The Head of Art at BGS is exhibiting her latest colourful collection of work.
Josie Barraclough is an active member of the Dewsbury Arts Group for many years, will showcase her latest work at Batley Art Gallery. The work is on show until Saturday, March 23, and evolves from Josie’s fascination with colour; working with different elements of oil and mixed media.
A former pupil of Heckmondwike Grammar School, Josie studied at Batley College of Art and Bretton Hall. Her work is regularly inspired by Scarborough, her place of birth, and other beauty spots around the east coast. In addition to landscapes, she also takes inspiration from nature, cities and still life and the resultant imagery is typically vigorous and charged with colour. The work is underpinned and inspired by extensive travel and photography and many sketches are produced in situ, on location, prior to being developed in her Liversedge studio.
Said Josie: “My work has grown out of my passion for landscapes, natural and man-made forms with much of my inspiration drawn from travel and photography. I regularly exhibit in Yorkshire as well as teaching art to GCSE and A Level students at Bradford Grammar School.”
Last year proved to be busy for Josie following exhibitions at Dewsbury Town Hall, the Frank Mitchell Gallery DAG Artspace, Bingley Gallery and Sunny Bank Mills Gallery in Leeds. She has been continually engaged in private commissions as well as producing new works for her next single artist show, scheduled for Autumn 2019.
BGS also exhibited a wide range of students’ work at Cartwright Hall earlier this year. Josie continued:
“We get a real sense of reward from seeing students over a period of time because you see how their art work progresses, how they have participated and how they’ve improved. I think participating in the arts is important. It aids in pupils’ personal development and well-being because it gives them a chance to evaluate themselves, their work and to come out of their comfort zone.”
BGS Headmaster, Simon Hinchliffe said: “I continue to delight at the extraordinary, creative flair shown by students at Bradford Grammar School and my colleagues are experts at encouraging the very best out of our young people. Josie’s latest exhibition reflects her passion for Yorkshire, but also our school.”
The Exhibition Dates: Saturday 9 February until Saturday 23 March 2019
Opening Times: Monday 10am to 7pm
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10am to 5pm
Saturday 12pm to 4pm
Closed Wednesday and Sunday
“My work has grown out of my passion for landscapes, natural and man-made forms with much of my inspiration drawn from travel and photography. I regularly exhibit in Yorkshire as well as teaching art to GCSE and A Level students at Bradford Grammar School.”