This latest exhibition of the artworks of our Dalston’s members and art therapists called: Hope Unfolding, takes its title from the work made by late artist and former studio member Emma Hope, who passed away in March this year at the age of 47. In celebration of Emma’s life and art work, this group exhibition shows a wide variety of paintings, sculptures, ceramics and short films, made by art therapists, current and former members of Studio Upstairs.
Artist Patsy McMahon, shared: “one of the things I miss the most about my late friend Emma Hope is our many interesting conversations about art. I have felt driven to help put on this art show including the posthumous exhibition of some of Emma’s artwork, somehow inspired by our conversations about Inkblots, body maps, the experience of a human body and many other things, as well as by my sense of loss and a desire for completion.”
“I feel very happy this is an opportunity to exhibit the work of studio members and some of Emma’s friends, who also like she attended Studio Upstairs in Dalston. It would have pleased her, I know, to exhibit with them in this joint celebration of life in general and her life in particular. I hope many people come along and enjoy the show and the Studio Upstairs community.”
David Fried, Senior Studio Manager, added: “this exhibition represents for me a statement of continuity of the creative approach between past and present members of the studio which persists through time even though individuals do not.”
Through this show Studio Upstairs hopes the artistic community, trusting in the freedom of the imagination as a force for good, continues to break new ground, cross boundaries and carries on challenging prejudices and stereotypes, unearthing fresh expression of the many types of human experience.
We would like to extend a big thank you to Dalston’s studio members and studio managers, Emma’s friends and Stoke Newington local stores for their donations and contributions to fund and make this exhibition possible.
Everyone is welcome to join our opening night, which will include a short performance by the Studio Upstairs Drama Group, on Friday 21st July, from 6.00 pm to 10.00 pm. Please RSVP