So, the ‘In Passing’ exhibition has opened at Thompson Spare Art in Tunbridge Wells. And on Friday 19th October, ‘Edge’ opens at the Tin Tabernacle in Hythe, Kent. I’ll be exhibiting with six other talented local artists - Annie Catford, Diana Harrison, Andy Maguire, Ara Moradian, Catherine Robinson (who is also showing her work with me at Thompson Spare) and Stephen Thompson. So there will be well worth a visit, with a wide variety of work on show. I will be exhibiting a selection of wall mounted and free standing fused glass pieces (including another Trump ‘portrait’!) and some sculpture. Do come and see us if you can!
I’ve certainly had a very full summer, with lots of lovely stuff going on! I was lucky enough to visit France several times - a long weekend in the beautiful little port of Honfleur, a couple of weeks in rural Charente, a train trip way down south to St Jean de Luz, and then a few wonderful days in Paris, culminating in a dinner at the fabulous Train Bleu restaurant to celebrate a BIG birthday. To say I have been spoilt is putting it mildly!
On top of all that, a few weeks ago I spent a most enjoyable day around my studio and workshop being photographed by the talented Bernadette Baksa, with designer Stella Chapman who kindly came along and gave advice on styling. Like a lot of people, I hate having my photograph taken, so I can’t thank them both enough for making it such a fun day. I’ve never felt so comfortable and relaxed with a camera pointing at me, and am delighted with the results! (You can see one of the images on the ‘About’ page)
But in between all the fun and frolics, I have been working hard too. With two exhibitions coming up in October - ‘In Passing’ at ThompsonSpareArt in Tunbridge Wells, and ‘Edge’ at the Tin Tabernacle in Hythe - I’ve been busy creating sculptures and fused glass pieces to show. I mentioned a while ago about being excited by a particular poem. It’s William Butler Yeats’ ‘The Song Of Wandering Aengus’, which is full of wonderfully inspiring imagery, and I have made several new pieces in response to the words. So I’ll be showing the pieces I’ve completed thus far. I feel I’ve hardly scratched the surface of the poem though, so I’m certain there will be many more to come.
Dubbed 'THE ARTS ISSUE', the June edition of the freebie magazine insideKENT has a 40 page feature on Kent arts and culture. And I'm happy to say that on page 48 there is an image - small but elegant! - of my 'Weak And Feeble Woman'. That apart, this excellent publication, styled 'Kent's Premier Luxury Lifestyle Magazine', is crammed full of all sorts of news and information about people, places and happenings around Kent, so I strongly recommend you get your hands on a copy if you can - look on their website insidekentmagazine.co.uk for a list of places where you can pick one up. But I fear you'd better get your skates on, as I'm sure they will be snapped up fast.
I was very pleased to have sold 'The Beginning Of The End' - the piece I created to show in the Winter Group Show at Linden Hall Studio. Apparently it was purchased at the Private View, so I really couldn't have asked for a bigger vote of confidence than that.
And - how lucky am I? I got a new kiln just before Christmas. It's twice the size of my old one, so I'm able to create considerably bigger pieces of work. Of course, a new kiln takes some getting used to, and there have been a few unexpected occurrences! But I've been practising, and am gradually getting used to it's idiosyncrasies. Here's a piece sitting in the kiln, waiting for the firing schedule to be programmed in. Fingers crossed it turns out alright!
I have two exhibitions planned for later in the year, so the kiln will be getting a lot of use during the coming months. I've just embarked on a series of new works in response to a poem that has intrigued me for many years. I don't want to jinx things so I won't say too much about it at the moment, but if things go to plan, I'll post some the resulting images in a while.
Thanks to the sterling efforts of the seemingly unstoppable Nathalie Banaigs, the Designers and Makers Market at Margate's Turner Contemporary enjoyed massive footfall - and we enjoyed meeting up with many old friends, and new acquaintances.
Over that same weekend, this year's Winter Group Show in the excellent Linden Hall Studio in Deal opened (see exhibitions page for details). The gallery describes this show as 'the highlight of our exhibition programme' and it features works by a variety of contemporary artists, across a range of media and styles. The standard of work is extremely high - among some top names, it features several Royal Academicians no less! So, as you might imagine, I was delighted to have a piece of my own accepted for inclusion in the show. The exhibition runs through December and January, so you have plenty of time to get across there and enjoy a real sensory treat.
And while you're at it, why not pop round the corner and have a look in the John Corley Stained Glass Studio at 57 West Street. Crammed with a large selection of beautiful handmade and mouth blown glass, it offers gorgeous items to suit every pocket, and is just the place to find Christmas presents that any recipient would be over the moon to receive.
I was pleased with how 'Transition' went. My Donald Trump piece now has a new owner, some of my work is residing in the USA, and another piece has found a home in Canada (so can I now say I'm an international artist?) Although 'Transition' has ended, several of my pieces remain on show in the front room at Conquest House, so do check them out when you call in to see the new exhibition in the gallery.
There is going to be a Designers and Makers Market in the Turner Contemporary in Margate on the 2nd and 3rd of December, and I'm very excited to be taking part (see the exhibitions page for details). I will mainly be showing jewellery, as one half of AG47 (the other half being the very talented Dave Kilford). But I also plan to show a few small pieces of glass, which will help to decorate the table and give it a bit of a Christmas-y feel. Do come along if you can, there are going to be some extremely talented people exhibiting a wonderful variety of wares, and I predict it will be an excellent place to find unusual and original Christmas presents.
The Margate event is the result of a collaboration between Turner Contemporary and Kent Creative Arts, the latter being the brainchild of the amazing Nathalie Banaigs. She has built a wonderful platform to link creatives from all disciplines - visual artists, writers, poets, musicians, theatre etc. I heartily recommend anyone with an interest in the arts to check out their website for details of all sorts of artistic happenings and meetings.
The ‘Gathering’ exhibition in Faversham is now done and dusted, but its closure was swiftly followed by the opening of ‘Transition’ in Canterbury (see the Exhibitions page for details). Running through until October, it’s showing in one of the oldest buildings in the city, Conquest House in Palace Street, which is an amazing venue with a very beautiful half-timbered late Tudor exterior. But this conceals a much older interior, boasting a Norman Undercroft and a C14th galleried hall, as well as a decorative C17th fireplace.
The building is reputed to be where, in 1170, the four knights infamously plotted the vicious murder of Arch Bishop Thomas Becket! And if all that isn’t enough to whet your appetite, in addition to hosting art exhibitions in the gallery, at Conquest House you can also see plays, concerts and comedy nights, or join in the regular art courses and specialist workshops that happen there. All in all, well worth a visit, wouldn’t you say?
I've been busily working away on quite a few different things over the past few weeks. Firstly, I've completed three more commissions and they are now safely residing with their new owners. Secondly, I've been creating some new pieces - mainly glass, but a couple of small sculptures too - for my upcoming exhibitions. The first of these will be 'Gathering', showing in July at Creek Creative in Faversham. Following on very swiftly from this is 'Transition' which will be in place from early August through to early October at Conquest House Gallery in Canterbury. See the exhibitions page for details.
And then I'm also currently working on pieces for an installation titled 'The Red Hot Chilli Pokers' as part of the Godinton House 'Sculpture in the Gardens' show, which happens between 22 July and 13 August. If you don't know Godinton House, then I highly recommend a visit! It's a lovely old mansion just 2 miles from Ashford in Kent (Godinton Lane, TN23 3BP). The house (guided tours available) is interesting and the tea room is lovely. But the gardens are simply magnificent! They've got formal gardens, wild gardens, walled gardens, lakes, ponds, anything you could wish for, all beautifully tended by a wonderful team of both professional and volunteer gardeners. Just a little word of caution - their opening hours are 13.00 to 18.00, so don't try to go along in the morning!
Well, it's been a busy few weeks. On the downside, the piece I submitted to the RA for the Summer Exhibition was not selected. But no matter, I shall try again next year. On the upside, I have completed 5 commission pieces to the satisfaction of my clients, and have also started on work for the exhibitions I am having later in the year. And one thing I have really enjoyed is making a piece inspired (if that's the right word!) by orange monster who currently inhabits The White House. I've called this piece 'The World Turned Upside Down (aka Coming Out Of The Woodwork'. It won't change anything – but making it made me feel a bit better for a while!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a very jolly New Year. I certainly did! If you haven't yet managed to get to Deal to see the wonderful Winter Group Show at the Linden Hall Gallery, then let me urge you to make the effort before the exhibition closes at the end of the month. It really is worth seeing, with work by 50+ artists. There are paintings, prints, sculptures, ceramics and photographs on show, so something to interest everyone. On a personal note, I am delighted that both the pieces I am exhibiting have sold, so that's a really uplifting start to 2017 for me.
And this year has started nicely for me in other ways too. I'm continuing to work on several commissions that I picked up towards the end of last year, and I'm also working on a piece that I want to submit for entry into the RA Summer Show. I need to get a wiggle on, as the closing date for submissions is mid February. Watch this space.............!
Well, it’s been a while since I’ve written anything, but I haven’t been completely idle! In October, I showed some of my work at a craft event in the beautiful old Conquest House in Palace Street, Canterbury. I’m planning an exhibition there next year, so watch this space! And I’m currently exhibiting 10 pieces in the foyer and meeting rooms of a company, also in Canterbury – no access to the public unfortunately, as it’s a private firm, but at least all their staff and visitors will get to see my offerings. I’ve also been working on several commissions – one is complete and has been handed over to the client (see my commissions page) and the others are gradually coming to fruition.
I’m quite busy on the exhibition front at the moment too. I am currently showing 2 pieces in the Folkestone Art Society Winter Exhibition in The Grand, Folkestone. This finishes on Sunday 20th, so get along there quickly if you want to have a look. It’s a really good show this year. Then, I am very pleased to have been invited to join the hART group as a guest artist in their annual exhibition at the Tin Tabernacle in Hythe this year. This will take place 3rd-11th December, please do call in and have a look if you can. hART are a very talented group and a visit will be well worth your time.
And last (for now!) but most definitely not least, I will be showing 2 new pieces in the Winter Group Show in the Linden Hall Studio in Deal. The gallery has invited each of the artists who have exhibited there since its opening 2 years ago, to submit 2 pieces to be included in this show. I will be in very exalted company here – contributors include amongst others Humphrey Ocean RA and Mali Morris RA – and as there are 50 artists exhibiting, I can pretty much guarantee there will something to please everyone. The show will run from 6th December through to 29th January next year, and is definitely a ‘must see’ for any art lover.
By the way, the owners of Linden Hall Studio also have a lovely shop at 57 West Street, Deal, just around the corner from the gallery. Here they have numerous beautiful glass objects for sale – glasses and bowls, bottles, jewellery, Christmas decorations, artworks, and all manner of gorgeous things. Take my tip, if you are on the look out for unusual and unique Christmas presents, this is the place to go.
After the very successful 'Passage' exhibition finished at the end of May, I've been having a most wonderful June! First, it was off to Venice for a few days to celebrate my wedding anniversary. How lucky am I? We had a most wonderful time - the weather was kind to us, and Venice looked more beautiful than ever. We revisited the fabulous Guggenheim Collection, and the islands of Murano and Burano; wandered round for hours on end just looking at the architecture, marvelled at the skill of the gondoliers as they navigated some of those tiny canals, stopped for the occasional prosecco....... Of course I have come back totally inspired and fired up with new ideas, and I can't wait to get back in the studio and start work.
But before I rolled up my sleeves and got going again, it was off to Islington for my darling daughter's wedding. She was stunningly gorgeous of course, and she and her lovely groom both looked so happy. What a magical day!
So, back to the real world now, and time to start creating.............
Thank you to all of you who came along to support me at the opening of our latest exhibition ‘Passage’ with Helen Brooker, Maggie Kelham and Catherine Robinson. It was a wonderful afternoon and really successful for me – I had red dots on nearly half my work by the end of the afternoon. So I'm really pleased!
I hope you will be able to call in to see the exhibition during this month. And don't forget that all four of us will be there on Monday 30th May for our 'Meet the Artists' day. It would be lovely to see you there.
I’m getting really excited putting the finishing touches to new kiln fused glass works and sculptures for my upcoming exhibition ‘Passage’. It opens on Saturday 7th May, so not long to go now!
I’m exhibiting with three very talented print makers – Helen Brooker, Maggie Kelham and Catherine Robinson. We go way back and have exhibited many times together in the past because, as well as being great friends, we think our work complements each others very well. I’ve seen a few images of prints they will be exhibiting and I think between us we are going to have a really exciting and rather lovely exhibition. It will run Wednesdays to Sundays throughout May, plus Bank Holiday Monday 30th May, when all four of us will be in the gallery for a ‘Meet the Artists’ day. Please, do drop in and see us if you can.
All this is taking place in the Linden Hall Studio, in St Georges Street, Deal. This is a beautiful old building that dates back to 1775. For many years it was a chapel, but it fell into disrepair and it took a four year restoration by current owners John and Heather Corley, to create the fabulous light filled space it is today. It opened as a gallery in November 2014, and is perfect for exhibiting the best of contemporary British Art. Do check it out if you’re ever in Deal, it’s well worth a look.
And if you don’t already know Deal, it’s a great little town to visit. As well as the gallery, there are a number of wonderful independent shops, a pier and a long pebble beach where, if you time it right, you can buy freshly caught fish straight off the fishing boats! And it has many quaint historic old streets which are very pretty. There’s a lot of nice cafes and eateries too, and lovely old pubs, so it has everything you need for a jolly day out.
Hope to see you there!
For more information, have a look at my Exhibitions page.
Tuesday 5 April 2016
I will be talking about my work at the Kent Creative Live Folkestone Meet up at the Quarterhouse. This informal networking event is a chance to connect with Kent based creatives and professionals, opening up work opportunities and gaining support, feedback and knowledge.
09:15 Everyone arrives and chat with other attendees.
09:40 Artist Jeanette Cook will present her work.
10:10 One-to-ones between attendees randomly linked in pairs.
10:35 Sian Murphy – How to sell online
11:00 Full circle – opportunity for attendees to discuss a project/prototype/idea with the group.
11:30 More chatting and networking.
FREE for members | £5 non members | Book tickets at Eventbrite