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My First Blog - My Interview with Jayne Murray

May 8, 2018 by Sandra Cope   Comments (0)

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As an AA2A student representative at the University of Wolverhampton, I have had the pleasure to interview one of this year’s artist-in-residents, Jayne Murray, to discuss, amongst other things, her ongoing projects and what interests her most while practicing as a professional artist.

Jayne has a long history of working in the public sphere and trying to engage people with economic issues that are important to her. She achieves this by collaborating with others and by building a network of contacts. Social media, we both agreed, is a useful tool in achieving this so long as it is kept up to date. She uses appropriate materials for each of her projects. Different mediums have ranged from ladders, glow sticks and even flowers, whichever strikes a chord with the public.

She was eager to talk about her new flag project, which is about places and how they work, highlighting all the historical data she had uncovered in the Wolverhampton archives including some interesting information about Enoch Powell. During the sixties, political leader Enoch Powell was systematic in the rebuilding of much of Wolverhampton’s infrastructure with devastating results. His political choices have left a long legacy of unforeseen segregation. Jayne feels the ring road, for example, creates a hierarchy in which the method of construction, imposed and brutal, was forced upon the people of Wolverhampton. This new road circles the town like a moat around a castle, likened by one councillor to the fortification of a medieval town, cutting it off from the people and prioritising the car. Jayne plans to draw attention to this issue by using the printed flag as a metaphor for failing economic systems, our break from the European Union and the lack of social housing available in Wolverhampton.

 Jayne Print1

 

Jayne Print2Jayne Murray is improving her printing techniques while on an AA2A project residency at Wolverhampton University and has discovered she likes working with trace best, preferring the see-through aspect of it. The two test cases shown above show the strong opacity of the print that can then be viewed from both sides.

 

Her interests are significantly based around public interaction, more so than the works themselves, as she passionately explained that her art is more about participation and encouraging social dialogue.  

With this in mind, Jayne wishes to offer some placements covering three days between the 8th and 30th of June this year. This will be good experience and there will be media coverage of this event.

 Any support for the Flag Project is welcomed. Jayne requests that people who are interested in taking part should drop her a short email expressing interest at: peoplemakeplaces@yahoo.co.uk.

A commission piece for Wolverhampton Museum and Gallery exhibition opens May 2016

May 2, 2016 by Rebecca Woodcock   Comments (0)

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I was asked to make a piece of work in reposnce to the museum collection. i chose a piece of work painted by my great grandfather Oliver Clare. The work is in porcerlain, mounted on steal into Cherry wood. The work will be on display form 27th May 2016. 

Ann Kelcey, AA2A artist.

April 4, 2016 by Pamela Fletcher   Comments (0)

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Ann is a ceramics artist with an AA2A placement at the University of Wolverhampton and as AA2A artist representative’s Rebecca Collins and I were keen to introduce ourselves and find out a little about Ann’s practice. We met Ann in her studio space where she is currently experimenting with printing techniques onto clay.  She fuses her practice with her passionate interest in history.  Her work with an archaeological site in Szazhalombatta, a Bronze Age tell settlement, over the past four years has informed her current project.  This involves printing on to clay motifs influenced by Bronze Age mark making.  To progress this project Ann has taken full advantage of the facilities that the placement enables access to, for example screen printing as well as the help and advice that technicians are on hand to provide.

Wolverhampton University Open Day....

February 6, 2016 by Rebecca Woodcock   Comments (0)

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Hello Artists, today is Wolverhampton University Open Day...i will be demonstrating how to make a ceramic head...come and take a look at the amazing facilities and faculty of Arts....

 

Bisque Firing is a success. . .

February 1, 2016 by Rebecca Woodcock   Comments (0)

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The firing was a success. Please see the images in the image file. 

Rebecca Woodcock in her studio. (AA2A artist at Wolverhampton University)

January 31, 2016 by Pamela Fletcher   Comments (0)

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Rebecca Woodcock is one of four AA2A artists at Wolverhampton University and we (Rebecca Collins and I) went to see her at work in her studio to talk to her about her art practice.

Rebecca told us that she is finding the scheme a positive influence on her work as she enjoys working amongst other creative people.  She also says she feels privileged to have access to such a comprehensive array of facilities particularly as her practice spans a variety of different mediums. She describes her art as ‘idiosyncratic’. She is clearly not afraid to try anything. Her prolific practice takes advantage of whatever materials are available to her including paint, textiles and ceramics however a constant thread that runs through her work is her inexhaustible drawing which she uses to record her constant flow of ideas and thoughts.

Rebecca sites amongst her many influences, Abstract Expressionism, Gainsborough, Henry Moore and Paula Rego, but she also said that she finds inspiration in ‘everything’. She is currently working on a project inspired by her experiences whilst camping in Pembrokeshire.  The project is called ‘Pembrokeshire Promise’ and we found her in her studio working on the fourth sculpture in the project. Each sculpture is inspired by each of the passing seasons and local traditions and are all infused with her passionate interaction with her environment. Rebecca is an artist who truly lives for their art.

Rebecca Woodcock in her studio.

Rebecca is planning on giving a lecture about her work to students at the university and will also run a workshop.

Rebecca J Woodcock

January 25, 2016 by Rebecca Woodcock   Comments (0)

Rebecca Woodcock!

 

I am very grateful to be chosen to work from The University of Wolverhampton on the AA2A scheme.

 

Currently, I am working from the ceramics and the print department at The University of Wolverhampton. It is brilliant to work from such a fantastic university with incredible facilities. I am hoping this year will help me to further develop my artistic practice and build-up some new artistic friendships. 

 

This week I will be starting a blog showing you the sketchbooks I am working from and the work in progress created in the University. 

 

Please see my current blog and some of my work from the past 8 years on www.RebeccaJwoodcock.co.uk.  

 

 

Archaeology & Art

January 24, 2016 by Ann Kelcey   Comments (0)

Although I occasionally stray into other areas (eg the WW1 commemorative exhibition in Shrewsbury Museum last year) my work is primarily focussed on pre-history, the Bronze Age in particular. With this in mind, I pulled a book off the shelf that I'd only dipped into before, but now wished I'd paid more attention to earlier!

The focus of my time on the AA2A scheme is print - mostly (but not exclusively) on ceramics. This was an area that I'd previously only touched on, and I decided that a starting point would be to brush up on techniques of printing on ceramics & do some test pieces before venturing into applying myself to being creative. This was in part reliant on co-ordinating my availability with that of the print demonstrations for students - easier said than done, but I was finally able to join in with two of Pip Gittings' demonstrations. Then followed the processes involved in getting my images prepared for my silk screen - which of course entailed two other departments, including using a computer which I couldn't access because my pass hadn't been available. It took forever to sort that out! In the meantime I hadn't been idle - plaster batts & monoprinting sheets are now prepared, I've added to the list of tools to bring from home, (including a container for clay slip) and next week I should be able to start experimenting with layers, using several techniques.

Although this is all important, I don't want my work to revert back to my undergraduate days of being material led, so at the same time I've been thinking about what I want my work to say. Hence the book!

Having taken part in an archaeological dig in Hungary for several years, where we are peeling back layers of time, I've long had in mind to create work that is (a?) palimpsest. That word cropped up when I was reading the book I referred to - "A landscape is a palimpsest of indications of human life and experience..." [Renfrew C, Gosden C, DeMarrais E (eds) 2004 Substance, Memory, Display. Archaeology and Art Cambridge, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research p17] In the first chapter Renfrew talks about the work of Antony Gormley & Richard Long - I haven't got any further than that because these stirred the 'creative juices' and I need to ponder before I go any further. I'm now wondering if I can fit in some 'land art' locally, possibly enlisting the support of some fellow artists (nothing to do with ceramics or print!) 

 

Enough of that -