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Commissioned by arts charity City Arts (Nottingham) and the city’s Creative Quarter, the exhibition comprises a series of portraits showing the vibrancy and diversity of Hockley, St Anns and Sneinton. All work was created using the iPad application ‘Brushes’, which is favoured by David Hockney and New York artist David Kassan.
Watch a trailer for the event:
The artist visited groups, communities and landmarks in the three areas and produced over 50 images of local people and landscapes. Groups involved include participants and workers at the Community Recording Studio, the congregation of St Anns’ Emmanuelle Church, visitors to the Greenway Community Centre, customers of Hartley’s Coffee Bar and the Sneinton Tenants and Residents Association. Displayed together, the drawings show the warmth and vitality of these occasionally maligned areas.
City Arts’ Creative Programmes Officer Alison Denholm, who devised and co-ordinated the project, explained the sitters reaction to Mik’s work:
“Most people never the opportunity to have their portrait done and, if they do, it’s rarely by an artist as talented as Mik. People’s response to their portrait has been incredible.”
Mik Godley is a painter, lecturer, and one of the UK’s best iPad artists. He works out of Primary Studios in Lenton.