Bay Backner to read her new book on creativity at Jan Royce Gallery

Join Bay for her book reading and discussion on creativity, this Sunday 30th May. You’ll hear Bay read from her new book The 21 Day Creative, a practical guide to creative fulfillment for busy lives. The book is planned for an October release.

You can then take part in an inclusive open-floor discussion on some of the book’s themes – creativity, creative myths, creator-loneliness, permission, muses and creating with fragmented time.

The event is free and open to all, but places are limited to 12. To reserve yours, RSVP at the Art Nights Out Meetup or email Cornelis Moon, Director of The Jan Royce Gallery.

With the kind support of The Jan Royce Gallery

Sunday 30th May, 12.00 – 12.45pm

The 21 Day Creative – Book reading by Bay Backner

Bay Backner interviewed by Valencia TV News about her Art Walk initiative

Bay conceived and created Art Walk Valencia as a new initiative to support independent art spaces in her city. Eleven galleries and art venues opened simultaneously on Sunday 18 April from 11.00am – 14.00pm, with a map and information published on artwalkvlc.com

Bay organised Art Walk as a responsible, covid-safe way to experience art in Valencia. Art Walkers walked in groups of four or less and followed all safety measures when inside the arts spaces.

Art Walk was a resounding success, with some spaces welcoming more than 300 visitors safely over the three hour event. Valencia’s A Punt TV News programme reported from Art Walk and interviewed Bay about the aims of the initiative. Bay also gave a radio interview for Podríem Fer-ho Millo alongside SET Espai D’Art gallery director Reyes Martinez.

For more information about Art Walk Valencia, visit artwalkvlc.com. You can also sign up to Bay’s mailing list to hear of the second Art Walk planned for later this year.

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Bay Backner brings together eleven independent galleries for Art Walk Valencia

Bay conceived and created Art Walk Valencia as a new initiative to support independent art spaces in her city. Eleven galleries and art venues opened simultaneously on Sunday 18 April from 11.00am – 14.00pm, with a map and information published on artwalkvlc.com

Art Walk was a resounding success, with some spaces welcoming more than 300 visitors safely over the three hour event. Valencia’s A Punt TV News programme reported from Art Walk and interviewed Bay about the aims of the initiative. Bay also gave a radio interview for Podríem Fer-ho Millo alongside SET Espai D’Art gallery director Reyes Martinez.

Bay and the A Punt TV film crew during Art Walk – photo: Sandi Goodwin

Art Walk was free and open to all, with “Art Walkers” to take part in groups of four or less in line with current covid restrictions. There was no set route between the eleven venues, but the furthest galleries, La Trini in La Zaidía and Lanevera in Russafa, are just a 30 minute walk apart. 

The idea for Art Walk came out of Bay’s conversation with Kristin Gracie, founder of Russafa’s The RW Project, about how to safely open their current art exhibition “Eve” to visitors.  

Eve in The RW Project space

“Covid has challenged artists to become more creative about sharing our work. It’s been a year now without normal gallery inaugurations or artist talks in independent spaces,” explains Bay.

“Before Covid I organised a Meetup group of 1,000 art-goers in Valencia. Since lockdown, many have asked me how they can continue to support Valencia’s artists,” she continues.

“Art Walk makes it easy to visit some of our city’s most exciting art spaces. In English these are called “grassroots” arts spaces because they encourage emerging artists. If we can help them to grow their audience, we all benefit from a thriving art scene.”

Bay and other Art Walkers in La Trini Gallery – photo: Sandi Goodwin

The Jan Royce Gallery in El Carmen was the first gallery to agree to open on Sunday for Art Walk. Director Cornelis Moonen explains,

“Art Walk is a wonderful initiative. It underlines how Valencia’s art galleries and artists continue to work together to present new contemporary art, in spite of this challenging year.” 

“By walking on a Sunday morning, we also support our neighbourhood’s restaurants and bars. I hope that many art-lovers find inspiration in the diversity of the art being presented, and enjoy (re-)discovering their vibrant, artistic city.” 

Reyes Martinez, director of gallery SET Espai D’Art adds, 

“We are participating in Art Walk because we support any initiative that brings art closer to the public, that normalises visiting galleries and exhibitions, and that recognises the work that galleries do in supporting and representing artists.” 

A Punt TV News film in SET Espai D’Art during Art Walk

Bay Backner to show embroidered paintings about solitude, isolation and hope at Jan Royce Gallery

Bay Backner will participate in ¡Abril Despierta! (April Awakes!) at The Jan Royce Gallery in Valencia. Bay will show five new works alongside paintings by Valencia artist Tatiana Roig and Russian Aleksandra Istorik.

For ¡Abril Despierta! Bay has made five figurative artworks in oil paint and hand-embroidery on canvas. These explore how identities are being shaped by this year’s pandemic, specifically how its experiences affect our subconscious minds. Truth expresses how many of us looked inwards during isolation; Trust, the creative relationship between our conscious and subconscious;  Expectation, how we balanced hope with reality; Ice, the complicated nature of solitude and Untitled, the freedom of imagination while confined. 

The Jan Royce Gallery exhibits contemporary art from around the world, presenting a “fascinating, broad selection of artists and works. Stimulating, cutting-edge works by established contemporary artists, as well as intriguing works from young emerging artists, who may not have yet gained public acclaim.”

Jan Royce Gallery director Cornelius Moon affirms that the space “recognises the importance of supporting local talent and believes that the development of the Arts in any community is paramount in creating a society with character and soul.”

Artist and journalist Tatiana Roig writes that ¡Abril Despierta! is “an art exhibition where three artists from different nationalities reflect on the influences of being born in different countries and their very diverse way of conceiving art. Three women come together in a post-pandemic era to show their art and its origins.”

“Unusual textures and textiles, blending cotton and wood, shape a multicultural exhibition in the heart of the city of Valencia.”

The show will open on 10th April 2021 and run until 30th May.

‘Blancanieves’ embroidered oil painting in art exhibition at Galeria Cuatro, Valencia

Bay is now showing Blancanieves, her new large-scale embroidered oil painting at Galeria Cuatro, Valencia. The work is part of collective exhibition Sexto Sentido, on show at the gallery until 3rd March 2021.

Other participating artists include Alba Lorente, artist and editor of contemporary art magazine La Novicia; Luis Salvador, artist and director of La Trini art space; painter Miguel Castillo Oñate and artist-curator Jose Lapasió.

Blancanieves was painted in response to the current restrictions in Valencia. With one of the highest incidences of Covid-19 in Spain, all cultural events have been postponed and gatherings of more than two people are prohibited. When gallery director Miguel Castillo Gómez invited Bay to participate in Sexto Sentido, he asked for a work that would be impactful and colourful as a response to the challenges the current situation presents.

Blancanieves (Snow White in Spanish) is an expression of the joy we can find in creativity. No matter what we encounter in the external world, our internal worlds can be one of magical stories, enchanted mirrors and self-expression. The painting is part of Bay’s wider ongoing series of paintings exploring our hidden selves.

Blancanieves is 146 x 114 cm in oil paint with hand-embroidery on canvas. At 1900Eu the painting is expect to sell to Bay’s collectors in Valencia. To check that the painting is stil available before your visit, call Galeria Cuatro on 963 51 00 63

The gallery is open daily in line with current restrictions, from 10.30am until 6pm.

Galeria Cuatro, Carrer de la Nau, 25, 46003 València, Valencia

Galeria Cuatro exhibition “Sexto Sentido” to show new large-scale embroidered painting by Bay Backner

Bay is showing new work in the latest exhibition at Valencia gallery Galería Cuatro. The show, Sexto Sentido, will open this Thursday, 29th January. Bay will debut her latest large-scale embroidered painting Blancanieves (Snow White), a 114×146 canvas which will be featured on this site after the exhibition opens.

Following current restrictions for Covid-19, there will be no traditional inauguration. The works can be viewed in person at the gallery between 10am and 6pm until 3rd March 2021.

Galería Cuatro’s director Miguel Castello was yesterday interviewed by newspaper Las Provincias. He discusses the challenges facing our city’s art scene and the importance of making galleries relevant for the younger generation. You can read the full interview in Las Provincias Culture here.

Galería Cuatro is a well-established and pioneering Valencian gallery, having opened its doors more than forty years ago in July 1980. Initially it was a parallel space to the historic Theo Gallery, concieved to support the work of emerging Valencian artists.

Some of the artists that Galería Cuatro supported in their early careers include important names like Francisco Lozano, Joaquín Michavila, José María Yturralde, Jordi Teixidor and Artur Heras.

The gallery overcame Spain’s 2008 economic crisis and is facing current challenges with innovative exhibitions and new artists. These are being led by Miguel Castillo’s son David, who has taken on the role of gallery curator.

Bay is delighted to be participating in the gallery’s program this year.

Galería Cuatro
Carrer de la Nau, 25, 46003 València, Valencia

Sexto Sentido
29/01 – 03/03
10am – 6pm daily

Showing New Surrealist Paintings in Collaboration with Valencia’s The RW Project

Bay is currently showing new paintings in The RW Project space in Valencia’s arts district, Russafa. The project, titled Eve is a collaboration between Bay, RW founder and writer Kristin Gracie, and filmmaker Steve Kempen. Bay is showing six new large-scale surrealist oil paintings, including Eve (2020) which was especially painted for the collaboration. Other paintings in the space are Serenity, Allegory, Anima, Vision and Shrine.

Visits to The RW Project are by timed appointment only to honour current safety restrictions. Register for your appointment at The RW Project page.

Eve opened on New Year’s Eve 2020/21 as a metaphor for the artistic possibilities of the New Year, set against the challenges of our current times. Showing alongside Bay’s paintings are words by Gracie on the significance and creative energy of the collaboration.

Craving to welcome 2021 feeling empowered and inspired, a curious writer called on her surrealist muse to explore a question that centuries of women before us have sat with … “What can we do while all we are hearing is what we can’t do?”

– Kristin Gracie

Also featured are two new short films by director Steve Kempen, installed within the exhibition. Kempen’s films explore the relationship between Bay and Gracie, and how the Eve project was inspired. They also offer intimate scenes of Bay’s creative process in her studio.

To continue the ‘behind-the-scenes’ access, Bay has chosen to display four of her development works on paper within the show. All four works are in pastel, inks and acrylic spray and were created while Bay researched the emotions she sought to paint in the face of Eve.

Eve is a representation of all that is possible when the beautiful aspects of the feminine are listened to with adventurous curiosity and trusted without weighted hesitation. 

– Kristin Gracie

Eve will be open until March 2021. To hear of more invitation-only events in The RW Project space, join The RW list. To follow Bay’s work and further art events in Valencia, subscribe to her monthly newsletter.

You can book your appointment to see the Eve collaboration here.

“Eve” solo show to open at Russafa’s RW Project Space

RW Project Russafa Bay Backner Studio

Bay will open a solo show with The RW Project in Russafa on New Years Eve, 31st December 2020. The exhibition “Eve” is a collaboration with the curator-director of the RW Project, Kristin Gracie. Exploring ideas of transformation, the show was inspired by Paul Roussel’s 1908 sculpture “Eve o La Pomme”. Gracie encountered the sculpture in the Musee d’Orsay and made connections with Bay’s work on a studio visit earlier this Autumn. Bay is painting a new work entitled “Eve” especially for the exhibition, which will be open until 31st January.

RW Project Russafa Bay Backner Studio
RW Project director Gracie (pictured here in front of a painting in progress) during her visit to Bay’s Valencia studio.