Lydia Needle – Meet the Artist

A little textile inspiration from my YouTube ‘Meet the Artist’ Collection. Today it features the work of artist Lydia Needle.

Lydia Needle is an eco artist living and working in Somerset, England. In 2016 Lydia started a project focussing on British pollinators, especially bees – named ‘FIFTY BEES: The Interconnectedness of All Things’ – a collaborative art project about Britains 275 bees. Each year Lydia makes 50 bees from wool, stitch and vintage containers and invites fifty collaborative artists to make work in response to the ecology of one bee. 

Catch up with Lydia and her stunning artwork at ACEarts. Market Place, Somerton, Somerset.

Lydia Needle’s Artwork:

Handmade needle felted bee
Handmade needle felted bee
Handmade needle felted bee by Lydia Needle
Handmade needle felted bee by Lydia Needle
Part of Fifty Bees
Part of Fifty Bees
Part of Fifty Bees
Part of Fifty Bees

Lydia is available for Workshops & Talks.

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Win It 2022

I’m pleased to announce that The Giant Cauliflower Harvest will be on exhibition at Win It 2022. The mixed-media exhibition takes place at Aire Place Studios, Unit 2C, Aire Place Mills, Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS3 1JL, Monday 1-24th June 2022.

The full line up can be viewed here – don’t forget to vote for your favourite on Instagram

win it 2022 - Giant Cauliflower Harvest
Giant Cauliflower Harvest

Aire Place Studios presents Win It! 2022, our very first art prize exhibition. Showing, sharing, and celebrating talent, this exciting visual arts competition offers winning artists valuable prizes to aid their future practice.  Launching on Friday 10th June, this premier edition of Win It! features the works of 40 talented artists. Join us at Aire Place Studio’s Gallery from 6-9pm to mark the breadth of creative genius and congratulate the winner of the £750 Win It! award, as chosen by our judging panel.

Following the big reveal, voting commences for the 2022 People’s Choice Award. We need you to help us decide the deserving winner by telling us your favourite on our Instagram, with the winner of an additional £250 prize announced at the closing of the show.

Our Prizes:

Aire Place Studios Prize: £750 cash prize.

The People’s Choice Award (selected by a public vote): £250 cash prize

Our Prize Exhibition judging panel have the tricky task of naming two worthy artists to receive the top prizes. The panel consists of four passionate industry experts: Sarah Francis, Founder and Curator of Aire Place Studios, Joss Cole, Gallery Owner of Coles Gallery, Hannah Merril, Artist & Tutor and Lucy Fiona Morrison, Artist & Curator. Together they have toiled to debate the winners; “I’m really happy with our final selection and hope that it will have a positive impact for all of the artists involved”, Judge Sarah Francis.

Aire Place Studios

Leeds Summer Group Show 2022

I’m pleased to announce that Time for Tea will be on exhibition at Leeds Summer Group Show 2022. The mixed-media exhibition takes place at The Leeds Playhouse, Leeds, West Yorkshire, Monday 1-30th June 2022.

Leeds Summer Group Show 2022 poster
Leeds Summer Group Show Poster
Catherine Hill standing next to her hand embroidered artwork
Catherine Hill & Time for Tea at the exhibition open evening
Leeds Summer Group Show 2022 - Time for Tea, hand embroidered clock and words describing a hot fire, tea and crumpets
Time for Tea

The 2022 Leeds Summer Group Show will be a physical exhibition once again! This year it is presented in association with Leeds Playhouse and will be shown in their newly refurbished building for the month of June. The open call out for artists has now closed. From 198 submissions the selection panel chose 45 artists to take part.

Court Spencer , Founder of the Leeds Summer Group Show.