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2014 - 2016

'Paul's People' A series of drawings in charcoal and pastel.

'Aura Khora' - Sita Williams Harris 2016

Sita Williams Harris

'Conversations with Chris'

Chris Martin

'Conversations with Lynn'

Lynn Norbury

'Conversations with Sybil'

Sybil McKernan

2011 September
- 'Dancing Eye Seeing Hand' Open Day and talk to support the Friends of the Whitworth Art Gallery Fund

Didsbury Arts Festival - Screening of 'Tangents, a Mindscape in a Landscape' with talk by Maureen Kendal.

2011    'Place of Light and Air' - Screen Print

Place of Light and Air

            'Of Being' - Screen Print

Of Being

2011 May - July;

 Exhibition entitled Two Artists, Cecile Elstein and Wendy Jones
 at Ian Simpson Architects, Riverside Mews, Knot Mill M15 4RQ, curated by Phil Griffin.

2010     Mosaic Sundial - Sundial for the Friends of Marie Louise Gardens Didsbury in collaboration with Tam Giles and children from Moor Allerton School and young people supported by the Future Jobs Trust.

Sundial

Sundial Detail

2009      Max Elstein -  Portrait Bronze

Max ElsteinMax Elstein

2008      Yellow-Violet 1973 - 2008 screen print

Yellow Violet

Memory of Paul 1962 - 1998 portrait bronze

Paul

2007       'Present' to be screened at the event 'After Urban' at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA

2006       'A Colourful Canvas, Twelve Women Artists in the North West' by Judy Rose and Wendy J Levy. Published by Wendy J Levy Contemporary Art Ltd.

2005-6    Commission for portrait bronze of Michael Kennedy, writer and music critic.

      Michael Kennedy left view

2005/6
Michael Kennedy


 
2005/06 Screening of 'Present' at the CCTM Research Seminar at London Metropolitan University, within a presentation on 'Multimedia as conversation in real environments'.

2005      A presentation titled 'A Mindscape in a Landscape' Change as a Moment of Abundant Potential was given to The Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society. An abridged version is published in the Manchester Memoirs vol. 143 2004-5.  

2004       DVD 'Tangents, a mindscape in a Landscape' with companion booklet. Published by
Mo-Media in association with The Gerald & Marc Hoberman Collection
ISBN 1-91973497-X 

    • "Well constructed, unique and inspiring" Sita Williams, Film Producer.
    • "Well Shot Beautiful art visuals" - BBC Online Film Network

2003   'Present' (running time 18 minutes) screened at the Conference Land Art and Land Use at the Landscape and Arts Network Conference Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK and at the composers meeting at the Royal Northern College of Music.
"I have seen ‘Present’ twice and have been moved and enchanted by the visual and aural images that complement each other in its eighteen minutes", Adam Gorb, Head of Composition and Contemporary Music, the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester UK.

 

To watch video clips of 'Present' and 'Tangents'

please click on stills below:-


      

2003/4
Stills from DVD 'Tangents, a mindscape in a landscape'

 

2001   'Tangents, a mindscape or a load of rope' was screened at The Landscape and Arts Network Birthday Celebration at Three Mills London.

11 September 2001 Cecile Elstein with Margaret Crowther, Fibre Artist initiated 'Didsbury Drawing'. To date, up to 30 local artists draw regularly from the model. In this unique, democratic and non-profit making group the artists are free to experiment and draw from the model without the need to see each other's work. In this free atmosphere each has the time and space to develop their own visual language.

2000   'Tangents, a mindscape or a load of rope' (running time 38 minutes) has been  presented at a number of venues with audience participation including: Central St Martins College of Art and Design London and The Landscape Institute  Seminar  Derby ‘Is art necessary for design?’

2000    Screen prints exhibited at Prestige Artists Debut 2000, Manhattan, New York.

1998    Speaker at conference on ‘Empathy in Education of Art and Design' organised by Manchester Academy of Fine Art and The National Society for Education in Art and Design at The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.

1998   Work on a collaborative video project with the multimedia producer Maureen Kendal. The video presents the process of making a temporary rope sculpture titled ‘Together with Tangents’ and explores the audience response.

 

      

 1996/7
'Together with Tangents'

 

1997   'Together with Tangents’ a site specific temporary rope and metal sculpture was made for the Summer Sculpture Exhibition at The National Trust Wimpole Hall Gardens, Cambridgeshire.

1997    Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

1996    MA Art as in Environment at the Manchester Metropolitan University. Dissertation on the Role of Empathy in Design Education. This may be seen at the Centre for Accessible Environments in London and at the MMU.

1995    Speaker at Echo Design Conference in Birmingham on Environmental Transformation.

 



1990
'Song of the Pine's Sun' in progress

 

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1992   Exhibition  'A Printmakers Partnership' at Ulchedre Centre, Holyhead, UK.

1991, 1989, 1987, 1984, 1983
          Mini Print International, Cadaques, Spain. Mini Print Traveling Show.

1991 ‘A Printmakers Partnership Cecile Elstein and Kip Gresham' at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK. 'One with Another' purchased by the Whitworth Art Gallery.




1991
Potrait Bronze Mr. Garfield


1991  Commission for portrait bronze of the neurosurgeon, photographer and historian, Mr. John Garfield.

1990    Fermoy Gallery, Kings Lynn Centre for the Arts
            Exhibitions with the Printmakers  Council UK and abroad.
            Royal Festival Hall London, UK.
            British International Art Fair at Olympia, UK.



1988
Open House

 

1989    Twentieth Century Master Prints at the Manor House Society, London, UK.
            Modern Masters Graphics at the Heffer gallery, Cambridge, UK.

 



1987
Prints in progress

 

1985/89     Prints accepted Royal Academy, London, UK.

1988          Invited exhibition at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge.
 "During October, Cecile Elstein’s works fill Clare Hall’s courtyard gallery with a blaze of luminous colour, some with such piercing depth of extraordinary blues and greens, as in the Knots and Colours series, that words such as 'spiritual' come to the viewers’ minds.
Her work is abstract on the whole, some semi-figurative, all imbued with what she describes as an exploration of 'consciousness and relation'. The Sisyphus series, inspired by Camus’ version of the myth, is concerned with taught, sinewy form, expressive of deep meaning. The images are sharp, dramatic and graceful. Vividly contrasting is the series called ‘Meetings’, in which the joy of colour, light and conversation suffuses the simple central theme of a triad of talking women.”
Liz Nathaniels, published in 'Varsity', University of Cambridge.




1987
Joy Moon Meeting

 

1988       New Romantic and Contemporary British Prints. Bircham Gallery, Kings Lynn, UK.
“Star of the show is an artist new to me, Cecile Elstein, a South African who has lived in
Manchester for the last ten years. Her
'One with Another' is a huge piece for a print at three feet by four, and has been worked over with paint to produce added effects. Two shapes stand like menhirs in a prehistoric field as a blue dusk creeps over them and the green field itself.” 
Tony Warner, published in 'Arts Review'.





1988
One with Another

 

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1986    Colour Prize at 9th British International Print Biennale for ‘Noon Meeting’  

1984-5 11 Carbo Frio International Print Biennale, Brazil.

1984    Awarded a bursary from North West Arts to develop a new modular chamber for an air supported sunlit colour and sound environment.
‘I saw three women in conversation throughout the day.  I went about my business and passed by them, in the morning, at noon and again in the evening. They were still there!
Each time I passed by, the sun had moved on its course and the light falling on the women had changed their appearance. This space in Mandarah celebrates our communion with each other and with the sun.’ Cecile Elstein.
‘Mandarah is spaces and places for people, for performance and interpretations; a sanctuary for ritual, or a playhouse for mime, where the performance is often the actions and reactions of the audience reflecting the exuberance and energy released by the power of colour as experienced within the structure.’ Terry Scales 1985.
From the catalogue of Manchester Arts and Technology Workshop. 
Spheres of Influence Dance Performance exhibited nationally and at the Singapore Arts Festival in 1986.



1979
Confrontment


1982    Exhibition of Sculpture, Prints and Drawings at Alsager College of Art and Design, Alsager, UK.
'Confrontment' bought for the collection of Fine Prints, Alsager, UK & Massachusetts, USA.
“Work of respected artist on display. We are delighted to have her work at the College. She interprets and translates ideas into many interesting media.”
Dorothy Pickering, in the Evening Sentinel, Alsager.

 



1987-90
 Christmas with Great Grandpa, playing Moo Cows with Marc

 

1980 until 1985   Started the Spath Road Workshop to teach drawing, painting and sculpture, assisted by Sumaya McIntyre and Lorna Green.

1980    Exhibition of Screen Prints ‘Sisyphus Suite’ Southampton City Art Gallery, UK.



1979
Resolution

 

1979   Exhibition at the Selective Eye Gallery, St. Helier Jersey.
“This work is interesting and unique”

Diane Simon in Jersey Evening Post.

1977-91
            Produced Screen Prints with master printer Kip Gresham.




1979
Cover Page

1975-7     Studied BA Sculpture course at West Surrey College of Art and Design, UK. Tutor - Ian Walters.

Took part in the event of 28 November 1977 ‘Artists that turn their backs on the world’ at West Surrey College of Art,
at which the art critic, Peter Fuller read his paper ‘The Crisis in British Art’.
Presentation of the process of design and construction of the Playground Sculpture by Cecile Elstein

1977
Playground structure for disabled children

 

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1975    Exhibition at Bolderwood Gallery, University of Southampton.
“whimsical but very evocative”
Brian Elwell in Southern Arts Review.

1974    Exhibition of Prints and Sculpture at the Free Painters and Sculptors, London, UK.
“One can spend a long time looking at this versatile artist’s exhibition.”
Mary Brooks in The Free Painters and Sculptors News




1971
Stoneware Dish


1974   Exhibition at the Hiscock Gallery, Portsmouth, UK.

1974   Exhibition at the University of Southampton, UK.




1970
Untitled Slab Built Ceramic


“Cecile Elstein presents paintings, monotypes, ceramics and sculpture infused with a very special vision...Her work follows sound tradition and is based on technical skill which makes a likeness a really authentic expression of the sitter’s personality, intimate and sensitively observed.” For Bronze Portraits (1970s) click >>here<<
Frank Spears in Art Review



1971
Stoneware Pumpkin Dish

 

1972   Developed Plaster Block Printing.
This method of printing was later demonstrated at the Manchester City Art Gallery, UK.

1972-3 Designs and tests for Ceramic Mural, commissioned for the Royal Free Hospital, London, UK.

1972    Portrait Bronze of Professor David Millar for Southampton Medical School, UK.



1968
Bernadette Modelle

 

1965-9 Studied Ceramics with Catherine Yarrow in London, UK., Ceramics shown with Hampstead Artists Council and other mixed exhibitions.

1961-9  Self directed study: Painting with Hans Swartz, Colour with Tom Hudson, short Colour courses at the Royal College of Art, Drawing with Beatrice Lyssy - influenced by Cecil Collins and the Central school of Art and Design.

 

1966
The Lady Next Door

 

1965    Portrait of Pinchas Lavon Minister of Agriculture and then Defence in the Ben Gurion Government, Israel. In the collection of the Tel Aviv War Museum.

 



1964
Pinchas Lavon

 

1961    Immigrated to London, UK from South Africa.

1957    Married Max Elstein

1938    Born Cape Town: Cecile Hoberman

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