Verna Hoyle

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Gemme Nascote (Hidden Gems) (printing, stamping, drawing, pen and ink and pencils)

Inspired by… Giovanni Antonio Canal (Canaletto)'s The Church of San Gorgio Maggiore, Venice painting, c.1740

"Canaletto’s painting evoked vivid images of a magical holiday in Venice. Gallery shop photographs of Manchester’s own Campanile overlooking the canal revealed similarities to the painting. This photograph was of Castlefield and inspired me to explore further relationships between the two cities e.g. the canal system, beautiful buildings and architecture.

I wanted to recreate my own vision of Manchester’s Venice depicting examples from the area. The Campanile dominates the skyline and the Trafford Centre is reminiscent of the Dome of San Giorgio. The Art Gallery is where my inspiration began and I have incorporated this and some of its famous exhibits.

Adult education has enabled me to do something I like and want to do and it has focused me by working with people who have similar interests.  I have learnt and explored different techniques under expert tuition."


Verna Hoyle took her Art and Design NOCN Level 1 at Chorlton Park Adult Education Centre with Manchester Adult Education Service.