Biographies


Andy Cairns
Studied Art and Environmental Education at Lancaster University before working in community arts and then further education, teaching across the art and design range but particularly drawing, sculpture and photography.  Completed MA in Fine Art at Norwich School of Art and Design in 2004.
Andy has exhibited widely and participated in Norfolk contemporary art exhibitions such as Salthouse and the NCAS biennial show.  He moved to Devon in April 2014.

"I draw inspiration from the reuse of urban materials, the alchemy of recycling for both practical and spiritual ends.  Visually, I like to show the multilayered history of reused materials – their corrosion, reworking and layering over time.  
"Recent work draws inspiration from specific locations and reclamations, particularly along the coast.  My work is not a literal depiction but an assemblage of fragments from memory and association.
"I have become particularly interested in the patination effects I can create with Iron and Copper water, traditionally used as mordants in natural dyeing, when applied to surfaces and heated.  As well as using on my assemblages and collages, have begun to experiment with them as a drawing medium.
" I use photography primarily as a research tool for inspiring my work, but sometimes incorporate them in my assemblages to add an extra layer of narrative.  Occasionally however, a photograph will stand as a piece of art in its own right."


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Gill Cairns
Studied Visual Studies at Norwich School of Art & Design before working in further and adult education teaching art and textiles.
Gill has exhibited her work across the country as well as in various Norfolk galleries.  She moved to Devon in April 2014.

"Weathered,disintegrating buildings and interiors inspire my collages. I am interested in surfaces which show the passing of time & have a history. Worn peeling paint, torn layers of wall paper, these evoke thoughts of all the lives that have shared the space before & left something of themselves behind. I enjoy layering materials to create juxtapositions of surface pattern and texture.  
" My textiles work, by contrast, is inspired by nature's colours and textures, exploring 'cycles of life' from disintegration through to regeneration.  I work with organic materials such as hand-made paper and felt, incorporating plant materials.
"In my hand-made felt panels the fruit's natural disintegration process has stained and patinated, leaving an impression behind.  These lingering traces are a reminder of the richness and bounty of summer and the on-going cycle of decay leading to new growth."