Vitae Exhibition

A huge thank you to all those who made it to last  Friday’s show Vitae. The exhibition by Amanda Burton was a great success and all the guests who attended made it an unforgettable evening for both the artist and all of us at Inkwell. Amanda’s first exhibition hosted at Inkwell was in 2009 and was blighted by blizzards and extreme arctic weather, thankfully this time around it was a warm balmy summers evening and we hope all of you who attended had a wonderful night.


Inkwell is turned into a beautiful exhibition space.


The show was made up of large scale paintings and some smaller contemporary framed work where Amanda had exhibited her interest of trees, life and nature. Copper wire work jewellery was also on display.

Artist statement:

‘Vitae’ is an exhibition exploring the many aspects of life: from human nature and relationships, to escapism, plant life and the microscopic elements behind life itself.

Taking inspiration from our beautiful and diverse natural kingdom, in particular the tree and the key they hold to life on our planet, their symbolism for hope and their magnificence.  

Most of my work reflects my interest with line, pattern and linear decoration. With a background in Biochemistry, science still plays an important part in my creative work today and microbiological elements feature in many of the finished pieces, playing on the idea of the ‘building blocks’ of life and the beauty of multiple repeating units.

As well as nature, my jewellery has been inspired by myth, legends and folklore and many have been designed and named after women from ancient history and mythology, or designed with tribal and ethnic influences in mind. 


Some pieces of jewellery on display.

The main art space looked amazing and had been transformed into a magical wonderland complete with fairy lights!  The evening is about to start and we all catch a quiet moment after a busy day of preparations. A big thank you goes to our committed team of volunteers who worked to prepare the space, wine and food.

The guests start to arrive and the artist explains her work passionately.


The night soon gets going and there was a wonderful turn out. Wine and nibbles were served throughout the evening while people enjoyed the beautiful artwork on display.

It was great to see so many new faces at this exhibition and of course our regulars, including students and volunteers of the service. Fellow community artists, peer members of other community groups and local residents were all there to support the artist.

A couple have a quiet moment to reflect.

“Thankyou to everyone for making this evening so special for me, to everyone who came and supported me and my work. I really want to thank Inkwell too for giving me this opportunity and for giving me the confidence, inspiration and motivation to follow my dreams. I never realised how much creativity meant to me so thankyou for making it such an important part of my life” … Amanda Burton

Vitae will be open for six weeks at Inkwell and will run until mid July. Please do come along if you haven’t already to see some beautiful art, enjoy our art space, meet our friendly team and find out more about our services.

The exhibition is open from: Tuesday – Friday 10 am – 5 pm

31 Potternewton Lane ( The Old Shoulder of Mutton Pub)
Chapel Allerton
Tel: 0113 3070108


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