Newly opened, the Basement Gallery, Old Library Galleries, is located in The Leicester Adult Education College on the corner of Belvoir Street and Wellington Street in the centre of Leicester. It was previously employed as the main library which has subsequently moved to a new site.
The gallery can be found downstairs in the basement which can be accessed either via stairs or a lift, there being fully available wheelchair access. The gallery itself is very spacious, light and airy, having both natural and artificial light which allows the viewer to fully engage with the work on display.
Regarding the present show, it is based on the theme of light/dark and is one of a series of exhibitions which have been organised by artists Jane Sunbeam and Moira Robinson as The Eye Exhibition Project. The work on display is by 12 local artists who have come together as part of a series of exhibitions. There is a mixture of different disciplines on show, such as photography, print making, ceramics and painting.
It is always extremely difficult to combine work by different artists into a cohesive exhibition, but it has been more than adequately curated by Sue Graham, Fiona Humphrey and Johnny Paramor to form a flowing display.
On first inspection, there is something for everyone, from small seascapes which capture the atmosphere of our coastal regions, to large colourful abstracts which are eye catching in their size and confident style. Other work is quite personal, which is more to do with our psychological engagement with the world, and invites a little more time to seep into the imagination. A series of ceramic pieces add to the collection of art on display, glazed in a lively abstract manner. The exhibition offers a subtle and varied response to the theme. I thoroughly recommend the show whether you are interested in seeing new art or looking to start a collection of your own.
Written by David Irish