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Adventures in Laser Cutting

November 6, 2017 by Tabitha Moses   Comments (0)

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I spent an exciting morning using the laser cutter for the first time. I used a line drawing of a pelvis and had to process the image in Adobe Illustrator so it could be used on the laser cutter. I really liked how the processing made the drawing look like a map of the world - reminding me of a previous work I'd made. There's more to be done with this happy accident. 

Most of the morning was spent on the computer. The actual laser etching took only a few minutes and was magical to watch. 

After lunch I took the etched acrylic up to the print studio, inked it up and ran it through the etching press. I really think there's potential here. The plate was too thick and the lines etched too deep but I'm looking forward to tinkering around with this process in the future. 

The Mantova International Biennale of Contemporary Art

November 6, 2017 by Lucy & Layla Swinhoe   Comments (0)

Selected for ‘The Mantova International Biennale of Contemporary Art from the 4th -10th November 2017, The Five Continents in a ‘’historical’’ exhibition', at the Social Theatre, in the Province of Mantua in Italy.


2 weeks in...

November 3, 2017 by Jim McElvaney   Comments (0)

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I've been lucky enough to get a nice space in the MA Fine Art studios so making the most of it and working on a much larger scale than I am used to. It's making me think alot more which is a nice challenge. I was hoping to post a few images of what i've been up to but not sure how! To keep up to date with my progress follow my instagram @jimmcelvaney.

Hoping to get my printmaking induction soon!

Would be nice to see more students...feel quite hidden away. 



It’s Liquid International Art Festival – Alchemical Body I Fire, Air, Water, Earth

November 1, 2017 by Lucy & Layla Swinhoe   Comments (0)

We're part of ‘It’s Liquid International Art Festival – Alchemical Body I Fire, Air, Water, Earth’, from November 1st – November 30th 2017, hosted in Bogotà (Columbia) at Jorge Jurado Gallery.

Bridges Between Worlds

October 30, 2017 by Baljinder Kaur   Comments (0)

Picturebooks interest me most as a visual platform for storytelling, because they often feel like bridges between two worlds; words & pictures, adults & children, real and fantasy. 

As a second generation immigrant I have often felt as if I also live between two worlds; two languages, two cultures and two key generations. I am a British citizen with British mannerisms, yet have firm Panjabi and Sikh roots. I think and contemplate upon my Guru's words, written in Gurmukhi, in English. It's a strange limbo to live in, where meaningful experiences can often feel as if they've been lost, mistranslated or diluted. 

For the past few years, I have been working on refining my visual language to something which reflects and heals the above, a bridge between two worlds. During my residency, I hope to explore and deepen my understanding of Printmaking, in the hope of marrying it more intimately with my digital and freehand work, again an amalgamation of two worlds; traditional and digital.

This also explores the role of technology amongst children, and how it's evolution has perhaps influenced their relationship with parents/grandparents. For instance, with the increase of iPads and Phones, playtime has began to feel more and more isolated. I feel picturebooks are a great way to create and share important spaces between these generations.

I am most interested in creating wholesome and tangible experiences for the Sikh Diaspora, through the magic of picturebooks, so that we can connect deeper with one another, other communities, but most importantly ourselves. 



First steps: "The Sky is For All"

October 22, 2017 by Chris Meigh-Andrews   Comments (0)

i've begun to think about the development of a "suite" of new video installations that will be linked to an over-arching theme linked to a quotation from John Ruskin:

The sky is for all; bright as it is, it is not “too bright, nor good, for human nature’s daily food,” it is fitted in all its functions for the perpetual comfort and exalting of the heart, for the soothing it and purifying it from its dross and dust. Sometimes gentle, sometimes capricious, sometimes awful, never the same for two moments together; almost human in its passions, almost spiritual in its tenderness, almost divine in its infinity, it is surely meant for the chief teacher of what is immortal in us, as it is the chief minister of chastisement or of blessing to what is mortal. And yet we never attend to it, we never make it a subject of thought…

John Ruskin, ‘Of the Open Sky’ Modern Painters I, Part II, Section III

In using the term "suite" (since i can't find a better word at this stage) i mean that i wish to create a set of linked installations- each one could stand alone, but they are concieved to work together, in some way to be understood as interrelated in somewhat the same way as in a musical composition- to be "played" in succesion. Each will feature an image (or images) of the sky as their central visual subject.

Getting Started

October 22, 2017 by Shirley Stevenson   Comments (0)

Many thanks to Bev Stout and Mike MacGabhann at SHU for being so welcoming and accomodating in the printmaking studio. I've had a great time this week settling in, familiarising myself with the workshop, testing out the inks and the press with some collagraph plates that I made at the end of the summer.

Lets get uploading!

October 20, 2017 by Wendy Mason   Comments (0)

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We've started our weekly posts to Twitter and Facebook posts, so do Follow and/or Like us.

  • Pic of the Week - our favourite image uploaded to this site
  • Tip of the Week - inspiring and useful advise for students from last year's artists

So, you maybe next week's 'Pic of the Week' if you get uploading

What you need in your profile...

  • Your mugshot (so students recognise you when you're working)
  • Your 'About me' text (you've already written the text we need in your application form) 
  • At least one image of your work into an album so students can see what you do
Looking forward to seeing more of your images

Songzhuang International Photo Biennale 2017 ‘Live in This Moment, Return to the Origin’.

October 13, 2017 by Lucy & Layla Swinhoe   Comments (0)

Five of our films were accepted in the Songzhuang International Photo Biennale 2017 ‘Live in This Moment, Return to the Origin’ (which is a major part of the 10th Annual Songzhuang Art Festival), held in the Czech China Contemporary Museum (CCCM) on September 29th to October 13th 2017. https://szipb.org/lucy-and-layla-swinhoe/

Solo Show in Notting Hill

October 11, 2017 by Pam Glew   Comments (0)

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Painted on a mix of flags and national textiles, 'The Dreamers' appear to be sleeping or day dreaming, perhaps contemplating an alternative reality away from current global turmoil.

The new work embraces diversity in world cultures, and utilises world textiles and juxtaposed heritage fabrics. Oriental shop aprons, national flag fragments and vintage curios become the colour block backgrounds for this vivid new series of paintings. The Dreamers is the first showcase of my new work on collaged wood panels.

Opening Night: Wednesday 4 Oct 18.30 - 22:30

Exhibition continues: 5 October - 16 October 2017

Open Tues- Sat 11am-7pm

Westbank Gallery, 3-5 Thorpe Close, Westway, Notting Hill, London, W10 5XL