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LIMITED EDITION PRINTS

The limited edition represents a realm where original pieces can extend their reach without relinquishing an air of exclusivity. It's where digitally manipulated photographs and photorealistic oil paintings exist as highly covetable prints. It's how evocative watercolours and imaginative collages can grace walls worldwide while remaining a finite, yet affordable, treasure.

 

Step into the Shiver Limited Edition Prints exhibition, where exclusivity meets accessibility and artwork takes on new dimensions of desirability. From photographers to painters, digital artists to mixed media visionaries, this eclectic collection showcases the talents of emerging artists working across a versatile range of mediums.

 

For artists, releasing limited edition prints opens their work to a wider, more diverse collecting audience. For patrons, it allows the ability to own a rarity that may appreciate exponentially over time. Each piece carries a story, making the viewing experience intimate while belonging to a select few.

 

From futuristic inspired collages to tattoo style oil paintings, explore the bounds of what defines ‘limited’ - from small batches of 5 to editions of 150. Uncover the future masterpieces that may one day anchor prestigious collections. Or simply revel in surrounding yourself with works that stir your soul in that moment. The choice is yours within this Limited Edition exhibition.

 


Featuring works by Mary-Ann Stuart, Lauren-Marie Haywood, Alecks 'themilkape' Ayling, Tibor Varga, Maia Baniel, Elle Guest, Elisa Grasso, Sara Hoque, Jamie Chi, Annabelle Byrne, Caitlin Dowd, Esme Rose Marsh, Charlotte Witts and Yasmin Centeno.


ONLINE EXHIBITION

Collage print of ‘the birth of venus’ by Sandro Botticelli, with the Goddess Venus cut out to reveal a stack of magazines that say ‘For Men Only’ along the spine. The print is on an off-white background with a drop shadow to highlight that it is a print.Collage print of ‘the birth of venus’ by Sandro Botticelli, with the Goddess Venus cut out to reveal a stack of magazines that say ‘For Men Only’ along the spine. The print is on an off-white background with a drop shadow to highlight that it is a print.

For Men Only by Mary-Ann Stuart

"A lot of my practice is to show comparisons of the male gaze within art and pornography. I often find that classic nude paintings, such as the Birth of Venus or Modigliani's reclining nudes, have been made for male consumption of the female body, and are perhaps on the same level as pornography. At least with pornography, they allow women to have orifices and a functioning body, in art history they tend to be dehumanised idols made of porcelain."

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Digital collage print mixing images of the Virgin Mary with images of the female nude.

Chastity by Mary-Ann Stuart

"My obsession with mixing images of the Virgin with images of the female nude started in Cyprus in 2018. I was drawn to the shelves in tourist shops, where little mass-produced idols of the Madonna were being sold right next to ones of Aphrodite. I was interested in what this said about what we expect of women. We want them to be beautiful, but we also want them to be mothers and virgins, and we don't want anyone else to touch them. If they do, then they aren't worth anything. I guess that's the difference between pornography and the nude in art."

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Art print of Paper Collage on Primed Wood by Mary-Ann Stuart of the Virgin Mary with baby Jesus in a Silhouette of a woman's body.

Untitled Silhouette Piece by Mary-Ann Stuart

"One of the first pieces I made mixing Christian artwork of the Virgin with pornography and the female nude. My intent isn't to cause offence, just to ask questions about why we have these specific values of womanhood and femininity, and why we struggle to accept women who cannot be defined by the categories of Virgin, Mother or Whore."

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Paper collage of a woman’s figure, using cut out black and red paper on a white background.

Untitled Collage (1) by Mary-Ann Stuart

"My colour-block collages are mostly aesthetic, although the idea came from trying to represent the voiceless, identity-less women in nude paintings. Quite often, the shapes created in these collages go on to be the basis of bigger pieces and paintings. On their own, they are purely aesthetic, but they have the potential to be part of something much bigger."

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Paper collage of a woman’s figure, using cut out blue and white paper on a red background.

Untitled Collage (2) by Mary-Ann Stuart

"My colour-block collages are mostly aesthetic, although the idea came from trying to represent the voiceless, identity-less women in nude paintings. Quite often, the shapes created in these collages go on to be the basis of bigger pieces and paintings. On their own, they are purely aesthetic, but they have the potential to be part of something much bigger."

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Paper collage of a woman’s figure lying down, using cut out black and red paper on a white background.

Untitled Collage (3) by Mary-Ann Stuart

"My colour-block collages are mostly aesthetic, although the idea came from trying to represent the voiceless, identity-less women in nude paintings. Quite often, the shapes created in these collages go on to be the basis of bigger pieces and paintings. On their own, they are purely aesthetic, but they have the potential to be part of something much bigger."

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Beautiful digital painting of a black woman holding her head up with a proud and confident expression and wearing large earrings.

Hold Your Head Up by Lauren-Marie Haywood

"Like all of my pieces, ‘Hold Your Head Up’ served as a celebration of the beauty that is present within blackness. I feel as though I am incredibly lucky to be living in an era where the black community’s calls to be represented and heard are actually having some effect on what we see in mainstream media on a global scale. In spite of the many disheartening and regressive things we have come to encounter in the fight against supremacism and anti-blackness, the community continues to persevere. There is a real sense of pride and defiance in embracing all that comes with occupying a body that is black. I wanted to create a piece that practically exuded that sense of pride, capturing the momentum of the pro-black movement that has swept the globe so thoroughly in 2020. I hope the piece inspires people across the various diasporas to take genuine pride in who they are and hold their heads up high."

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Digital painting of 2 beautiful black women, one is albino with pale skin and a blonde afro and the other is dark skinned with short white hair. Both are wearing large, gold, hoop earrings.

PIGMENT by Lauren-Marie Haywood

"I was inspired, as always, by the sheer diversity of skin tones and features that I observe within black women on a daily basis. I am fascinated by the origins of that diversity and take great interest in the studies of ancestry and lineage that offer various explanations for it. The discovery of ‘Mitochondrial Eve’ (in which it was concluded that the DNA of every human being, past and present, can be traced back to a single black woman) was particularly fascinating to me. That such an immense spectrum of shades and features could be present within a single source of DNA is almost inconceivable. I wanted to create a piece that both acknowledged and celebrated the immensity of this spectrum. In a world where, as black women, we are often told that we all look the same, ‘PIGMENT’ embodies the diversity of the beauty in blackness that we share."

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Digital painting of beautiful dark skinned black woman with short hair.

PIGMENT (Cont.) by Lauren-Marie Haywood

"In another exploration of pigment, I created this piece to celebrate the unique beauty held by those with the richest of skin tones. I have always been fascinated by the deep and unique glow that dark skin appears to have and was incredibly excited to create a piece which captured that. Unlike the other women depicted in this collection, I have chosen not to adorn this subject with jewellery or makeup. I wanted her skin to be the sole focus of the piece and took particular care in rendering its glow, the texture of her hair, and the softness of her expression. All this in an attempt to illustrate the effortless beauty that I have witnessed within so many dark skinned friends, family members, and even in strangers. Every piece of artwork that I create has an ultimate purpose of combatting colourism and bolster the confidence of those who are ‘unconventionally’ yet effortlessly beautiful. This piece is no exception."

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Glitch distorted photography print of a singer in a band, pixelated into a pink and purple striped background.

'we're melting x 100' by Alecks 'themilkape' Ayling

"This was another shot from Why Patterns - initially with this shot there was a crowd in the background and this was chiefly a pixel sorting piece, but then I decided I didn't like that so much, so I took the crowd out with lighting curves and a bit of burning of the image, used PNG corruption again and converted it back to glitch it some more and basically messed with the colour channels and colour profiles until all that remained was the foreground. I had a lot of fun with this one."

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Light painting photography technique showing a hot pink pattern in the middle, that looks like lips and a lime green pattern in the corners.

p u c k e r u p u r e k c u p by Alecks 'themilkape' Ayling 

"This was a light painting I did with a pure white light in a very dark room, then I combined it with my love for neon lights and manipulated it to look like lips. This is much simpler than I usually go for, but I guess sometimes less is more!"

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 Glitch distorted abstract photography print in neon pink and lime green.

T U R N T H A T N O I S E D O W N by Alecks 'themilkape' Ayling

"This was an experiment in messing around with a sort of damaged file glitching - basically corrupting the file that leads to some very noisy aberrations in the image. Then I looked into PNG glitch and then started playing around with that."

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Digitally manipulated photography of a person in the middle with a straight face, and then replications of their face around them with a manic smile. This image is predominantly black, neon pink and flashes of neon light blue.

cabinfever by Alecks 'themilkape' Ayling

"This piece came about as a response to a lot of people experiencing cabin fever. The blending of hours into days, no longer knowing what day of the week this is. The subject is actually my wife, who hasn't left the house in roughly three weeks. Time no longer has any meaning, and emotions are hard to describe."

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Digitally manipulated photography of a singer crouched on stage while singing. The image is heavily manipulated in red and neon green.

c r o u c h c r o u c h c r o u c h c r o u c h by Alecks 'themilkape' Ayling

"I took the initial shot while shooting for the band Why Patterns - a very new noise rock/experimental band from London. Their particular brand of noise really jammed with my penchant for glitch art, so it really made sense for me to combine the two."

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Digital painting of a pink and white checked picnic blanket, with wine, tomatoes, fruit, plant and candles, set out on a hilly landscape with a house and 2 trees in the distance.

Picnic with a View by Elisa Grasso

"This illustration is my reaction to a photo prompt made by Still Here Still Life, an initiative run by illustrators Zena Kay and Tess Smith-Roberts. The still life prompt caught my eye due to the rich, bright colours and delicious props. I turned the red gingham cloth into a picnic blanket overlooking a quiet, peaceful landscape, topped with an isolated house on a hill. These elements are becoming repetitive symbols in my work, indicating my need for space, solitude and escape, while remaining hopeful about the future through my use of bright and playful colours. In creating this work I experimented with new techniques and styles, looking for an equilibrium between my interest in both analogue and digital methods of image making."

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Mixed media collage and acrylic paint artwork showing a pastel gradient in the background with strokes of brightly coloured paint and collaged leaves and a birds eye photo of a coastline.

Growth by Sara Hoque 

"A collage aiming to capture the natural beauty and wonder which we experience in nature. As a young child we experience these moments frequently; a privilege we often outgrow. I enjoy blurring the lines between reality and dreams by mixing familiar imagery with vivid colours and unbounded forms."

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Art print of digital abstract artwork in pink, blue, hot pink and mint green.

Flump by Elle Guest

"My designs are inspired by the human body, abstracting forms from different areas of the body. Everyone is different so this provides me with endless unique forms. I look for soft curves as I want my designs to be gentle to look at and almost soothing. The colour palette continues to further this by using mostly pastel shades."

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Classic rock/ tattoo style painting of a woman hanging off a stone cross with a stormy sea in the background, with a frame of tattoo roses, rope and angels. This painting is mostly in black and white with hints of yellow and red.

Rock Of Ages by Tibor Varga

"The Rock Of Ages is a very important iconic image in the tattoo art. Many artists recreated this image in their own style and it was an obvious choice to create my own version. I love this image and I’m really happy with the final result."

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Art print of a traditional style oil painting of a skull with leaves and flowers, on a blue background.

Death Of Paradise by Tibor Varga

"I started to experiment with oil painting at the end of lockdown, around two years ago. With this painting I wanted to try out my skills on a larger surface and also painting a variety of textures. The original is 80x80cm on stretched canvas. I reach back to tattooing for my inspiration and using themes and references from the culture that means a lot to me. I want the viewer to experience the unusual balance of a dead skull and the living nature around it."

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Art print of an acrylic on canvas painting of a multi-tonal red background with a quirky tattoo style flower on top in black, with a wiggly stalk.

Flower on Red by Maia Baniel

"A flower drawn freely onto a colourful red background. The image ties together the two natures of my work- the art I create for tattooing, and the art I create for paper. The colourful background is rooted in colour and mark making and layers, not applicable to tattooing, while the flower is graphic and linear, mirroring the way I create tattoos. The flower has been drawn on with no sketch to fit the canvas the way I would draw the same design on a person to fit them perfectly whilst being unique to them - but there is a juxtaposition in the limitation of the square canvas, as opposed to the canvas of the body, which allows the design to be guided by and contorted with the body."

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Movie poster for indie film ‘Safe Distance’, directed by Jamie Chi. A black and white photograph of a person’s shadowy reflection in a window.

安全距離 Safe Distance by Jamie Chi 

"'Year 2020. The closest we’ve been to ourselves.'

'Safe Distance' explores queer Chinese individuals’ lived experiences and narratives in the UK under COVID-19 pandemic."

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Two queer Chinese people kissing in the street. Both wearing puffy coats and beanie hats, while wearing blue surgical face masks. One is carrying a camera.

Seasons of Love by Jamie Chi 

"I took this photo because I want to show everyone that love is beautiful. Our film celebrates queer people and our desire for a more compassionate world. We believe that diversity makes us better and stronger."

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Film photograph with a red hue to it of a Chinese Gay bar in London Soho.

New Year by Jamie Chi 

"I shot this during Lunar New Year in SOHO when I started filming Safe Distance. When we researched the history of racism and homophobia, we found most racism and LGBTQ+ hate crimes in the UK and US happen in Chinatown and gay bars.

The documentary was born out of community urgency, and we invite you to co-construct a society that embodies kindness and empathy with people from all walks of life."

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35mm photograph from the documentary ‘Safe Distance’ by Jamie Chi, of a stop motion collage scene from the film.

Fearless by Jamie Chi 

"This collage is part of the animation for the documentary 安全距離 (Safe Distance), which compares the HIV pandemic in the 1980s to the COVID-19 pandemic. We would like to remind people of the history of ostracization and discrimination against the queer community. We hope to ignite passion and enthusiasm in people to be part of something that contributes to solidarity and humanity."

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Collage art print by Esme Rose Marsh, featuring blue/green crystals, rocks, black and white chequered flooring, a bus, chinese lanterns, a large flack block and a roaring bear.

Fluorite Alright by Esme Rose Marsh

"Fluorite Alright was created in response to effects that deforestation and the wider carbon footprint of mankind are having on our wildlife, featuring photographs I captured in Hong Kong in 2016."

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Collage art print by Esme Rose Marsh, featuring torn pink paper, photos of pink flowers, rose quartz crystal, pink shell, ribbon and a pink cocktail.

Rose Quartz by Esme Rose Marsh

"Rose Quartz was originally created as a Valentine’s gift to a lover — featuring photography of the stone I used to manifest said lover. Choosing to share what was once an intimate exchange in an attempt to spread the love manifest as far and wide as possible."

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Collage art print by Esme Rose Marsh, featuring torn blue and coral paper, photos of the sea, ice glaciers, cacti in the desert and pink and blue crystals. Image has a drop shadow to highlight that it’s a print.

Travel The Earth by Esme Rose Marsh

"I need not an aeroplane of strangers and a hotel room’s dodgy air-con to bring the four corners of my mind to the surface. I form cultures of my own from my soul and travel miles in the premise of my own bones.” Travel The Earth is an exploration of what it means to go on a journey without having need to step foot outside of yourself.”

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Collage art print by Esme Rose Marsh, cobalt blue, yellow. orange and pink paint splotches and coloured marker scribbles on the background, with 3 rows of 3 red hearts with 3 swords through each.

3 of Swords by Esme Rose Marsh

"3 of Swords is a collaged watercolour and acrylic painting inspired by the original iconography of the 3 of Swords tarot card, which traditionally symbolises heartbreak."

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Collage art print by Esme Rose Marsh, featuring multicoloured sand dunes, a glimmering shimmering stream, a red heart shaped hot tub with red candles, spiky pink flowers and a pink and orange cocktail.

Elaine by Esme Rose Marsh

"Inspired by Anna Biller’s 2016 technicolour melodrama, The Love Witch, Elaine is a love potion of my own. A compilation of ritualism that makes up my own sickly spell."

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Black and white photograph of a woman stood waiting by a large building with large shadows cast across the scene by the sunset shining through the cityscape.

Proportion by Yasmin Centeno

"I took this photo as I thought it was a contrast to see a woman alone, looking small against a large building that was so intimidating. The light was low, creating shadows and streaks of light from the westerly buildings."

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Black and white photograph of a person stood outside a convenience store at night.

Nonchalant by Yasmin Centeno 

"I can see this person smiling at me through my viewfinder, but I can't see this from the photo. It is a story I like to tell people, ‘cause he knew he was being observed, and if I saw him again, I know I would probably recognise him. But as the audience, you will probably not recognise the subject even if he was stood next to you looking at this photograph."

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Black and white photograph through a bus window on Oxford Street, where you can see through the bus, into another bus.

Layer Cake by Yasmin Centeno 

"I don't actually own the camera this photo was taken with; I was on a taster experience with Leica. I was trying to learn to use the manual focus on the camera, and amazingly got this image from focusing on the bus driver at the back. Taken on Oxford Street, it's a stark contrast to the isolation we are now forced to live in."

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High contrast black and white photograph of a woman stood in front of a man-made pond in between London office buildings, showing a clear reflection in the still water of the pond.

Reflections by Yasmin Centeno

"I was walking around Liverpool Street to find a friend and found a perfectly still pond outside Spitalfields market. I liked how the world is going around the woman, whilst she is on the phone absorbed in her own world."

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Black and white, high contrast photograph of some children chasing bubbles, near the Thames in central London.

The Chase by Yasmin Centeno 

"It brings me back to a time when things were simple. I think it doesn't need much explaining that this photo shows the innocence of children playing."

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Black and white, high contrast photograph of a line of bubbles, near the Thames in central London.

Sharp Edges by Yasmin Centeno

"I like the contrast of the bubbles and the angular buildings behind them, and the seriousness of the people behind them. It was taken within seconds of ‘The Chase’ but it shows a completely different emotion of city living."

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Art print of a collage of women’s body parts and a black and white photo of an old man doctor looking at a naked woman, with the words ‘you and I both know, the power and the choice is an illusion’.

Triptych: No Such Thing As A Liberated Woman #1 by Mary-Ann Stuart

"Made in March 2021, originally as pages of a zine, to raise money for Sisters Uncut. Other prints exist on A5 card and zines which were printed at home as part of the fundraiser, these are the only giclee ones that exist. 50% of proceeds will be donated to Sister's Uncut."

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Art print of a collage of women’s body parts and a large bum, with the words ‘please see me as a person before you see me as a woman’.

Triptych: No Such Thing As A Liberated Woman #2 by Mary-Ann Stuart 

"Made in March 2021, originally as pages of a zine, to raise money for Sisters Uncut. Other prints exist on A5 card and zines which were printed at home as part of the fundraiser, these are the only giclee ones that exist. 50% of proceeds will be donated to Sister's Uncut."

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Art print of a collage of women’s body part, false eyelashes and contraception pill, with the words ‘I have never once felt in control of my body. The way it looks, the way it is looked at and the way I exist within it’.

Triptych: No Such Thing As A Liberated Woman #3 by Mary-Ann Stuart

"Made in March 2021, originally as pages of a zine, to raise money for Sisters Uncut. Other prints exist on A5 card and zines which were printed at home as part of the fundraiser, these are the only giclee ones that exist. 50% of proceeds will be donated to Sister's Uncut."

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A Darker Stage by Caitlin Dowd

"My practice draws heavily upon themes of nature and memory to create dreamlike images, creating prints inspired by places from childhood memories that connect me to nature.

This print, in particular, is based on a place I visited frequently when I was younger, and I still visit to this day, called Elterwater in the Lake District. I spent a day exploring the area, collecting bits of nature and what captured my attention most was a pile of skeleton leaves hiding under a tree, which I took back to the studio to create a series of Cyanotype prints. I usually create prints by adding layers upon layers, but I wanted the viewer's attention to be drawn solely to the beauty and delicacy of the leaves, so I took a simpler approach. Whist inspired by the colours of a sunset sky; I manipulated the Cyanotype print in photoshop software to create a whole new print exclusive to Shiver Gallery."

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Dusk by Caitlin Dowd

"My practice draws heavily upon themes of nature and memory to create dreamlike images, creating prints inspired by places from childhood memories that connect me to nature.

This print, in particular, is based on a place I visited frequently when I was younger, and I still visit to this day, called Elterwater in the Lake District. I spent a day exploring the area, collecting bits of nature and what captured my attention most was a pile of skeleton leaves hiding under a tree. I took the leaves to my studio and started to create toned Cyanotype prints from them. I always feel inspired in my studio space when I bring the nature inside to make work. The areas where I created a dripping effect have recreated the forest area where I spent the day exploring. I then photographed the print and manipulated it in photoshop software to create a whole new atmosphere."

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Seed Heads At Dusk by Caitlin Dowd

"My practice draws heavily upon themes of nature and memory to create dreamlike images, creating prints inspired by places from childhood memories that connect me to nature.

I became inspired by the idea of producing photographic images without the use of a camera, by creating a series of photograms. I went on a walk around Lake Windermere in the Lake District, as it is a place that holds a lot of valuable memories from my childhood. As I was exploring the area, I collected leaves and seed heads and other bits of nature that caught my attention. I then made a series of photograms from these objects back in my studio space. Then when we went into lockdown, I found myself in a situation where I did not have the equipment to carry on making photograms. To stay creative, I began to scan in the photograms I had previously made and manipulated them in photoshop software to create new and exciting prints."

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Montage by Caitlin Dowd

"My practice draws heavily upon themes of nature and memory to create dreamlike images, creating prints inspired by places from childhood memories that connect me to nature. This print, in particular, was created during lockdown when I was struggling creatively but also in general like many other people have been during these unprecedented times. I found myself looking back on previous work and reflecting on the memories they brought of a calmer and safer time. I decided to take these previous works and create a whole new body of prints, by manipulating and layering them in photoshop, creating a fresh perspective. This is the first time I have made a print digitally, however; they are based off original handmade Cyanotype prints."

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A Dream Before Sleep by Caitlin Dowd

"My practice draws heavily upon themes of nature and memory to create dreamlike images that reconnect the observer with nature. I explore these themes using digital and alternative photographic processes. I often visit places that hold a great connection to me, places from childhood memories that connect me to nature.

This print in particular is based on a place I visited frequently called Bolton Abbey. The immediacy that comes with digital photography allows me to capture a moment I experience and as I wondered on my walk, I searched for areas of interest to take a photograph. I then took these images and developed them through Cyanotype processes, toning and layering them to create a dreamlike print. This print is very personal to me and I am hoping that the imagery will conjure memories and a sense of place for the viewer."

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A Night-time Storm by Caitlin Dowd

"My practice draws heavily upon themes of nature and memory to create dreamlike images, creating prints inspired by places from childhood memories that connect me to nature. I became inspired by the idea of producing photographic images without the use of a camera, by creating a series of photograms. I went on a walk around Lake Windermere in the Lake District, as it is a place that holds a lot of valuable memories from my childhood. As I was exploring the area, I collected leaves and seed heads and other bits of nature that caught my attention. I then made a series of photograms from these objects back in my studio space. Then when we went into lockdown, I found myself in a situation where I did not have the equipment to carry on making photograms. To stay creative, I began to scan in the photograms I had previously made and manipulated them in photoshop software to create new and exciting prints."

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Vanitas style still life oil painting of a skull on a stack of papers with writing on, next to a bone and a lit candle stick.

Skull By Candlelight by Charlotte Witts

"The subject matter was inspired by the vanitas still life genre of art. A vanitas is a symbolic work of art showing the transience of life, the futility of pleasure and the certainty of death. I feel that the candle in my painting indicates this through the melting wax. The flame is not immortal, and once the wax has melted, the light will go out- a reference to the brevity of human life."

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Oil painting of a young white woman with plaited red hair, with bare shoulders and décolletage, against a blue background.

Stare by Charlotte Witts

"This painting was inspired by Italian Renaissance art. Five years ago I visited the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, where I saw the art of masters such as Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci. The majority of works at the Uffizi were done in oil paint, and since then I have practised using the medium. I love how the smoothness of oil enables you to paint skin in such a flawless way, and I wanted to try and capture that in this painting."

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Detailed in ink drawing of Santa Maria della Salute in Venice, Italy, with a light watercolour wash to add vibrancy.

Santa Maria della Salute by Charlotte Witts

"I wanted to push myself to draw more architecture, as I predominantly draw portraits usually. Because I love making art with intricate detail, I drew a church that I once saw in Venice, called the Basilica of Saint Mary of Health (in English). After finishing the drawing in ink, I painted a light wash of watercolour over it to add some vibrancy."

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Oil painting of a man with a short haircut and wearing a green t-shirt, holding a skull, with blood dripping from his hands, with a castle beneath.

Blood Will Have Blood by Charlotte Witts

"This painting is based on the theme of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’. After Macbeth murders the King, he is forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion. I named this painting ‘Blood will have Blood’ to represent the fact that the blood of a murder victim will seek out the blood of their murderer, and thus a murder will always be brought to light. The drawing of the castle below the skull represents the setting of Macbeth’s first victim."

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Detailed charcoal drawing of a dragon’s head with mouth open - looking menacing.

Dragon by Charlotte Witts

"This drawing was largely inspired by my boyfriend - he loves dragons (I think they’re pretty awesome too) and so I decided to draw one. It was fun drawing in graphite - when I was younger, I drew in pencil all the time, so it was good to get back into the practice of it."

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Charcoal drawing of a death - with a skull face and a long black cloak, with their hand on the shoulder of a young woman with blonde hair.

Embrace by Charlotte Witts

"For this drawing, I wanted to portray the infamous grim reaper in an ambiguous, somewhat positive light. For many, the grim reaper has connotations of being evil and sinister. However, in some beliefs, the reaper is only a psychopomp - a spirit whose responsibility is to guide the deceased to the afterlife, without having any control over how or when the victim dies. I, therefore, portrayed the reaper as being almost protecting and empathetic of the woman in the drawing, emphasised by the skeleton’s hand on her shoulder. I also sketched the reapers cloak as enveloping the woman to not only convey this protection but to also symbolise the woman’s transitioning from Earth to the ‘afterlife’."

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