Ghislaine Howard – a painter of powerful and expressive means

As Glossop-based artists go, they do not get any more notable than Ghislaine Howard. Ghislaine is well known throughout the UK’s art community for her powerful paintings, which explore the things that make us human – the common experiences, problems and joys that we all encounter on our journey through life. Her work is on display at Manchester Art Gallery, as well as in many public and private collections including the Royal Collection.

Ghislaine first came to public attention with a ground-breaking exhibition concerning pregnancy and birth – the first of its kind – at Manchester Art Gallery. Called ‘A Shared Experience’, the exhibition attracted much critical acclaim.

She has also worked on commissioned projects with various diverse communities including cathedrals, theatres, prisons, the BBC, Women’s Refuges as well as with major organisations such as Amnesty International. In 2008, Ghislaine was named as a Woman of The Year for her contribution to art and society. 

Her work has recently played a central role in the three immensely successful and inspirational exhibitions curated by the renowned filmmakers, artists and curators, Al and Al. Bearing the overarching title ‘The Fire Within’, the exhibitions were situated in the open spaces of a transformed shopping mall in the centre of Wigan town known as ‘The Galleries’. The second exhibition, ‘Love is a Rebellious Bird’ featured over 50 of Ghislaine’s works. The third and final show will close in late 2021.

A permanent, but changing, exhibition of Ghislaine’s work will be on view at the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, situated in Elliot House, 151 Deansgate, Manchester, due to open October 2021.

“Glossop has been our home since the mid-1980s, Michael and I live in converted Tripe works perched high over Glossop Brook in the centre of town and our children Max and Cordelia grew up here” says Ghislaine.

“Living in a town like Glossop is a great privilege, nestled between the hills, it’s a place that has a real human-scale to it and a strong sense of identity. The powerful rhythms and colours of the landscape have filtered into my work – and watching people move to and fro from our kitchen window has inspired some of my favourite paintings.

“I think one of the great views is from Glossop station looking towards the Nab, and another is the overview of the town from the train as it passes over the viaduct. 

“It is hugely important for creative people, who often work in isolation, to feel that there is such a supportive and effective network as Glossop Creates. 

“Such platforms also make evident the richness and diversity of the town’s cultural activities which otherwise might remain little known.”

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