On September 26th The Creative Collective will be hosting an arts fair in the Park Mall Shopping Centre. Throughout the day and into the evening, young artists from EXPOSED will be exhibiting their work to the public.

​To get a taste of what to expect from the YA’s, we decided to go along and meet some of those taking part in the exhibition and to learn a little more about Ashford’s young creative talent.

​Name: Louise Poppy Rose

Age:17

Studies: Art & Photography at the Norton Knatchbull School

What work will you be exhibiting at the Exposed exhibition?

I’ll be exhibiting 3 pieces of work, all use mixed-mediums.They are landscape pieces that combine charcoals with watercolours; I love how the watercolours run to create movement and fluidity against the charcoals.

What were your inspirations for these pieces?

I’ve been influenced by a lot of Japanese landscape artists and that’s where the black and white influence comes from. I love the detail and textures you find in a lot of the Japanese print work and also artists such as Hiroshige and Hokusai I admire for their use of colour.

Is this work typical of your usual style?

Actually this style is quite unusual for me, as I prefer to work with people. I love creating portraiture, there’s something special about capturing an honest moment of someone; freezing that expression in time and knowing that person will never be captured in the same way again.

What can you tell us about the EXPOSED event happening on September 26th?

There’s going to be a great combination of different artists here on the day and throughout the evening. I’d really encourage people to come along and have a look as there will be something for everyone.

Do you think there are enough opportunities available to young artists to experience the world of a practising artist?

It would be great if there were more opportunities like this locally; when you’re still studying it’s hard to get in the loop about where opportunities are.

If you could collaborate with any artists in the world, who would it be?

Jenny Saville. I love how loose and fluid her style is and her studies of people and the human form are very intimate.

Why do you think Art is so important?

Art is a way of communication. Without Art, Science would have no way of portraying what planets or black holes look like. But it’s also a way of delivering your own perspective on things and exploring your own thoughts and expressions.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Betsy (the event organiser) always says that, “Art is personal. If no one else gets it, you’ve got to stand by it because it’s a part of you.” I think that’s a really important attitude to have.

To find out more about the EXPOSED event or to inquire about exhibiting, get in touch with The Creative Collective via Facebook.

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