Ker Bonk Bingley
being accepted by John Prescott from
Jane for the people of Bingley at the opening of the Bingley Relief
Bradford Artists in Hamm
Hamm is Bradford's twin town. As part of the cultural links between
the towns, there was a visit and exhibition of artists from Hamm in
Cartwright Hall, Bradford. I was delighted to have been chosen as one
of 7 Bradford's artists to visit and show work in Hamm.
Welcome to Jane Fielder's website.
Jane is an artist and former owner of The Bingley Gallery,
living and working in Bingley, West Yorkshire, in the UK. She
still has a permanent display of her work at The Bingley Gallery, thanks to the
new owner, David Starley.
Do pop into the
gallery or you are welcome see her work at her home in Bingley by appointment.
When the gas governor station in Bingley's
Prince of Wales Park had to be rebuilt above ground, the Friends of
Bingley Park worried about the visual impact on the park they had all
too recently adopted and spruced up. and came up with the brilliant
idea of decorating it with one of Jane's pictures.
The unveiling ceremony for
five of Jane's images brightening up Bingley Pool. The Lord Mayor and
Lady Mayoress of Bradford, Geoff and Chris Reid with Jane
Fielder (right), and (second left) Barry Watson who held the cross
Channel swim record between 1964 & 1976 (now sadly deceased).
(for the Shanghai show that was held at The Bingley
Back in early 2015, Jane did an exciting 3-week
painting trip to Shanghai. And in that time she managed to produce a body of
work for a show, and with huge help from Sue Vickerman and her friends in
Shanghai, find a gallery to exhibit and show the work.
24 – 27 April 2015
EIGHT ART HOTEL Shanghai
I knew Shanghai would be special from people’s reactions when I
mentioned my three week adventure back at home in England, in the
small Yorkshire mill town where I work as an artist and run my own
gallery, but nothing prepared me for the feast that was about to
bombard my senses as the plane approached the airport just two weeks
My main goal was firstly to GET to Shanghai, then paint and maybe
even organise a show there, all within three weeks. I like a
challenge. With much help from many people I have done it. There are
16 finished paintings on show, all but three painted in Shanghai.
A never ending black worm with legs, snaked its way across the sea,
into infinity, as the plane approached Pudong. As we descended, I
realised this was some kind of roadway with cars moving along it. It
was the first of the sights that I will never forget of my three week
odyssey to Shanghai.
From that moment on I decided to keep a visual diary of all the
treats that I was about to encounter. To jot down notes at the end of
each of the 21 days and draw very spontaneous images of the
highlights. I started off well, but then the “show” took over! There
are just four of the completed ‘diary’ pieces in the show but ….back
to the beginning of my adventure.
About a year ago, one of my friends, Sue Vickerman, poet, novelist
and artist’s model, had burst into the life room in great excitement,
declaring she was going to Shanghai for a year, “You’ll have to come
Jane. You could paint, you’d love it.” the seed was planted. I dreamt
of painting, artist’s exchanges, exhibiting….
Out to the blue, in February I got an email “Can you come now, we
come back in July?” My mind was made up, how could I miss the chance
of a lifetime opportunity. “We may even be able to get you a show,
it’s like that in China – things just happen”
I found a flat, booked a flight and here we were approaching Pudong
with “worm”, the first of the amazing sights.
Each day I went out, improvised portfolio in hand and drew around
the city, returning to our flat at night, to convert the meagre
sketches to paintings.
Space, not making a mess (in our pristine apartment), limited
materials and time were restricting factors. Usually I work large and
free, to be confined to the smaller pieces of paper, the biggest we
could get in our suitcases, was challenging. I soon burst onto some
huge pieces of found cardboard and was away. This exhibition is the
result of what followed.
I will never forget the amazing sights, sounds and smells of this
remarkable city, but without a doubt, the memory that will remain with
me forever is the kindness, consideration, friendliness, respect and
”can do” attitude of the amazing people we have met in Shanghai.
Thank you so much to everyone who has made this experience so
special, and to EIGHT ART HOTEL for this wonderful exhibition.
On the left here are some samples of Jane's work,
interesting mention in
an article in the "Scotland on Sunday" paper, in an interview with well known
poet and novelist
Sophie Hannah. Sophie's recent new novel, The Other Half Lives, is set
in the world of art, and Jane's work is featured in the plot, and the book is
DEDICATED to her!
An organisation supporting and promoting artists,
with which Jane has had a long association
After 12 amazingly happy
years, with great difficulty we've managed to retire from the gallery. I
didn't want it to just fizzle out and it hasn't.
there was a beautiful
song written and performed by John Drury, about how one of my paintings had
moved him - I will never forget that. You can hear it
I have received many
many kind emails, letters, cards that I will treasure , and the most beautiful
and friends came from far and wide to say goodbye, as well as all the loyal
local folk who have supported us and faithfully turned up at our previews come
rain or shine.
And everyone who came
and bought things at the mad crazy fun end sale.
Thank you so much
I would like to thank David Starley for such a lovely happy handover. I
feel excited and confident that The Bingley Gallery will remain a vibrant,
fun, art hub and play an important part in the cultural development of Bingley
and of course I am absolutely delighted that he would like Amy and me to
continue to be part of the gallery and show our work.
Gallery has now reopened under David's able leadership. Do visit, I
have a section of the gallery dedicated to my work, I still have a lots on
Thank you, thank you,
thank you, with love HAPPY, SKIPPITY Jane