore something which is the core of human interaction: something that can happen beyond words.
Anne’s work explores how our encounters with the representation of landscape (both local and distant) impact on how we perform place. She lives and works in London and teaches Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, UAL. Anne has recently exhibited in Urban Landscape and Memory (Bizkaia Aretoa, Bilbao, 2014); Cartographies of Life and Death (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, 2013) as well as less conventional spaces such as in a shed on Essex village greens, the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, the Queens Tower, Imperial College, as well as Kettle’s Yard Cambridge and the Tate St Ives. In 2017, Anne’s work was shown in Care of the Self at the Korean Cultural Centre, Vienna.
Louise’s ceramics are inspired by architecture and archaeology. She has a fascination with history and the idea of discovering aspects of the past through objects or buildings that evoke tales and memories of time and place. Louise visits historic sites to soak up the atmosphere, takes photographs and makes drawings, which are then manipulated on the computer to create images for transferring onto the clay surface using a photographic screen printing process, building layers of moments observed. Louise is currently involved in developing arts projects with National Trust properties.
The inspiration for Jason’s paintings comes from many sources: friends and family; special places he has visited, dreams and visions he has; his favourite animals (including horses, wolves, butterflies and dolphins) and from his interest in the environment, spirituality and quantum mechanics. Jason regularly undertakes portrait commissions of people, their children and their pets for birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions.
While studying fashion design, Amanda explored textiles, millinery, embroidery and illustration both in utility and abstract applications. She developed as an artist in the field of pottery, stone carving and most notably stained glass. She is constantly exploring new ways of expression and developing ideas of incorporating all the mediums that she has studied.
One of Amanda’s commissions in stained glass is on permanent display in The Chapel of Canon Palmer Catholic School in Seven Kings.
Sadia Ur-Rehman is a multi-media artist. London born of Pakistani parentage, her multi-media practice is an on-going investigation into the notions of home, belonging and cultural identity in an increasingly ‘globalised’ world. In 2011, Sadia was the artist in residence at Valentines and as part of her residency held a number of very successful tea parties at the mansion. Sadia has since worked with a number of major museums, cultural institutions, local authorities and community groups to deliver her unique pop-up tea parties using tea as a connector to bring people together.
Julian Walker is currently working with interventionist embroidery, small-scale carving (particularly on non-prescription tablets), and works on paper – relief prints and working onto and into pages from antique books.