Summer Exhibitions

My blog writing has suffered in the past few months as demands on my life expand.  It can be said of many of us, life seems to be getting busier.  Trying to take time out to simply enjoy can be a challenge!  The past month has certainly been a massive effort for me to manage, but I seem to have done it fairly unscathed.  Planning and running workshops at different schools, drawing and making large sculptures for new exhibitions, transporting and setting them up, endless admin and meetings for new roles and plans (to be divulged soon) and of course personal life, son, garden, home blah blah…!  So, here’s a snapshot of what’s happening in terms of exhibitions and projects I’m involved in this summer.

I’ve been working towards several summer shows at seaside venues and in some lovely gardens in London, the South West and Guernsey.

Starting next week is my solo exhibition entitled ‘Found, Now Missing’ at Contains Art, Somerset, as part of their ‘Voyages’ programme.  My largest piece (image above) will be sited on the roof of a shipping container/gallery overlooking Watchet marina and Bristol Channel.  It will be seen from the West Somerset steam railway line above, too.  See the Private View invite below for further details – please come along if you can.

On 7th June, I’ll be running a drawing workshop tied in with the exhibition.  Do drop in!

From July to September I will be showing work in Glastonbury Abbey’s grounds for their Abbey Orchard Sculpture Trail and participating in the Devon Recycled Sculpture Trail ‘14.  (See current and forthcoming exhibitions for dates.)

My work is currently featured in The Hidden Garden Art Show as part of Chelsea Fringe and the National Garden Scheme until 8th June and at Art Parks International Sculpture Festival, St Martin, Guernsey GY4 6SG until October.  I also have 3 pieces on show until July for Sidcot Arts Centre’s Outdoor Artist Programme.

Various workshops in schools include recently making crane sculptures with All Hallows students linked with the Great Crane Project – soon to be filmed by Whitespace Productions in the making.  We made a 2 metre high Tree at Watchfield Primary and this month I’ll be constructing a large nest for children’s litterbugs to live in as part of a Litterarti project, which will feature in Bristol’s forthcoming Big Green Week.

On 12th July, I will be discussing my SAW/NGS Abundance work at the ‘Make, Create, Cultivate Symposium’ – a weekend celebration of some recent innovative creative projects in Somerset.

Then I’m off to Florence for a short break, which I’m sure to enjoy!

I hope you can visit some of these events and wishing you a happy, hot summer ahead!

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Ash School Year 5 Bird Sculptures Made From Wire And Recycled Materials

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.

 

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.

Great Crane Project

I’ve recently been delivering some wire workshops as part of the Great Crane Project via Somerset Art Works.  Primary School Children have been getting creative with wire on the theme of cranes, their habitat and food.  We’ve learnt what cranes eat as opposed to herons and can’t wait to see visit the cranes themselves, who are still quite young and being kept away from the public eye.  To learn more about both the Art Workshops and overall Great Crane Project, please visit:  http://greatcraneart.blogspot.com/ and  http://www.thegreatcraneproject.org.uk/

A hectic month!

Various work events have all coincided this September – completing the Carymoor Intergenerational Sculpture Project, preparing and running my venue for Somerset Art Weeks (with Sunday workshops), installing work at Stourhead and weekly Art Classes I teach – to name a few!

Now over half way through, my Open Studios  (venue 113 – part of Somerset Art Weeks) has been well attended.  Sales a little slow, but glad that my ‘prize-winning’ Dung Beetle and Ball has sold and plenty of positive feedback!  Some photos below illustrate my Exhibition and one of my SAW Sunday Workshops,  running again this weekend (12-1pm).

The Carymoor Intergenerational Sculpture Project overlapped with this, so I spent a few hairy days and nights exerting myself in order to complete and instal a public sculpture at the Carymoor Environmental Centre, Castle Cary.  The Open Morning on 25th September included the unveiling of the sculpture and a display of participants’ wirework I set up.  The day was a great success and art work much admired:

Earlier this month Stourhead asked me to put some work in their gardens as part of their Artist-themed event this month, so I gladly installed Dung Beetle and Ball I and Bumblebee III amongst the flowers in their exotic walled garden for a few weeks:

Various wire workshops are scheduled over the next couple of months – including one at Ginger Fig Gallery, Taunton on 15th November.  Please contact me if you’re interested.  I’m also involved in the Great Crane Project through SAW, which is very exciting!  More to follow…