‘All Wired Up’ is a current exhibition at Walford Mill Crafts, Stone Lane, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 1NL, featuring a whole range of wirework in all its wonderful forms, by various artists and makers. Some of my work is featured as part of the exhibition. Running until 14th April, this link will hopefully tempt you to visit before it ends: Walford Mill flickr photostream
February has flown by for me, thankfully, with an intense period of making new sculpture, installations, exhibitions, commissions, teaching and workshops. I’m very glad Spring is in the air at last!
I installed two pieces at Lanhydrock National Trust Estate, Cornwall yesterday, as part of ‘Art in the Garden’ – running until October.
Two days of wire workshops this week via Spaeda at Preston Primary School resulted in some great insect sculptures by Yr 6 pupils. I was also really pleased that some of my students at All Hallows Prep School gained scholarships to their next schools and won awards at Black Swan Arts’ Young Open, Frome. On Monday I went on an art trip with some of these pupils to see the Rain Room and Light Show in London – two fantastic shows!
I’m very excited to have been selected for the Somerset Art Works/NGS ‘Abundance’ commission, which will entail a garden trail of sculptures by seven artists installed in various beautiful gardens in Somerset during Somerset Art Weeks later this year. Ideas are brewing…
Next week I will be installing some work at The Magdalen Project as part of the Scraptors‘ Scraptorzoic Era. This will be the last trail for me as part of the Scraptors group, although I will of course continue individually as a scraptor – working with recycled materials, as ever.
And now it’s nearly Spring, people traditionally turn their attention to gardening and perhaps a sculpture or two…
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.