Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Clare Jarrett - our Garden Festival artist

We are lucky to have two wonderful women artists - Clare Jarrett and Katy Armes - who are creating works for our Chelsea Fringe garden festival at the Plantation Garden this Saturday! We’ve told you a little about Katy in an earlier blog post, so now we’d like to tell you about Clare.

Clare's print to celebrate our garden festival

Clare is making a large, colourful  site-specific work for the garden. She has also produced some lovely A5 hand printed limited edition prints  which will be on sale on the day. The prints cost a very reasonable £5 each and have been produced by Clare to celebrate Words And Women at the Chelsea Fringe 2014!

Clare is a writer, visual artist (and beekeeper.) She studied at Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art and subsequently worked as a painter, printmaker, illustrator and lecturer at Chelsea, RCA and Anglia Ruskin. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally including Taiwan, S Korea, Japan, Spain and Poland. Her work is held in various museums and private collections including among others, Museum of London, Usher Gallery, Lincoln, Falmouth Museum Collection and APU. She has won various awards; Miner Kite Drawing Prize, Folio Society Illustration Prize, Malvern Open Drawing.

She left London to initiate the BA Illustration course at Norwich School of Art. She has published five children’s books as author/illustrator: her first book Catherine and the Lion won the Mother Goose Award. More recently she undertook the MA in Creative Writing at UEA and won an Arts Council Escalator Literature award. In 2012 she was awarded a Hawthornden writing fellowship.

Her recent visual art work has been concerned with images of honey bee pollen generated through time on a Scanning Electron Microscope, with support from the John Innes Centre. This work was shown at Cley13, also shortlisted for the Holt Festival Art Prize 2013.

Finally - our dedicated garden festival blog page gives directions to the garden, times and our day-long programme. We hope to see you there, and we hope too that it’s a beautiful sunny day!

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