Esther is a visual artist and creative practitioner based in Beverley in the East Riding of Yorkshire. She has a workspace at Hull's 'Juice Studios', an artist-run workshop and studio facility situated along Hull's vibrant Humber Street, nestled amongst galleries, eateries, and event spaces.
Esther runs courses in Beverley which take place in the the bright and airy church hall situated next to St Mary's Church. These courses occur regularly and can be booked onto by contacting Esther, who will supply you with up-to-date information and availability. Reference material is emailed out well ahead of the sessions, detailing suggested materials, reference images, and an outline of what will be covered in each session. Currently Esther is taking bookings for courses in the following; Life Drawing, Portraiture and Still Life. Additional images taken during the courses can be found on her Instagram, @esthercawley.
Esther recently completed the online Drawing Development Year with the Royal Drawing School, London. During this year she was fortunate to benefit from practicing artists and tutors, some of whom are also Royal Drawing School alumni. The year represented a fantastic opportunity to learn both from the tutors and also from other students; whose work continues to excite and inspire her. The 2023 cohort organised and curated an exhibition to mark the completion of their intensive year. This was kindly supported by the school who generously gave the students one of their London gallery spaces for a group exhibition in March 2024. An accompanying website and catalogue were created to contextualise the show and provide additional information about the artists, including studio shots and artists' websites.
Esther completed a BA (hons) in Fine Art at Kingston University, London, specialising in painting. Over the three years' she was fortunate to gain tuition from tutors and visiting lecturers, amongst these painter Dexter Dalewood, artist Sharon Beavan, course leaders, Jeff Dellow and Gina Medcalf. Of particular interest to her were the regular studio visits facilitated by painter Tim Allen, who took the students across London to visit the working spaces of Gavin Turk, Tracey Emin, and Glenn Brown, to name a few of the more memorable outings.
Esther's year on the Art and Design Foundation course at De Montfort University, Lincoln, was an exciting and intense year. New methodologies and ideas were taught through modules and lectures. The most memorable presentation was delivered by Australian performance artist, Stelarc; his slides included images of his naked body suspended high above a street; many metal hooks pierced strategically across his body, as he hovered above perplexed onlookers.
Having carried out modules on design, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture, Esther chose to complete her final term in the Fine Art department, where she benefitted from excellent tuition from artist, Paul Edwards, an alumnus of The Slade, who was taught by the master, Euan Uglow. This lay down the foundation of a lifelong passion for fine art.