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Celebrating Nature: Faith’s Artistry at Ironbridge Fine Arts Spring 2024

Celebrating Nature: Faith’s Artistry at Ironbridge Fine Arts Spring Exhibition

Join us for an exquisite journey through the world of printmaking at the upcoming Ironbridge Fine Arts Spring Exhibition, happening from March 1st to May 28th, 2024. We are thrilled to present Faith, a talented printmaker hailing from her studio in North Cornwall. Her artistry is a tribute to the delicate and fleeting moments that grace our precious natural world, with drawing at the very heart of her creative process. Faith specializes in crafting limited editions of drypoint intaglio prints, allowing us to revel in the mesmerizing allure of the medium’s velvety, rich burr lines.

In her latest creations, Faith delves into her profound affection for wild birds, infusing her work with a delightful sense of humor that captures the captivating charm of these feathered characters she’s observed. However, beneath the laughter lies a deeper concern for the environmental changes threatening their habitats and pushing them towards the brink of endangerment and extinction.

Faith’s artistic journey has taken her to renowned stages, including the Royal Academy (RA) Summer Exhibition in 2019, 2022, and 2023. She is also an esteemed member of the Royal West Academy (RWA) Artist Network and a resident artist at Tonic Gallery in Salcombe. Join us at the Ironbridge Fine Arts Spring Exhibition to witness her breathtaking creations and be a part of a powerful message about the importance of preserving our natural world.

Our feature in Pressing Matters

We are extremely overjoyed to announce our resident and specialist printmaker Jenny Gunning has been featured in the latest issue of pressing matters. Jenny has a three page spread amongst other Gunning press owners in the magazine.

We have a good stock of the latest issue amongst older issues available to purchase in our shop or online.

Take a read as Jenny discusses her journey and passion for printmaking, family life and the challenge of running your own business.

Jenny Gunning feature in Pressing Matters

Jenny Gunning feature in Pressing Matters

Jenny Gunning feature in Pressing Matters

Thank you for reading!

Happy Printmaking!

All the best,

Ellie & The Team!

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Fine Art Exhibition at Ironbridge Fine Arts Featuring Graeme Storey

Graeme Storey Exhibition -Summer 2023 Ironbridge Fine Arts

Framing Examples at Ironbridge Fine Arts and Framing

Visiting Ironbridge Fine Arts

Ironbridge Fine Arts is a gallery located in Ironbridge, Shropshire, UK, showcases a wide range of contemporary art from both local and international artists.

Here are some reasons why you might want to visit Ironbridge Fine Arts:

  1. Variety of artwork: Ironbridge Fine Arts offers a diverse collection of artwork, including paintings, sculptures, prints, and ceramics. You can browse a range of styles and mediums to find the perfect piece for your taste and budget.
  2. Unique finds: The gallery showcases many emerging and established artists that you might not find elsewhere. It’s a great place to discover new and unique artwork that will stand out in your collection.
  3. Expert guidance: The staff at Ironbridge Fine Arts are knowledgeable about art and can offer guidance on choosing the right piece for your home or office. They can also provide information about the artists and their work, which can add to your appreciation of the art you purchase.
  4. Exhibitions and Events: Ironbridge Fine Arts holds regular exhibitions, showcasing the work of individual artists or themed collections. Attending these events can be a great opportunity to meet the artists, learn more about their work, and purchase pieces from the exhibition. Find out more about the current exhibition and featured Artists
  5. Location: Ironbridge is a beautiful and historic town, known as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. The gallery is situated in a lovely spot overlooking the River Severn and is surrounded by charming shops, restaurants, and cafes. A visit to Ironbridge Fine Arts can be a lovely day out in a picturesque setting.


Ironbridge Fine Arts View from Other side of the River Severn

Ironbridge is a fascinating place to visit; known for its important role in the Industrial Revolution and for being the birthplace of the modern iron industry. Here are some things to do in Ironbridge:

  1. Visit the Iron Bridge: This is the town’s main attraction and is the world’s first iron bridge, built in 1779. It spans the River Severn and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  2. Explore the Ironbridge Gorge Museums: This series of museums tells the story of the Industrial Revolution and the impact it had on the local area. The museums include Blists Hill Victorian Town, Coalport China Museum, and the Museum of Iron.
  3. Walk or cycle the Ironbridge Gorge: The Ironbridge Gorge is a beautiful area with plenty of walking and cycling trails to explore. You can enjoy stunning views of the river, forests, and historic sites along the way.
  4. Visit the Merrythought Teddy Bear Factory: This family-run factory has been making teddy bears since 1930 and offers tours and a factory shop.

5. Take a steam train ride: The Severn Valley Railway offers steam train rides from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster,  passing through the beautiful countryside and stopping at various stations along the way.

6. Enjoy local food and drink: Ironbridge has a range of restaurants, cafes, and pubs serving traditional Shropshire cuisine, including pies, sausages, and cheeses. 

Overall, Ironbridge is a great place to visit for history and nature lovers, as well as for those interested in traditional British food and drink.

Fine Art Exhibition at Ironbridge Fine Arts featuring Linda Samuel

Linda Samuel Exhibition – Summer 2023 Ironbridge Fine Arts

Come and immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes that Linda Samuel has captured in her latest collection of paintings. Born and raised in Ironbridge, Linda has been fortunate enough to call this beautiful county her home for her entire life. However, it is the breathtaking scenery of North Wales and the Lake District that truly inspires her work.

Linda’s passion for painting began in her teenage years and has since become a compulsion to capture the mood, atmosphere, and colors of the landscapes that surround her. Her use of texture and rich colors draws you in, allowing you to experience the power of the waves crashing against the shore or the peacefulness of the forest, making you feel as though you are right there with her.

Don’t miss out on the chance to see Linda’s incredible artwork, along with the other amazing local and national artists on display at our Summer exhibition. We can’t wait to share it all with you.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Gallery and sharing all the amazing Artists and Artwork

Customer Spotlight - Elena Cassidy Smith

Artist Spotlight- Elena Cassidy Smith

Elena is one of wonderful customers whose artwork we have enjoyed framing and seeing her artwork come to life. It’s been a delight working with her and seeing the beautiful pieces that she has created for her PhD. We sat down with Elena to discuss her work and how our framing and mounting services helped bring her visions to life.

What brought you to Ironbridge fine arts?Elena Cassidy Smith Blog with Ironbridge Fine Arts

“I needed to get some work framed for my practice-based PhD and I wanted to use a local framer. I have used Ironbridge fine arts in the last year for some work and was really impressed with the care and attention they give to helping choose frames, mounts, and glass.”

How did your journey into being an artist begin?

“I have been a freelance artist for many years. I completed my BA Fine Art degree in 1993. I then went on to complete an MA Fine Art qualification in 2019 and I am now currently undertaking a Phd. I have exhibited all over the UK and worked on many projects in the public realm. I have been a mentor for emerging artists, acted on advisory boards and I am now pursuing a teaching career alongside my own practice.”

How would you describe your artwork?

Elena Cassidy Smith Blog with Ironbridge Fine Arts“I am a live and visual artist whose work is concerned with site contextual or site-responsive situations that are sensitive to time, place, and people. My work often examines the overlooked and obscure, tapping into oral histories, collective understandings, and forgotten truths. I create narrative interventions that invite audiences to participate, comment and create. My work often sets up humorous or subtle paradoxes in the everyday and mundane and seeks to be a playful intervention in unexpected places.”

“I use a variety of materials in my work, with paper, textiles and old objects being consistently used to explore ideas. My work is often sculptural, but I also incorporate film, photography, poetry and performance into creating pieces.”

How do you plan to take your artwork forward?

Elena Cassidy Smith Blog with Ironbridge Fine Arts“My practice-based Phd is exploring the ontology of time. I am investigating temporal experience and temporal phenomenology through the lens of the philosophy of physics, theoretical physics and the social sciences. This enquiry has strengthened my research skills, stretched my artistic practice and broadened my understanding of transdisciplinary approaches to identifying new knowledge.” 

What would you say about the Framing, Giclee Printing and scanning services at Ironbridge fine arts?

“The services at Ironbridge fine arts are wonderful. Sarah and her team have been so helpful and have really understood my framing needs. I strongly believe in using local services where possible and I am fortunate to live so near this wonderful framers.”   

What would you say to someone who is thinking of using the services at Ironbridge Fine Arts?

“The framing is to a very high standard and the advice given when consulting about the choice of frame is excellent. The choice of frames, mounts and glass is so impressive. I would highly recommend the services.”

Elena Cassidy Smith Blog with Ironbridge Fine ArtsvHas the Ironbridge Fine Art’s team helped to elevate your artwork using the creative ways of bespoke framing and mounting a piece?

“Absolutely! Sarah has been so very helpful and knowledgeable about framing my unconventional pieces. Her expertise has been greatly appreciated.”

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Fine Art Exhibition at Ironbridge Fine Arts featuring Vic Sayers

Printmaking and Paintings by Vic Sayers Summer 2023

Fine Art Exhibition at Ironbridge Fine Arts Featuring John Roger Bradley 2024

John Roger Bradley Summer 2024

Amanda HIller Linocut Prints will feature in our Summer 2024 Exhibition

Amanda Hillier Summer 2024

Printmaking at Christmas with kids

With the kids enjoying the festive season and having a break from school you might find them sat in your printing studio’s more often. We’ve come up with a few printmaking activities they can get involved with this christmas and joining in on your printmaking sessions

  • Mono-type’s are great for kids, simply sit them down with a piece of styrene and some caligo safe wash ink (easier to get out of clothes) let them paint away. You can let them get stuck in use paint brushes, leaves and branches and anything else you are willing to use to let your child run wild and make their marks. Simply pull through your press we recommend printing onto bread and butter paper from John Purcells it’s an excellent proofing paper, super affordable perfect for letting those littles have some fun.
  • Stencils are great fun simply cut out some shapes from some thick card we find the cardboard off cereal boxes work best as you can wipe these down and reuse them. You can even used corrugated cardboard for a textured look peel off that top layer for that striped look. Simply cut your shape and apply ink to it using a roller pull through your press, again we recommend printing onto bread and butter paper.
  • For those kids who are little bit older why not let them try there hand at lino-cut or drypoint. These are great printing processes to introduce your child to printmaking it allows them take their time and throughly enjoy the process. When they have finished their plate you get  the joy of helping them print it on your press and seeing their eyes light up seeing their final result.

To really get thing festive the processes discussed could be used to make the following things, christmas cards, wrapping paper, place settings for your christmas tables and much more. Or maybe it’s just a nice christmas gift for the grandparents to get framed.

We hope these ideas have helped keep your little ones entertained. 

Have a very Merry Christmas

Thank you for reading!

Happy Printmaking!

All the best,

Ellie & The Team!

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If you have read to the bottom of this blog you are entitled to a free gift, please email Jenny@IronbridgefineArts.co.uk with your preferred printing Relief or Intaglio to claim. Postage of £6.99 will still apply.