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Chelston in Lockdown - A Sleeping Beauty

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Tuesday, 20 October 2020 to Saturday, 31 October 2020
Monday, 19 October 2020 -
11:00am to 6:00pm

Fred Gray discovered something about his local area on his early morning walks whilst shielding during the pandemic, becoming acquainted with lanes, steps, buildings and streets; absorbing the character, names, nuances and patterns. His project ‘Chelston in lockdown - a sleeping beauty’ is an invitation to local people to look at their neighbourhood with fresh eyes and to share their experiences and discoveries with Fred about the place just beyond their own doorsteps.

Fred is an established fine artist who has also worked commercially including creating backings for Aardman animation films. In this project he is turning his extraordinary visual eye to reveal new views of Chelston and its tumble of different architectural styles and buildings. Drawing on local people’s contributions, Fred will be creating a series of paintings to share these neighbourly perspectives on Chelston, inviting local people in to see the process as it unfolds, and exhibiting the final works at an exhibition in October.

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Although born in Cheltenham, Fred grew up in Lancashire and the West Midlands, left school early and worked at various manual jobs. Determined to draw and paint, he eventually attended Art School in Bournville, and then Central School of Art in London. He was awarded a Hill bursary to Mantova and Venice before graduating in 1969. After college he continued to paint but worked at a series of manual then teaching jobs for a year, then taught at Art Schools in Hereford, Bournville, and Aston University. In 1979 he worked briefly at B.B.C. Pebble Mill and went on to pursue a freelance career as a pastiche ,matte and scenic artist working in television, commercials, and films. Film work has ranged from hundreds of large scale landscape and cityscape backdrops to Art House film projects which include “Landgirls”,”Hilary and Jackie”, being the hands of Gertler in the film ”Carrington,” large sets of watercolours for “Ladies in Lavender”, and a huge collection of over one hundred and twenty backdrops of townscapes, landscapes and skies for Aardman Animations films “Wallace and Gromit, the curse of the Wererabbit”,and then “A Matter of Loaf and Death”. He has also taught visualisations to post graduate design students at the National Film and Television school.


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Artizan Gallery

7 Lucius Street



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