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C-Art (Cumbrian Artists Open Studios 2013)

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‘Little Bird Gallery’, Askham- Open Studios

Now that the Open studios is coming to a close, I thought I would write a little post as a means of feeding back to the organisers and the Broadhursts.  I know it stands for Cumbria Artists Open Studios and originally with the -more than-  sign >  it referred to ‘seeing more art’.  But as far as I am concerned over the last three weeks it has been a wonderful opportunity to connect with new clients and artists and reconnect with old ones.

I have made a wonderful new friend in Mara Broadhurst who runs the ‘Little Bird Gallery’ in Askham near Lowther Castle, Penrith, where I exhibited my hats over the C-Art period.  ImageP1050798

Mara’s background at VV Rouleaux and Laura Ashley decorators has given her a particular personal style that lends itself to a homely interior.  She is brilliant at sourcing vintage and craft treasures, she is even offering customers a gift finding service for Xmas – irresistible.  All the customers just seemed to want to stay and chat it is so friendly. I only managed to make a little bit of crochet and a corsage over the six days as they had such a stream of fascinating visitors, from all corners of the UK and beyond.

Stuart continually throws his teapots, tangines, cups and plates in a steadfast and technically perfect manner.  He has perfected black and red glazes, which escapes many potters, he is just amazing as he persists continuously hour after hour.  Mara and Stuart have adapted Holly House and barn and it is both a wonderful studio and a great example of a cozy Lake District property in a divine little busy village of Askham next to a lovely country pub.  So if you need hand-made unusual Christmas presents and want to go far from the madding crowd – just head off there and have a wonderful day out.  I am sure you if you have travelled far, Mara may even put the kettle on and tell you a lovely story about the work of a guest ceramicist or jeweller.  Mara makes some of her own  jewellery and is constantly, creating interesting little corners to investigate as the items disappear. The visitors left us some very positive feedback although many just want to have cultural tours and will probably return to shop later – for Christmas for instance.  When you are trained  to expect Contemporary Applied Art Galleries showing cutting edge work in white cube spaces – this rustic whitewashed space, with gorgeous yellow barn doors and flowers feels a little bohemian and quirky.  But then what is Craft in Cumbria, hats and teapots especially if not  a bit quirky, and it certainly gives  people the feeling of being at home because it is obvious they really don’t want to leave.  Personally, I am looking forward to going back to finish packing up next week, as Mara and her dog Juno have grown on me and I think although we did know each other before this fortnight has nutured a long and creative partnership to form, it is so good to find a kindred spirit.

I have also organised the ‘Contemporary Vision : 20 x 20 events’ which have helped me form very interesting new connections, e.g: Julia Wilmot and her Herdwick cheese and I have lots of new admiration for lots of Cumbrian artists I have never met before.  I am looking forward to the last event on 4th Oct @ Rheged in the Gallery, for a final C-Art get together.

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‘Celadon ware’ and my ‘Inner Strength’ corset (plus winged candle ;-))                          Unique Red glazed teapots with luggage tags, balanced on old books and vintage units.

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20 x 20


Brewery Arts Kendal 25th Sep and Rheged on 4th Oct 2013

Brewery Arts Kendal 25th Sep and Rheged on 4th Oct 2013

Arts Events

Contemporary Vision: 20 x 20

as part of the C-Art Cumbria Arts Open Studios event 14th – 29th Sep 2013

‘Contemporary Vision: 20 x 20’ Pecha Kucha Style Event at the Rheged Centre,Penrith, Cumbria Fri 4th Oct at 7.00pm. Come along @ 6pm to have drinks, eat in the cafe and socialise. The artists will present 20 images of their work in a dynamic paced event followed by a short debate. The ’20 x 20 vision’ event will have a broad selection of C-Artists, including Simon Whalley, Rosie Wates, Christine Hurford and Alex Jakob -Whitworth, Debby Akam and many more …..

See info about the C-Artists open studios below:

Maggi Toner-Edgar will be showing some of the textiles and photographs which make up her story ‘Thinking Caps’ @ Stuart Broadhurst’s Gallery ‘Holly House Barn’ in Askham from 14th Sept until 29th September. Maggi will be sketching in the Askham gallery at the weekends 14/15/21/22/ and 28/29 and will be happy to chat about the research behind the book.

A selection of this work will be on show at the 20 x 20 Vision at Brewery Arts

20 x 20 Event

20 x 20 Event


Contemporary Vision: 20 x 20. Dynamic Visual Arts Performance Event


 

        PECHAKUCHA poster

Come to the first 20 x 20 Pecha Kucha Style Event at the Florence  Mine, Egremont, Cumbria  Wednesday 11th Sept at 7pm. Ticket booking recommended at 07773158941  There will be a selection of artists presenting 20 images of their work in a dynamic paced evening followed by a short debate, where you can glean more info about their process. The ’20 x 20 vision’ event will come closer to you (Tullie House 18th Sept/ Kendal Brewery Arts 25th Sept/ Rheged on 4 Oct) with a broad selection of C-Artists, including Mark Gibbs, Simon Whalley, Rosie Wates, Christine Hurford, Rosie Alcock and many more…..

See info about the Florence Artists below:

First Jill Davis of the Florence Paintmakers who make the ‘Egremont Red’ pigment will explain how their  work is inspired by the haematite powder of Florence Mine

Florence Paintmakers – launched their hand-made artists’ materials, based on the local rich red iron oxide, which can vary from a vivid blood red to a deep purple, depending on the particle size. The ore used for paint production has been ground to a fine powder which releases the rich russet colour which typifies Egremont Red.

Florence Mine was renowned for the quality of its ore and was the last deep haematite mine in Western Europe when it closed down in 2008. Florence Mine has now re-emerged as an Arts Centre which is where the event will take place incorporating  one of the Florence Paintmakers.  Other artists include: Tim Wood, Julia Wilmot and Dawn Mills.  Come and see a visual arts performance event with a difference.

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Other artists featured below include, Maggi Toner-Edgar (left)  and Emma Wiggington ( btm)
Kieth Snell (middle-  at the Tullie House Event showing his photographs from the ‘End of the World’)
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it begins quietly Emma Wiggington


NETS Exhibition Australia Geelong Forum


NETS Exhibition Australia Geelong Forum

It is great to see all the wonderful textile work shown at the Geelong Forum in Australia, all courtesy of Angie Wyman who took the exhibits from our Textile Network Group over there and displayed them alongside our Australian colleagues.

Angie hard at work doing the prep for the exhibition – Well Done Angie on behalf of the Northern  Textile Network in the UK, she did us proud. Here alongside are some examples of her work also showing in the NETS exhibition in Australia.

Left to Right: Maggi Toner-Edgar, Janet Wilde, Gwyn Hunt and Valerie Kirk

 

Pieces by Valerie Kirk

The above pieces by me are digital print outs of textile designs if you would like to see a couple of them printed onto silk go along to the C-Art Christmas Exhibition at the Tullie House Gallery in Carlisle Cumbria from 16th December onwards, where you can also buy interesting local craft pieces in the shop by Amanda Mercer and Emma Wiggington.  There will be a dynamic night in the final week, Thursday 7th February  when I will be hosting the Contemporary Vision 20 x 20 event in the Tullie House Lecture theatre, where Artists will be showing 20 examples of their work.  It is a rapid paced event with only 20 seconds per slide and a n interactive audience Q & A session afterwards.  Hope to see you there.


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