Wirral Open Studios Tour 2017

IMG_4124This 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

Athens: Platforms Project

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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.

IMG_7715SCI’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

Chester Arts Fair 18-20 Nov 2016

caf16socmedimg 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

Wirral Open Studio Tours 2016

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

 

Blue Moon Gallery

Five of the nine watercolours I’m currently showing at Blue Moon Framing & Gallery 182 Telegraph Road Heswall Wirral CH60 0AJ – Blue Moon, managed by owner Sue Webster, also sells cards, prints, sculpture and jewellery as well as being a popular framing hub. http://www.bluemoonframingandgallery.com/home/4578835022

Liverpool Urban Sketchers exhibition at Lark Lane Art Works

Preview: Friday 10th July 5-8pm Exhibition: until Sunday 2nd August at 5pm. Sketch Crawl: Saturday 11th July from 11.30am – Lark Lane Art Works, Liverpool L17  Further Details

I’ve been out with Liverpool Urban Sketchers since the start of the year. I have to say that drawing buildings was akin to sticking my head in a vat of boiling oil, but, like trees and water, I knew that pushing against my limits is always rewarding in the end.

View Along Hope St (pen & wash on A4 paper) 2015

View Along Hope St (pen & wash on A4 paper) 2015

Liverpool Urban Sketchers is part of an international movement which began in Seattle in 2007. Their motto is “See the World, One Drawing at a Time” and all work is done on location rather than from photographs. http://www.urbansketchers.org

Duke St from Parr St, Liverpool (pen & watercolour on A4 paper) 2015

Duke St from Parr St, Liverpool (pen & watercolour on A4 paper) 2015

It is great fun meeting up with others – 10am on the first Saturday of the month at a different location each time – and then sharing our work over lunch. I was quite shy about drawing in public spaces but knowing other artists are around makes it so much easier. Artists come from all backgrounds and disciplines. Some are experienced, others are not, and I have learned a great deal.

Williamson Open Exhibition 2015

Friday 10 Apr 2015 to Sunday 10 May 2015. The painting above is called ‘Marine Life’ and is a mix of watercolour, acrylic and emulsion prints. For a while I have been thinking about the totality of my experiences when out walking, so that a single scene is insufficient to say much about a whole walk, although brilliant for drilling down into an experience. In this case, I’m bringing together a number of facets of walking around Wirral. It’s an experiment and one which terrified the life out of me, since I decided to created it during the week before handing in for the show. It could have gone horribly wrong, but it sold.

Heswall Arts Festival with Two Rivers Art Group Sat 27th Sept – 11th October 2014

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Heswall’s annual festival fortnight includes a substantial arts trail, including Two Rivers in Heswall Library Gallery. Here’s the link: http://www.heswallfestival.com/index.php/other-events/art-trail-2014
I’ll be showing half a dozen or so paintings as part of the group. All welcome.