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Shoots & Leaves exhibition at Craft Centre & Design Gallery, City Art Gallery, Leeds.

Shoots & Leaves exhibition at Craft Centre & Design Gallery, City Art Gallery, Leeds.

1 March – 28 June

Shoots and Leaves is an exhibition I’m in with fellow printmaker Stef Mitchell. Stef makes a range of handmade prints and keepsake books printing directly from the natural landscape that surrounds her. “Each piece I produce is totally unique, a rare an original and treasure, and a little bit of Yorkshire”. Here’s an engaging film of her Leaf Printing in the Woods.
The Gallery staff at the Craft Centre & Design Gallery decided that our work would compliment each other, and approached us both to ask us to send in unframed work for their stock frames as well as unframed for browsers. Initially I was a little concerned that the proportions of my work might not fit the format of their frames – but ultimately the opportunity to have my work seen in an excellent craft gallery attached to a first rate City Gallery outside of the South West for very little effort on my part won me over.

I’m not familiar with Leeds, but the Craft Centre & Design Gallery is situated beneath the City Art Gallery, which is one of those splendid Victorian edifices. According to Wikipedia, Leeds City Art Gallery “is a museum whose collection of 20th-century British Art is recognised by the British government as a collection “of national importance”.”

This is the best description for the CC&DG I’ve found – “Nestled under Leeds City Library and Art Gallery you will find The Craft Centre and Design Gallery, which was established in 1982 as a registered charity with the aim of making contemporary craft and design available and accessible to the public”.

As seen in Homes & Gardens
As seen in Homes & Gardens

A nice bonus is that Homes & Gardens have chosen the exhibition for one of their 5 OF THE BEST Exhibitions not to be missed this month.














Lynn Bailey

Through my artwork I look to say something about the environment - explore how we interact, use, abuse and collaborate with the natural world around us. This has taken me to increasingly focus on the small ubiquitous and often reviled weeds and bugs that form the foundation and engine-room of ecosystems. I use a wide range of printmaking techniques – both traditional and innovative, often creating complex one off prints. ****** Co-founder and director of Double Elephant Print Workshop since 1997. Originally trained in Conservation of Prints and Drawings 1980 -1982. Studied Fine art at University of Plymouth 1993 -1996.