Welcome to Newsletter 6
Looking forward to spring!
Here’s a quick list of what’s in this newsletter:-
Shoots & Leaves :
1 March – 28 June
RAMM Auction :
March 6.30 – 9pm
3. Exeter Open Studios
at Double Elephant 28 – 29 March
4. Double Elephant News
5. Feedback re Windsor
1. Shoots & Leaves exhibition at Craft Centre & Design Gallery, City Art Gallery, Leeds. 1 March – 28 June
Shoots and Leaves is an exhibition I’m in with fellow printmaker Stef Mitchell. Stef makes a range of handmade prints and keepsake books printing directly from the natural landscape that surrounds her. “Each piece I produce is totally unique, a rare an original and treasure, and a little bit of Yorkshire”. Here’s an engaging film of her Leaf Printing in the Woodlands
The Gallery staff at the Craft Centre & Design Gallery
decided that our work would compliment each other, and approached us both to ask us to send in unframed work for their stock frames as well as unframed for browsers. Initially I was a little concerned that the proportions of my work might not fit the format of their frames – but ultimately the opportunity to have my work seen in an excellent craft gallery attached to a first rate City Gallery outside of the South West for very little effort on my part won me over.
I’m not familiar with Leeds, but the Craft Centre & Design Gallery is situated beneath the City Art Gallery
, which is one of those splendid Victorian edifices. According to Wikipedia, Leeds City Art Gallery “is a museum whose collection of 20th-century British Art is recognised by the British government as a collection "of national importance"."
This is the best description for the CC&DG I’ve found - “Nestled under Leeds City Library and Art Gallery you will find The Craft Centre and Design Gallery, which was established in 1982 as a registered charity with the aim of making contemporary craft and design available and accessible to the public”.
A nice bonus is that Homes & Gardens have chosen the exhibition for one of their 5 OF THE BEST Exhibitions not to be missed this month.
If you are anywhere near Leeds between March the 1st and 28th of June, do take a look and let me know what you think!
2. RAMM Friends Art Auction. Weds 19th March 6.30 – 9pm
I mentioned in my previous Newsletter that I have been asked to donate a bit of artwork for The Royal Albert Memorial Museum so that they can raise some funds to purchase a portrait by Sir Joshua Reynolds. The portrait is of Devon born artist, Francis Hayman (1707 – 1776) who was a founder of the Royal Academy.
The evening of the auction
starts with a reception and music from Jazz Trio Douce Ambiance followed by the auction at 7.30pm conducted by Bearnes, Hampton & Littlewood
The artworks have been donated by many local artists and can be viewed beforehand online and in Gallery 20 on Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 March, 10am to 5pm.
I am donating a framed “Vanishing Bees” etching. Float mounted in its Ash wood frame the usual gallery price for this is £150. Who knows – there’s a chance for someone to pick up a bargain(?)
Book your tickets here online
or from the museum reception in person or by phone using a credit or debit card on 01392 265858 during opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm.
3. Exeter Open Studios at Double Elephant 28 – 29 March
This year, rather than opening up my studio on Heavitree Road for Exeter Open studios
I shall been joining half a dozen printmakers at Double Elephant Print Workshop. Exeter Open Studios runs from Friday 28 to Sunday 30th
March, but because the Exeter Phoenix doesn’t open on Sundays we will only be open to visitors on the Friday and the Saturday 11am – 6pm.
The six other featured artists are Virginia Bridge, Richard Hodgson, Bev Samler, Catherine Cartwright, Alison Savic & Sally Hebeler. Framed and unframed artworks, employing a wide range of techniques, including etching, woodcut, screen-print and linocut, will be displayed in the workshop.
Artists often find something seductive and invigorating in printmaking. Some speak of it as a collaboration between the artist and the process. Richard Hodgson, who has relatively recently taken up printmaking says that he “finds the limits of the medium oddly liberating
”. For Virginia Bridge the liberation of printmaking has come after 26 years of working in education. This new found freedom resulting in an outpouring of creativity. Like me, some of the artists represented here have been printmaking for a lifetime. Bev Samler brings an influence of her life in Africa and makes connections with the very different landscape of Dartmoor. Catherine Cartwright uses printmaking as a means to make work that explores “the facets of freedom, both spiritual and political”,
often collaborating with other art forms such as dance and animation. Sally Hebeler also likes to liberate printmaking from the confines of tradition by combining drypoint, embossing, relief and carborundum with unorthodox materials. Alison Savic’s prints often depict local scenes and architecture.
I have been working on some new work for this. You can take a sneaky-peek here...
I hope you can make it to the workshop on the Friday or Saturday, say hello and see how my environmental artwork sits with other printmakers. It will also be a good opportunity to see the presses I use to make my work.
4. Double Elephant News
If you haven’t checked out Double Elephant’s news page recently – take a look
The biggest piece of Double Elephant news at the moment it that we have a major project called “Redefining Print” (I really think that deserves some "!!"s)...
This is an opportunity for four artists working in visual arts, digital media and time-based media/performance to explore the role of printmaking in relationship to practices of body/site/digitality. The invitation is to develop hybrid approaches and challenge traditional boundaries of printmaking, enabling audiences to see print in a new light through its relationship to other practices.
Double Elephant is looking for artists with a genuine curiosity for printmaking, who are keen to explore a crossover between different practices, and willing to extend their own way of working to challenge our ideas of how print operates today.
If you think that might be you – take a good look at the terms of the commission
and get in touch with Simon - email to firstname.lastname@example.org
by the 31st
of March with Artist Statement & CV (no longer than 2 sides of A4); 3 images/videos (max length 5 minutes) of your work or a link to a website gallery; A statement (maximum 1000 words) giving your reasons for applying to this project and possible approaches you might take to working.
Meanwhile if you haven't looked at Double Elephants Vimeo Channel for a while, you'll see plenty of new Double Elephant videos here.
Don’t forget to keep checking the courses
available. You don’t want to miss an opportunity to get your creative printmaking juices going....
5. Feedback re Windsor
I also mentioned in Newsletter #5 that I was trying my luck at the Windsor Contemporary Art Fair for the first time (9 – 10 November 2013). Would you like some feedback about how it went?
The first thing to say is that it was a very positive experience. The fair was very well organised and I was impressed with how good the marquee was – warm, robust and with a carpet. The stands were exactly as expected (apparently not something that can always be guaranteed) and my plug socket was moved to a more convenient position without problem.
Click on the photograph to see more photos!
I was really pleased with how my stand looked when we got all the work up. (Glad I made a nerdy plan). The opening night was very busy, if anything a bit too busy. But then the visitor numbers seem to tail off for the weekend itself. The nasty weather and financial climate probably didn’t help. There were just enough visitors to keep the place reasonably busy most of the time, but experienced stand holders all said that business was down on last year.
I did meet with lots of lovely enthusiastic people, gathered more emails for my mailing list, gave out business cards and made some sales. I had a couple of serious nibbles that if only they had come through in the end would have taken me into profit margins rather than just making even.
Would I do it again?
Yes I reckon I will. This was a good grounding to start with. I now know that I can manage it, it’s good to get my work out of Devon, it’s fits into my diary and it can take a while to get to be known in a new area.
Don't forget to visit my Etsy Shop as well as the FaceBook page and website to see what’s new...
Plus there’s Twitter for lots of little randomness...