The following artists will be in residence at Rydal Hall at different times during this year.
Gail Wilkinson is a self-taught amateur artist from Darlington who has exhibited her work at Rydal Hall annually since 2009. Working mainly in acrylics, she draws on her spiritual experiences to create her more abstract works. She also occasionally uses watercolour and calligraphy and has produced cards and prints from some of her watercolours.
Clare Humphry is a local potter living in Ambleside who enjoys using the ancient technique of smoke-firing to decorate her ceramics with scenes from the landscape around her. While she is based at the Rydal Yurt, she intends to decorate a series of bowls with tree and hill outlines which she will observe and sketch on the Rydal Estate. She will then smoke-fire them with natural materials collected on the estate.
Joy Grindrod is an artist who works from her studio in Coniston. Inspired by the landscape where she has lived most of her life, she uses paint and mixed media to produce her work. Her raw experiences on sketching trips form an important part in the development of her work.
Anthony Birchwood has travelled extensively across Europe, the United States, North Africa and parts of Asia, and has lived in many parts of Britain. His paintings have been inspired by the places he has travelled to and by many different artists, from Masaccio to Pontormo, Turner to Sutherland, and Pollock to Hodgkin.
Diane works both in watercolour and acrylic. She has developed her love of wild flowers through watercolour painting. She achieved a diploma in Botanical Art in 2010. Diane enjoys creating small landscapes using rollers and acrylics. She sells these as cards and miniatures. She hopes to offer workshops on flower painting for beginners.
Gordon has been working seriously in wood since 1995. In his work, the beauty of old wood lies in the patterns and forms it takes up as it weathers and rots over time. He respects the natural form whilst developing the lines and textures to make something which has grace and interest.