Frankie Holmes – Insatiable Mind review

We asked work experience students to respond to exhibitions at Salisbury Arts Centre as part of their placement with us.

Here is a review of our Insatiable Mind exhibition (24 May – 13 July 2019) by Frankie of Leehurst Swan School.

My first impression of the exhibition appropriately named “Insatiable Mind”, was the sheer diversity of Artists and mediums of art on display. When I think of the word Insatiable I think of hunger, longing and desire to know more.  The main thing that struck me about the art as a whole is that they all have one thing in common, the basis of their art seems to be the desire to know more. Which to me is the main function of the human brain. It is of no surprise that the exhibition is titled “Insatiable Mind”.

The piece I noticed first was “Orbit” by Dr Katayoun Dowlatshahi. This piece I found immensely interesting. The medium was photography of Sky and Sea that have been merged together by Dowlatshahi. The piece is inspired by West High Down, a former cold war who privately tested rocket engines for the British Space Programme. I love how the artist has merged the sky and sea, because they are opposite environments I feel like the artist has tried to create a new view, a different version of how to see the world.

Unlike Dowlatshahi, Niccolo Masini is a multidisciplinary artist as well as an illustrator and animator. His piece “White Time” happens to be my favourite, its medium is animation, it depicts a black background with a countdown bar at the bottom of the screen, it is closely followed with a white background which depicts a being standing and falling continuingly downwards. The being then jumps off the object it was standing on and falls gradually through the white background until collapsing in a dark blue vortex. This piece makes me think a great deal it makes me wonder whether like the black background and countdown, it’s better to stay standing, and count backwards or to jump off of our perch and fall even if it means collapsing. This fits with Masini’s  interest to move closer and closer through experience to being at one with the world.

I think both art works display space, perhaps not in the literal sense but in Dowlatshahi’s case space is an evident feature in the infinity.

Frankie Holmes

Vincent Brain – Insatiable Mind review

We asked work experience students to respond to exhibitions at Salisbury Arts Centre as part of their placement with us.

Here is a review of our Insatiable Mind exhibition (24 May – 13 July 2019) by Vincent of St Joseph’s School.

The Insatiable Mind Exhibition is an intriguing and engaging work of art which gives a perspective on life from lots of different aspects and points of view.

One example of a work of art within the exhibition that caught my eye was the Collider, by Oksana Chepelyk. It examines the iconic places of the 20th and 21st century political history. I liked how the flashbacks create contrast and juxtaposition in the artwork, which transforms from black and white to bright flashing colours. These remind me of music festivals, where there may be a large stage with a screen at the back, which plays bright shapes and colours to accompany the music and engage an audience. The art is successful in engaging the audience as it illustrates a varied and contemporary view on the world which provides interest and creativity.

In addition, the start of the piece (which is presented as a video on a TV screen) begins with about 10 cameras put together in different positions to create a scene where vehicles and people vanish as they move out of one frame into the next which is overlapped. The effect seen here is similar to when you look into a kaleidoscope toy with the squares and focus changing in each rotation and reflection of the glass.

Another example of a work that caught my eye was the “Me Time” by Eunmi Mimi Kim, a Korean Artist. It creates different impressions of the world and also links to ideas of other worlds, which is evident when the backgrounds and setting change, some looking like other planets such as Mars and again there is an idea of contrast within the piece where the person is located in a setting of a dark or coloured background whilst the are wearing white. This idea could suggest the difference or insignificance of humans when compared to the world, as there are places which have not yet been discovered and some beyond the reach of mankind. This piece of art caught my attention as it presents different textures in a high quality ranging from a bone dry ground to a bowl of water with a human in it.

On the whole the exhibition is themed around a mixture of space, the known and unknown, other worlds and perspective.

It is important to display art of this type as it broadens people’s horizons and shows people what other people imagine and think, whilst helping people get a better understanding and appreciation of their surroundings.

For Salisbury to display works of art from international artists is important and benefits Salisbury as a city as it shows the diversity and creativity of spaces like the Arts Centre.

Vincent Brain

Matthew Davies – STEAM review

We asked work experience students to respond to exhibitions at Salisbury Arts Centre as part of their placement with us.

Here is a review of our STEAM exhibition, which ran from 24 May to 9 June 2019 as part of Salisbury International Arts Festival, by Matthew of St Joseph’s School.

What would happen if I put Skittles in water?

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The name who made this experiment: Charlie

Hi my name is Matthew and I’m just writing about how amazing this experiment actually is)

I think Charlie did amazing job using the idea of the skittle rally game and it was really good idea to use in the art centre because the people that can read or see the experiment so they can have an idea what Charlie is writing about. It was really good to put water on the Skittles because it gives a colourful creative work and it blend it in as a rainbow colours. Having a cold water will help the experiment go smoothly in the way that Charlie thinks and it works really well I cannot know how he mixes colours together.

My best image I like off the experiment is the one that colours going inwards more to fill the space and it gives us the ones that are brighter and shiner I don’t know that skittles were bright and or maybe that Charlie was think if you eat and play you can get a strike. Having a strike is Charlie dream.

  Step by step of how Charlie does is

Step 1) I think Charlie open up a bag of skittles

Step 2) Put the Skittles in a circle in the order of colours in a rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, purple) on a white plate.

Step 3) a small amount of hot water on the middle of the plate—just enough so that the water touches the candies. (Get an adult to help to make sure you don’t hurt yourself).

Step 4)    Watch what happens! Use a stopwatch or timer to see how long it takes for the colours to stop flowing.

Overall task just gives it ago do not panic have fun this colours)!

James Morrison – Where the Land Ends review

We asked work experience students to respond to exhibitions at Salisbury Arts Centre as part of their placement with us.

Here is a review of Where The Land Ends (8 April – 17 May 2019) by James of Exeter House Vocational Centre

New Year’s Day by Debra Sweeney

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I can see blue, grey, YELLOW and green colours.


The textures in the painting are smooth and rough, soft and shiny.

The weather looks cold, wet and dull, but also calm.

New Year's Day by Debra Sweeney

An anonymous LGBT group working with Artist Sophia Sample

The process:

When designing this panel we wanted to include what was important to us and why. This included thinking about what may be important to other LGBT people and not just our group. We decided to include LGBT and mental health topics to encourage discussion about them, while asking the audience questions about mental health to kindly and safely talk about them. This was to also raise awareness about the different mental health difficulties and additional needs that people may have.

What we used:

We used our own hand prints (in paint) to show that “working together” is a good way to get things done and voices heard. We used “let’s talk about” to encourage people to have difficult conversations in a caring environment. We also used permanent markers to write down just a small amount of the vast and varied difficulties people may have.


Mencap working with Artist Steve Porter

Having read through the information on the Berlin wall and the 30th anniversary of its fall, I had a strong image in my mind of a wall dissolving into butterflies. Walls (then and now) are symbols of oppression and restriction. Butterflies can represent metamorphism and change. They are delicate and coloured, as opposed to hard and grey.

It is relevant to Salisbury’s recent history also, as the city emerges from the shadow of the poisoning.

I decided that acrylic would work best at achieving the vibrancy the picture required.

The first session was all about creating the background. We made a sky, some hills and the wall itself out of different shapes of blue, green and grey. This allowed the painters in the group a lot of freedom and creative opportunity. Shapes in spaces created new shapes from the negative spaces in between.

The second session involved adding the butterflies. I drew a few bodies in as starting points and then the painters added wings and then decorated them. They were mostly painted freehand. Some were printed using  cut potatoes. The painters also added some green in places to the top of the wall to make it look like the wall was becoming the butterflies.

To finish, I added a few black lines to sharpen the images for longer range views.

I had a very wonderful experience working with the group and I hope that it was enjoyable for them also.

Who are Mencap?

South Wilts Mencap supports people with learning disabilities; inspiring them to achieve their full potential and enabling them and their families to lead fuller lives.  Set up in 1959, South Wilts Mencap is affiliated to the national Mencap charity, but we are an independent local charity, first and foremost, supporting people in Salisbury and South Wilts.

We run clubs and events for a range of age groups, run our own holiday company, Breakaway, offer signposting, provide grants for people with learning disabilities, work with local organisations and Councils to help make our people’s lives better and we have a charity shop in Salisbury run solely by volunteers.