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Talented artist to see his work featured in new Pevensey Gazette

Martin Williamson, the talented artist living in Yorkshire who contributed to the funds of St. Nicolas church in Pevensey in 2016 and 2107 with his illustrations set as postcards to help raise money in the restoration of the church, is to see his work featured in the new Pevensey Gazette.

The Peveney Gazette is being described as a ‘promotional tool for the historic village’ is preparing for a pre-Christmas launch.

His work which he sees as being about “a sense of time and place” have been praised by both the National Churches Trust and The Churches Conservation Trust.

He says, “the landscape is my focus: its ever-changing moods, forms, forces, light and weather. Sometimes buildings will take centre-stage, buildings hewn from the local rock, ancient buildings that could almost be an organic extension of the land and the rock itself. Man isn’t present in my work, only the hand of Man – Man and Landscape together, living, working, evolving, dying..”.

Working with the name ‘Cobbybrook’ as an online pseudonym, his paintings hang in private collections throughout the world and organisations such as The Friends Of Friendless Churches, The National Churches Trust and The Stowe House Preservation Group own original paintings.

Martin’s work has been featured in numerous publications, including: the Yorkshire regional magazine ‘The Dalesman’ (May 2011), The Yorkshire Post newspaper (June 2011), The Guardian website (June 2011), regional magazine ‘Northern Life’ (Spring 2013), the Channel island’s magazine ‘Sark Life’ (Issue 14, Summer 2014) and the Pevensey Bay journal (October 2016) .

His latest work, a vintage style travel poster is now available, ‘Pevensey’ is just £35 including postage and packing.

An interview with Martin is to be one of the features in the new Pevensey Gazette as part of the pre-Christmas launch.

The Pevenssy Gazette has been at the planning stage for six months whilst aspects of the new newspaper have been tweaked.

In print and online, the new promotional tool for the historic village of Pevensey sees news, opinion, features, an A-Z Gazetteer, in the form of an eight page newspaper. The Pevensey Gazette is edited by Jayne Howard and published by Dianne Dear.

Utilising the theme “from the Domesday Book to the Digital Age”, the target audience is both residents and the promotion of the village to a European and international visitor audience.

As well as being available in print in key business locations in Pevensey, the newspaper is also being made available to an initial target audience in digital form of 100 heritage based and education based organisations in the country.

The newspaper is free of charge, written by a small number of local writers with contributions by key academics in the country such as Kathryn Hurlock, Senior Lecturer in Medieval History, Manchester Metropolitan University

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Looking at the work of Martin Williamson (Cobbybrook), a local art critic said “I have always thought that in the simplicity of his work and the essential expression of time and place with buildings, particularly churchyards, that there is a beautiful sense of a passing moment captured, with the spirit of the place immortalised. The work is just beautifully crafted and projected. As well as a sense of time and place, there is something of the historic spirit of the Church of England in his work”.

He added, “there is no surprise to see that the people behind the production of the Pevensey Gazette have alighted on his work with travel posters  to feature in the Pevensey Gazette.

“His new work, vintage travel posters, takes us towards the world of Rail and Shell travel posters from the 1930s, appropriate for Pevensey as a historic visitor destination and simply beautiful. My guess is that with these travel style posters he is on to a winner”.