A trio of contemporary artists are to exhibit their latest work in Newcastle-under-Lyme’s Brampton Museum and Art Gallery in January 2023.
Sally Fitchard, Ian Mood, and Nick Moore are collaborating for the first time in an exhibition of ceramics and paintings called FUSE.
The sculptor and artists met when they exhibited together at the Three Counties Open Exhibition in Burslem, alongside other selected artists. All three had a mutual admiration for one another’s work.
Sally Fitchard is a ceramic sculptor creating figurative works of art that are full of character, uniqueness, and expression. Sally’s “Multiple Kneels (Telling)” was a prize-winning sculpture at the Three Counties Art Exhibition.
Sally graduated in Studio Ceramics at Staffordshire Polytechnic in 1991, but didn’t touch clay again until January 2019. She is represented at Broth Art in the UK and has exhibited at many open salons including Royal Society of British Artists, Society of Women Artists, Leamington Spa Open, and at The Mall Gallery, London.
Ian Mood is an internationally renowned artist who studied Fine Art at the University of the West of England, Bristol. He is a member of the Artists’ Association of Nantucket where he was awarded the Frank Swift Chase Plein Air Award 2014.
Ian grew up in Stoke-on-Trent and studied at Newcastle Tertiary College and North Staffs Uni before completing a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art at the University of Bristol. Ian lives in Penkhull and paints full-time from his studio in Burslem. His work has featured in collections including Saatchi Gallery London and Brooklyn Art Library, New York.
Nick Moore has had paintings in successive Three Counties exhibitions and exhibits both regionally and further afield, more recently at Royal Birmingham Society of Artists and in St Ives, Cornwall. Nick also curated the Marvellous:Stoke Exhibition at the nearby New Vic Theatre earlier this year.
Nick studied printing and graphics at South Manchester College, spent over 25 years as a printer, and another 15 years as a graphic designer.
Nick took up painting after visiting his Potteries-born father, respected Penwith artist David Moore, in St Ives. With his family’s guidance and critique he has greedily painted without the restraint of traditional creative schooling.
Nick Moore said: “Although our artistic styles are quite different, I believe we observe in a similar way. Living and working in Newcastle-under-Lyme, we are undoubtedly exposed to some joint experiences. FUSE Exhibition will explore how our convergence binds into a cohesive body of work. We aim to build on this unity with future joint exhibitions.”
FUSE Exhibition runs from Saturday 14 January to Sunday 16 April 2023 at Brampton Museum and Art Gallery. The opening evening is at 7pm on Thursday 12 January with blues music by Tree Katz and an opportunity to chat with the artists.