Painting & Drawing
Tom Hammick (b.1963) is a British artist based in East Sussex and London. Moved by the minutiae in life, he reflects on man’s place in the world. With an emotive handling of colour, Hammick creates psychologically charged spaces in which figures, alone or in groups, are cast adrift. Recurring motifs of isolated human dwellings (forest cabins, modernist houses, studios or compounds) appear to withhold an internal drama behind their flattened planes. The suggestion of a hidden narrative is palpable; that by excluding the viewer from the action, they might discover the truth of its meaning. While linked to a romantic tradition, searching for poetic meaning through the awe-inspiring power of nature, Hammick’s work shares sensibilities with contemporary narrative forms, summoning the uneasy atmosphere of a crime thriller, or a dystopian suburban nightmare.
Tom is a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, Painting and Printmaking at the University of Brighton and Visiting Lecturer Fine Art University of Ulster and Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD University). He has work in many major public and corporate collections including the British Museum (Collection of Prints and Drawings), Victoria and Albert Museum, Bibliotheque Nationale de France (Collection of Prints and Drawings), Deutsche Bank, Yale Centre for British Art, and The Library of Congress, Washington DC.
Photography & Digital Media
Matilda Temperley is an award-winning photographer. Her work regularly appears in international publications such as The Guardian, The Telegraph, Harpers Bazaar and National Geographic. Matilda’s work is inspired by marginalised societies. Her sell-out book, Under The Surface—Somerset Floods won the Royal Photographic Society’s Vic Odden Award in 2015. Her second book, Omo – Change In The Valley documents human rights abuses in Ethiopia. In May 2017 Matilda’s third book,The League of Exotic Dancers – Legends of American Burlesque (Oxford University Press) will be published.
David Worthington is a sculptor who has been working principally in the medium of stone. After training in Barcelona and New York, he returned to London in 1995 where he maintains a studio practice, carrying out public and private commissions as well as exhibitions. “I remain committed to object-making, because I believe each generation must redefine itself through its own creations, including objects. And I am committed to sculpture as I see it as a reflection of our own bodies in space. In a sense all we are is ground up stone dust with water added, metamorphosed by the élan vital, the breath of life. That is why I see a continuing relevance and fascination for stone as we respond to it on a primal level.”
Worthington also works in bronze, cement, tarmac, and paint. For several years he has been making wax drawings over a water colour base, images that frustrate the viewers ability to see them clearly. He has been developing mobile stone sculptures. Balanced on bearings these can be manually rotated. They encourage interactivity, and have an amazing response from the public who seem to delight in playing and climbing on them. For Worthington, sculpture is about the body, and if the audiences‘ bodies can also be part of the process, so much the better.
John bought Parnham House, Dorset in 1976 and founded the Parnham Trust to provide integrated courses in design, making and management for aspiring furniture makers.This was alongside but separate from his own furniture workshops. With his team of craftsman, he has completed commissions for the V&A, the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, the Arts Institute, Chicago, and private collections in the Britain, the United States and China. Last year, he won the Prince Philip Designers Prize 2016.
Harriet trained at Central St Martin’s and The Royal College of Art. She was awarded Silver Medal of Achievement and elected Liveryman by The Worshipful Company of Weavers. She is a founding partner in Wallace Sewell a renowned UK-based British design studio whose diverse portfolio includes scarves for the Tate museums as well as moquette fabric designs for Transport for London’s underground seating. Wallace Sewell now supply over 200 stockists in 20 countries. They have worked with various boutique hotels, designing and producing bespoke bedspreads, and more recently have been invited to be guest designers for West Elm, a US-based home and interior retailer. Working from London and Dorset, this progressive studio pioneers excellence and originality within their woven products. In 2017 the company is celebrating its 25th anniversary.