Artist-run ‘The Lake Gallery’ opened last month in West Kirby, providing much welcomed space for contemporary artists and makers to show new work. The gallery has been smartly renovated to showcase exhibitions in a clean, uncluttered environment extending back into the building from a modest frontage. I’m honoured to have been invited to show in the second exhibition organised by the gallery’s team (glass artist Helen Smith, photographer-artist Marianthi Lainas and painter-printmaker Clare Flinn).
be | longing: three artists explore landscape and reconnection through photography, oil paint and watercolour. We had a discussion about our roots – two of us are from Northern Ireland and one from Wales so we reflected how this displacement from our countries of birth has influenced our artwork. Here is my artist statement for the show:
I was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland but moved to study Fine Art at Liverpool Polytechnic in 1977 and later made Wirral my home. Since 2011 I’ve painted almost exclusively in watercolour, enjoying its natural texture and elemental processes. The coast, from saltmarsh to sandy, tidal plains, is a constant subject and link to my birthplace — the call of ‘home’ remains strong. I favour atmosphere and emotion over subject and detail, being moved by light and subtle colour, and undefined points of interest in the distance which I realise is an echo of that need for connection, of reclaiming my roots, language and familiar ways. Recently I’ve been painting a new series based on extended visits to care for my late father, though the main body of work on show focuses on the north and west Wirral coastline.
My New Brighton studio is open by appointment for viewings and watercolour lessons.
If you missed us in September’s Wirral Open Studio Tour, Marcus Leon Drummond and I are opening again on Saturday 20 November 10am-4pm and look forward to seeing you. As Yule approaches, I’ll be offering plenty of watercolours at studio clearance prices and Marcus will have his finely made furniture and smaller wood items for sale too. Accessible entrance available, washroom and kitchen bar providing drinks hot and cold.
Art fairs can be demanding for artists, and sometimes so vast and variable it can be overwhelming for visitors. A group of artists and makers braved the sector and formed a group to organise a new event Continue reading →
This year over 60 artists are taking part across Wirral in 36 venues – shared spaces and studios – on 10-11 June (Saturday 10-5 Sunday 11-5). You can download the brochure with listings and maps here or pick up a printed version from any of the artists or venues across Wirral. Continue reading →
Platforms Project is Athens’ Independent Art Fair, open this year 20th – 25th May. Artist groups from all over the world are taking part, including SCI, a group which developed out of Liverpool Tate staff artists’ Soup Collective (SC). The ‘I’ in SCI stands for ‘including other artists’, which is how I got involved.
SCI’s theme for the fair is consumerism and branding and the exhibition, titled ‘CODED‘ includes work from 22 UK artists in addition to Soup Collective’s six members. In keeping with the theme, artists have used food packaging as a basis for their contributions (which also seems apt, given the group’s name!). I found this an exciting proposition, given my concerns about the food industry, packaging, processing and environment. Continue reading →
I’m delighted to be joining more than 90 artists as part of this year’s Chester Arts Fair at Chester Racecourse on the weekend of 18-20 November.
It’s always a challenge to begin something new and I’ve just been an arts fair visitor so far, dropping in on other artists and weighing up the possibility of showing my own paintings, deciding whether I’m ready and if I’m prepared to take the risk in terms of energy and funds. Continue reading →
Tomorrow I open my studio for the first time – in previous years I’ve shared or been in a venue – I’m feeling both excited and anxious to get everything in order. Three of us are opening in New Brighton: Breda Whyte, Neal Dawson and myself, luckily all within a stone’s throw of each other in the Magazines area.
Not only are our studios open, but there is plenty to add to your visit: Vale Park, historic Magazines area, pub, vintage shops cafes etc, promenade and beach. That’ll give you a nice break before continuing your tour to other artists across Wirral – you can download a brochure with maps here: http://wirralart.com