A WIGAN artist is winning plaudits on the other side of the world after having some of her work picked for an exhibition Down Under.
Beverley Coleclough, who has been inspired by her numerous trips to the spectacular, unique landscapes of Australia, has had her felt hanging Desert Trail chosen by a gallery in Alice Springs.
Whitley artist Beverley has also had her work entered into a competition run by an Australian newspaper following her recent creative visit to the outback town, and hopes to make it a double success as one of her Australian-inspired drawings has been entered into the prestigious, London-based Derwent Art Prize.
Beverley, who has devoted herself to art full-time since retiring from teaching art in secondary schools across the borough and at Wigan and Leigh College, said it was a huge honour to be recognised by the vibrant Australian art scene. Beverley said: “Desert Trail is around eight foot by four foot and it’s a large felt hanging made from merino wool with some silk threads in it.
“I’ve approached it like a felted painting because I’m usually a painter. It’s a landscape which depicts the bright blue skies of central Australia and the rocks in the desert.
“Albany is on the south west coast of Australia and the drawing, which is done in chalk and oil pastel, is an extension of the work I did during a residency there last year.
“I just love Australia. The light there is wonderful, very sharp with a cold blue tinge to it. It’s just completely different to here. There’s also a lot of fabulous artists there so it’s an honour just to get your work in shows and competitions.”
Beverley will have to wait to see if she has been successful in the contests, with the Derwent Art Prize, set up to celebrate works created in pencil, hosting an exhibition of its shortlisted works at The Mall Galleries in London in mid-September.
Beverley developed an interest in art at an early age but also spent time in London and has worked in puppetry and theatre.
She became a full-time artist in 2006 and has made many visits to Australia developing ideas and producing art, spending her time in Alice Springs working in a studio at Central Crafts near the Araluen Museum and Gallery, which is currently exhibiting her felt work. She also develops her art in her home studio and is an associate member of Standish-based collective Cross Street Arts,
To find out more about Beverley’s work, visit www.beverleycoleclough.co.uk