The exhibition preview - last Wednesday went well with a healthy turnout. It was good to see and we (the artists) are all pleased at how well the work of four people came together in one space. The plan is to create an online version of the exhibition so I will post details of this when it's up and running. I will also put up some images of my work, but not today as have to dash!
Have you voted for your favourite AA2A artist of 2011/12?
- Voting is easy: every artist's profile page on this site has a link to 'vote for this artist' or you can go directly to the voting page here: http:/
- Voting closes at the end of May
- You can vote for any of this year's artists from any college, whether it's because you like their work in college or online or just that they are good at involving students and communicating their knowledge and enthusiasm.
- The winning artists will be promoted on our Websites and Pages, and the Students’ choice will have their project featured in London at the AA2A College Briefing Day.
- The student vote is for students at participating AA2A colleges (there's also a 'Public Vote' for students from other colleges or members of the public - including artists and college staff).
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Yesterday was all about putting together the work that has taken 6 months for me to produce, I found a moment yesterday to write a brief blog on it, then looking again at it I felt that it did not do justice to all the effort that has gone into the show. So yesterday to recap was a flurry of running in and out of the Dome armed with blu tack, double sided tape, last minute text boards to accompany my works.
Yesterday's blog involved regularly glancing up at the clock struggling to eat something, do hair, change shoes, feed cat etc etc, this is the norm for me and I'm sure many other artists on their pv nights. The work is what dominates my mind, it's both satisfying to have completed a long project and exhausting remembering all those tiny details!
The staff at the college were great in helping to pull the show together with us, a big thank you to Sharlaine Fincham and Jeremy Asquith, also to Craig Titley and Nathan Sissons for all their help! Brilliant team at Chesterfield College.
Great show last night and it's on til the 25th...
LAST NIGHT SOME OF THE GREAT AND GOOD CAME AND SAW OUR FINAL SHOW. It was very much appreciated, thanks to all who attended, some I know had come quite a way.
The show started at 5pm, at which point my large mural was still unframed. However, my noble framers, Bonds from Chesterfield, staggered down the road with the completed 8' x 4' frame and slotted the board into it as if it had been made to measure. It had of course, but since I was the one who'd done the measuring it was rather a pleasant surprise that I'd actually got my bit right. Very happy result.
Thanks to everyone involved in helping me get up and onto the walls: Jeremy Asquith and Sharlaine Fincham and who between them started this first whole Chesterfield Artist in Residence opportunity, and navigated through something of a new minefield to bring it to fruition. Thanks To Peter who put up with me in his studio for the first three months when he didn't have room, but never compained, to Julie who allowed me to paint quietly in a corner of my new studio whilst she taught her A level students. A special thanks to Kate Penney the Level 1 tutor who so generously lent me her lovely class to play with, to Jordan Fewell, tatooed techie who used his bandsaw to such good effect that I now want to get one myself. (A saw, not a Jordan.) Thanks also to Craig Titley and James Marples who helped get things onto walls, and then photographed them.
I have so much enjoyed this experience, both doing my own work and talking to/working with students as well. It's been a very stimulating six months, and I've got a lot more ideas stemming from the work I did here waiting to be made in my new studio. I shall miss the College. Everyone was so kind and helpful. Many, many thanks from me.
This has been a quiet year for residencies and teaching opportunities, things I usually rely on as income throughout the year. However, every cloud has a silver lining, and this hiatus has meant that I have had more time to concentrate on my own arts practice and a body of new work which combines my love of drawing and my passion for printmaking. I know it makes little sense at a time of reduced income but I have just bitten the bullet and completed the entry forms for both the RE:OPEN print show organised by the Royal Academy and the BITE: Artists Making Prints which showcases original printworks. Although nearly £100 poorer I feel hopeful and more engaged with the artist community than for a long time. How do other artists cope both creatively and financially at this time of recession I wonder?
If you get a chance, look at the album with some mad students just frolicking. Who needs expensive props when you've got a piece of netting and a frame? No wonder I had fun.
Four of us Artists in Residence, myself, Georgia Peskett, Vicki Johnson and Kate Sully, are holding our final exhibtion in The Dome at Chesterfield College from next Monday. If you are in the area, please come. The preview is 5-8pm Monday 16th April.
I have greatly enjoyed not only the opportunity to paint on a far larger scale than I can in my own studio, but also the contact with the students and staff at the College. My advice: If you missed out this year, try again next year.
As I have been working on this residency at Salford University for the past 6 months, I thought it was about time I started communicating what I have been up to.
As I have mentioned on the profile page Objects for a Studio is a project which investigates the psycology of the artist's studio. I spend single days in other artists' studios, creating work using the objects I encounter. I document this experience with a photograph, which is then exhibited.
I have worked in 45 studios to date in the UK (Manchester, London, Sheffield, Leeds, Preston, Yorkshire) and also in China and The Netherlands. Throughout the progress of the project (from Summer 2008 to present day) the work has been exhibited as I've gone along: in my own studio for Art Transpennine '08; Eemzicht Atelier, Amersfoort, NL; Ximalaya Bookstore Gallery, Chongqing, China; and PSL [Project Space Leeds].
During this residency I will be working with artists associated with Salford University and I will be documenting my progress through this blog.
Last week I had the chance to do a workshop with a great group of students and enthusiastic staff. It was F U N for all of us. Each student had to paint their own Olympic design on a fifty pence piece of chipboard, about a foot across. the idea was to make three sets of rings. They flung themselves into it and the results will be on show in Queens Park Chesterfield at the Jubliee. At the end of four hours we had three sets of Olympic rings with unique designs. Check them out on the album!