Estuary Fringe

estuary fringe festivalI shall be taking part in the Estuary Fringe festival this year. Their website is estuaryfringe.weebly.com and their Facebook page can be found here, where they have the following description of the event:

The Estuary Fringe was created with the aim of taking art back from the pretentious art elites who have somehow insinuated themselves into the borough and hand it back to the local community, to everyone, where it belongs.
Dreamt up by four fools from Southend and under the direction of the fringes creative director John Bulley, hold on “creative director”, that’s art bollocks, the fringe is about anarchic fun without the guilt.
The first festival in June 2013 was incredibly successful. Organised in just 7 weeks with no money and no idea what we were letting ourselves in for, we were blown away by just how well it all went, so we have decided to do it all again this year.
Over 9 days in August this year’s festival will be bigger and better with even more artist, local, national and international from all genres, painters and musicians, graffiti artists, poets, performance artists, the festival really will have it all as this year we are pleased to announce that we will have theatrical productions and independent films as well.
The Estuary Fringe Festival, from Saturday 2nd August until Sunday 10th August. Come see what’s on and enjoy.
No need to pay £10 + booking fee for tickets, its free… just turn up, join in and have fun…
The Estuary Fringe Production Team….

Pure Painting

PurepaintingI have just learned that I have had the latest painting from my Relationship Series accepted for inclusion in the Pure Painting exhibition – a show organised by Brent Artist Resource.

Brent Artist’s Resource is an artist led voluntary organization founded in 1984. We aim to: serve the cultural needs of the people of Brent and North West London, and provide a supportive environment for artists in their professional development.

Relationships Series - beth and Nina No.3
Relationships Series – beth and Nina No.3

Multimedia installation at WOA, call for artists

becky walker multimedia art installation
during installation

Last week I paid a visit to my local art gallery, WOA, to see local Southend artist Becky Walker putting up her multimedia art installation. It seemed to involve the use of a couple of projectors, what seemed to be miles and miles of clingfilm,  and possibly beer cans.

I thought it brave of the gallery to give free rein to the artist to put on this event, which included rearranging the displayed artwork to suit her installation. The gallery was open all the time, and it was interesting viewing the reaction of a couple of visitors while I was there. This particular gallery puts a great importance on the active involvement of their participating artists; it positively encourages it. As such it is a great opportunity for emerging and local artists. Especially those who work in the multimedia field, who might otherwise have difficulty finding suitable venues for their offerings. And to be able to put on a show in an open gallery along quite a busy road.., well, that’s priceless.

The WOA gallery currently has openings for artists. The fee they charge, £20/month, really only covers costs, and as I said, they are always looking to host events. Any enquiries should be directed to Jon or Carra at the address below. More details can be found on their website.

You can visit the WOA gallery @
28 Hamlet Court Rd, Westcliff-on-Sea,
Southend-on-Sea, Essex, UK, SS0 7LX,
info@westcliffonart.com

becky walker art installation
becky walker art installation, and those beer cans again
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One of the projectors broke down on the evening, but I don’t think it spoiled anyone’s enjoyment. Quite a few people attended, and despite the technical problem, I would say the evening was a success.

 

WOA December Exhibition

I have just finished hanging my work at WOA (WestcliffOnArt) gallery for their December show. I did enjoy the fact that it’s only five minutes walk from my house, so I didn’t have to struggle on trains and underground to get my work to it’s destination. I’m pleased with how the arrangement has worked out. I don’t often get a chance to exhibit my portraits, and I thought it quite apt that the portraits I have on show are of the three models who have worked with me on most of my recent paintings.

Jon adding labels to my work at WOA gallery
Jon adding labels to my work at WOA gallery

I’m looking forward to the “Opening” for the show, which will be on Saturday the 6th December. Their Facebook event page says:
Cordially requesting your esteemed attendance for a night of artistic appreciation – more than seven new artists to the gallery showing work – violin, guitar of varying qualities, and some wine.”
Not sure if I should be more alarmed by the “guitar of varying qualities” or the mention of “some wine”. The gallery owners/curators, Jon and Carra, seem nice people to do business with. Their business model seems very fair and reasonable to the artist; quite unlike so many of the “opportunities for artists” out there, which are no more than schemes to exploit and fleece artists.

Gallery information:

28 Hamlet Court Rd
Westcliff-on-Sea
Southend-on-Sea
Essex, UK
SS0 7LX
info@westcliffonart.com

Opening Hours:
Mon: By Appointment
Tue: 10am – 7.30pm
Wed: 10am – 7.30pm
Thu: 10am – 7.30pm
Fri: 10am – 7.30pm
Sat: 10am – 7.30pm
Sun: 10am – 7.30pm

Westcliff on Art, December Exhibition

I have just arranged to have one of the walls in my local gallery, WestcliffOnArt, for their December show. The gallery hasn’t been open for long. It looks like a nice, inviting space, and I’m happy with the wall I have been allocated. They also use the gallery for workshops, which I always think is a nice idea. Art galleries have a terrible  reputation for being elitist, uninviting places, so It’s nice when you come across galleries that are opening their doors to the public.

WestcliffOnArt, Hamlet Court Road
WestcliffOnArt, Hamlet Court Road

The gallery website can be found here, and their Facebook page is here.

Sweet’Art Guilty Pleasures

I have just received notification that my piece “Relationships Series – Kirsty and Beth” has been accepted for the Sweet’Art show “Guilty Pleasures”, to be held at Juno, in Shoreditch, from the 6th November.

Relationships Series - Kirsty and Beth, selected for the Sweet'Art show Guilty Pleasures, held at popular bar and gallery venue Juno, in Shoeditch
Relationships Series – Kirsty and Beth

It poses an interesting dilemma, as the private view happens to be on the 6th November – the same night as the official opening of Street Corner Gallery (edit: re-named Project Space). Well, it’s a nice problem to have.

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Founded in 2012, Sweet ’Art’s mission is dedicated to the promotion of artists at all levels of their career through the delivery of thought provoking, engaging and fun site specific exhibitions and live art events with a difference.

Alongside the planned program of events, artists are invited to join Sweet ’Art and be part of a growing network of artists enabling them to showcase work online and be in touch with other members of Sweet ‘Art.

Sweet ‘Art is dedicated to the promotion of art that is thought provoking, intelligent and challenging in its consideration of both aesthetic and concept.

Sweet ‘Art embraces all disciplines of work and encourages artists in a process of exploration, challenge and debate when considering their own practice and that of others.