International Exhibition ‘Art Voyage’ in VAN gallery in Shrewsbury , 1 May – 27 May, 2017. The Private View is on Friday 19th of May at 7 p.m.
Welcome to ‘Art Voyage”, the second phase in Art International Group’s highly successful project from 2014 to 2016, “Art Without Borders”, and of the co-operation between artists from different cultures creating events together in several different countries. Our new project continues to emphasise the ideals of friendship and international co-operation. Artists who participate in AIG’s exhibitions share their own cultures, language and traditions with artists whose countries they visit. The universal language of Art becomes their medium for communication with all. Art provides opportunities to create something new from what already exists; transfers ideas from one cultural environment to another; moves from past to present to future. The force of art has a magical touch which establishes dialogue despite differences in outlook and mindset. The exhibition Art Voyage represents artworks of 10 artists from the groups ‘Art International’: Pauline Furnival (U.K.), Alexandra Cook (U.K.), Svetlana Elantseva (U.K.), Malcolm Hague (U.K.), Svetlana Helen Williams (U.K.), Larisa Ivanova (Russia), Angella Safonova ( Russia), Asya Sarkisyan (Russia), Svetlana Solo Orlova ( Russia ), Evgenia Domareva ( Russia)
Painting Trip and Art Holiday in Spain, 24 April – 4 May 2017. The artists from Britain, Russia and Turkey went to Valencia and Murcia regions of Spain for plein air painting, finding future exhibition opportunities, inspiration and fun. Torrevieja, Cartagena, Alicante, Laguna Salada, Benidorm, Cova del Canelobre, El Castell de Guadalest.
The International exhibition ‘Conversation Works’ in the Qube gallery in Oswestry, U.K.
After successful exhibitions in Russia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Austria and Turkey Art International group has come back to Shropshire. ‘Conversation Works’ is a venture through which they envisage themselves as holding a ‘conversation’ through art which needs no translation.
The artists inhabit different continents and speak different languages: they create a dialogue using their artworks as language.
The project ‘ Unlimited Art’ in Bulgaria 2016
The International project ‘ Boundless’ in Moscow in the gallery Most, Mart 2016
The International project ‘ Boundless’ in the Hive Gallery , Shrewsbury
The International exhibition ‘Language of Art’ in the Town Hall in Bishops Castle , October-November 2015
The exhibition ‘Boundless’ in Stara Zagira, Bulgaria , in the gallery ‘Nedev’ 2015
The exhibition in Moscow 2015
Contemporary Responses to War and Fascism 5th May – 16th MayThe Hive gallery, Shrewsbury, 5 Belmont ,SY1 1TE, 01743 234970
Collaborative project by Art International Group with special guests from Moscow, Donezk, Sevastopol and Shrewsbury. To commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the end of WWII, the exhibition ‘Contemporary Responses to War and Fascism’ dedicates itself to the memories that have become a distant history for our generation; forgotten is the sacrifice made for our futures.
The exhibition is result of collaboration of AIG, international artists, photojournalists, children from Klimovsk, Moscow region, Donezk and Shrewsbury. Art International Group will donate money from sales of their artwork to child victims of the Ukraine conflict and to Shropshire organisation ‘Arty Party’.
The sponsor of this event is the Art International Group
The project ‘Boundless’ started in Istanbul, Turkey in the gallery ‘Bohem’ in 20 February 2015. Next exhibition will start in the Hive gallery in Shrewsbury 20 April. The Private View 21 April 6.30 p.m.-8 p.m.The Art International Group would like to thanks the gallery ‘Bohem’ and Ahmet Ozel for supporting and curating this project and for giving to us opportunities to participate in this event. We are planning to show the exhibition’Boundless’ in Russia, Bulgaria and Slovenia in 2015.
The Window to The World, The Hive gallery, Shrewsbury
The exhibition. ‘Parallels of visual perceptions’ is a continuation of AIG’s project ‘Art Without Borders’. May-June 2014. Moscow.Russia.
Jennifer Gunning, Helen Williams, Svetlana Elantseva-Southorn, Tamara Shirinova, Aleksey Gilyarov, Aleksandar Belugin, Natalia Rakhlina and Boris Khromov showed their artwork in the gallery of MOSH ( Moscow Society of Art).
Curator of the exhibition is Aleksei Gilyarov.
Conversation Warks in The Bear Steps Gallery 2014
After a successfull exhibition in The National Gallery ‘Varshavka’ in Moscow, Art International group has come back to Shrewsbury. ‘Conversation Works’ is a venture through which they envisage themselves as holding a ‘conversation’ through art which needs no translation.
Member of The Art International Group met with journalist and author of The magazine ‘ Glavnaja Tema’ (‘ Main Topic ‘) Rimma Doroshkina.
The exhibition ‘Art Without Borders’ in The National Gallery ‘Vershavka’ in Moscow, Russia,2014.
From Shropshire to Moscow. British and Russian artists encourage Russian tourists to come to Shropshire.
by Gwen Cox
An exhibition in Moscow is the next venture for the Art International Group, based in Shrewsbury. With its
membership of artists from Shopshire, Wales, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, China, and Russia, the group has been making its presence felt over the last 2 years locally in Shropshire and further afield in Wales with its colourful display of art and craft works which celebrate the diverse cultures and locations of its members.
This was the second time the group has exhibited in Moscow, the home town of its director and founder, Svetlana Elantseva. With paintings in private and museum collections throughout Russia, Svetlana is eager to promote the work of her colleagues as well as her own. The exhibition, which taked place in January 2014, had Shrewsbury and Shropshire as its main theme, and Svetlana has created paintings which feature Shrewsbury’s iconic buildings: The Bear Steps Gallery; The Old Market Hall; The old Music Hall; and Rowleys House. She expects that seeing these charming and significant buildings will do much to encourage Russian tourists to come to Shrewsbury.
Helen Williams, a Russian artist who is living and working in U.K. She takes inspiration from the beautiful surrounding countryside to build up a collection of unique landscape paintings of Wales and the West Midlands . Helen showed these works in Moscow.
Val Johnson, a U.K artist. She experiments with different art techniques in her work. This was the first time that she showed her artwork in Russia. She exhibited new figures of the famous singer Alla Pugacheva and Russian president Vladimir Putin. It was a big surprise for Russian viewers.
Tamara Shirinova, an Azerbaijani artist who lives and works in U.K. She paints in a Primitive (Naïve) style, while experimenting with colour and forms. A certain childishness in her interpretation of nature is inherent in her painting.
Elena Davidova, a Russian artist who lives and works in U.K. and Moscow. She showed to the public works created in Moscow and London over the last few years. Elena Davydova’s paintings are a fusion of nature, poetry, music, harmony and light. In the modern world, where contemporary art is full of sharks swimming in ink and ripped-up human bodies, her art represents simple but eternal values. She has a unique view of the world, an ability to see magic in everyday things.
Jennifer Gunning from Ironbridge Fine Arts and Framing, located at Merrythought Village in Ironbridge, showed a print of her artwork of the Iron Bridge that she has previously entered into a BBC 2 competition called ‘Bring Me the Monet’. Jenny exhibited her artwork dedicated to Shropshire. She works mainly with etching, and has exhibited widely in Shropshire and London, where she also gives workshops. She comes from a distinguished artistic family.
Alexei Gilyarov, Moscow artist who works in monumental style. He has done a lot of work for the Russian government . When he visited Shrewsbury, he fell in love with the town. Alexey worked in situ at various locations in Shrewsbury and produced several pictures in oils. He showed two of them in Moscow.
Alexsandr Belugin, a Russian abstract painter, sculptor, author and founder of the Russian Ukiye style and Protofleksa. He is member of The Russian Creative Union of Artists and The International Federation of Artists of UNESCO. Alexsandr is a founder of the literary club ‘Podval N 1’ where creative people: poets ,musicians ,artists, dancers, actors, and also philosophers meet. Alexsandr is a good organiser and manager .He helped Svetlana Elantseva to organise an exhibition in The National Varshavka Gallery in Moscow.
AIG would like to thank Alexander for his help and for the interest he has shown in our project.
Art Without Borders in The Ironbridge gallery 2013.
Art International in The Bear Steps Gallery’s exhibition ‘Autumn Extravaganza’ 2013.
‘The Journey Continues’. An exhibition in the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery July- October 2013.
Svetlana Elantseva, the director of the Art International Group, exhibited an unusual art work as a guest in the Shropshire Museum and Art Gallery’s exhibition celebrating the theme of migration to Shropshire. Svetlana chose to create an audio work on this theme.
Taking inspiration from the theme, Svetlana has interviewed people who have migrated from other countries to Shropshire. Their voices speak of their experience of a different culture and language. They reflect on issues relating to identity, love and finding happiness.
Margarita Halamenda was born in Riga in Latvia. She works as a Hairstylist in Shrewsbury. Her voice reflects on difficult issues and how a political climate can ruin people’s lives. She discusses how she has found a new identity through her migration to the UK.
Tanya Golovatyuk was born in the Ukraine. She is a Shropshire artist and has lived in Shrewsbury for 12 years. Her story is about adopting a mixed culture, living in England with her Ukrainian family.
Bai Li, from Nauning, GuangxiProvince, is an artist married to a Shrewsbury photographer. She is an epidemiologist by profession and has lived here for eleven years. Her story talks about love and fate and the meeting of kindred spirits across cultures and boundaries.
Art Without Borders in Llangollen, July 2013
Members of Art International Group will be holding a one-day exhibition nand sale at the Hand Hotel, in Llangollen, to coincide with the International Eisteddfod, whose aim of international understanding and co-operation the Group shares
Bear Steps Gallery Exhibition, June 2013
Art International Group held their fourth exhibition within the Bear Steps Gallery from 19th May to 1st June 2013. Formed by Svetlana Elantseva, with the aim of promoting international co-operation and understanding, the confederation of international artists’ first exhibition was held in Moscow in December 2012.
Each artist provided a flavour of their national character in their art work, but they also showed that art knows no boundaries, national or otherwise.
Taking part in this exhibition were Svetlana Elantseva and Alexey Gilyarov from Russia, Tanya Golovatyuk from Ukraine, Tamara Shirinina from Azerbaijan, and Dave Kemsley from Shrewsbury.
‘Art Without Borders’ in Shrewsbury Art Festival 2013
Gallery ‘Arden’, International Fund of Slavonic Caligraphy and Culture, Moscow 2012
Workshop ‘Wishes Tree‘
Workshop ‘Hands Together’