Botanical Illustration Workshop with Lucie Cooke

Local Clitheroe artist Lucie Cooke is coming back to Corto to run a second art workshop for everyone due to popular demand!

Lucie will prove that drawing doesn’t have to be complicated.

Focusing on botanicals, this session will focus on looking at the lines and shapes in front of you and drawing what you see, keeping it simple with line work techniques.

Lucie says: “I will be sharing tips and techniques I use in my illustration work and we will be using materials I use on a daily basis. You will be encouraged to not overthink the process and draw what you think things should look like, but to draw what you actually see. By the end of the class you will have created a black & white line art botanical illustration to take home with you.”

No experience necessary, all materials will be provided as well as a glass of wine/beer or soft drinks. The vibe will be relaxed and friendly, come and have a drink and a draw!

WHERE: Corto, 36 King Street, Clitheroe, BB7 2EU

WHEN: Thursday 16 June 2022

TIME: 6.30pm-8pm

TICKETS: £32 + booking fee

Botanical Illustration Workshop with Lucie Cooke

Local Clitheroe artist Lucie Cooke is coming to Corto to run an art workshop for everyone!

Lucie will prove that drawing doesn’t have to be complicated.

Focusing on botanicals, this session will focus on looking at the lines and shapes in front of you and drawing what you see, keeping it simple with line work techniques.

Lucie says: “I will be sharing tips and techniques I use in my illustration work and we will be using materials I use on a daily basis. You will be encouraged to not overthink the process and draw what you think things should look like, but to draw what you actually see. By the end of the class you will have created a black & white line art botanical illustration to take home with you.”

No experience necessary, all materials will be provided as well as a glass of wine/beer or soft drinks. The vibe will be relaxed and friendly, come and have a drink and a draw!

TICKETS: £28 + booking fee

Molly Bland “Glou Glou” Art Gallery

Corto’s next artist in residence is the wonderful Molly Bland.

Molly is a Morecambe-based artist who designed, amongst many other things, Farm Yard Ale’s new rebrand, and is strongly connected to a plethora of community-based art and creativity projects in the North West.

We are thrilled to be able to showcase her vibrant work in Corto, starting on Saturday 26th March, where she will be opening her gallery and we’ll be pouring a range of delicious glou glou wine!

Molly Bland’s art will be available for all to view from March 26th-April 30th

Corto Writing Salon

Got a writing project you’re struggling with? Need a place to write outside of the same four walls of your office, dining room or shed? Would you like to chat with other writers about it? Just want a place to read over your draughts in peace?

On the first Thursday of every month from 5pm-7pm, bring your laptop, notebooks, scraps of paper, dog-eared copies and jumbled up fifteenth draughts to @cortoclitheroe to join likewisedly struggling writers in the pursuit of literary acclaim!

Katie (one of the folks who runs the bar) is a writer and editor (find her other stuff at @shinybiscuit) and would love to start a salon for motivation, support, ideas, inspiration and occasional workshops.

SOFT DRINKS, COFFEE AND BOOZE WILL, OF COURSE, BE WITHIN ARM’S REACH

Jonny Lindsey’s The Bog Gallery Opening Party

On Sunday 30th January, Jonny Lindsey will open his Bog Gallery at Corto, Clitheroe with an Art Snob Fancy Dress Night.

No entry fee! Come and sip your drink thoughtfully whilst wearing a beret. Draw on a curly moustache and talk about existentialism. Read poetry ostentatiously in the corner.

Be there, or be like, square, daddio.

Jonny Lindsey’s The Bog Gallery

We are chuffed to bits to welcome local artist Jonny Lindsey to Corto for his first ever exhibition at the end of this month.

From January 30th, Jonny will be showcasing a collection of brand new works, inspired by local characters and surreal imagery, all with his unique sense of humour twirled up in each character’s curly limbs.

You may have seen Jonny’s work on cans for Farm Yard Ales — Corto already boasts one of his original pieces in pride of place at the front of the bar, a painting of Anthony Bourdain. We love it.

Come and gaze upon his mighty works in the Bog Gallery!

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A chat with Jonny Lindsey – the local artist behind our upcoming Bog Gallery exhibit

On Sunday 30th January, we’ll be donning berets and dusting off our weariest withering looks for our Bog Gallery opening party at Corto — the launch of Jonny Lindsey’s first ever gallery exhibit.

Jonny has been making art in East Lancashire since 2020 under the name @paint_yer_brain, and every piece displayed in the Bog Gallery is brand spanking new, created between Christmas 2021 and the days leading up to the month-long exhibition in Corto.

You might have seen some of Jonny’s work already — he’s designed cans and pump clips for local breweries and pubs and he’s even painted something for us before, the brilliant portrait of Anthony Bourdain that’s hung in the alcove by the window. We love it!

We asked Jonny to tell us a bit more about himself and his art ahead of his opening party.

How would you describe your art?

I’d like to think it is as chaotic as a pigeon trapped inside a Greggs.

I’m a big believer in doing things a bit outside of the box, the more eye catching and strange – the better! Bright colours that pop into your eyesight and make you wonder what the hell you’re looking at. I don’t have any formal art training as I just started it out of boredom in (way back when) the first lockdown about March, 2020. It has largely and always will be trial and error (emphasis on error..!)

Who are your main artist inspirations or heroes?

This is one of those questions where I will immediately regret not mentioning about 10 other artists BUT here goes: David Shrigley is a big influence, I love his simplistic style be it his illustration or paintings, I think if I could be assed I’d stalk him. 

Picasso’s line work fascinates me. Francis Bacon had some mental paintings which look like nightmares which I can relate to, being from Accrington. I love the chaos of Noel Fielding’s work and how abstract and simple it is. Celeste Mountjoy is incredible, I love her line drawing! Jim Moir (Vic Reeves) bird paintings have me in stitches and awe in equal measure. More recently the writing of Babek Ganjei is hilarious, his writing style is so unique. also Albert Willem, Ruth Mora, Isabella Cotier… So many more!

What makes East Lancashire a unique place to draw inspiration from?

I think it’s the lack of seeing our accent written down the way we say it. I love local dialect, I use it in my poetry also. I think the scenery in a lot of England is so drab and grey, carbon copy towns with the same supermarkets. The thing that can set them apart are the independent bars, pubs, restaurants and breweries. There’s so much history in Lancashire’s pubs. 

I take a lot of inspiration from just listening to how people speak and the stereotypes some people play up to. I hope my paintings can brighten up a few of those places too. Also, “Oreet” is great to write with a Posca pen.

Where is your studio?

I was getting pretty sick of painting in my bedroom. I live in a house share with a mate, renting. Have you ever tried getting paint out of carpet? I wouldn’t recommend it personally. Especially if you’d been drinking out of boredom in lockdown. Anyway, my friend Becky Livsey mentioned she had a space in Accrington at Haworth Art Gallery Stable Studios so I took a trip down! There was one space available in the converted old barn up in the attic. It’s a magnificent building and I feel like an Earl when I’m there, it’s got a Facebook page too if you want a gander at it. I’ve got some videos of it on my instagram also! 

I paint every week, I think there is always room for improvement and practice makes perfect, I have quite a lot of paintings displayed there at my work bench, with some being displayed at Corto also!

What are your themes for the Bog Gallery exhibit?

It will look like someone has thrown a paint pot at the Sun filled with every colour in the rainbow, as God sprinkles you with natural wine and IPA beer. The theme is fun, enjoyment and celebrating how stupid and funny a night out can be and the wild things you’ll hear.

Why are you working with Corto?

It’s the most relaxed space to have some beautiful beverages in. It’s the perfect sized building to avoid the chaos of the outside world and drink some extremely potent IPA beer, some tasty natural wine or cider. I always feel so welcome there and to be honest, if I did it in Accy Wetherspoons all my paintings would be nicked within an hour.

Local artist recommendation?

This is where I start getting uninvited on nights out if I miss someone out…so here goes:

Becky Livesy & Steve Crowther plus all the other resident artists at Haworth Art Gallery Stable Studios! @Treeanon.Paints Sometimes does some amazing neon mountains! @CatFunted also creates some hilarious illustrations about a very annoyed cat. @ProperRude creates some distressingly offensive bathroom and kitchen utensils. @SadGurl_Art makes some great Simpsons inspired portraits! My mates at True Til Death Tattoo Studio in Accrington (special mention to Christopher Kenyon who has tattooed me for over a decade now, proper ink wizard I tell thee!) There are so many… @BronxCharlieArt is my mate Lee who creates some stunning realism, he’s got one of Jimi Hendrix on his instagram that blows my mind. I will await the beatings for forgetting probably loads of people..

Would I be able to buy your artwork at the Bog Gallery? 

I will have some prints available and may put price tags on selected paintings towards the end of February but I want them to be displayed as long as possible till the exhibits closing date! There will also be a donations box if you happen to want to help me buy more paint. Cheers!

Check out Jonny’s art from January 30th until February 27th at Corto in the Bog Gallery!

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A First Look At Our Special Artwork by Artist Carmela Caldart

A few months ago, some artwork that accompanied a series of great features in Punch magazine about natural wine and changing attitudes towards certain types of wine in the US caught Katie’s eye. They were bright and full of life, colourful, engaging and had women at the front and centre. Women eating tapas. Women pouring bottles. Women drinking wine without a forced grin or a knowing smirk: women comfortably enjoying the things they loved.

And then there were the bottles and snacks themselves. Vaguely cartoonish in their deliciousness, they begged to be tasted. They showed the excitement and joy of food and drink, of eating and drinking. Underneath the leading image, these digital paintings were created by Barcelona-based artist Carmela Caldart.

We contacted Carmela to ask, first of all, if she was selling prints of the Punch paintings, so we could frame them and hang them in Corto. Of course, these were commissioned by the magazine, and so couldn’t be reproduced for anyone without the magazine’s permission — which we saw as being a long and ultimately costly and probably unsuccessful venture.

“I could paint something for you instead though?” she offered. “Why don’t you commission something of your own?”

Putting grandiose ideas of Napoleon-esque portraits aside, this was an offer too tempting to refuse. But being in the early stages of opening a bar during a pandemic, we didn’t have the readies to pay Carmela what she deserved for the commission.

This is when something amazing happened. On the back of what Katie felt was an extremely cheeky request for donations towards the artwork, it turned out that Corto has some very cool supporters who stepped up and chipped in and made it happen. We were chuffed to bits that within a couple of weeks we could go back to Carmela and say, yes! Do it! Please paint us a beautiful picture!

And she did. And here it is. (Please forgive the watermark which we’re using for now until the big version is printed, framed and hung.)

The Contributors

Here is where we say a huge and heartfelt thanks to the people who donated their hard-earned cash to help us pay for a piece of art that we think helps represent what Corto is and will be — a place very rooted in our hometown of Clitheroe, where everyone can gather and enjoy delicious drinks. So thank you, thank you, thank you to:

Joel Crookes

Cath Potter

Dick Withecombe

Maryanne O’Connor

Chris Norman

Emily Oram

Michael Yates

The Big Unveiling

We’re going to be printing and framing Carmela’s digital painting “Corto” and will hang it with pride on the best wall in Corto (whichever one that ends up being). We’ll have an unveiling, hopefully, on our opening day. More details to follow when we figure out when that will be!!