Louis Appleby graduated from Wimbledon College of Arts in 2014. He has won awards including the Open Up North Young Artist Award 2014, the Lynn Painter-Stainers Young Artist of the Year 2015 and the NOA15 Mentorship Prize with Hughie O’Donoghue RA and has recently been shortlisted for the Contemporary Painting Prize 2016 in London. He has been featured in Saatchi Gallery Magazine Art & Music and Vice i-D. His work has been exhibited at the Royal College of Art, Pallant House Gallery Chichester, Mall Galleries London, Cupola Contemporary Gallery in Sheffield and he is a regular exhibitor at Bellwood & Wright Fine Art. He is a founding member and curator at Sound & Vision Art Gallery in Lancaster where he lives and works.
Sarah Jane Bellwood
Sarah Jane Bellwood produces minutely observed paintings and drawings which have been strongly influenced by the natural environment. Work from her current series of paintings has been exhibited in the Open Up North show, the the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, the New Light Art competition and the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, and won the Northern prize in the 2014 National Open Art Competition
Sarah Casey is currently undertaking research into delicacy as a value, specifically the relationship that would seem to exist between delicacy, intimacy and drawing. She recently worked with the collections team at Kensington Palace, London.
Gerry Davies is an artist conditioned by a strong graphic sensibility. Drawing is at the heart of all his output, whether original paper pieces, painting or sculpture.
Jamie Holman is an artist and a writer, performing both roles alongside an established post as a lecturer in fine art at Blackburn College. He achieved critical acclaim after exhibiting in Bloomberg New Contemporaries 1996 at Tate Gallery Liverpool and Camden Arts Centre London. In 2010 he began writing for The Saatchi Gallery Magazine Art and Music. In 2015 he began making new works informed by his father's three tours of duty as a member of the British Army in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Using his father's photographic archive of "The Troubles", he is currently producing works that explore the similarities in landscape, ephemera and class in both Northern Ireland and Northern England. Works from this collection have been exhibited at The Royal College of Art, in The Saatchi Gallery Magazine and most recently in the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology 2016 "Future Now".
Peter Layzell paints intensely realised portraits, still-lifes and narrative paintings. They have been included in a number of national and international exhibitions. His painting 'Fathers and Sons' was selected for the 2010 BP Award. He has been a regular contributor to the RA Summer Exhibition since 1986.
Mandy Payne is a Sheffield based artist. She has work in this year's RA Summer Exhibition and the John Moores Painting Prize, and has previously been featured in the New Light Arts Prize, the National Open Art Competition, the John Ruskin Prize 2014 and the Threadneedle Prize to name a few. Her work is largely inspired by landscape. Mandy’s particularly drawn to locations that are often overlooked or neglected with a fascination by the capacity of a place to absorb memories and experiences.