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Artists will add splash of colour to Newmarket’s Guineas weekend  
 ... ‘art that makes you feel good’

Newmarket racehorse trainer Ilka Gansera-Leveque will be adding a splash of colour to May’s Guineas weekend with an unusual art exhibition in her own Newmarket racing yard.

Ilka will be displaying work from ten artists, including international names, alongside the thoroughbred racehorses in her Hamilton Road stables.

The ‘Art & Horse Racing’ exhibition will be open to the public free of charge at her picturesque Saint Wendred’s yard from 10am-6pm on Sunday 7 May, 1,000 Guineas Day.

It follows private viewings for racehorse owners, Vantage Point Racing Club members and invited guests during 2,000 Guineas Day on Saturday 6 May.

Emily Johnson, artist in residence at Cheltenham racecourse, is one of the exhibitors and can be seen painting during the exhibition – plus she is donating a sketch for visitors / social media followers to win.

For Ilka, it’s a natural move.  “I love art and I want to exhibit some of my favourite artists alongside the real thing, the horses we have here,” she said. “This will be art that makes you feel good!

“Our artists have never exhibited together before.  Staging it here in the stable will bring to life all that’s beautiful about the horses that we are lucky enough to handle on a daily basis.

“There will be a range of art on display from horses to dogs, nature, seascapes and cycling. 

“I would like to think that this might become a regular feature on big racing days.”

Saint Wendred’s will host artists in residence at many of the UK’s most popular racecourses alongside international names, including;

  • French artist Benedicte Gele’s award-winning abstract pieces have a worldwide following for expression and emotion from horses, dogs and even hens!
  • Emily Johnson is a fine art equestrian artist specialising in oil portraits and is resident artist at Cheltenham racecourse
  • American artist Peggy Judy brings the iconic Wild West to life with her cow ponies, cowboys, cattle and wildlife
  • Terry Lindsey is another artist from the States, whose Tilting at Windmills Gallery in Vermont is one of the premier fine art galleries in New England. Her own artwork showcases her eclectic interests
  • Cambridge artist Clive Dawson will contribute some of his popular paintings of the city and textural palette knife work.
  • Mandy Dearsley, whose work is owned in America, New Zealand, the Falkland Islands and Spain, will exhibit sculptures of hares and a cockerel
  • Liz Armstrong, artist-in-residence at Windsor racecourse works with mixed media, her contemporary, abstract images makes her one of favourite artists of the national hunt fraternity.
  • Jackie Hardman was formerly Beverley racecourse artist and her detailed work covers racing, dressage and show jumping, with hunting dogs and seascapes another speciality
  • Garth Bayley’s contemporary pieces capture a bold moment in time ranging from cycling and horse racing and nature
  • Diana Cook is an American painter, who includes equestrian art along with experimenting with new materials and techniques including copper, gold leaf, oil and resin.

Exhibition : St Wendred’s, Hamilton Road, Newmarket CB8 7JQ

Public Opening. Sunday 7 May. 10-6pm

Contact: Ilka Gansera-Leveque  01638 454973 / 0785 553 2072

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