Idea Pops = An Art Exhibition In John Lewis – Solihull – 12th September 2013 to 31st August 2014

Creative and Art Events


Bastian Contrarian presents Art in Rure, the first in a series of exhibitions that will be held at John Lewis Solihull from 12th September until the 31st August 2014.

In collaboration with John Lewis Solihull and Solihull Fairtrade, Art in Rure will be showcasing an eclectic selection of original, contemporary oil paintings, acrylics, etchings, wood cuts, silkscreen prints, photography, sculpture and video art by established and emerging artists from the UK, Europe and the United States.
The show, which will be held in the John Lewis Place to Eat and various other locations in the store, will feature works by James Callaghan, Elena Cecchinato, Wendy Cook, Jan Gay, Paula Hamilton, Paul Jordan, Angus Kaye, Nick Logan, Alessio Mancino, Roy Meats, Kathryn Pettit, Alan Ranger, Julie Robertson, Barbara Shackley, Mark Skirving, Tim Southall and Mark Tilley.

The video works include ‘Unbelongings’, by London-based Gulab Chaggar; the award-winning ‘Bottle’, by Kirsten Lepore, and ‘Returning to Eve’, by contemporary dance artist and choreographer, Amy-Louise Watson.

Managing Director of John Lewis, Julie Blake said: “This is an exciting exhibition and we are delighted to help showcase these talented artists. Supporting our local communities is absolutely key to John Lewis, and this is a great way of not only doing that but also giving our customers an extra special experience when they come into our shop”.

FrontierSpirit by James Callaghan

All the art works on display are available for sale and a part of the profits will be donated to Solihull Fairtrade, a group that promotes fair-trade products and ethical trading throughout the borough, and Northleigh House School, in Hatton, which provides educational facilities and support to secondary school children who have been victims of bullying.

The inauguration, which will be officially opened by the Mayor of Solihull, will be held on Thursday, 12th

September 2013 from 5.30-7.30 pm.
This event is the launch of the Art in Rure Fest, scheduled to take place throughout Solihull during the school summer holidays of 2014.