I love and adore the work of Kate MccGwire. Ever since a friend and I went to see her exhibition at a gallery in Kings Cross a couple of years ago I have been haunted by her work. Using it constantly as a reference in my teaching and pondering upon it often the rest of the time.
So you can imagine the excitement when it was revealed she would be part of the Costal Currents art festival here at the sunny seaside.
The crypt of St Mary in the Castle is an amazing venue and did not disappoint.

Secrete. Mixed media with magpie feathers.

 Purge. Mixed media with pigeon feathers.

"These instillations appear animated yet still. The feathers which once enabled flight, have been repurposed: once a weightless bird, now a heavy, swollen mass.
There is something undeniably otherworldly and primal about the works bulging forms, which capture the movement of water, referring in part to the natural spring that feeds the front of St Mary in the Castle."
(words from exhibition display)

Hurrah for inspiring art work.
Love Nora xxx


  1. These have literally sent a tingle down my spine.
    Thanks for introducing me to such exciting work x

    1. You must check her out, the work is mind blowing. Its great as a teaching aid, your students would love her. x

  2. Wow! Wish I could have seen them in person. So inspirational!

  3. Incredible. I am in awe - such a combination of gravity and flow, light and heavy, the smooth feathers and the rough stone flooring...I could wax lyrical even more, but I won't! I will try to search out more of her work - thank you so much for sharing! Chrissie x

  4. Gosh, I'm sorry I missed this art festival. This work is very inspiring, as is the work of the other artists who were exhibiting. I'll keep a look out for this artist, and for the festival next year.

  5. Thanks so much for the introduction to this artist. Yes, the site seems a perfect place to exhibit her work.

    I know that I will remember her name, and I'll also be doing a little investigating into her other work.

    Best wishes. xo

  6. speechless and in awe at the beauty and strangeness of these !
    d x


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