Photography and Film-making

I’m becoming more and more aware of the importance of using film well to document work, explore ideas, present and attract a wider audience and even, perhaps, make a few extra bucks on the internet!  I try to take good photos of my work in diverse settings, but when I’ve used a professional photographer, the results are usually much better.  I realise we can’t do everything well.  I went to ’35mil’ in Frome recently to try out their expert eye/lenses/lighting on the start of some new work, in the hope that the images would be good enough for some new PR.  The results were great and I’ll definitely return for more, when my series of Vertical pieces is finished:

A photographer friend and co-member of Gallery4Art, Nic Wingate, recently photographed one of my Earth Worm pieces as a 360˚ image.  This has great potential for products which need to be seen from all angles.

V-J Ultra made a film of my work once, and I’ve since been meaning to make my own.   Whilst I was a member (and co-founder) of the Scraptors, S-J of Whitespace Productions kindly produced a wonderful film (gratis) of our Stourhead Sculpture Trail.  We used it to good end in our fund-raising appeal and it remains a lasting reminder of the trail’s success.  Recently, my teenage son and I have been to a couple of animation/film-making workshops via Somerset Film, as he’s interested in this media.  We took part in making a Bridgwater Carnival film and made simple animations.  It reminded me of doing animation as part of my Art Foundation course years ago, which I really enjoyed.

So now with a taste for it again, I plan to make some “how to make…” films, stick them on Youtube, get millions of hits and make big bucks.  That way I can carry on sculpting into ripe old age..!  Watch this space…

Press 2013

Some articles below, related to my work:

Wire Birds Workshop, Ash Primary School – Great Crane Project

Gallery4Art at Blackmore Farm – This is Somerset

Art in the Garden, Lanhydrock – National Trust website

Lanhydrock, Cornish Guardian, April ’13

Art in the Garden, Lanhydrock – Museums in Cornwall website

Abundance Commission – SAW website

Abundance Trail  – SAW blog

SAW Abundance blog

Abundance Garden Trail – ArtsCulture

Esotera, Abundance Project – Country Living magazine

Giant Spider at Widcombe Art Trail

Spider – Bath Chronicle

Artist on a Plinth – Somerset Standard

Artist on a Plinth at Black Swan Arts

Take One Picture, National Gallery 

Evolver Prize

Brief Art 2013

Avon & Somerset Police, Respect Workshops

Bristol Post, Rubbish to Art

Burnham-on-Sea.com, Dreamscheme transforms rubbish to art

What’s On Somerset

Somerset Art Weeks ’13 by Rebecca Pow

Garden of Eden – Cultural Forum

A Garden of Abundance – Landscape Juice

Abundance Art/Garden Trail – Arts/Culture

Abundance Art/Garden Trail – Creative Somerset

Abundance Art/Garden Trail – Swindon does Arts

Somerset Art Weeks Festival ’13 – Wells Life

Somerset Life, Sept ’13

Abundance Garden Trail – The Fine Times Recorder

Garden of Eden – Somerset Guardian

Garden of Eden – Artists Newsletter

Blurred Edges – Artists Newsletter

Blurred Edges – Somerset Life

2d meets 3d – Bath Chronicle

Blurred Edges – Landscape Juice

All Hallows Chronicle ’13

SAW Rep

 

 

Spring

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!

Our Gallery4Art exhibition ‘Art at Blackmore’ ends tomorrow (Sunday) at 5pm, whilst ‘All Wired Up’ at Walford Mill started yesterday and continues until April, featuring my work.

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…

Gallery4Art at Blackmore Farm and more…

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.

 

Woken with a jolt

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.

Wire Workshops

I ran a wire workshop on Thursday 16th August as part of Gallery4Art’s series of workshops offered alongside our Summer Exhibition at Binham Grange, near Minehead in August. If you’d like to take part in other workshops there, please see this link for details: http://www.gallery4art.co.uk/exhibitions/workshopsbg2012

An inspiring venue, the exhibition runs from 11th Aug – 2nd Sept.

Below are images from previous workshops – two run very recently at Bridport Arts Centre and Sherborne Youth Centre:

Gorgeous summer venues

I recently drove to the other side of the country – almost into France – to install some work in Godinton House & Gardens contemporary sculpture exhibition ’12, Ashford, Kent TN23 3BP.  An annual exhibition in a very grand setting, the gardens are extensive and beautifully landscaped by Head Gardener, Viv Hunt.  It was a long round trip, but probably worth the effort to show in such a gorgeous venue.  The show runs until August 12th, open daily 2-5.30pm.  (Entrance £5 per adult,, children free).  Yesterday, I set up at another great venue in the opposite end of Southern England – Binham Grange, Old Cleeve, Minehead, Somerset TA24 6HX.  Below are details of the Binham Grange Exhibition.  A mixed exhibition by Gallery4Art (of which I’m a member) set in two large barns and gardens filled with a range of contemporary art, it’s a visual feast in a lovely location – well worth a visit.

Update 19/8/12

Having been manning the show and running a workshop there last week, I took some pics of Gallery4Art’s Summer Exhibition at Binham Grange:

 

 

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!

Summer Exhibition and Sculpture Garden, Binham Grange

We are holding our annual Gallery4Art Binham Grange Exhibition over three weeks in August and it promises to be even bigger and better with wonderful art in fabulous surroundings and an extensive workshop programme.  Try to make it if you can!  See the flyer below:

 

 

Merrygoround

It’s that dizzy time of year again!  I often say I’ll never do a Fair again, but find it hard to say no when they land on my plate!  The last two weekends kept me very busy with stands at the Sustainability Show, Taunton and SalvoFair, Knebworth.

The Sustainability Show (organised by What’s On in Somerset) was busy from the moment it opened. Our Scraptor Stand attracted plenty of attention and exciting new possibilities. Two of the exhibitors expressed strong interest in having a Scraptor sculpture trail on their land  and a friend of mine offered a barnful of old machinery for sculptural purposes.

My stand at the SalvoFair represented just my work.  With help from friends and my son, I operated a ‘working’ stand for 3 days, where people could see my work and me creating a new piece.  The Fair was packed with thousands of visitors and the most incredible selection of salvage/antique items.  I sold work and made numerous contacts, so it was worth the exhaustion!

The Merrygoround continues in July when loads of events coincide: Gallery4Art (of which I’m a member) have a stand in the Taunton Somerset Show (9/10th); our Scraptor group have a stand at the Green Fair, Frome (10th);  a couple of my pieces will be shown at the Bruton Church Fete – to which I’ve contributed a framed drawing (9th); I have an exhibition at the Blue Cedar Gallery, Glastonbury (throughout July); featuring in the Summer Show, Atkinson Gallery, Millfield; running workshops at St Dunstans School, Glastonbury; an Adornable Art workshop at the Larmer Tree Festival (15th July); my giant Chameleon features in the Devon Recycled Sculpture Trail (18th July-end Aug); creating 2 site-specific sculptures at Stackpool, Kidderminster with public participation; and if there’s time I’ll be making a large scrap steel arch for the Stourhead Sculpture Trail.  Hope I don’t fall off the ride!