Archive for March 20th, 2011

March 20th, 2011

On Sale: Charlene Holmes

by Marcus

Charlene’s paintings are now available for sale.

Her work deals with themes of waiting and Autumn. Her piece “Autumn” draws inspiration from the linear abstract forms of Mondrian executed in lustrous Autumnal shades to evoke feelings of the changing of Autumn and distorted light shining through the leaves of a tree. “Forna” is a beautifully painted study of Autumn Leaves a post stamp of various plant life composed to form a woodland scene.

Here’s what the artist has to say about herself:

“I have painted and drawn all my life. I studied at Leek F.E and Staffordshire Polytechnic. I am a full time Artist and find that I cannot wait to get up in the morning to develop a new painting”

Come and see her work for yourself.

March 20th, 2011


by Marcus

The Exchange team are very chuffed. Working with the City Centre team we have been given the green light to remain at No8 Cheapside untill July 2011..

That’s very good news!!! Having worked so hard since launching at the end of last year to get everything as we think it should be.  Now at the point where we have such a fantastic variety of Art on display and Events happening.   Having too shut up shop on our original deadline of April would be a crying shame. We hope you agree.


We would like to say a big Thank you to the City Centre.

The Exchange Team.

March 20th, 2011

Behjat Omer Abdulla Studio Artist.

by Marcus

Upstairs at the Exchange we have studio spaces for hire.  One of our Studio Artists is the fantastic Behjat.

Behjat mainly works with graphite and charcoal to create exquisite, detailed portraiture.  Two of his pieces (pictured below) are currently on display for Sale here at The Exchange.

Drawings £85 each.

In the past Behjat has used passport photographs of asylum seekers, and blown the photos up to produce large scale, photo realistic, portrait drawings, through which he explores the themes of identity and political asylum.

He has developed interesting methods of mark making and builds his own drawing tools from rolls of canvas, which are then bound by cotton and covered with graphite powder.  You can have a sneak peak at his studio space and the array of tools he uses pictured below.

For more information on Behjat visit his website

He is available for commissions, site specific work and workshops. Come into The Exchange and see his work in person or speak to the Artist himself. It’s having artists like Behjat in our space and continually creating that makes this project so exciting