Masham Gallery has undertaken an unusual new venture – making films about the artists they represent.
The gallery, which is located on Market Place, wants to give visitors and customers a chance to see behind the closed doors of an artist’s studio.
The project aims to put a face to the artwork visitors see in the gallery, learn more about how the work is created and where the artisits’ inspiration comes from.
“ People often want to meet the person behind the piece of art to understand a bit more about what makes them tick and how they create work, but this is not always possible in a gallery,” said Josie Beszant, artist and Masham Gallery’s owner.
“Our collection of films will give viewers an exclusive glimpse of the artist at work, which in turn creates a stronger connection with the artwork they’re looking at”.
To launch the project the first of many artists to be filmed is Masham-based painter and printmaker Ian Scott Massie.
The short film, made in collaboration with Ken Snowdon and Proper Telly, follows Ian as he prepares for his forthcoming solo exhibition called Tales from the Dales, which opened in July at Wensley Church.
Ian’s work is greatly inspired by the Dales landscape and in the film he visits some of the locations that have influenced his paintings.
A cleverly edited sequence shot in Ian’s studio also allows the viewer to see a new picture being created, from initial sketches to completed painting.
The film is viewable on YouTube or the Masham Gallery website.
In recent years the gallery has published a number of books about the artists who exhibit with them, including printmakers Hester Cox and Janis Goodman, plus Ian Scott Massie himself.
“The films add another dimension” says Josie.
– You can visit the Masham Gallery’s website at www.mashamgallery.co.uk