Exhibition at the Octagon

PUBLISHED: 16:07 13 December 2012 | UPDATED: 22:29 20 February 2013

Exhibition at the Octagon

Exhibition at the Octagon

While panto season hits the stage, the gallery at the Octagon welcomes two unusual artists to its December exhibition programme.

While panto season hits the stage, the gallery atYeovil's Octagon Theatre welcomes two unusual artists to its December exhibition programme.

Lucy Hinds produces sumptuously colourful wall-hangings, using the old-fashioned technique of rag-rugging in a wholly distinctive and creative way. Her figurative workhas the nave, and sometimes bizarre, quality of mediaeval painting.In thelast few yearsshe has embarked onan audacious take on the noble history of portraiture, producing large laughing, grinning, screaming, moping and stark faces. Her most recent pieces are inspired by Victorian circus posters and Aztec codices. She has exhibited over the South West and beyond.

I have been making wall-hangings for over ten years and I find it constantly fascinating. I am always intrigued as to how it will turn out and I find that the potential for inspiration is infinite. I could make these things for a thousand years and never run out of subjects, she said.

Her partner, Rob West, is a talented musician from Devon who makes and customises ukuleles. The cheap and cheerful character of the mighty ukulele lends itself to quirky revamping, said Rob Some are mutant shapes, some themed and some take on the persona of the beast!

Rob works as an engineer in real life and had been guitar player for many years but became seriously hooked on the ukulele after seeing The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain in concert in Exeter in 2005.He has seen them several times since then, and was lucky enough to have them play one of his creations during a show after George Hinchcliff broke a string on his own instrument.

In June 2009 he was one of 842people assembled in Devon Square, London, to break the Guinness world record for the largestnumber of ukulele players, with a rousing rendition of Sloop John B. Both Rob and Lucy are members and regular performers with the Taunton Ukulele Strummers Club.

The exhibition, in the caf bar area of the theatre, runs until 5th January and is open from 12pm- 5pm Monday to Friday and daily until 9pm when there is a performance.

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