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Shared Spaces Art Exhibition

Artists Belin­da Ire­land, Mhairi Tre­harne and Emma Roberts present Shared Spaces, an exhi­bi­tion that will be held at The Gallery at Bird­wood House

25/04/21 – 01/05/21
Opening Times
Sunday, 14:00 – 16:45
Mon–Fri, 10:00 – 16:45
Saturday, 10:00 – 16:00
Sun 14:00 - 16:45
Mon-Fri 10:00 - 16:45
Sat 10:00 - 16:00

Brought together through a year of reflective practice and mentoring at the Newlyn School of Art in Cornwall, the trio recognised a strong resonance between their works, each embedded in a sense of narrative, nostalgia and memory.

“Our experience of previously exhibiting together showed how relationships between unrelated artworks can amplify their meaning, and both our response, and the public’s response to it,” says Canadian-born artist, Mhairi Treharne. “Collectively, we have natural resonating themes, from wistful affections for a sense of place, and the universality of common experiences, to the pursuit of capturing the intangible elements of preciousness.”

Treharne’s distinctive work uses thinly veiled glazes on plaques, dapples of pigment, wood singe marks and wire stitching. They are often multidirectional, allowing the freedom to explore and view them as you wish. “I prepare paintings from the wooden base up, wrapping and entwining them to finish. My aim is to put forward small paintings that feel complete and precious,” she notes.

Complementing these perspectives is Belinda Ireland, a contemporary figurative artist, who works from her studio in the South West. “I like to watch and look around,” she says. “I mine and extract from books, films, family photos, memories, music, and art history for inspiration.”

Ireland’s work explores colour and light, creating a harmonious, almost luminescent, relationship between her subjects. She treats the surface of her paintings as a collection of different hues and shapes that inform a mood and interlock into imagined narratives.

“The image is about what goes on beneath the surface of life from childhood into adulthood,” continues Ireland. “Using universal themes and experiences, I like to present a tableau of suggestion.”

Finishing the trio is Emma Roberts, also based in the South West and focusing her fine art practice on figurative works. “My work looks to capture connections and disconnections between people. Through my paintings, I hope to reflect on the importance of memory and how it makes our living history; perhaps enabling us to live with more awareness so we miss fewer tender moments.

“I am also intrigued by the universal phenomena of how preciousness becomes entwined in an object, why there is such clarity around some memories, and how can we somehow appreciate the accumulation of moments that form us as individuals,” she says.

The Shared Spaces exhibition will include a range of three-dimensional pieces, paintings, and drawings. The majority of work is for sale and the artists will often be available for discussion.

Visitors to The Gallery at Birdwood House can view the exhibition from 2pm until 4:45pm on Sunday 25th April, daily from Monday to Friday between 10am and 4:45pm and on Saturday 1st May between 10am and 4pm. Should you wish to find out more about any of the works in the show or the artists, please feel free to email,, or