I'm exhibiting with The Northampton Town and County Art Society as one of their associate members. The house is also a museum with rooms designed by Rennie Macintosh and it's really worth a visit. The house is situated in Northampton's cultural quarter near to the Derngate Theatre and plenty of independent shops , cafés and restaurants. A real gem of a place, I've exhibited here twice now and it's lovely.
As part of my contemporary art practice I will be drawing ,filming and talking with people and their dogs. This event will take place in The Project Space in NN Contemporary Art Northampton,UK. There is a Facebook page The Sitter,The Dog,The Artist , where the recordings can be viewed live. I'll update my website throughout the event. If you'd like to volunteer please see the Facebook page and/or contact me.
In America this coming Friday is known as Black Friday, in response to the greed and commercialism displayed on that day an artist ,Scott Wong , decided to give something away for FREE....his art! He began this a few years ago and invited other artist to do the same. Now the event #floodthestreetswithart has spread Worldwide.
Find out more here www.facebook.com/events/1170635313000957/.
I'm taking part alongside some of my arty friends. You could join in too, you don't even need to be an artist, just create something and leave it with a note saying it's free and #floodthestreetswithart. Make someone's day!
I'll be dropping mine somewhere in a park in Northampton UK. If you find any art on Friday 25th Nov 2016, let me know!
2 exciting exhibitions coming up!
'Look Up,Look Down' sees Northants artists showcasing work based on their local area , while being inspired by the title set by Rocco at 15 Collingwood . 15 Collingwood is a great little independent shop that champions art, jewellery, 20th Century modern furniture and ephemera. The owner of 15 Collingwood has recently been featured in the Home section of the Observer Magazine, giving a insight into his style and love of colour. It's really worth a visit to 15 Collingwood and a few steps away is another independent shop 'The Italian ' where you can get a gorgeous lunch and cappuccino, while stocking up on Italian food products. If you visit please let me know if you love it as much as I do!
Winter Glory will be on display in The Alfred East Gallery in Kettering. A group of 5 Northants artists coming together in an exhibition put together by Jamie Poole. They'll be a real variety of several works by each artist. Jamie is known for his unique 'text' paintings, while Brian Mutton uses the picture plane differently by creating 3D layers , a technique which I find really exciting to look at. I've yet to see the work of Charles Bezzina and Edward Stamp, however I'm looking forward to seeing Charles' watercolour interpretations of landscape alongside the woodcuts of Edward Stamp. I'll be exhibitions several seasonal inspired artworks at this show.
The Alfred East Gallery is a must see. There are many exhibitions there throughout the year and it is comprised of more than one gallery space, so there is always lots to see.
I have 2 artworks on display here. I'll be part of 2 further exhibitions before Christmas. Details will be posted when I have more info.
Opening up your private sanctuary to the public can be a daunting task. This was my 3rd Open Studio event as part of Northants Open Studio. Every year I learn something new and every year I wished I had done something differently. Today I'll share my experience with you so that it might help you if you to decide to open to the public.
Step 1 Research
Find out about Open Studios in your area. You can usually find details about them in local galleries and museums. Visit some artists in a home studio, a group show , a hall and other locations. Decide what the benefits to each location would be. Keep notes about what you liked and what you didn't like about the location. If it's a group show ask if you can have more information about joining them next time. When visiting look at how they display the work and how they draw attention to the location, do they have signs displayed and bunting, do they have refreshments and is it welcoming?
Step 2 What and where you want to show?
Do you want the public to see your studio, warts and all ? Or would you prefer your work to be displayed along side other people's in a space that is already suitable for the public, such as a hall or gallery? If it's a public space you will need to decide what to take, how to display it and whether or not you will be there with the work all the time. Think about the pros and cons of each setting and make a list before you decide on a location. Think about the logistics and the costs involved. Will you be displaying all your work , which can be very exciting for the public but sometimes confusing, or will you display your most recent or best work? Again lists of pros and cons are good for clearing the mind!
Step 3 How to display your work
Once you have decided what to show you then need to think about pricing and display. Does your work need framing? What will the costs be? Do you want to hang your work in collections, if you do using the same frame will create a neat display. Do you want the public to see everything you do including all the messy parts of creating the work ( for me this is the most exciting aspect of Open Studios). Once you have decided what you would like the public to see, then you can find a location to display it. Contact the location to find out details,costs,availability ,hanging restrictions make notes and save them.
next time I'll be blogging about step 4
Step 4 Working alone or with others
If you've not visited and artist studio before you might not know what to expect. Here is what you can expect when you visit my studio.
A nice cup of tea for starters . Once you have that, you can browse through my sketch books, look at the materials I use, and see the process I go through to make my art. Don't be afraid to ask questions or to touch things. I spend such a lot of time alone in my studio, that visitors are welcomed with open arms!!
There will be work for sale, however not everyone who visits will buy art, it's nice if someone wants to take something home but it's just as lovely to see people appreciate the work. There is certainly no pressure from me to buy anything so don't worry about visiting and walking away with just memories!
I will have a range of materials laid out so if you fancy creating something yourself or simply having a play with materials, you can have a go!
Most of all, visiting an artist's studio can be an insight into the world of the artist. Each studio is unique and it's like walking into someone's brain!! Usually a private space, visiting a studio is a special exchange between artist and viewer. I really hope you'll accept the invitation to come and take a step into my world. I look forward to seeing you.
Just a quick note, my studio is up a flight of stairs and I might bring Spike, my dog , into the studio on some days, he's not very friendly with other dogs so if you are thinking of bringing yours please phone first so I can pop him in his crate. ( rescue dogs come with rescue issues!!) tel 07793 649 662
As you are probably aware ,because I've been sharing my good news everywhere, my work has been selected by judges to go through to the second stage of the National Open Art Competition.
This means I have a chance to have my work exhibited in London and seen by many people.
For me sharing my art and getting it seen is the best thing ever! So I'm asking you all to help me get there by voting for me. The judges decide who gets through but the public vote also counts.
So all you have to do is vote for my painting 'The Sick Day' and here is the link !! Fingers crossed and a huge thank you!! Please share with your friends xx http://www.nationalopenart.org/gallery2.php?as=1&The-Sick-Day-18213