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In Ore
4th Jun 2019 - 21st Jul 2019
A series of ‘en plein air’ oil paintings featuring old mining sites by Celia Burbush. Her new investigation into landscape not only captures the varied and ephemeral nature of light over the fells, it also gently unearths long-forgotten tales of this ancient terrain.
Celia is travelling into the Cumbrian landscape most days, usually 1000ft above sea level, canvas on her back, recording traces of old mines in remote parts of the fells. This project was initially prompted by studying Turner's lifetime's inventory of 19000 sketches of the landscape, covering mountainous areas such as Scotland, The Lake District and the Alps. He spent many months, enduring adverse weather conditions and exposure. Or maybe 'enjoying', rather than 'enduring’. His subject matter was 'Romantic', capturing the 'sublime' in the landscape - ideas of terror, magnificence, beauty, and awe.
In the footsteps of Turner, Celia is re-visiting this type of landscape, but searching out a different trace of man. Those to be found in mining remains. She is exploring the importance of this industrial past to Cumbrian, British, and European identity.
“In the presence of the silent mountains and traces of ghosts, I get a feeling of awe...for the monumental forces that shaped the rock millions of years ago and the hours of endurance to carve/blast into it, and the laborious preparations associated with this." Celia Burbush.

Celia will be taking a 2 day workshop in the studio at Upfront 8th & 9th June 10am - 4pm.


Tickets £130.  Tel.01768484538 or book online. https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/booking/t-mamzgo
A comprehensive two-day course improving your use of oils in the outdoors. For intermediate and advanced artists.

• Approaches to oil, from the Masters to now. How to embrace a change of approach.

• How to plan and pack for the outdoors.

• Preparations – innovative under-painting, types of surface.

• Developing motifs

• Brushes and brushwork

• Understanding colour and layering

• Understanding tone

• Understanding rhythm

• Abstraction

• Hear Celia talk about her approaches to her work in oils

• Create 6 practice pieces, guided by Celia’s exercises

• Create 2 principle pieces, mentored by Celia

• Work at the Upfront studio and garden area

Price £130 per head (to include unlimited tea/coffee in the studio space at Upfront)

Max 8 people

Plus, Materials pack if required – an additional £30 per head (for 2 medium canvases, 4 small). Payable on the day.

Celia painting the Axe Factory on Pike of Stickle
Langdale Axe Factory
Derwentwater from Brundholm Mine area
Greenside Mining Area from Sheffield Pike
Old Mining Area at Gate Gill, Blencathra
Path to Force Crag Mine, Newlands
In the BBC 1 studio with Nick Knowles
Ein plein air