Desperate artwives may exhibit in London gallery

Mandy-Jayne Ahlfors in her Belper art studio
Mandy-Jayne Ahlfors in her Belper art studio
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four Belper artists who were brought together by social media may have been given the chance to exhibit at a London Gallery.

Ruth Gray joined the Desperate Artwives Group after reading a message on Twitter and it was there that she met Jenny Oldknow, Christine Gray and Mandy –Jayne Ahlfors – all Belper artists who all share similar stories of raising families and working yet still finding time to create artwork in between.

Red Flight by Jenny Oldknow

Red Flight by Jenny Oldknow

Desperate Artwives is a group of women and artists who have been putting their “artistic needs” on hold because of work and families but are now looking to reclaim their artist status.

It has helped the Belper foursome to meet up and collaborate on other projects such as the Derbyshire Open Arts and the Belper Art Trail through social networks such as Twitter and Facebook.

All have seen their profile raised since they joined and are now very positive that the time spent painting in between chores is paying off.

Ruth said: “As soon as I saw the message on Twitter calling for Desperate Artwives I went on the website and immediately submitted four pieces of work that I had been painting in the evening when my children were in bed.”

Belper by Christine Gray a Belper artist

Belper by Christine Gray a Belper artist

Her work was accepted and showcased on the group’s website.

Some of the work on the website will also be selected for the London exhibition.

Amy Digham the project founder has announced that Desperate Artwives is now officially supported by the Women’s Art Library, at Goldsmiths University of London and the exhibition will take place from the May 19 until 29 at the Vibe Gallery, London.

The Student Jerwood Prize winner for 2011 Nicki Rolls, will be taking part as special guest.

Bondi rip by Ruth Gray Belper Artist.

Bondi rip by Ruth Gray Belper Artist.