An opportunity to explore the artist’s work, process, influences and overall artistic journey, in the context of the exhibition Storytellers – Connecting through art: the power of stories”.
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Jill Holder is an artist living and working in the South East of England. Brought up during the austerity following World War II she learnt to amuse herself with the things she found around her – A discarded matchbox, pebbles, scraps of paper, beads etc. Her favourite Christmas present was given to her by her father when she was 13. It consisted of a box full of odd bits of mirror, cogs, a small engine, tiny light bulbs, bits of wire, and more.
Following school, she joined the foundation course at Croydon College of Art where she was lucky enough to study under Clive Barker and Bruce McLean. Then, as family pressure insisted, she studied “something worthwhile” choosing Fashion at St Martin’s in London.
She worked in fashion, interiors, even floristry, before giving up everything to concentrate on her work as an artist.
She is still doing what she did as a child. She says “Primarily, I make things. With paint, paper, clay, found objects and glue and anything else that stays still long enough. I also like interfacing with the public. So often a chance remark will start a whole new chain of thought.”
“My work is mostly concerned with people. From their singular oddities and vagaries to the effect that the masses have on things. I am fascinated by what they do and the way they think. I like to open up conversations, present new points of view, maybe change ideas. Often sadness mixed with touches of humour.
I use whatever materials and methods seem right at the time. From paint to clay, from string to silk, from cardboard to canvas and also, very often, lots of stuff others would throw away.
Marg Mayne has been a senior executive and CEO for a range of organisations working across culture and leisure. Having a life long interest in the arts, she has been Director at the British Council, Chair of Akram Khan Dance Company, and Trustee at Stour Valley Arts in Kent, as well as hosting “in conversation” events with authors at the Faversham Literary Festival. Marg is fascinated by the stories, inspirations and motivations behind the creation of art, and how telling them can enhance the audience’s appreciation of the work.
• 1:30 Arrival, warming-up and networking.
• 1:40 Talk
• 2:10 Questions from the audience
• 2:30 Close
- Multi disciplines
18 High St, Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom, CT1 2RA
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