ADVENTurous is an open submission exhibition exploring the christmas narrative, which we're staging in 3 UK venues during advent this year : at Engedi in Colwyn Bay, Leftbank in Leeds and the Union Chapel in Islington, London.

The work exhibited at Union Chapel will also be part of the one-day ‘ADVENTurous' conference, hosted by Greenbelt Festival and partners.

On this blog we'll be posting regular updates about how plans for the Leftbank Leeds show are progressing, with information about the contributing artists, and possibly some previews of the work being created for the exhibition...

Sunday, December 16, 2012

'Present (2012)' by James Feraciour

James Feraciour is a painter and sculptor whose work celebrates the limitations of human
perception and awareness.  2012 has been a busy year for James with 20+ local, national and
international exhibitions, commissions including work for the Silver Jubilee, and work featured in
international media including The Huffington Post, Design Week, and The One Show.
Upcoming exhibitions include a commissioned international show at AENY (Brooklyn, NYC,
November 2012 - January 2013) and ISE Cultural Foundation (SoHo, NYC, March - April 2013). 

Present was started in Spring of 2011, and finished early 2012.  It was inspired by Ambrogio
Borgognone's Madonna and Child (1490s), and was painted as a response to that.  As with each
of my paintings, it became a journey of discovery in itself. The process was particularly poignant
as it served as a catharsis, allowing me to explore feelings of love and loss related to a recent
family break-up (losing my partner and infant child).  In March of this year I found out that
Present had won The Kress Project, an international art prize awarded by The Georgia Museum
of Artand The Samuel H. Kress Foundation of New York.  My original statement regarding

Digital painting

'Things We Could Do #58' by Sally Jane Thompson

Sally Jane Thompson is a freelance illustrator and comic creator. She creates thoughtful, gentle 
work with expressive, organic lines. Her work has appeared in books and magazines from 
Imagine Publishing, Image Comics, IDW Publishing, Rockport Publishers Inc, and others.

'Things We Could Do #58' is a playful short comic about opportunity and change and the 
things we would like to do, if only there wasn't so much to do already...

Digital print

'Favour and Failure' by Lou Davis

Lou Davis lives in Edinburgh where she plays with bits of fabric and thread, making practical
items for the wardrobe and home as well as exploring the themes of life and divine presence,
inviting others to join creative journeys that expose the soul and form communities of

The piece I've created for ADVENTurous is based on the story of Elizabeth.
When I read the brief it was her story I connected to immediately, and as I read the details
from Luke's account in the bible, I felt that connection even more strongly. Especially as I thought
of Elizabeth and Mary spending time together, their faithfulness and acceptance in contrast to
their men, and the pain which they had both been through and would know again in the future.
So many thoughts and feelings flowed from reading that account as they do for so many other
women, all with very different experiences. I wanted to collect some of those feelings, the joy
and the pain and bring them together in a comforting and supportive way. I wanted to reflect
the relationships women can have with one another and how they can share and support one
another. God was birthed in the heart of one of these supportive friendships, and I wanted to
explore whether God could be present when women share their experiences of sex, infertility
and pregnancy with one another.

I've collected together the experiences of dozens of women, either of infertility or pregnancy
and made a patchwork quilt of the results. I've included some snippets of Elizabeth's story too.
The result is deliberately a little bit messy because piecing together so many differing accounts
will never be neat and tidy but the stories become part of a whole and each individual is
supported and highlighted by the others.


'Ministry of Economics' by Rhys Jones

Rhys is a Photographer, Visual artist and Researcher whose current work involves research which 
encompasses the connections between art and neuroscience and tries to offer some non-scientific 
explanations to explain and help diagnose and treat some of the mysteries of conditions on the 
autism spectrum.

Rhys's current practice explores random and chance connection by visual,written and performed 
elements. He has worked in collaboration with a number of artists to develop ideas and 
experiments into art forms and vehicles for further research, learning and teaching.

Rhys has a particular research interest in understanding further what is or maybe happening in 
our minds and bodies when we engage in an artistic activity - taking a photograph, drawing, 
painting, sketching, writing a poem or story, composing and playing music, making a sculpture 
or thinking about all those activities when performing other routine daily activites or watching 
or listening to the work of others.

Rhys holds a BA (Hons) in Latin, Ancient History and Classical Philosophy from the University 
of London and an MA in Photography : Contemporary Dialogues from Swansea Metropolitan 
University. Rhys is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS).


Photograph on Canvas

'Bethlehem' by We Stitch Angry

A nine metre high, concrete wall surrounds Bethlehem. Water is restricted. Homes are being 
demolished. The way people living in Palestine are being treated makes a lot of people cross, if 
you’re a crafter it makes you cross-stitch.  An exhibition of craftivism in Palestine. 


'Heaven's Chorus' by Terry Mart

The ideas I work with have always been to do with landscape. From my early days as an art
student right through to the present. I have been preoccupied with how the land's surface
records human action, as a sheet of paper drawings or script.

Heaven's Chorus began as an idea called Song of the River Birds. I had this idea based on some
earlier pieces I had done which involve some kind of musical notation superimposed on a river
scene in an attempt to fuse visual marks with known pictograms. It features a sine wave of
vocal singing set into the sky of an abstracted landscape - I saw the sound-wave display at a
recording studio and the colour-coded voices and instruments were the colour of a landscape.
It all seemed to fit together in a unified way. 

Acrylic on Canvas
Price on request

'No. Going. Back' by Kate Mounce

Kate Mounce is a theatre maker living in East London. She graduated from the London 
International School of Performing Arts (LISPA) in 2010 and has gone on to perform in, direct 
and produce a number of theatre shows. No. Going. Back. is her second installation.
Many themes and questions arose whilst making this piece, particularly on the subject of 
spiritual journeying. I was beginning to look at the idea of an authority defining how such a 
journey should unfold and how this might prevent a real meeting with God. It takes courage 
and not a little rebelliousness to go there but perhaps Christ can be often found in places 
considered ‘out of bounds’ in our lives or in the world. What occurs there, in meeting with 
God, may be unexpected and can often be unmasking. What does it mean to not return by 
the way we came?

Mixed media
Price on request