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Sheila Appleton & Ian Smith - A View of Retrospection


19th October 2021 onwards

Sheila Appleton is one of the best-known contemporary artists living and working in the seaside town of Leigh on Sea and this exhibition, is a celebration of a much-loved artist and personality.
Featuring work from her 70-year career, including works never previously exhibited along with work held in the Beecroft collection, this online exhibition will demonstrate the many mediums Sheila has worked in to depict the faces and the changing landscape of our town as well as show an artist always willing to develop new ways of working.

Ian Smith is an artist who has been a creative presence in Leigh over many years, firstly in the Ian Smith Gallery in Leigh Broadway and more recently in the Old Leigh Studio's, a space he shares with Sheila and ceramicists Richard Baxter and Julie O’Sullivan. His work will be familiar also to the many who have taken part in the annual Leigh Art Trail where Ian’s distinct style, use of colour, and warmth are immediately appealing.

Previously displayed in the Beecroft prior and during the 2020 covid-19 lockdown, this exhibition has been captured in prosperity by Realm Video as an online visitor experience.

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