Alison Lochhead is showing her new work at Volcano Theatre, Swansea. It is wonderful that creative spaces are re-opening and work produced over the ‘lockdown’ can get a viewing.

Alison Lochhead is an artist living in mid Wales. She is best known as a sculptor working with materials transformed by fire; cast iron, clay, earth. However, very recently she has taken to working with paint and since March 2020 has produced over 22 canvases; 5 x 3.5 and 3 x 4 foot.

The subject matter of Alison’s work remains the same; conflict, injustices and the horrendous aftermath of war; the refugees, the bombed out libraries, the lives and homes destroyed. Sadly there never seems to be an end to man’s inhumanity to fellow human beings.

In 2019 Alison volunteered in refugee camps; in Calais and in Ioannina in Greece. Stories, images and feelings from these times took time to process; and came out in paint rather than three dimensionally. One particularly strong image is of a small group of refugees disappearing into the mist on a very cold evening in Calais; returning to their inadequate tents in the scrubland, possibly to be moved by the police yet again in the middle of the night. This abiding image has yet to be articulated! Many other images emerged instead. 

The canvases were stacking up against the workshop wall, as the next ones got put on the easel. Then wonderfully an email from Volcano Theatre in Swansea saying they were opening up again and could the paintings be exhibited? An opportunity not to be missed. The exhibition is up!

‘What’s Happening?’ shows 15 of Alison’s paintings. It is on from 27th July until September 4th. Monday to Fridays 10am – 4pm.  27 – 29 High Street, Swansea SA1 1LG.

Paintings are still emerging and it is hoped that half way through the exhibition there will be a change around to enable all the new work to be shown.