Friday, 7 September 2012

Unlaced at Wymondham Arts Centre – clothing and the female form

Wymondham Arts Centre is staging Unlaced – clothing and the female form, an exhibition of work by Norfolk artists, curated by Krys Leach, from Tuesday 18 September to Sunday 30 September, open daily 10am to 5pm (Sunday 12noon to 5pm), free entry.

The exhibition features David Cottrell (paintings), Helen Dixon (ceramics), Krys Leach (paintings), Tracy Myers (prints and digital), Elaine Nason (paintings and prints), Emily Spragge (cyanotypes), Rebecca Spragge (corsetry), Louise Richardson (made objects) and Sarah Wilson (etchings).

Vivienne Weeks, former chair of the Norwich Textile and Costume Association is also including dresses, hats and shoes from the 1880s to 1980s to complement the artists’ work, notably a muslin dress with bustle from 1880 (at the end of restricted clothing), a Christian Dior gown from 1954 in bronze taffeta, presenting the vision of the ultimate woman and a Jean Paul Gaultier creation (c 1980), which features the outline of the ‘perfect female form’ suggesting hidden promise.

Krys Leach, curator said: “The female image is one of the most evocative forms of art. Her body has dictated style - in art and fashion - but it has also been moulded by it. Some of the work is innovative and eye-opening. Some is witty, and some is just ravishing. It all adds up to a vibrant celebration of a subject that is as enduring as it is varied.”

Professor Arthur Lucas, Chairman Wymondham Arts Centre said: “Two exhibitions each year are presented for the Arts Centre by an invited artist. We are very pleased that Krys Leach accepted the invitation to curate our September show. Unlaced is a departure for us, a themed exhibition in a variety of styles and media. We are grateful to the Friends of the Wymondham Art Centre for underwriting this exciting show, which will be a highlight of a strong season.”

Wymondham Arts Centre is at Becket’s Chapel, 2 Church Street, Wymondham NR18 0PH, email,

Image: Poppy by Rebecca Spragge.