I hope you’ve had a wonderful summer and feel ready for the fall. I managed to get away for an inspiring trip to Florence and Pisa for a week in between working on various projects, teaching, commissions and exhibitions. I sold some work locally and in London, made a tree in a day and very happy to have just learnt I won an Environmental Award for my work at the Devon Recycled Sculpture Trail!
There’s plenty to look forward to this autumn. I’ve been preparing for Somerset Open Studios ’14 as East Mendip Rep and exhibitor. This year I’ll be showing work in my studio and garden with Nick Weaver (elegant wood pieces) from 20th Sept – 5th Oct, 11-6 daily (wire workshops each Sunday 11.30-12.30 – please book). We’ve formed a small cluster group in our vicinity and have a Launch doo on 20th Sept (see below) – please come and visit us!
My energies have also been focused on organising a major project entitled step in stone – a collaborative holistic, multi-stranded Art Trail around 2-4 disused/working quarries in the East Mendips (planned for July – Oct ’15), with related exhibitions at Black Swan Arts Centre and Somerset Earth Science Centre, linking with Somerset Art Works. Artists are being drawn from a range of disciplines, some selected from a callout. Confirmed artists include Tessa Farmer – one of my favourites after seeing her at Saatchi and recently at Holburne. The project relies on funding, so in addition to formal applications we’re running a crowdfunding bid on IdeasTap via their commission-free Accelerator platform (soon going live – watch this space) and making a film for it. I’ll have curatorial mentoring from Amanda Wallwork (Sherborne House Art Director/B-Side Curator) and Zoe Li (SAW/Arts Council) – let’s hope it all comes to fruition!
Some other exhibitions I’m involved in over the next month or so:
Glastonbury Abbey’s Orchard Sculpture Trail, BA6 9EL (ends 28th Sept)
Art Parks International Sculpture Exhibition, Guernsey (ends Oct)
Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, USA – Second Time Around – The Hubcap as Art, LandfillArt (6th Sept ’14 – 1st March ‘15)
Have a great start to autumn!