Meet the Artist: Becky Dunn20 April 2018
An important part of The Spring’s programme is our workshops run by regular and visiting artists. We thought that it would be great to get to know some of these artists ahead of their upcoming workshops. So, we’re kicking off with Becky Dunn, who is running two one-off workshops – first Willow Sculptures tomorrow, followed by Beachcombers’ Sculpture in May.
Becky originally comes from Worcestershire, but has lived just a stone's throw from The Spring for over 25 years. Becky loves creating unique, sometimes bizarre sculptures using found and recycled materials.
Although Becky has always enjoyed art activities since childhood, she is actually a trained scientist. She gained a BSc in Physiology & Biochemistry of Farm Animals from Reading University and a PhD in the Biochemistry of heart disease following 5 years' research at The Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine at London University. As an artist, she is inspired by the humour in work by Picasso, Miro and Antony Penrose as well as artists such as Andy Goldsworthy and Barbara Hepworth.
A familiar face at The Spring, Becky has run a number of workshops already including willow sculptures, beachcombers' art, silk painting, junk modelling, upcycling and recycling, batik & tie-dyeing and wire sculpture. Becky’s favourite part of being an artist is talking to people about her work and seeing their reactions. She says that people often think her art is unusual and entertaining, and usually ask where her ideas come from and what comes first – the idea or the title?
Becky's advice for anyone who wants to take part is just to give it a go! In her workshops, she has found that people are often amazed to find they have hidden creative talents. Plus, creativity is known for relaxation and wellbeing – and you have something to show for it at the end!
Becky’s Willow Sculptures workshop is taking place tomorrow, Saturday 21 April. She is also running a Beachcombers’ Sculpture workshop on 12 May; more information here.
You can view Becky’s work as part of the Emsworth Arts Trail on Sat 28th & Sun 29th March 10am to 5:30pm at 25 Wensley Gardens, Emsworth PO10 7RA and in the Emsworth Artists' Summer Exhibition in the Emsworth Community Centre over the August Bank Holiday.