Contemporary art from new collective goes on display at Dock Museum

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6 January 2017 10:41AM

THE recently-founded South Lakes Arts Collective will be showcasing its stunning new works at the Dock Museum this spring.

This group of international artists, which was founded in 2016, presents Horizons - a collection of contemporary pieces that displays a variety of styles and skills.

Work from well-known artists with Cumbrian links, such as Monica Metsers, Rachel Greenbank and Ivor Sexton, and India-based Shivangi Pandey, will be on display at the Barrow museum from Saturday January 14 until Wednesday March 1.

Monica Metsers was recently one of six artists shortlisted for the C-Art Cumbrian Artist of the Year 2016, and one of her paintings is going to be exhibited in The Jiangsu Arts and Crafts Museum, in Nanjing, China, later this year as part of the Priseman-Seabrook Collection - in an exhibition called Contemporary Masters from Britain, which also holds works by David Hockney, Tracey Emin, and Lucien Freud, among others.

Ivor Sexton has held solo shows across the region since the late 1980s, as well as venues such as The Virginia Gallery, in Glasgow, and The Tabernacle, in Notting Hill, London. The highly-regarded artist's work, which examines the fragility of life, has previously been bought by the likes of Ruby Wax and Simon Mayo.

Self-taught artist Shivangi Pandey has been awarded with a gold medal by the Punjab Kala Bhawan arts council in Chandigarh, India.

Her work demonstrates a joyous exuberance, with her dripping flowers and large crowd scenes capturing the dynamic nature of life, where everything is subject to change and movement and nothing is static. Her sense of colour is what stands out in most of her compositions.

Contemporary portrait and figure artist, and illustrator, Rachel Greenbank, also has new works included. A former resident artist at Sedbergh's Farfield Mill, she is also a member of the Green Door arts community in South Cumbria.

Dock Museum curator Sabine Skae says: "I’m really looking forward to this exhibition.

"Exciting contemporary art has been selected for their first exhibition and we’re delighted to showcase it here."

Horizons will be free to view during the Dock Museum's regular opening hours until March 1.

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