ARTISTS

MURA MA ARTISTS

Georgia Peskett

Georgia Peskett studied at Epsom School of Art before going to New York where she began painting, experimenting with surrealist painting and figuration. At that time and place the art world was dominated by conceptual art, contemporary expressionism, pop art and street art were crossing over in the late 80’s. Julian Schnabel, Andy Warhol and Jean Michel Basquiat were the contemporary art stars.

On her return to London in the early 90’s she witnessed the conceptual YBA (Young British Artists) movement. After many years exhibiting her urban landscapes, in 2020 her work evolved further with guidance from peers and mentors on the Turps Correspondence Course.

Lockdown 2020 was the catalyst that opened new pathways in her practice.  In her Glass Series, she worked with her own image, using glass, windows, and her immediate environment. These paintings have a memento-mori quality to them, they are inward looking and hint at an internal dialogue. In her recent Voile Series, obscured objects beneath layers reveal a little of what is hidden beneath.

Georgia’s works are held in notable private and public collections worldwide including: 
BT Telecom Collection London, Bentley’s Headquarters Cheshire, The Earl of Chichester, Verve Properties London, and SIP Partners London.

Helen Thomas

Helen Thomas is a contemporary British painter based in Wakefield, England. She graduated from Falmouth School of Art (BA Fine Art) and completed a year of postgraduate study with Turps Art School.

Helen works with drawing and painting, on site and in the studio, to consider humanity’s relationships with plants.

Helen’s Arts Council England Funded project ‘Dandelions and Double Yellows’ culminated in a solo exhibition at Wakefield Cathedral as part of the Festival of The Earth in 2021.

Recent group exhibitions include Planting Ideas, St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Hampshire, 2024; Precious Little, Mura Ma, Stockport, 2023; Rogue Women 2, Manchester 2023, Babble, Ilkeston Contemporary, Derbyshire, 2023; Entwined: Plants in Contemporary Painting, Huddersfield Art Gallery, 2022 and 20-21 Visual Arts, Scunthorpe 2023; Conversations with Nature, The Art House, Wakefield, 2022 and Jerwood Drawing Prize 2016.

Naqsh Raj

Naqsh Raj (b.1984) is an artist, educator and a mother. Until December 2023, Raj was teaching at the Art & Design department at Nottingham Trent International College.

She has a Masters Degree in Visual Arts from the prestigious National College of Arts, Lahore. She served in Pakistan as an Art educator for ten years at Comsats University, Islamabad.

Raj has won numerous awards for her painting, including the 2024 Nigaah Award, presented at Mohatta Palace, Karachi,  and in 2023 she was the main prize winner of the Open 23 at Tarpey Gallery, UK.  Her work is exhibited and collected internationally.

International Group show

2023 Moving art XVA Gallery, Dubai

2023 OPEN, Tarpey Gallery, Derby UK.

Solo Show

2023 Escape with the Homeland, Galerie Klaus Braun, Stuttgart, Germany.

National Juried Exhibitions:

2022 Anna Molka Award Exhibition, Punjab University, Lahore.

2022 Art Exhibition on Kashmir Solidarity Day, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad.

2022 Inaugural exhibition of Islamabad art Gallery F9, Islamabad.

2021 Alhamra 3rd National Exhibition of Visual Arts, Lahore.

2017 9th National Exhibition, Pakistan National Council of Arts, Islamabad.

2012 Women Artist Exhibition, Pakistan National Council of Arts, Islamabad.

2009,2010 and 2011 “Young Artist Exhibition Award” Alhamra Art Council, Lahore.

Vic Wright

Vic Wright (b.1976) is a sculptor from the North West of England,

After completing a BA Hons Fine Art at Lincolnshire and Humberside University, Wright  has exhibited widely in London and the UK with Cubbitt’s for LCW 2023 in London Paul Smith for the La Design Festival in 2021 and London Design Festival in 2021, and her work features in national and international private collections.

 

Exhibitions Group shows

Artefact Contemporary Craft Fair 2023 – London
Materiality at Kindred House 2022 – Margate
A Generous Space with ASP at Hasting Contemporary 2022 – Hastings Monomio for Milan Design Week 2021 – Milan
300 Objects for LCW 2020 – London
Micro 2019 – Air Gallery – Greater Manchester
Salone del Mobile 2019 – Milan Design Week
Selected Works 2019 – BearSpace Gallery, London
Open Call, 2019 – Bankley gallery, Manchester
Rock Pools, 2019 – BearSpace Gallery, London

Solo shows

Cubbitt’s for LCW 2023 – London
Maker in Residence at Material Source 2022 – Manchester
Darbyshire Framemakers 2022 – London
SCP window exhibition 2022 – London
Paul smith for LA Design festival 2021 – Los Angeles
Paul Smith for LDF 2021 – London
Paul Smith for LCW 2020 – Albermarle St & Coals Drop Yard, London Form lifestyle store 2018 – Manchester

Fiona Moate (1959-2024)

Fiona Moate studied fine art at the Hull College of Higher Education in 1982 and completed her MA at Manchester Polytechnic in 1983.  She worked out of artist studios including MASA and Sigma and later at her home in Stockport.

Moate taught on a number of art foundation courses in the North West and was visiting artist at MMU, Salford University, Manchester University Architecture School, Staffordshire University & Hull College of Art. She an art & design lecturer at the Manchester Adult Education Service until her retirement in 2015.

 Moate exhibited widely in the North West and London throughout the 1980s and ‘90s.  She was represented by the Ainscough Gallery in Merseyside and had a number of of solo exhibitions with the gallery. The last exhibition of her work in 2018 was ‘Landmarks’ with with peers including Sarah Feinmann, Steven Heaton, the late Kate Davies, Paulette Bansal, David Armes.

Moate’s paintings can be found in private and public collections in the UK, USA, Ireland, Germany, including Rutherford Collection, Oldham Art Gallery, Manchester University and Lancashire County Council.

veronica cay

Veronica Cay is a highly respected Australian artist working in painting, drawing and sculpture and has work in National & International public and private collections, has had numerous solo exhibitions and been a selected finalist in many national juried art prizes and awards in Australia. Cay currently lives on Gubbi Gubbi land on the beautiful Sunshine Coast of Australia with her partner and two of their adult children. 

Cay is represented by two Australian galleries and Mura Ma is the first UK gallery to host her work.  Cay is featured in the Precious Little exhibition with a show of works on paper titled Paper Thin Skin.

EMMA RICHARDSON

Emma Richardson is a painter who graduated from Wimbledon School of Art, London with a BA Honours in Fine Art in 2004. She has exhibited in solo and group shows in London, Southampton, Hong Kong and Barcelona. She received DYCP funding from Arts Council England in 2021 and in 2022 completed three years on the Turps Correspondence Course.

Her paintings are held in private collections in Canada, America, Italy, Spain and the UK. Alongside painting Richardson is also a musician, and previously wrote and performed worldwide with Band of Skulls for over ten years. Her paintings appear on a selection of their album and single releases. She lives and works in London, UK.

LOUISE WEST

Louise West is a Dublin based artist who graduated with a BA in Painting in 1996 from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin.

Having previously studied animation and completed courses in the Turps Banana mentorship programme, West has exhibited in both Ireland and the UK in site specific and group shows.

Significant shows include Crawford Art Gallery curated by Iwona Blazwick; Sited curated by Mark Garry; The Royal Acdemy Belfast, Draíocht Art Gallery curated by Caroline Mc Carthy; Kilkenny Castle Gallery; The Mermaid Arts Centre;  Artform Dunmore East and Fitzrovia Gallery London. 

She was selected as reserve artist on the 2014 Sky Arts Portrait Competition and has been shortlisted for the “Artform Artist of Merit award” in 2021. 

Commisions include, “Playthings” at Draíocht Gallery” and reviews in The Irish Times and The Cork Examiner, she was selected for interview as a part of  “Lesson from Still Life” open submission for the New York based “Artrepeneur” Art Journal “Sketch” in 2023.

JOEY COLLINS

After completing an art foundation in 1993, Joey Collins achieved a first class honours degree in Visual Arts at University of Salford, in 1997.

He went on to work in many different creative industries including graphic design, interior design, textiles and he even made chocolate.

In 2014 Joey moved into his studio at Hot Bed Press printmaking workshop in Salford and has maintained a full time studio practice to become a highly accomplished silk screenprinter.

Joey has exhibited in group shows across the city including Salford Museum and Art Gallery’s exhibition, Print Unlimited in 2018. He also has work in private collections internationally and in a permanent collection of Salford Museum and Art Gallery.

 

NAN COLLANTINE

After completing an art foundation in 1989, Nan Collantine worked in visual and written communications for 25 years until 2016 when she moved with her family to Queensland, in 2016 which is where her self-directed art education began in studying Australian painting. She is the recipient of the Castlefield Gallery Artist Professional Development Award as part of the Manchester Open 2022 and has been undergoing a programme of professional development with the gallery for the past 12 months.

 In 2022 Nan completed a second year of the Turps Banana Correspondence Course and in December 2022 exhibited with the Turps cohort in London. Nan is also an alumni of alternative art school, the Islingon Mill Art Academy.  She works from her studio at Goyt Mill  in Marple, Greater Manchester. 

KATE JACOB

Kate Jacob was born in London but is now based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. She studied at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has exhibited at The Graves Gallery, Sheffield, Wolff Gallery, Studio 1:1 and The Mall Galleries, London. Recent exhibitions include Gesture and Geometry at Bloc Projects, Sheffield and Material Presence, at the Fitzrovia Gallery, London. She recently completed a turps correspondence course, 2021-22 and is currently undertaking the fine art mentoring course at Morley College London.

 As well as painting she’s also developed and managed many art projects. These included introducing Print and Drawing Summer Schools to the former Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield working alongside artists Claude Heath and Steve Carley, co-founding Open up, South Yorkshires Open studio event, now in its 21st year, and delivering professional development seminars for creative SME’s.