Memories from the art

Artist Lesley Humphries
Artist Lesley Humphries

A lifetime of memories has been turned into an engaging exhibition.

Artist Lesley Humphries taped more than five hours of interviews with Leighton Buzzard-based Eileen Hall (nee Brice), who was born in 1916.

She shared memories of her father returning from World War One, and life in Battersea as a young child, a period of homelessness and being turned away from the workhouse.

“She also had vivid memories of being a young mother during World War Two and the fear of hearing the bombs overhead as she sought shelter under the stairs with her baby. She was bombed out three times,” Lesley said.

She took Eileen’s recollections and used them to create a wonderful exhibition, with edited audio clips playing alongside the visual pieces.

Sadly, Eileen passed away last year, but her vivid memories serve as an important insight into bygone days.

So much so that Wandsworth Heritage Society are interested in keeping the recordings in their archives.

Meantime, you can see the results of Lesley’s creativity on Saturday at Westbury Arts Centre in Shenley Wood, between 10am and 4pm.

Admission is free.

> If your eyes have yet to be excited by the charming exhibition currently being displayed in Acorn House, you’ve still got plenty of time.

Works by Milton Keynes-based photography genius David Tunnicliffe are currently available to view in the Community Foundation Gallery in the building, set on Midsummer Boulevard.

“I am delighted, having had a successful exhibition there in Spring 2013,” he told me.

View Images of An Antique Land through to the end of October, 8.30am to 7.30pm, Monday to Friday.

> One of the best known landscape photographers heads ‘home’ this weekend for a special exhibition and lecture at Stowe School.

Michael Kenna returns to the UK from his adopted home of Seattle with a specially chosen selection of images ready to impress, and while here, he will share his memories of an amazing 35 year working career as an internationally respected photographer.

The talk will take place next Thursday (October 2), while the show will be available to view at various dates until October 26.

The visit coincides with the release of Michael’s 51st book, France.

Kenna has travelled widely in an ‘endless odyssey to find new scenes and subjects,’ from the stark snowfields of Northern Japan to cloud shadows on Mont St Michel in France and the full moon rising over the Chausey.

Commercial success has been massive – clients include Adidas, BMW, Moet and Chandon, Rolls Royce and Volvo, Elton John is a fan, and collector of his work too.

“Elegant. Serene. Meditative. “This is why I was first attracted to Michael Kenna’s work,” he explained.

Michael has captured the misty mountains of China, the urban jungles of Hong Kong and New York and the industrial landscapes Stateside and on British soil.

“I find the black and white medium to be more expressive, malleable and mysterious than colour,” he says.

“It is a personal preference. “I Still like to print all my own work in the darkroom – the old fashioned way.

“We see everyday reality in colour. Black and white is immediately an interpretation of that reality and it can be highly subjective,” he added.

Tickets for the lecture, A Life in the Arts, are £6.

Book at www.stowearts.co.uk or call 01280 818012.