Spalding abstract artist launches new exhibition
An abstract artist is celebrating holding the town’s first post-lockdown exhibition - and now wants Spalding to embrace its thriving underground arts scene.
Joey Lowe (30) launched ‘New Normal’ at Ayscoughfee Hall’s Geest Gallery on Saturday - the first solo exhibition on show since the pandemic began.
The Covid lockdowns - which cut short his last show at the historical Spalding hall - inspired an explosion of creativity in Joey, and caused him to take the plunge and go full time.
He said: “Three weeks ago I quit my job - I had had enough of making coffee so decided to do painting full time.
“Then two weeks later I got the phone call about Ayscoughfee
“I am excited, but also apprehensive too.
“It’s mainly abstract art but I’ve got a few bits of pop art. I regard it as alternative art.”
During this year’s lockdown he also held an online exhibition to showcase the talent in the area.
He said: “We have a lot of talented individuals, who are still in the town and local area, and the lockdown gave people the opportunity to create.
“We are never going to experience anything like it again. Some people in the creative world used it to full advantage to inspire us to make a new future and a new normal, and that’s why I have called the exhibition that.”
He hopes the show can ride the wave of positivity around the arts which is coming from the Keep SHC a-LIVE Support Group - set up to protect the South Holland Centre - and Karl Barfoot and Adam Sadd’s petition for a street art wall in the town, which he supports.
He believes Spalding could become known for its art scene if it celebrate it more - and would love to see one of the town’s empty shops transformed into an art gallery.
He said: “There’s definitely an underground alternative arts scene in Spalding of all places.
“There’s quite a few individuals working away at new creative things but they don’t have a platform.
“A lot of individuals are having to tavel to Peterborough or further afield and that sucks.
“We are never going to be a city of culture but there are plenty of people out there who want to express themselves.
He added: “People consistently say there’s nothing original, nothing unique, nothing going on but it’s really not true.
“There’s a lot of us out there
“I think eventually the council and local community will begin to see this and appreciate it a bit more.
“In an ideal world Spalding would have its own art gallery in town but unfortunately I am not rich enough to pay for a shop.”
Joey also believes cultural groups should offer advice to South Holland District Council on such matters - following the example of Spalding and District Civic Society.
l New Normal runs until November 9.