Members updates: Victoria Norton & Judy Goring

Norton 1Victoria Norton has had a busy year building up Mersea Contemporary, exhibiting with commission4mission and other art groups, and running Open Studio events and workshops. She also enjoyed our commission4mission retreat for the first time this year which proved very refreshing and rewarding. She hopes to be exhibiting at the Affordable Art Fair in London early in the new year, along with other Mersea Contemporary artists. Original works, prints and cards are available at Mersea Contemporary.

Holy Cross Hornchurch was awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to deliver an exhibition celebrating the heritage of their stained glass window. Depicting Ernest Stafford Carlos’ ‘The Pathfinder’, the window was donated to the church in 1933 by the artist’s mother, Anne, in memory of her son who died fighting in the First World War. Despite being of significant local and national interest, the window is only seen by those entering the church and, when the church spoke to members of the community, they did not know it was there. The church is sharing this important piece of art with the community, and to research and celebrate the life of Carlos.

Carlos had strong connections with the Scouting Association. The project built on this relationship by creating artwork with local Scout and Guide groups based on WWI and the work of Carlos himself, which was included in an exhibition at the church in the week leading up to, and including, Remembrance Sunday. Students from City and Guilds Art School, where Carlos was an alumnus, also contributed their own art work at the exhibition based on their interpretation of ‘The Pathfinder’. Scouts, Guides and Brownie groups, school groups and local residents were invited to the exhibition throughout the week.

Judy GoringAs the commissioned Arts Facilitator (a commission brought to her attention through commission4mission), Judy Goring worked with around 40 Scouts and Guides to produce art work for the exhibition. On Thursday 19th October and Thursday 2nd November Judy ran workshops for Brownie and Guide groups at the Holy Cross Church, Hornchurch. The wonderful items they created were displayed within the church for an exhibition called ‘Scouting for Carlos’ that celebrated the window called ‘The Pathfinder’. 40 Brownies and Guides between the ages of 11-18 made some ‘faux’ stained glass windows. They based their designs on a variety of images taken from WW1, the ‘Pathfinder’ window itself and the Brownie and Guides movement.

Judy said it was a privilege to be involved in these workshops, partly because imparting ideas and seeing each young person create such lovely items was a pleasure, but mostly because each of them had their own individual character and style and were so willing to get involved at every stage; great fun had by all!