Two Residents Works Selected for Mottisfont Open Exhibition

 Sep 13, 2016

Two residents at The Sorting Office have had their work chosen for display in the National Trust’s Mottisfont Open Exhibition 2016

Visual Artist Eve Dawson and Jewellery Designer-Maker Cathy McCarthy, who are both residents at The Sorting Office studios in Eastleigh, both had their works selected to join around 100 other submissions.  

The exhibition is held every two years at Mottisfont Abbey in Romsey, and will be opening its doors from October 1 to November 13 to display works from artists both local and from further afield.

Eve’s submitted work, entitled ‘Homage to Balthazar van der Ast’, is a detailed floral painting with dark, moody undertones inspired by the work of its namesake.

Eve said:

“My work is normally more abstract, but the piece I’ve submitted to Mottisfont is a bit different, so I was absolutely thrilled when I was told it had been accepted.

“Mottisfont has a well-renowned rose garden, I like to think that my work ties in quite nicely with that”

Cathy has submitted two pieces of jewellery, a necklace featuring a framed scene of birds and wild flowers, and a pair of swallow cufflinks.

Cathy said, of her work being selected:

“I was really pleased and surprised. At first when I saw the advert I thought it was just for traditional artists, I enquired about my jewellery and was told to apply and see what happens. They ended up liking the pieces I sent so I was really pleased that I asked.

“I love Mottisfont, I’m a member of the National Trust so I love going there, and it’s really nice to have some of my work in a place I enjoy going to.

“I’m always really excited to see my work on display, it just kind of reassures you that you’re doing right thing.”

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