Just over a week left to visit exhibitions at Sidcot Arts Centre BS25 1PD & Ginger Fig Gallery TA1 4ER before they end on 9th Feb. If the snow held you back, now’s a good time to catch them:
Meanwhile, I have started on new work to install at Lanhydrock National Trust Estate (1st March), completed some designs for projects and received a couple of exciting commissions to deliver this year. One is related to Somerset Art Works and the other Private. More news on these to follow…
I am just finishing off a Butterfly piece for the Ginger Fig Gallery’s 5th Birthday Exhibition ‘The Birds and the Bees’ starting this coming week – not enough time to make the larger piece I envisaged involving a suspended Spiky Pod, as it meant exploring a few unknowns, but will enjoy making that for another show. I have several upcoming shows to work for, so need to keep focused. It’s a tricky juggling act – what new work to make for which show and when, keeping to tight deadlines and managing shows that run alongside each other and back to back.
The next one is ‘Art at Blackmore’ with my group Gallery4Art, running from 23rd Feb – 3rd March. 16 of us will be showing a whole range of paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewellery, photography, prints and more… I hope to have some more new work by then!
See below for a more comprehensive list of forthcoming exhibitions.
It’s always a good sign when you can bounce out of bed early in the morning willingly! I have been running a series of 4 morning workshops at Ash School via SAW, linked to the Great Crane Project and the whole school migration project. It was such a pleasure working there, the children worked so well in groups and the outcomes for their age (9/10 yr olds) were wonderful.
We were kindly lent Jack-the-stuffed-crane by Damon (of Great Crane Project) to refer to. Jack is one of the few cranes from the project who died from overhead cables. The rest are thriving in Somerset – having been brought over as eggs from Europe. With other resources, various demonstrations and 1to1 help, the children worked in small groups creating nesting, flying, pecking birds of all denominations. From beautiful collaborative drawings to final sculptures, they worked busily, collecting, selecting and constructing from a range of wire and found materials.
The children divided up their roles within groups, so each person had a part of their bird to make. These were then attached towards the end, before final details were added – beads, bottle tops, horseshoes, pegs, bedsprings and clips all found a nesting place!
We had a visit from Western Gazette, so may feature in this week’s papers with Jack! The work will be displayed in Ash School Hall next week for all to see, including visiting teachers from Europe. The sculptures will then tour to Ginger Fig’s 5th birthday exhibition entitled ‘Birds and Bees’ (1b Bath Place, Taunton TA1 4ER) until 16th Feb.
Happy New Year! 2013 has woken me up with a jolt after a much needed rest. I have several exhibitions in place for this year, with a few still to confirm, so plenty to work towards. I hope you can make it to some of the following, in which my work will feature:
Sidcot Open Art Exhibition, Sidcot School Community Arts Centre, Winscombe, N.Somerset BS25 1PD 12th Jan – 9th Feb (open Sat 10-4, Tues 2-7, Thurs 2-6. Private View Jan 11th 6-8.30pm) – see below
Ginger Fig Gallery 5th Birthday Exhibition ‘The Birds and the Bees’, 1b Bath Place, Taunton TA1 4ER 25th Jan – 16th Feb (Private View Jan 24th 6-8pm)
‘Art at Blackmore’, Blackmore Farm, Blackmore Lane, Cannington, Bridgwater TA5 2NE 23rd Feb – 3rd March (Private View Fri 22nd Feb)
Landhydrock National Trust Estate, Bodmin PL30 5AD 1st March – 31st Oct
‘All Wired Up’, Walford Mill Crafts, Stone Lane, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 1NL 2nd March – 14th April (Private View Sat 2nd March 2-4pm)
Widcombe Art Trail, Paragon School, Bath BA2 4LT 18/19th May 10.30-5.30 (Private View Fri 17th, 6-8pm, The Paragon)
Delamore Arts, Cornwood, Devon PL21 9QT 1st – 31st May
Artist on a Plinth, Black Swan Arts, 2 Bridge Street, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BB 1st – 31st May
Showborough House Sculpture Exhibition, Twyning, Gloucestershire GL20 6DN 2nd May – 16th June (open Thurs – Sun & Bank Holiday Mondays 10.30-4)
Café Bar, Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury Glos GL20 5NX 2nd May – 16th June
Frome Artists Open Studios, The Limes, 45 Keyford, Frome, Somerset BA11 1LB 6th – 14th July
Devon Recycled Sculpture Trail Teignmouth seafront July – Sept
Somerset Art Weeks & Abundance Garden Trail 21st Sept – 6th Oct
Walcot Chapel, off Walcot Street, Bath BA1 5UG 14th – 27th Oct
My work is also currently represented at The Sculpture Park, Surrey and First-View Gallery, Stourhead.
In addition to regular teaching work at All Hallows Prep School, I have been running some workshops this month at Ash School, near Martock, linked to the wonderful Great Crane Project via SAW. Year 5 children have been making birds in various states, using wire and recycled materials. It’s been a delight to witness children working so happily and busily together – peaceful collaboration in small groups. Today Western Gazette photographers flew in and out to take pics of the workshop. A lesson in itself about the adult world and artifice. Photos will soon be posted of the finished products.