Suffolk artist takes local art show overseas

Jessica Oliver Suffolk Artist
Jessica Oliver Suffolk Artist

A Suffolk-born artist who launched From the Studio Floor – an art exhibition showcasing a selection of contemporary unseen artworks and new talent – has taken the show concept overseas following the success of its London and Ipswich exhibitions in the last two years.

Jessica Oliver, young artist and the curator of the From the Studio Floor art series, is now collaborating with established New Zealand artist, Lisa Rayner, to host a follow up pop-up exhibition this month in Hamilton, just south of Auckland.

Jessica comments: “I travelled to New Zealand shortly after the Suffolk art exhibition and I very quickly immersed myself in the art scene. It was the success of the Ipswich show that inspired me to spend the winter painting and exploring my way around new landscapes – and it wasn’t long before I found the potential for another exhibition with the help of some extraordinary artists this side of the world – an opportunity too exciting to miss.”

Sponsored by MLM, From the Studio Floor opened its doors for three days at Ipswich Town Hall, where it featured a dynamic collection of paintings, sculptures, installations and drawings. Over 140 artists in the region applied for their work to be featured – with the final selection being viewed by over 350 people on the opening night alone. Each piece on display was unique to the show and had never been seen before, straight from the artists’ studio floors. For many of the artists it was the first time they had ever exhibited, while professionals were able to platform new ideas.

The New Zealand show will be very similar to the Suffolk exhibition, Jessica explains: “The adaptability of the From the Studio Floor concept is a part of its charm, and is a great way to showcase new ideas, paintings, sculptures and encourage artists to be ambitious with themselves and their current work. We will be showcasing the work of 24 established artists and proceeds from the sales will be donated to NZ Kids First Hospital for our charity element.”

From the Studio Floor will be returning to UK shores later this year with a gallery opening in Cambridge this autumn and in London the following spring.