12 March – 13 May 2017 – an exhibition by Cate Holland –
As spring flowers start to bloom around the gallery, local artist and former art teacher Catherine Holland takes as her theme for this exhibition the concept of waiting for the release that spring brings after a season of being caged in.
She says her inspiration came from news items and the things she saw around her, such as people not able to be themselves and the basic workings of the body and the mind. Because of the confines of the Gallery she has adapted her work to fit on canvas sheets that hang from the roof ledges. There are three strips of canvas in total and two of them have three pieces of work attached and the centre piece has two, both of these are relief work.
Cate Holland’s interest in art using different materials started when she was young and her father, a builder and plumber, allowed her to sit with him while he drew building plans and coloured them. Her mother was also artistic and made glass pictures using tin foil wrappers off chocolates to create crinoline ladies and old English gardens.
Cate took a degree in fine art at Manchester Polytechnic and then a post graduate qualification in secondary education. While doing her degree course she worked in metal, wood and cloth and loved creating various styles of art work.
She taught art for twenty-five years to secondary school children and also taught adults. After retiring she took a City and Guild course in textiles at Craven College. This started her using materials in different ways.
The exhibition shows a cross section of her present work. She said: “I hope that people will enjoy visiting the gallery and will use my comments book.”