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Open Studios Event

I’ve had the most intense week ever! And it all finished with a bang yesterday, as I coordinated a fantastic event at Coughton Court to tie in with Warwickshire Open Studios. Three artists came to Coughton to sketch and paint in the grounds and I looked after them for the day! I had a fantastic time, and I couldn’t have asked for better weather. Thousands of people turned up to enjoy the National Trust house and stroll round the gardens so it was a great opportunity for artists to use the property to promote their own work and the purpose of Warwickshire Open Studios.

ImageSunny day at Coughton Court!

Warwickshire Open Studios lets local artists and designers open up their own studios to the public, and to also work together with other venues to host their work. Now an annual event, it has grown to become the country’s largest exhibition of art and craft. I heard about Open Studios last year, so I’m very lucky to actually be involved with it this year. Not only has it allowed me to work with artists and promote their work, but it has also allowed me to become inspired to do my own art again.

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J. L. Greenway Freedom Casket Launch

In 1937 James Luther Greenway, a leading Bilston industrialist, was granted the Freedom of the Borough of Bilston in recognition of his investment in the town. To mark the occasion he was presented with a ceremonial casket decorated with enamels.

In 2012 the museums, galleries and archives of Wolverhampton (WAVE) was able to acquire this important object for display at Bilston Craft Gallery thanks to the generous support of the Friends of Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Black Country Memories Club and Bilston Historical Society.

The Casket

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Arrangements in Black and Grey: Exhibition at the National Trust’s Fox Talbot Museum

An exhibition exploring the relevance of black and white photography in the 21st century opens at the National Trust’s Fox Talbot Museum on the 12th of April. Arrangements in Black and Grey focuses on the work of six UK photographers: Nettie Edwards, Trevor Ashby, Katie Cooke, Anthony Jones, Deborah Parkin and Mark Voce. The works range from monochrome photographs shot on film to iPhone images.

The museum itself celebrates the achievements of former Lacock resident, William Henry Fox Talbot, famous for his contributions to the invention of photography. At the Lacock Abbey which is a part of the museum and village, the 800 year history is retold through the memories of its last owner, Matilda Talbot whose grandfather was William Henry Fox Talbot.

William Henry Fox Talbot, calotype of Talbot’s three daughters

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Pallant House Gallery, Chichester: Paul Nash

A collection of Paul Nash’s early wood engravings, photographs, collages and correspondence is to go on display at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester. The surrealist artist is probably best known for his dulcet watercolours depicting everything from the rolling hills of Kent to Ypres battlefields and hostile skies during the Battle of Britain. The collection was amassed by a close friend of the artist, Clare Neilson, and was gifted to the gallery through the Art Fund.

Paul Nash, Dyke by the Road.

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Keep the Home-Fires Burning: an indie documentary project

Here is the second of my posts which has been suggested by my friend Philippa Toop. This is a really exciting project which the Beverley Folk Festival are participating in. The project involves local singer-songwriters from York and the surrounding area and is being run by a young  filmmaker called James Arden who is the founder and director of York Acoustic. James is producing the film on a low-budget and submitting the final film to film festivals. Capturing on film the likes of Boss Caine, Mark Wynn and Edwina Hayes, the project is an exciting mix and something which I am thrilled to be posting about!

York Acoustic

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Made in the Middle: exhibition at Bilston Craft Gallery

One of my favourite little venues has done it again. The Bilston Craft Gallery has decided to showcase a travelling exhibition which brings together a wealth of talent from across the Midlands. Made in the Middle is the seventh in the series of this touring exhibition by Craftspace.

The exhibition features cutting edge work by contemporary makers from the East and West Midlands across a wide range of media, exploring key themes such as- how are craftspeople embracing digital technologies in their practice and what are the varied pathways in which artists have taken to use craft as a career?

English Hedgerow plate by Andrew Tanner and Unanico

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Into the Wild: a photography exhibition

I am pleased to announce this fantastic project which is being organised by my good friend Radka Myslikova, who I have known for several years. Me and Radka met in Aberystwyth where we worked as Curator Assistant’s for a while. While I moved to York, Radka moved to Norwich and has been working hard on the art scene ever since. She is now a self-employed artist, photographer and curator. She has been producing her own artwork for years, which can be viewed on her website

The Exposure Project- Into the wild

The Exposure is a photography exhibition series which began in 2011. The aim of the project is to offer both amateur and professional photographers the opportunity to showcase their artworks in a vibrant and unusual gallery setting.

When Radka took over The Exposure in 2012 she wanted to make it into something more creative and engaging for the public and to draw attention to local talent.

The first exhibition she organised was a show in October 2012, featuring 16 artists. Although the exhibition was only for 10 days they had a very high attendance rate; 425 visitors and over 50 visitors at the private viewing.

After such success she decided to create a photography series with new themes every time a show was featured. This time it is ‘Into the Wild’ – an exhibition depicting the beauty of nature, wildlife and the animal kingdom. Into the Wild will invite the viewer into the world we perceive through our senses.

Radka says of the exhibition: “when we go for a walk in the countryside we discover the beauty of nature that lies around us. We can use all five of our senses but we may still miss out on hidden treasures in the natural world, the things that a trained eye of a photographer can notice easily. Photographers are the ones with the passion and ability to capture and reveal these secrets to us.”


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A little privileged…

So, I had the strangest experience yesterday. I was invited to a meeting at Coughton Court. I’m very fortunate in the fact that I live very close to this amazing property. The great thing about living in Warwickshire is the variety of different National Trust properties that I can visit. I have had my eye on working at Coughton Court for about a year though. I was quite determined to become involved as I’ve mentioned in previous posts.

Discover a house full of intrigue and secrets © Andreas von Einsiedel

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Raqib Shaw Exhibition at the Manchester Art Gallery

From the 15th of February to the 26th of May, Manchester Art Gallery is showing twenty-eight works, including An Ode to the Dissolving Silk of Dusk, by Indian artist Raqib Shaw. Shaw’s richly colourful and elaborate works are inspired by Hindu mythology and Japanese textiles. Filling the gallery space with their dancing imagery and powerful hues, these works hang alongside George Stubbs’ Cheetah and Stag with Two Indians in the 18th century gallery (which influenced Shaw).

Raqib Shaw, An Ode to the Dissolving Silk of Dusk, (2011).

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Amongst Heroes: The Artist in Working Cornwall

Cornwall is like a second home to me, so I was rather excited to hear about the new exhibition held at Two Temple Place gallery in London entitled ‘Amongst Heroes: The Artist in Working Cornwall.’

Industrial scenes and landscapes by artists based in Newlyn and St. Ives, Cornwall, at the turn of the 20th century, are displayed here from the 26th of January to the 14th April. The gallery itself is non-profit  and showcases art from UK regional collections.

Christopher Wood: Two Temple Place exhibition of Cornish art

Christopher Wood, Cornwall Rising, (1930).

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