A Day Off Campus

Had a lovely day out of college with the students, to research for their next project.
We got a teeny coach to Cambridge - just enough for 31 of us - for a trawl around several museums.
The impressive Fitzwilliam was our drop-off and pick up point. There was also the Scott Polar museum to see, the Whipple, the Sedgwick, The Archaeology & Anthropology and finally on the list was my fave - Kettles Yard.
~ dear old friend Kettles Yard ~
I'm SO glad some of the students made the longer walk up to the top of town as I think the place made a big impression.
The house worked its magic - initially the students seemed somewhat ambivalent and nonplussed - but gradually, as the spaces opened up and they realised the way shapes, forms, light and colours were connected consciously to fuse / art / interior / museum / object / home / gallery /  they began to be smitten...
It was a joy to see!
I took some photos:

Photographs become easy to find and take when the space is so well composed
*Heads up*
I was told today that both the house and the gallery are closing in March this year - for TWO years - as they're building a new education wing - so visit before then

More Good News....

Not only did I hear that I have been selected for the CLEY15 exhibition in North Norfolk this summer - but my proposal to teach a workshop during the said exhibition has been accepted too!

I am one happy girl, oh yes I am

Over on my new 'workshops 2015' page you will see - if you care to scroll down to the bottom - the short blurb I wrote for any leaflet/press etc. which should give an outline of what the workshop will entail.
There is also information on my WEBSITE about it, if you fancy a visit

I'm really looking forward to teaching up there, on the North Norfolk coast - the setting for the exhibition encompasses the landscape in the village and along the walk down to the shore, so lots to inspire...

I expect all on the committee are very busy collating, planning, communicating and other committee-type things that the dedicated volunteers do to enable such a fantastic exhibition each year. Hence - probably - there not being much information on the CLEY15 website just at the moment.

What there is though, if you are keen to learn a bit more about how the NNEP was set up and runs, is an interesting page HERE

You'll also find out what NNEP stands for

Here are some pictures - as I'm a visual person and it's only been writing so far:

Cley Church
John Sell Cotman
Ah - Summer,
I miss you

medieval graffiti,
in the church

Exciting News To Welcome In The New Year

HAPPY NEW YEAR to ALL - Here's hoping 2015 brings good health and happiness to everyone.
Being full of cold has enforced a couple of days snuffling on the sofa - which enabled me to reflect on last year and have a little think about how 2015 might pan out - - - when, to kick things off, an email dropped into my inbox - - - telling me that - - - my proposal for an art piece at CLEY15 has been - - - ACCEPTED!
Past artists include:
Roger Ackling:

I'm lucky enough to have met and known all three of the above - lovely, lovely people with considered and erudite work. 
Sadly, Roger Ackling died last year - I was privileged to have Roger as a tutor on my MA

Here's what the CLEY15 webpage says:

"Each year our exhibition is designed and selected by a different curator to promote exceptional contemporary art by national and local artists in varying disciplines... We have a proven track record of success. We attract over 6,000 visitors each year, and our quality has been recognised by Arts Council England and The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation."
Visit the website to read more HERE

How exciting. I am very pleased to be part of a local and national contemporary exhibition with a rigorous selection panel, which is taking my ideas seriously.
This will offer me a chance to extend some of the concepts I started to explore during my MA:

My proposal is to respond to the hidden spaces and things around the site(s), celebrating them through recording and labelling them. 
This would give them a sense of importance - maybe turning them into works of art themselves...
The first visit/meeting is in February, when I can make an initial visit to the spaces.
Can't wait!

Cut Open Preview

Busy weekend, just gone. 
The Cut Open Preview on Saturday - I have three pieces there; hung together in a small group.
It was a bit disappointing, I am sorry to say - not a big turn-out. 
I'm not surprised though as the Cut were by no means shouting about it. 
there was NO mention on the Cut website of a preview, nothing on their blog - and their Twitter account doesn't seem to have been used AT ALL for nearly a year....! 

The exhibition space is really big upstairs and they filled it - and the cafe space too, with lots of work... I realise that opens are a money-making exercise as much as a chance to showcase artists' work. They must have made quite a bit of money. The very least they could have done was to publicise the preview and the exhibition better. 
There is a listing on the website for the exhibition itself - but nothing regarding the preview - which is a shame as it could be a bit more of an event.
We didn't stay long.

Better day on Sunday...!
That's because I made a trip to see the studio of painter Richard Nejranowski.
The pleasure for me is in the clear consideration involved with his work.
It was a great visit - so useful to see the work in the space in which it is produced and hear Richard talk about it.
We may plan an exhibition together some time in the next year or two - no hurry - still at the thinking stage...and Richard takes time to make his paintings, returning to them over a long period.
Here are a few photos of his workspace and his lovely calm 'colour-field' work:

Although there are undoubtedly influences from Richard Diebenkorn's Ocean Park series in some of Nejranowski's work, there are distinct differences too. 
The small incidents of bright colour and the love of pattern - plus the play at the edges of the canvas - are compositionally akin to my formal concerns. 
That's why I think our work would sit well together in an exhibition space...  

International Collaborative Collage Swap

I'm as excited as when I got a German pen-pal through school, or the time I found a message in a bottle on Lowestoft beach from a child in The Netherlands!
Why? I hear you cry -
Well, I sent off my details to register my interest in the Papirmass and Brown Paper Bag COLLAGE SCRAP EXCHANGE
See more information about this on the Papirmass website HERE

The Collage Scrap Exchange will be back!
Visit Sara Barnes' blog: Brown Paper Bag

Today I have been given the name of my exchange partner!!
I just waved bye-bye to an email introducing myself to her - and asking "Where in the world are you?"

Over the last couple of weeks, since I heard that I would be part of this, I have been collecting collage material that is specific to Norwich - thought it would be interesting for my partner, as the theme is 'New Landscapes'.
I can't wait to add these to the other collage scraps I have for her - gold leaf bits, hand painted papers and printed material:

Equally - I'm on tender hooks to see what will drop on my door mat from my exchange partner
Once we receive each other's scraps, we are to create a new collage piece, incorporating some of the scraps we get in the post.
Then we email the images.. We might even get into an issue of Papirmass...fingers crossed
Nearly a THOUSAND people from around the world are taking part.
I am looking forward to being part of a big International Creative Collaboration
Oooh I hope my partner gets back to me soon! Can't wait to get making...

The Barn Scrubbed Up Well...

That funny old cart shed with the seventies sliding patio doors on (yep, I know!) looked great this weekend - all clean and clear - to show my work in a little 'at home' sort of exhibition.
Here are a few pics of the 'getting ready' stage, taken a week ago:

The canvas wall was already hung - to hide all the stuff behind - but there was still lots to be done..
Yet, at the weekend it looked like this:

Well - not quite like the wobbly panoramic one with an artwork-eating window and a ghost table...but you get the idea..

I was chuffed, big style with my homage-to-Malevich wall. 
Look how that cheeky little window is even pretending to be a pastiche of the Malevich black square:

A great big Thank You to all those lovely people who helped out to make it happen and THANK YOU to those who came along to support me as well. I was surprised and delighted by your positive responses and generous feedback.
I'm planning to do Norfolk Open Studios next May and a joint exhibition in Norwich sometime next Spring too - if I can find one or two people who work in such a way that our pieces will compliment each other...
So, if you missed this show, I'll keep you informed here and on my website. Be lovely to see you at the next one.