By Nick Gill
Thursday, March 29, 2012
ART inspired by the life and culture of the Philippines features in a Letchworth GC exhibition opening on Monday.
Letchworth Arts Centre welcomes three members of PAC:K – the Philippine Art Collective Katipunan (Association) – who will be showcasing modern Filipino art in a multi-sensory experience aimed at providing an insight into the country.
The free exhibition, which runs until April 27, follows hot on the heels of the March exhibition by Mel Mendones, one of the principal figures behind PAC:K, who will be featured alongside his brother Malcolm and his cousin Yveese Belen.
All three artists will be discussing their work in a showing on Saturday, April 14, from 6.30pm to 9pm.
The Arts Centre’s Café Gallery features an exhibition by Hertfordshire-born Haydn Dickenson, whose work ranges from rapid nude sketches in graphite, ink and watercolour, through abstracted nude work in oils and acrylic, to more overtly free pieces in which collage, acrylics and oils collaborate in a suggestive dance of colour, texture and form. Inspired by the natural world, the use of earth colours in his abstract work attempts to reflect the quintessentially English hues of his native Hertfordshire alongside those of the burning southern sun and the garrigue-clothed landscape of his beloved French mountains.
His work features in private collections in the UK, France, the US, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Afghanistan and Jordan.
● The Arts Centre will also be putting on two offerings for children during Easter.
Those aged from five to 10-years-old have the chance to attend workshops on egg blowing and decorating, transforming into an egghead and celeb eggs.
The sessions, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, run from 10am to midday each morning and cost £8 per session, £7 for Arts Centre members or £20 for all three.
The following week seven to 12-year-olds are invited to explore the world of Ballets Russes, a dance and creative company.
Over three mornings from April 10 to 12, the youngsters will look at and recreate the wonderful costumes of the ballet, explore music and design, and create their own Ballets Russes stage set.
The sessions, from 10am to midday each morning, cost £8 per session or £7 for members on the first two days, with the third session costing £10 or £9 for members. All three together cost £22.
For more information or to book call 01462 670788 or visit www.letchwortharts.org