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Natalie Riggan

Natalie Riggan
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2 Feb 2017 - 29 Mar 2017

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Cafe Lux

23 Robin Lane, Pudsey, Leeds, LS28 7BR

The framed photographs and paintings in this exhibition explore ideas around peace of mind. They each represent a place where I have felt completely relaxed and safe. These examples may not be places that others would choose but they are prompting others to place themselves somewhere that matters to them. We all need a safe place, whether it is a setting in a book we have read or in a memory from our childhoods. You need only imagine for yourself a further frame and decide the place you would put in it. Through this we are not only remembering these locations but sharing and honouring them, as we should, which can only make their presence stronger.

I first studied art and photography at Huddersfield Technical College where I received a BTEC National Diploma. I studied alongside a painter and writer named Stuart Rushworth and we collaborated for the next 16 years. During our collaboration we were amongst a number of creative people who were the subject of an Arts Council study of artists who were isolated by circumstances or disability but who had found a means to overcome them.  

Then somewhere in the middle of sharing cameras, lenses, studios and coach trips I left for Wales for seven years and photographed the landscape and seascape but we continued to influence each other through our sending camera equipment by post and by supporting each other. Now that I am back in Yorkshire I am painting again and working on a very large oil painting to be installed in a private house.  I have exhibited previously through photography and art groups but this will be my first solo exhibition.

More of my photographs can be seen at:

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