Bear Stories

extraordinary current thoughts, stories and news from our artists

artists in Isolation

our gallery is now open
as life returns to a more normal pace
we continue to share our artists thoughts, news and ideas. 


we hope you enjoy reading their stories

Ella Clocksin

Art can’t change the world. But it can help us navigate life’s deeper waters.

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NC Qin


“Thankfully, the situation is getting much better in Australia and looking back while I wrote those entries in earnest a while ago, I'm thankful things have not escalated to my very grim predictions.”

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Steven Heffer

Steven Heffer: on his working practice and coping with isolation

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Karen Loader

During Lockdown I have been working in my home studio. But with most of my materials and tools in my main studio in Woolwich I had to be resourceful and work with what was to hand.

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Lesley Wildman


“ In times like these, bringing the most important lessons out of the cupboard, so to speak, has given me so many things to explore and play with again”

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Ben Payne

“It's a challenge, adapting to the limitations we're facing. I'm thankfully able to get into my studio still, so I'm keeping some things rolling”

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Philippa Paterson

"As I am trying not to look too hard as to how this period of lockdown will cease, I am equally working in the here and now in my studio"

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Nathalie Maquet


"I am inspired by the beautiful nature around me and I am working on many ideas for my future paintings"

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Emily Hughes

North Wales

"have a home studio which in these current times I cant tell you how grateful I am for!"

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Amy McMillan

"For me, like most artists, the main barrier to making work was lack of time. Well now, we have heaps of it"

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Grant Simon Rogers


“It’s hard to stop. I have struggled with a sense of self in trying to do so. Its not what we are used to”

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Abigail Bowen


“As I work from home, I have been able to continue working hroughout the lockdown with no perceivable change in my practice.
However …..

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other stories

news and happenings from our artists

Mandy Payne

Sheffield, UK

Artist Interview, John Moores Painting Prize 2021

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Robyn Litchfield

Artist Interview, Jackson’s Painting Prize 2020


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Edwin Aitken


“One of the chosen artists to exhibit in this years Beep Painting Prize”

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Robyn Litchfield


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Joanna Whittle

We are delighted that lovely Joanna Whittle was announced the winner of the Contemporary British Painting Prize 2019.

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