Listen in to BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Fri 24 Feb
February 23, 2017 by Perthshire Creates
Perthshire based Pinkie Maclure, who has worked for many years as a musician is also a self-taught stained glass artist and was one of the artists in the Perthshire Creates exhibition at Perth Museum & Art Gallery in October 2016.
With personal experience of struggling with mental health issues over many years, Pinkie found that developing her own unique style of working with stained glass has been part of her process in managing issues of anxiety, alienation and isolation. The slow process of making highly complex work allows Pinkie to think things through and express her fears and anxieties, often in a quite lighthearted way. This relationship between mental health and craft is a subject being discussed on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour on Friday 24 Feb on air from 10-11am and will include an interview with Pinkie and another artist who works with dementia patients.
Pinkie’s stained glass artworks are currently part of a touring exhibition Radical Craft: Alternative Ways of Making. This is a joint exhibition being organised by Craftspace, a Birmingham based charity creating opportunities to see, make and be curious about exceptional contemporary craft, & Outside In, a charity based at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester who work to provide a platform for those facing barriers to the art world.
This exhibition is currently at Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle (11 February – 26 March 2017) and features 34 international and UK artists. Co-curated by Laura Hamilton, Radical Craft: Alternative Ways of Making includes artworks by contemporary self-taught artists who see themselves as facing barriers to the art world for a variety of reasons including health, disability, social circumstance or isolation. This exhibition has provided a new platform for Pinkie to showcase her work and comments:
Despite my work being shortlisted for major art awards in the past, it had been impossible for me to exhibit because of ignorance about stained glass, because of my not having been to art school – and being so isolated in rural Perthshire. The exhibition has been an amazing opportunity for me to show with some other fantastic artists and it has quickly led on to me being taken on by the brilliant Henry Boxer gallery in London and selling two pieces of my work at the Outsider Art Fair in New York last month.
The piece of Pinkie’s work on tour is ‘Landfill Tantrum’ created from memories of squatting in London, finding discarded needles and also a general frustration with landfill, plastic refuse and the abuse of our beautiful landscape, all contributed to the piece. Pinkie’s work also recently featured in the 2017 Outsider Art Fair in New York.
More examples of Pinkie’s work and her experiences can be found on her artists website – www.pinkiemaclure.net, and you can listen in to Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4 on Friday 24 Feb from 10-11am.