Julie Arkell is Away Away at Welbeck

Papier mache artist Julie Arkell poses with a lifesize model of herself which accompanies an exhibition of her creations at the Harley Gallery in Welbeck
Papier mache artist Julie Arkell poses with a lifesize model of herself which accompanies an exhibition of her creations at the Harley Gallery in Welbeck
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One of England’s best known contemporary folk artists, Julie Arkell is presenting her new exhibition, Away Away at the Harley Gallery on the Welbeck Estate in Worksop until January 8.

Away Away will see Julie’s beautiful mythical ‘creatures’ will fill a landscape of knitted ponds, paths and even shadows.

Each of these creatures are assembled through knit, stitch and papier-mâché.

Although their faces are neutral, they are given unique characters through clothing which is often adorned with words or phrases.

Julie also made a life-size 5ft 5in papier mache model of herself for the opening of the exhibition this month.

Away Away was developed from a dream Julie had. She decided to think about the spaces surrounding her creations.

Influenced by mountains, lakes, hills, snowy landscapes and solitary trees, she creates imaginary landscapes for them, including their own knitted ponds.