Canal & River Trust Exhibition, Gloucester

The exhibition included the work of artists Andrew Bracey, Jon Barraclough, Emma Stibbon and Julie McCalden.

Bracey’s paintings rework mass produced gallery posters in an attempt to re-direct the viewer towards the invisible elements of life impossible to view in our over saturated contemporary landscape.

Drawing is at the heart of Liverpool-based artist Barraclough’s work. Exploring his often troubled relationship to open water and man-made waterways, Barraclough creates beautiful renderings of surface and flow offering a window into this emotionally charged relationship.

Bristol-based Stibbon creates large scale dramatic scenes using woodcut and chalk drawing. Often starting from a black field, Stibbon casts light onto eerie theatrical landscapes exposing the wreckage left by human abandonment.

McCalden lives and works in Bristol and is co-director of Motorcade Flash Parade. By obscuring the natural landscape in her mass produced jigsaw collages the viewer finds themselves desperately trying to focus on what they would usually be blind to, or intuitively ignore.

Frances Disley is co-director of The Royal Standard, Gallery and Studio Space in Liverpool.