Lancashire Lasses is an art exhibition taking place at the National Wine Centre from May 31st 2013.
From this English county come a couple of Lancashire Lasses; Jacky Murtaugh and Helene Hardy. Lancashire is an ancient borough which used to encompass several hundred mill towns and collieries and by the 1830s approximately 85% of all cotton manufactured worldwide was processed in Lancashire. United by their heritage and their creativity it’s not a surprise to learn that Helene has studied textile design and Jacky is the daughter of a coal merchant. They have many similarities and a common bond in the fact that they both fell in love with, and have made Adelaide their homes. However, their art work is very different.
Helene’s flair for abstraction presents a fluid and organic aesthetic form that is thought provoking and evocative. Her large scale works in acrylic have been acquired by corporate institutions around Adelaide and overseas, along with smaller scale pieces that are now in many homes and part of private collections.
Jacky has built a reputation for the unconventional and extraordinary, becoming known for her vibrant and richly coloured paintings of nature, sparkling renditions of water and blinding representations of sunlight. She captures the fleeting moments and a sense of the ephemeral.
This joint exhibition at the National Wine Centre celebrates individuality and freedom of expression. The coincidence of this collaboration is rare, but the inherent Lancashire traditions of hard work and innovation are still very apparent in this determined pair and their will to succeed. Their British humour is still very much alive, hence the title of this exhibition – ‘Lancashire Lasses’. You can take the girl out of Lancashire, but you can’t take Lancashire out of the girl.
An informal opening night will be held in conjunction with Penley Estate – Uncorked on 31st of May at 5pm in the Vines Foyer.