I visited the "Against the Tide" exhibition at the Substation in Newport today....and it felt a bit like home. I mean... the home I grew up in. Art all over the shop. Artworks by my sister....
And my brother.....
The whole thing has got me thinking about nature vs nurture in the idea of the "creative family". I come from a long line of crafty, creative, make-do-and-mend sorts... but is creativity innate or environmental....?
In my family, creativity was encouraged. Materials, time and space were allowed for the creation of anything we cared to make. Mess was allowed (...although I seem to remember an incident involving purple candle wax on the dining room carpet....hmmmm...).
My brothers, sisters and I have all grown into adults with a wide range of creative abilities and interests. Nature or nurture?
I meet people all the time who come to craft late in life and take to it like the proverbial duck (to the proverbial wet stuff). Is that an innate (previously untapped) talent, the result of environmental influences, or is it just that anyone can do this craft stuff if they have a go..?
What do YOU think...? Is your creativity the result of a nurturing family environment or is it something that was just itching to get out, despite the odds.....?
Against The Tide
August 5th - 22 August
The Substation Gallery
1 Market St Newport Vic
Thursday - Sunday 11.00am - 5.00pm