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Exclusive Showing: Artist Spotlight - Norrie Beswick-Calvert

ArtHouse Gallery Exhibition, 65 Eastbank Street, SOUTHPORT, Merseyside, PR8 1EJ

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Exclusive Showing: Artist Spotlight - Norrie Beswick-Calvert

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A recent trip across the Irish Sea to the Isle of Man gave Southport artist, Norrie Beswick-Calvert, the inspiration for her latest art pieces that will be on show at the ArtHouse later this month.

No stranger to the local art scene, Norrie is the linchpin of the current Southport Arts Trail (4-25th June) that is attracting wide attention across the region.

Stepping into the limelight as Southport Contemporary Arts ‘Artist of the Month’ seems a fitting reward for Norrie’s selfless support for encouraging inclusivity and continually widening access to the Arts within the Merseyside area. 

“Having originally trained as a Fashion and Textiles designer, I spent many years enjoying a variety of design roles with major retailers before becoming self employed as a design strategy consultant to some of the UK’s biggest manufacturers.  After such a diverse and fulfilling career, and having gained my teaching qualifications, I now spend much of my time teaching and helping others to build their creative skills and see the huge potential in following their creative dreams.”

Norrie confidently believes that her own work has benefited from the demands of her current workload: “My time is now spent helping to run the Southport Contemporary Arts network as well as tutoring within the network and spending time on my own artistic activity. All of these things feed into each other and give me a great sense of satisfaction.”

Often stimulated by her immediate surroundings, Norrie’s artwork is a personally expressive reaction to her environment.

“I always enjoy trying to capture the beauty of the landscape and natural world around me.  In my own practice I draw upon a wide variety of skills and media, incorporating painting, printing and textiles - often a mix of all three depending on my inspiration and mood. My latest work responds to my recent visit to the beautiful Isle of Man.  I had the time just to sit on the beaches and watch the waves coming in and enjoy the tumble of shells, pebbles and seaweed as they reached the shore.”

Driven by curiosity and fascination, Norrie explains the ebb and flow within her latest transformations:

“In this series of works I have attempted to capture that ‘tumble’ as well as the beauty and range of colours that pop through from the shells and seaweed.

The pieces in this series are either painted in acrylics using a variety of mark making techniques or printed using Gelli plate print techniques.”

Having trained as a commercial designer forced to work to strict briefs and deadlines for much of her working life, Norrie can now step back and enjoy the view.

“It’s really lovely to please myself on what and how I record and enjoy subjects and media.”

This exclusive showing is certainly not one to be missed.  Norrie’s distinctive artwork will be on display at the ArtHouse, Eastbank Street from 25th June through July 2022.  The gallery is open Tuesday – Friday 10.00-15.00.  Saturday 11.00-16.00.

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Opening Times

Open Saturday & Sunday (25 June 2022 - 30 July 2022)
DayTimes
MondayClosed
Tuesday - Friday10:00 - 15:00
Saturday11:00 - 16:00
SundayClosed
Bank HolidayClosed

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