The Power of Pencil

ArtCan is pleased to present the first virtual exhibition in its virtual gallery for its 10th anniversary year, ‘The Power of Pencil’. The exhibition comprises 103 contemporary works by 45 ArtCan artists celebrating the pencil.

“This exhibition unites ArtCan artists of all mediums. I wanted to discover their ideas. What was the first thing they saw or thought about that would come to life using a pencil? Perhaps by mark making they were simply making abstract ideas come to life using a pencil?” comments curator Cath Stocker.

This year Cath collaborated with musician and composer Cara Tivey who has provided the exhibition’s soundscape. Cara released her solo L.P ‘Zone’ in November 2022, a diverse selection of piano pieces she created during and after lockdown.

The design of the ArtCan virtual gallery is curated by the talented Tom Dale @TD360.

The virtual private view takes place on 21st March.

Participating artists:

Cara Tivey, Agnieszka Laskus, Carole Bury, Caroline Wheaton, Carrie Stanley, Cath Stocker, Claire Chandler, Day Bowman, Elizabeth Mikellides, Elspeth Penfold, Francesca Ciaudano, Greag Mac a’ tSaoir, Hilary Rosen, Jan Lee Johnson, Jill Desborough, Jill Meager, J R Oatts, Kate Marsden, Katherine Filice, Kristin Rawcliffe, Laura Gompertz, Laura Parker, Lawrence Mathias, Linda C Burrows, Louise Dale Chalmers, Lucy Pickford, Marie Connery, Marsha Roddy, Molly Lambourn, Neal Vaughan, Nic Gear, Phil Cope, RJT Haynes, Rosemary Burn, Sarah Pooley, Sarah Wills-Brown, Sue Ransley, Susannah Weiland, Svetlana Atlavina, Teresa Schippel Hales, The DnA Factory, Tracey Elizabeth Downing, Uta Feinstein, Victoria Sills, Wendy Brooke-Smith, Yeside Linney.

About ArtCan

ArtCan is an artist-led, non-profit arts organisation with members across Britain and internationally. ArtCan’s work is supported by the efforts of artist-member volunteers and contributions from Founder Friends and Friends of ArtCan. ArtCan has expertise in producing collaborative art exhibitions in London, across Britain and internationally. ArtCan works with galleries, but also seeks new spaces where art becomes a part of everyday life and with the aim of involving audiences in an organic and personal way.

ArtCan’s artist-centred ethos means that the model does not involve charging membership fees or commissions on sales, to help artists focus on developing a sustainable practice.

About the Curator: Cath Stocker

Cath Stocker is a Visual Artist and Curator living and working in West Wales. They create work in 2D and 3D. Cath’s work is often centred around ‘Artivism’ which is the anchor, as is concerned in raising awareness about social, political and environmental issues. They are an ambassador for causes they feel strongly about and strive to increase people’s awareness and perceptions through their art. Originally from Buckinghamshire, Cath studied at Amersham College of Art & Design and Leeds Polytechnic (Leeds Beckett University), graduating with a B.A. (Hons) in Fine Art in 1988.

They have exhibited extensively across the UK and as far afield as Finland and Austria. Cath has always held a pencil and the line is predominant in all their work. This is their second curated exhibition for ArtCan following the success of ‘Artivism In | Sight’ in 2022.


IG: @cath_stocker_art