Press 2014

Oakfield Academy – Bulrushes Workshop, Frome Standard  Feb ’14

Sidcot Arts Centre, Tendril installation Feb ’14

Outdoor Sculpture Programme, Sidcot School Feb ’14

Embracing Life Through Art, Landscape Juice Feb ’14

New Art Projects in Somerset, Shepton Journal Feb ’14

Tall Tendril on Show at Arts Centre, Wells Journal Feb ’14

Setting a Sea Life Theme, Western Daily Press Feb ’14

Artist Creates Installation at School, Western Mercury Feb ’14

Abundance catalogue (my page)

Memory Tree for Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice – Farnborough Rotary Club April ’14

Hidden Garden Show, ‘Fabric’ Magazine May ’14

Fosse and Mendip

Sculptsite – ‘Found, Now, Missing’ exhibition at Contains Art – June ’14

Somerset Gazette – Contains Art – June ’14

Somerset Gazette articleGazette listings

Bristol Post – Litterarti project – Nest sculpture for children’s Litterbugs – June ’14

Bristol Post – Waste of Space Tree-making workshops and exhibition at Trinity Centre

Golden Pulse blog – Litterarti work at Trinity Centre, Bristol

Glastonbury Abbey Sculpture in the Orchard – YouTube film posted by visitor Tom Eveson

Sculpture in the Orchard at Glastonbury Abbey – Somerset Life Aug ’14

Sculpture in the Orchard, Glastonbury Abbey - Somerset Life

Sculpture in the Orchard at Glastonbury Abbey – Shepton Mallet Journal

Glastonbury Abbey's 'Sculpture in the Orchard'

LandfillArt Website

Second Time Around – Hubcap as Art, LandfillArt Exhibition, MSV, USA

Through Our Hands online magazine p.41-46 (issue 2)

The Great Crane Project, All Hallows

Ideas Tap – step in stone crowdfunding, Oct-Dec ’14

Guardian – step in stone, Nov ’14

step in stone -Somerset Guardian 20:11:14

 

 

 

 

 

Winding down

Time to wind down and clear up my studio after a very full year of exhibitions, commissions, teaching and community projects.  Outcomes from these projects include a book being published soon as legacy of the Abundance Commission.  Looking forward to seeing it complete.  I’ve started in my new role as Somerset Art Works Rep for East Mendip and am hoping to develop a couple of exciting art ventures for Somerset…

I have a couple of commissions and several workshops lined up until Christmas, when I will be taking a long awaited break to Mombasa to see family and refresh!

Below is a pic of some bulrushes made from steel, wire and recycled materials by talented Yr 8 students at Oakfield Academy, Frome in a recent workshop I ran:

Journeys

Although the pressure started earlier for me this year, I’m beginning to feel it tightening its grip.  Determined not to let the season of summer madness get the better of me, I have declined a few possible festival workshops (usually done for love not money!) in order to keep focused on important commissions/exhibitions coming up later in the year.  However, there still seems to be a gathering list of exhibitions, and I’ve spent much of the past week either delivering/installing or collecting work!  The long journeys and physical exertion of lifting/carting work can be time-consuming, expensive and exhausting.  No matter how hard I try, I can’t say no and often, the good exhibitions are miles away.  The trick is to make the most of every journey.

Last Monday, with a bit of clever planning, I incorporated 3 appointments in one day, so that the travel to Devon was fully utilised.  With truck fully loaded, I went first to Greenway (Agatha Christie’s place – so beautiful) to discuss a possible solo exhibition there next year, which is exciting.  Agatha described it as “the loveliest place in the world”, and I can see her point.  Overlooking the river Dart and a boathouse, her georgian home is surrounded by lush planting, lichen and mossy woodland.  I was entranced!

I then went on to Cornwood to install work for the Delamore Arts exhibition (runs throughout May) – a great venue, particularly for sculpture.  And finally, a trip to a small Gallery in Exmouth (LookArt).  My dog and I enjoyed several walks that day exploring each area, so it was quite an adventure.

Whilst in Bath last week collecting flyers for the Widcombe Trail (18/19th May) and delivering work, amongst other errands I visited Bath Abbey to see the Odyssey exhibition (about journeys), including work by Tessa Farmer and Damian Hirst.  I first saw Tessa’s work at the Saatchi Gallery, but this was even better.  Her ‘Voyager’ piece contains miniscule winged skeletons spearing beetles on the back of a real swan with strange growths… incredible!

Yesterday I drove north to Showborough House, Twyning, Glos to install there.  It took up most of the day, but another great venue for sculpture I can’t resist.

Now I have a week or two to get stuck into making (hopefully in the sunshine), before the next set of installing.  For a full list of forthcoming exhibitions please see here.

Gallery4Art at East Burford House

I’m installing some work at East Burford House today for an Open Garden & Exhibition, Sunday 24th/Monday 25th June.  Let’s hope the weather holds… See information below:

Update 27/6/12

We were lucky – weather was great, loads of visitors and I sold some work!  The venue is perfect for showing sculpture – it has a wonderful array of different areas to discover, wild and formal, wooded and beach… I could live there very happily!

Sherborne Learning Centre

I spent 2 mornings at the Sherborne Learning Centre recently, as part of an ArtsLink programme, working with 6 teenagers on some 3-d wire pieces.  They found some aspects hard – forming the initial structures being the greatest hurdle – but lovely to see their satisfied, happy faces at the end, together with great finished pieces, despite the brief timescale.  Tiffany’s bulrushes have been selected to appear on the cover of the ArtsLink main summer programme.

Hello Autumn

All my Exhibitions are now over for a while.  I took down two last week and two yesterday – the largest being our Scraptors Sculpture Trail at Stourhead (a mammoth operation, but all went smoothly).  The de-installations distinctly  marked the passing of summer.  I’m very pleased to report several sales – some big (my scrap steel Heron will have a lovely new home shortly with large pond, rushes, chickens, ducks and bees) – and commissions to keep me busy and the household fed ’til winter.  

I managed to visit three Somerset Art Weeks venues in between manning our own at Stoberry Park, and was blown away by a couple of artists’ work.  Rowena Pearce‘s (Shave Farm Studios, Bruton) woodcut prints/paintings/handmade booklets on photosynthesis, worms and ants were beautiful (and conceptually just up my street).  Her husband’s poetry features within her work creating a perfect union.  Hiro Takahashi‘s intricate ceramic sculptures are also fascinating objects – I love the concept of her soul houses as “symbols of refuge”.  My Cocoons are rooted along similar lines.

Our Scraptors group are planning two new Trails in the South West.  We will be raising funds through crowd-financing – a great concept if it works!  We had such fantastic feedback for our Stourhead Trail and it seems to have been well-documented by visitors.  One photographer (Sally aka “moominmama’s handbag” – love the name!) has added lyrics from Joanna Newsom’s Bridges and Balloons song and poetry by Edward Lear to accompany her beautiful images (see below).  As Brian Eno suggested in an interview the other day – we are moving further towards a sharing, collaborative world and the ‘Big Society’ is already happening in forms we don’t even recognise.  There are whole new conversations taking place…

luminosity When awful darkness and silence reign Over the great Gromboolian plain, Through the long, long wintry nights;-- When the angry breakers roar As they beat on the rocky shore;-- When Storm-clouds brood on the towering heights Of the Hills of the Chankly Bore:-- Then, through the vast and gloomy dark, There moves what seems a fiery spark, A lonely spark with silvery rays Piercing the coal-black night,-- A Meteor strange and bright:-- Hither and thither the vision strays, A single lurid light.

 

“Yesterday I discovered by accident the scraptors trail at Stourhead,
and was bowled over. I saw it in the early evening light and it was
magical and magnificent. Congratulations to all of you for such an
inspiring collection of work, and especially to you for your organic
pieces which I loved. I hope Stourhead will display your work again,
and hope you’ll find other venues for it.”  Rosie Jackson