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Ian Clegg and Angela Tait are artists who have been working collaboratively on creative projects since 2010.

 Ian is a photographer, illustrator and painter. He is currently lecturing in photography at the University of Blackpool.

His personal practice includes visual essays and on-going collections of thematic photographs.


Angela is a sculptor who works in mediums from the traditional to the experimental. She teaches Fine Art and Ceramics and is currently pursuing her own practice from Ebor Studios in Littleborough


John Chapman

I am hugely influenced by my local landscapes. Living on the edge of the Pennines everything is dominated by the huge skies and endless moor-lands. All of this has provided me with a wealth of reference material to draw upon.

I am fascinated by the atmospheres of places as well as the geography.

Self taught I have been painting for many years & ran my own gallery in Norden Rochdale for approx 12 years.  Now working from home.

I have always worked with watercolour & acrylic sometimes oil.  I fluctuate between painting on  watercolour paper & canvases.


Julie Robinson Southward I am an artist printmaker based in the Fylde area of Lancashire.

After doing general arts and Foundation courses at Blackpool College of Art in 1966 – 1968 I worked as a heraldic artist and silkscreen printer, while continuing to paint. I exhibited with Blackpool Art Society and in open exhibitions at Garstang Arts Centre and the Harris Art Gallery in Preston. In 1976 I joined the Civil Service and continued to exhibit in joint exhibitions at St Annes Art Gallery, the Grundy Art Gallery in Blackpool and Garstang Arts Centre. In 1989 I attended a printmaking summer school at Preston Polytechnic (now UCLan) and discovered a love of etching.

Between 1990 and 2010 I pursued other creative interests, but on retirement in 2011 I acquired my own studio and began printmaking again. I have experimented with most forms of printmaking, but now concentrate on etchings and lino-cuts. I do an annual summer school at John Howard Print Studios in Cornwall to learn more about my chosen craft, and I have exhibited etchings in the 2012 Open Contemporary Exhibition at Stockport and the first Ribble Valley Art Studios Open.

My inspiration comes from my immediate surroundings – my garden, the Fylde countryside and its agriculture, and from my travels abroad. I am currently working on a series of lino-cuts inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s garden at Monticello.

I love printmaking because of the surprise I always get when I finally pull a print after hours, days or even weeks of plate preparation – it’s like Christmas!

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Art by Julie Bowen