End of last year I started running workshops again - Becoming Visible took place a few times in my studio, each time different, and I had the feeling for most of the participants it has been a journey of discovery, rewarding for them as much as for me. It feels an honour to be involved in someone's progress as a person and an artist, each time something really special, individual, unrepeatable unfolds, and I am learning from it myself, each time again.
Quay Arts IOW agreed to offer a class, Drawing/Painting from Within in their framework of their Summer School in August this year. As this class is already fully booked, I think currently about offering a 2-day course in October, here from my studio. Please let me know if you are interested.
In December this year, I will be curating a show again at The Studio at Rookley Manor - the subject this time is Stories/Narrative. Stories in visual art have been somewhat tabu because of the element of illustration vs. art - but walking through a visual in one's mind composes certainly a story-line, whatever fragmented, doesn't it?
This will be an exciting showcase of a variety of brilliant artists and their visions towards how we understand stories very differently, and how those stories build another story when they come together.
Artists invited and confirmed: David Firmstone, Ella Clocksin, Howard Hardiman, Jan Williams/Chris Teasdale - The Caravan Gallery, Lisa Traxler, Michael Bartlett (and myself).
The show will launch on Saturday afternoon Dec 10th and run for another day on Sunday. Mike helps me profusely with the preparations, wine will be catered by Winetherapy in Cowes.
Details closer to autumn.
For a while now, I have been planning with Howard Hardiman a bigger exhibition project exploring how we can approach mythologies, the notion of transformation and alchemy from a contemporary angle. Our interests match, and we are definitely very excited to have been offered funding for this show from the Arts Council England.
The exhibition will run last quarter of next year at the West Gallery at Quay Arts, with the possibility of touring to other places in the country.
I look forward to a quite intense work phase!