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Article by Editorial | 1st October 2019

Art for calm space in Tunbridge Wells

Following the 2019 loss of Isle of Wight-based artist Alice Doreen McIntosh, her daughters sculptor Louise Giblin and painter Elaine McCracken spent time exploring her huge body of work and considering Alice’s positive influence on their successful art careers and outlook on life.

Their first joint exhibition entitled Art for Calm Space is the result, and it takes place at The Spa Galleries on The Pantiles in Tunbridge Wells this month.

Louise explains the idea behind their choice for their Pantiles’ show: “In an increasingly hectic world there is a need for places of mental rest, emotional security and positive stimulation. These can be achieved in a variety of ways – connecting with the natural world, developing inner awareness, celebrating one’s strengths and achievements, meditation and surrounding oneself with calming and beautiful objects and colours. It’s also important to appreciate that in dealing with – and overcoming – difficult circumstances one can achieve great things.”

Louise, who is a Member of the Royal Society of Sculptors, exhibits internationally and won the Gold Medal for Sculpture at Florence Biennale in 2017. Her sister Elaine trained at Central St Martins, lives and paints on the Isle of Wight and has work in UK and overseas collections.

• Art for Calm Space at The Spa Galleries, 24 The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells TN2 5TN, runs from 2nd-6th October (10am-6pm) and Thursday 3rd late opening event 5.30pm-8pm, with free entry. For more information, call 01892 784620.

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