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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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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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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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Mark Kaiser and Doodle Day

Some news to announce! One of my favourite artists, Mark Kaiser, who I have blogged about a few times, has been rather busy!

“At the moment I have a lot of commissions on and there is a lot of interest in my work from different sources. I wanted to tell you the exciting news that I have been asked again to produce a doodle for Epilepsy Action which will be auctioned on Friday 8th February 2013 along with other celebrity doodles on National Doodle Day. Celebrity contributors this year include: Sir Ben Kingsley, Joanna Lumley, Rolf Harris, Hugh Bonneville, Sir Ian McKellen, Phyllis Logan, John Hurt, Tess Daly, Sir Bobby Charlton, Lorraine Kelly, Kevin McCloud and Frederick Forsyth to name but a few.”

Doodle by Mark Kaiser

The doodle!

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A World Elsewhere: photo reportage from around the world

Since living in Stratford, I have slowly come to realise that there are lots of hidden gems in town. For example, the Royal Shakespeare Company theatre is not just a theatre! There are little galleries inside hosting exhibitions. I was lucky enough to view one of the exhibitions entitled ‘A World Elsewhere’ which is running till the 3rd of March.

The Royal Shakespeare Theatre

The theatre in Stratford.

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Bags: The Craft of the Carrying Companion

Everyone who loves bags has got to see this exhibition at the Bilston Craft Gallery which is running until the 9th of March. I personally love bags- I know that seems a typical female thing to say, but I can also say I hate shoes and I especially hate shoe shopping. It drives me nuts! So, I’m not too atypical I hope!

Anyhoo, Bilston Craft Gallery, if you didn’t already know, is part of the museums, galleries and archives of Wolverhampton. The gallery focuses on showcasing contemporary craft exhibitions and displays of historic items created by skilled makers.

“Bilston Craft Gallery’s lively programme of changing exhibitions features the best of contemporary ceramics, glass, jewellery, textiles, metal, woodwork and more….Explore 300 years of craft through fine historic examples of applied arts produced in the Black Country in our Craftsense gallery, including the famous Bilston enamels. Compare and contrast these with exciting new works by some of the UK’s leading contemporary craft makers – many of which you can touch!”

Bilston Craft Gallery

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Party at the York Art Gallery

Another manic weekend- I might have some free time one day! On Saturday I attended the York Alumni party. The event included a private view of the Art and Music exhibition at the York Art Gallery, followed by a drinks reception in the gallery’s Burton Gallery. It was a great opportunity to catch up with fellow alumni and lecturers, and to hear about the research currently underway in the department. In fact, because there were quite a few PhD students there, they were enticing me into further study…It was rather tempting!

Unfortunately me and academia fell out of love with one another a while back. That’s not to say I don’t do any research anymore, as I absolutely love research and do a lot of it, as you can see from my blog. I suppose its the atmosphere of the actual academic sphere that puts me off. But talking to the students and staff at the party made me want to go back- I shall resist for a while! I’m still building my career and cannot afford to suddenly become a student again!

Portrait of a Lady (1741) by Cornelius Troost

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