OUR MISSION STATEMENT.
The Rooftop Arts Centre is an artist led not-for-profit community town centre based space, offering resident artists studios, gallery exhibition halls, photography studio, project space, workshops, and a creative children’s area.
Our aim is to encourage people of all abilities to become involved in the arts and provide a safe space in which to flourish, and be involved in creative and experimental art of all genres.
OUR RESIDENT ARTISTS.
Peter’s work consists of installations that display sculptures, photography, drawing and research which explores the subject of time, place and history.
“I am a Fine Art post graduate interested in sculpture, drawing, photography and installation art. My work focuses on the every day and to document the world at present. My interests are architecture, public spaces, street furniture, everyday objects with a sculptural quality, the over looked, the order of objects, colour, line and the engagement with the present.”
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In my art practice, I specialise in making mostly one of a kind or limited edition sterling silver jewellery. My work tends to be three dimensional and interestingly textured. In order to achieve the desired textured effect, I employ acid etching and reticulation, both of which are highly involved and advanced techniques. I love the sculptural quality of rings and derive great satisfaction from designing these mini sculptures.
Earrings are another example of my three dimensional work and their movement is an extra quality added to their sculptural aspect.
Both the rings and brooches I design and execute tend to be quite sizeable, capable of making quite a statement. I also make ensembles, sets of matching jewellery pieces, e.g. necklaces and earrings. I offer sterling silver creations with oxidised or polished finish.
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Warren lives and works as an artist and creative freelancer in Corby. In 2009, he received his BA Honours in Fine Art at Oxford Brookes University and has since shown work in London, Oxford and Nottingham and throughout the county.
In 2015 he held his first solo show ‘Sound Forms’ at The Rooftop Arts Centre and later that year moved into Studio 4.
Warren’s work primarily investigates the morphology of human experience through a variety of visual and aural media, resulting in synaesthetic interdisciplinary crossovers, installations and more traditional outcomes.
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Amanda Drage has been drawing and painting for most of her life and is now a full-time artist living and working in Corby.
Amanda started out specialising in equine art, but her work now covers birds and all wildlife. Amanda produces paintings in oil, as well as drawings in pastel & coloured pencil, graphite, and charcoal, and is self-taught.
For the last few years, Amanda has mostly been working to commission creating portraits of pets. 2017 has seen her return to producing original paintings as she works towards her first solo exhibition, as the People’s Choice prize awarded by Northamptonshire’s Open 16 show.
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Marina gained a coveted place at Hornsey College of Art but left early to start employment. After years of living abroad, she took up art again.
Marina is an impulsive artist, painting impasto in heavy acrylics on canvas allowing contours to show where the story goes next, preferring a loose style and finishing in one session. However, she also loves other methods, like lino printing.
Since moving to Corby, Marina has occupied Studio 5 with artist Margaret, gaining inspiration from working with the diverse resident artists. She is a non-practising qualified Advanced Hypnotherapist and qualified archer and a member of Big About Singing choir.
Margaret has a BA(Hons) Degree in 3D Design.
Margaret uses a variety of techniques and materials, in her work. She enjoys the freedom to illustrate her ideas in different ways such as pencils pastel and line printing.
Margaret is influenced by abstract art. She is inspired to use abstraction for her work.
Lilian Douglas graduated in July 1999 De Montfort University.
Lilian works in a mixture of ceramics, textiles, mosaic work and painting. Lilian has had work exhibited in galleries all over the UK, OXO tower, London and the Lighthouse Gallery, Glasgow, The City Gallery, Leicester.
Artist in Residence at de Montfort University (1999-2000) in the Glass and Ceramics Department. The Cycle of life: Birth Death and Regeneration Through Clay is work she developed during her residence at the University exhibition at the art in Leicester.
Alan is a retired teacher. Though trained initially as a potter his interest in painting developed over his 40 years in the profession. His early work was portraiture but as time passed he became interested in exploring and recording the changes in man made materials as they decayed.
He is fascinated by the breakdown of colour and surface quality over time and at first interpreted these in paint, both acrylic and oil. Latterly his work has broadened to include a variety of media including ‘hard’ materials such as plaster, metal and wood.
His work often explores the differences in colour and texture of rust and in the random juxtaposition of elements – timber, glass, metal or machine parts as they lie abandoned – often suggesting surprising abstract compositions. His work utilises a range of materials and techniques; ink, oils, acrylics, printed images, collage, ash, sawdust and occasionally found materials.
Alan is a member of the Rooftop Arts Centre board of Trustees.
Dinah Kazakoff – Gallery Director
Dinah Kazakoff is a 30-year veteran practitioner in visual arts, photography, and design. Born and educated in Corby she has spent several years studying and working outside Great Britain mainly in the USA.
In the USA Dinah worked in the Public Relations and Communications Department at the world-renowned Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton NJ, as Assistant to the Public Affairs Director. An accomplished photographer her photo work was published in a number of academic and house publications at the Institute. Her portrait work of scholars such as mathematician John Nash and campus photographs has gained her a number of credits.
For several years she studied under sculptor and artist Pietro del Fabro at his studio in Princeton NJ, refining her talents in oil, acrylic, and water colour painting.
Glenn studied Sculpture at Winchester School of Art in the late 1980s and then moved on to Paris and later Bristol. He returned to the UK and has worked as a tattooist while continuing to pursue his artwork. He has returned to his painting and drawing.
Emma Louise Lowe.
Emma is a surface pattern designer and Illustrator based in Corby. She loves experimenting with colour, shape and pattern to create original and inventive artwork.
Emma studied Illustration at Loughborough University where she achieved a first class BA (Hons) degree. In addition, she is also a graduate of the University of Reading where she completed an MA Book Design degree.
During her time at the university, she developed a love for pattern, illustration and conceptual design. She loves combining the freedom of experimenting with traditional media alongside the endless possibilities and controlled precision which can be achieved using digital media.
Her work often begins experimentally, frequently employing inks, pastels, water colours, collage cut-outs and printing techniques.
Her initial mix media motifs are then manipulated and reworked using digital media such as Photoshop and Illustrator. The final motifs are then utilized to form illustrations and surface pattern designs.
Tomas “tea” Zitkauskas.
Tomas “Tea” Zitkauskas believes that art is the best medium to express emotions and to send hidden messages to the world. In love with wood and metal, he finds sculpture to be the most attractive art form as it allows to express in volume employing all three dimensions. His works are mainly abstract, so they are meant just to give observers a starting point for the story to develop in their minds. The complexity of modern life, stress driven society, the pursuit of happiness, the meaning of life – these are the core topics Tomas “Tea” Zitkauskas tries to analyse via his works.
“An engineer by trade, manager by training and artist by choice. That’s how I introduce myself. I was creative since the early age, always coming up with ideas for artistic expression.
I did some art school, but it was so long ago and for such a short period of time, that it’s best to admit that I am self-taught, or maybe better to say self-inspired, as I don’t believe that you can teach someone to be an artist…
Yes, you can teach techniques, but you will not teach to perceive the world the way artist does. My main interests are modern life with all its side effects, search for happiness and the meaning of life. That’s where the most of the inspiration comes from – observing the masses and looking for alternatives.”
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Inga “Eye” Zeimyte
Inga “Eye” Zeimyte is honest, sincere and a bit shy. Running around as she’s still a little girl; observing the world with big, widely opened eyes; and sometimes just hiding behind the canvases. Being very emotional and extremely naïve, she expresses her feelings and emotions freely, but with delicacy in order not to expose too much. Femininity is one of the main themes in her works and one of the biggest sources of inspiration.
“I never knew I was an artist until I realised that I am. I am a choreographer and a teacher by training and though I always enjoyed crafting. I never saw myself as someone who is an artist. Up until about five years ago, when I picked up a brush, a palette, took a canvas and started painting. It is just so wonderful to be able to express the feelings and ideas without words; just by using images and colours. Though painting is my favourite form of art, I also enjoy drawing and photography. I get inspired by nature, people and the world around me. Femininity, nature and emotions are my favourite themes.”
Fanoulla studied Fine Art, Practice and Theories at The University of Derby and graduated in 1998. She then continued to complete an MA, a certificate in education (CTLLS) and run a studio. She is an associate member of The Society of Education.
She has been teaching art and design, at further and higher level for almost 20 years and has exhibited in galleries across the UK, including Halifax, in Yorkshire and London.
Fanoulla is currently running classes at The Rooftop Arts Centre and holds regular workshops, in and around the Corby and Leicester areas, which focus on communities collaborating and working together.
She occupies studio 13 and works in photography and mixed media and often draws inspiration from the unimportant, the discarded and the forgotten; she considers her work to be ‘found’ pieces of art.
Subject matters have included wall surfaces and old signage in Venice, Italy, to rusty skips and disused paint palettes
Fanoulla is an experienced artist and tutor who hosts regular weekly classes at the Rooftop Gallery.
Sarah Jay Roberts.
Sarah is an artist that specialises in craft and embroidery work.
She graduated from De Montfort University in July 2015 with a degree in Contour Fashion and began sewing as a hobby in late August of the same year. Since starting this new venture Sarah has come across new techniques and ways in which to display her work that lead her to fall in love with the craft of sewing and take it one step further than the hobby that it once was.
Her main inspirations come from the things that she loves in life, things which can be seen in her average day such as small details within nature as the seasons change, the environment around her and often taking inspiration from her favourite films
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Ellie Bea Mcbrearty.
Ellie works in a variety of media including photography, film and installation.
Ellie is fascinated by her environment and what she observes as offering contrasting elements within the urban architecture around her, particularly that made between the late 1950s and the early 1970s. She sees this period as essentially masculine in nature, brutalist by design and material and the then promise of the ‘new’ becoming now the ephemeral. Conversely Ellie can appreciate these now unloved, derelict, abandoned and unseen buildings.
The work refers to what she perceives to be certain theatricality of these lost spaces and by responding to them Ellie constructs narratives where one’s imagination is invited to adopt multiple roles, personas and timescales.
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Jaymie A McCormick.
My work is at times very eclectic and explores a vast passion I have for bohemian culture and nature, I am inspired deeply by humanity, ethnicity, spirituality and the greatly opposing styles of urban street culture and bohemian lifestyles. most of my work is a reflection of my own ongoing spiritual journey and the personal relationship I have with nature. I find great beauty in all that’s earthly.