Visual Connections

An Exhibition of work by Stephen Murfitt and Terry Beard at Clare Hall Art Gallery, Herschel Road, Cambridge, CB3 9AL from November 5th-December 16th.

Both artists are involved in processes in which intuitive decisions and selections are made. Terry creates dynamic images using mixed media, while Stephen is a maker of sculptural ceramic forms and vessels. Each explores a visual language in which many connections are demonstrated.

Although structural elements are implicit within the work, this often contrasts with areas of considered mark-making and textures. Both practitioners are influenced by natural and built environments.

Terry Beard and Stephen Murfitt experienced two very different backgrounds and childhoods.

Born in Toronto, Terry was later educated at the Aga Khan School in Kampala, Uganda. Having returned to her family home in Dublin, she went on to attend Farnham College of Art and Design.

Stephen was born in Little Downham, a fen village north of Ely, and attended Soham Grammar School. From there he went on to Cambridge School of Art and then Farnham College of Art and Design where the two artists first met.

After college Stephen continued his own work, combined with a career in Art education, teaching at various schools and colleges.

Terry worked as a freelance textile designer and illustrator for several years, as well as developing her own work.

Having been the ceramics and sculpture tutor at Marlborough College for ten years, the couple returned to Stephen’s native fens to establish the current workshop at Wicken in Cambridgeshire.