A regretful update: the exhibition below cannot now proceed, due to matters out of my control. The terms for occupation of the unit (see below), have been changed by the management of the centre, and despite 10 days or so of emailing, no affordable option is available to me.
So, I am doing my best to reconfigure things for what was to be this exhibition, four artists and myself, and also the upcoming one planned for May, and to which three artists had already agreed.
Nothing is going to happen quickly, but you know what they say about good things needing time to evolve….?
Watch this space.
Invitation / flyer for the next exhibition – please save the date for the opening event / private view! Free entry, all welcome – drinks, pre wrapped nibbles, and music! See you there on the 18th February…..
4 artists now confirmed for the end of Feb exhibition and with myself (with different / new work), that’s 5 of us altogether.
It will be at this same lovely location, with some really exciting/interesting/fresh painters and a ceramic artist who all resonate with me in really diverse ways so I know this exhibition is going to be fabulous!
Invite / flyer for the opening / PV to come soon when I’ve decided a title!
‘SomeWhereLand’ is the name of my new curating/ arthub project, initially inspired by the availability of a beautiful empty unit in the Castle Quay Centre in Banbury, Oxfordshire.
The location was perfect – opposite the museum and art gallery, an historic boatyard, and next to a coffee shop. A friend had been part of a group who had previously had an exhibition there, and I had a studio full of big paintings that needed to breathe and to be seen – a computer screen just doesn’t do it for large scale work. And the best bit? This vacant unit was totally free to occupy…
In March 2020, we all know what happened…lockdown hit all of us, and my hit came right in the middle of the MA Fine Art Painting I was doing at UAL Camberwell College of Arts in London, so my cohort was unable to have a real life show, and we never had a chance to say goodbye to each other or our tutors. (That became a subject of inspiration for some of my subsequent work).
So I then became determined to make the most of this opportunity, and ideas and planning began, hugely assisted by a chance meeting with a top curator, artist and lecturer who co-directed (with myself and my husband), the whole presentation – both of the exhibition, it’s promotion and advice on my own presentation regarding my website and Instagram.
After many weeks of hard work, the exhibition finally was organised, curated and installed! I learned so much, and after all the battling with the officialdom, (!) it was on the road, and looking pretty fine. As I said, there were so many great comments, and I now wish that I’d bought that ‘Visitors’ book I saw for £2 in a sale bin in the run up!
There will be another opportunity, however, as I have it booked again for the second half of February 14th – 28th, next year, 2022.
Watch this space…..!
Some images and a video of the gallery, the install and the location: