Meet the Artists in the Park – Patricia McDonald-Holmes

It’s time to meet the last (but not least) of our Artists in the Park – Patricia McDonald-Holmes: a Knowsley based multi-disciplinary artist, with printmaking, collage and digital manipulation key elements of her work. She also teaches A Level art, media and graphic design at Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School & Sixth Form, and is a creative arts educator and practitioner as one half of Art4Design, so has a wealth of experience in inspiring young learners.

We hosted her 2015 solo show Latitude and Longitude at Huyton Gallery, featuring her large-scale digital prints and prints using a range of traditional techniques. Her arts practice to date has explored restructuring personal memories and places discovered through travelling, with an aim to present more ethereal images through layer, marks and texture. The images below show the multiple stages that go into creating her complex works which classes will be able to witness as part of Art in the Park.

Patricia will be leading the four Getting Under the Skin sessions, using resource images of skeletal structures of a range of animals as a starting point. She will then select three animals to form a base layer for individual artworks, leading to an overall triptych.

The modern day relationship between archive photography, image manipulation and photographic reproduction processes, digital imaging and print technology will play a part in the build-up of the images. Explore the traditions of montage, collage, frottage and decoupage in relation to concepts of fragmentation and animal identity in the Knowsley Safari setting.

The four free weekly Getting Under the Skin sessions will take place on Tuesday 9th, 16th & 23rd March and 13th April at 10am or 2pm.

Schools wishing to book can contact Knowsley Safari’s Learning and Discovery team directly on 0151 430 9009 (option 2) or enquire online: