MURA MA ARTISTS
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 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 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.
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.
Following her degree in Fine art, Rachael Addis completed the three year postgraduate programme at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. She is a re-emerging artist, following a break from painting she began to paint seriously again in 2018.
As well as exhibiting UK wide, selling her paintings nationally and internationally, her work has been accepted into several exhibitions. This includes the Jackson’s Open Painting Prize 2021, Ing Discerning Eye, Visual art Open and the Art Gemini Prize 2021 in which she won the People’s choice award. Rachael was a featured artist in the BBC documentary about the Royal Academy summer exhibition 2020.
In 2022 Suzanne Bethell had a solo exhibition at the Granada Foundation Galleries, HOME, Manchester. Since her first solo exhibition at the Pankhurst Centre, Manchester in 1995, she has exhibited and sold work widely throughout the UK including at the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Saul Hay Gallery Manchester, Porthminster Gallery, St Ives, Hepworth Print Fair, and The Manchester Art Fair.
Her work is represented by the Saul Hay Gallery and the Porthminster Gallery and is in private collections internationally and nationally. In 2020/1 Suzanne was selected for bOlder,Castlefield Gallery’s artist development programme. Other recent successes include being one of fourteen artists shortlisted for the Flourish National printmaking award (2020) and being an award finalist at Manchester’s inaugural HOME open exhibition (2021).
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 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.