EVENTS in 2020
12th - 20th September, filmed at All Souls Haley Hill for a virtual experience.
When Shibden Hall is presently open to the public where the 'Shibden Collection' is available to buy as a range of prints, cards and postcards, also available through their new online shop. The images celebrate the hall as well as being a backdrop for the BBC and HBO tv series 'Gentleman Jack'. When filming of the second series begins in the autumn they will be available at Bankfield Museum.
Following on from my solo exhibition last year several of my paintings are now available in print at The Yorkshire Gallery in The Piece Hall.
I remain as the artist in residence for 2020 at All Souls, where I will be completing the community project 'People of All Souls' to be on show alongside my fourth solo exhibition during the heritage weekends in September. Our next filming date for the video stories is on 25th April.
' Hide & Seek ' a solo exhibition as part of the National Heritage Open Days and our own Halifax Heritage Trail will take place at All Souls Church, Haley Hill on 12th/13th/19th and 20th September, 11-3PM. More information to follow.
It is a year of anniversary celebrations for The Churches Conservation Trust as well as All Souls at Haley Hill. The church will have it's 160th celebration with a service on 2nd November. Volunteer events, a summer garden party, local heritage walks and talks, music video filming as well as concerts have all played their part this year to bring the building back to the community as an event venue. In my role as 'artist in residence' I have been holding drawing workshops, promoting the venue and produced prints and Christmas cards for sale to raise funds for the building. My main event is a solo art exhibtion planned for the National Heritage Open Days and our own Halifax Heritage Trail in September, paintings will reflect the local history of the area in and beyond Akroydon.
We have begun to engage with the local community, to gather stories of fond memories on video and photographs from people who were married or christened in the church many years ago. To be collated as a community project 'People of All Souls'.
ART FOR EVERYONE
The new BBC1 series ‘Home Is Where The Art Is’, presented by Nick Knowles, brought you 45 artists from across the country working in different mediums. Over 15 episodes three artists were competing to produce a commission for a ‘mystery buyer’.
I took part in episode 12 which aired on Tuesday 23rd April BBC1 at 3.45 pm.
The series started on 8th April. and my episode can be viewed on Daily Motion, just click on the link.
Thank you, the response has been phenomenal, it even caused my website to crash with the amount of hits!!!
“What a brilliant idea and a great experience to take part. I joined the two other artists to be filmed looking around the home of our mystery buyer for clues as to their taste and personality, before being given a brief for the commission. We then had time to produce an idea to pitch to our client in the studio, while our process was recorded. It was so interesting to be a part of this production and I can’t wait to see the other 14 episodes and all the art that was produced.”
On Sunday 23rd June I held an OPEN STUDIO, 1-4pm at my home and garden, Punch Bowl House, HX3 6UB. The weather was kind and the rain held off. Thank you to everyone who came along, some new buyers and students for my art classes. The work on show was inspired by the garden and the local wildlife around us.
Holmfirth Artweek 7th - 13th July I took part in the main exhibiton at the Civic Hall but I also held a joint fringe exhibition 'Time to Stand and Stare' with Holmfirth artist Rosalind Annis at Helen J Bray Studios. What a beautiful venue to show off our work, many thanks to Helen and Nigel for hosting. Our exhibition was a huge success, I met many new people who fell over themselves to buy, raising over £700 between us for Macmillan Cancer Research. Thank you.
The following Sunday 14th July I gave a watercolour workshop at The Piece Hall drawing inspiration from the building.
Everyone worked a different levels, gaining knowledge of drawing, colour mixing and watercolour techniques. Again thank you to Jo and everyone, it was a lovely day painting. The working painting from the day I intend to finish for my September exhibition.
On 31st July 2019 the next hardback edition of the American watercolour series 'Splash 20' will be available to buy, my painting of the interior of All Souls is part of the publication.
Calderdale has a wealth of artists and events that can sometimes be hard to find. In 2018 many conversations between artists and art spaces formed the idea of a new space in which anyone could easily access the arts happening across Calderdale, with all of us working together to promote the area through art. VisitCalderdale.com will be supporting our events but the information is now building on The Art in Calderdale, also tagged on Instagram #theartincalderdale. We are hoping that this will become a comprehensive list of events and artists to contact with a website to follow.
I HAD THREE MAJOR PUBLIC EVENTS IN 2018
The first was in June when I took part as a wildcard in the Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year at Studley Royal, recently shown in the new series as Episode 4. I was a wildcard last year at Knaresborough but in this episode I am interviewed with others as we battled the weather.
The filming day starts early with registration at 7am, your paper/canvas is stamped and wristband attached. A shuttle bus ferried us all a distance through the estate as the fine rain began. Before we were settled in our spot for the day after 9am the wind had picked up to strong blustery downpours. All the wildcards struggled with many umbrellas turning inside out and broken, including mine from the off and equipment held down with every limb. Typical spirit we all battled through, having a laugh about it. Brushes, sponges and waterpots were blown into the water along with a young man's painting which was picked up by the wind, whipped over the heads of others and landed face down, to be blown to the other side of the water. My watercolour paper turned into a wet blanket and until the sun finally broke through at lunchtime I could barely keep any paint on, despite putting it under my table in the worst of the rain. My friend Sue rescued me at one point, holding everything down while I stretched my legs.
Mottled is my new style! Tai took interest in my battery powered fan which I used to attempt to dry the paper out in order to put some darker tones on before time was called. An experience to say the least.
I learnt from this experience with unpredictable weather. When I was asked by The Piece Hall in Halifax to help them celebrate the anniversary of their opening on Yorkshire Day by painting a giant watercolour of the Yorkshire rose live in the courtyard I was sure to be under a gazebo. It was a glorious day, packed with people and this time I needed the shade.
As I paint with many wet layers over a detailed drawing I had to do much of the preparation before the day to ensure a finished painting in front of the public. The size gave me many issues, eventually resorting to pasting over 6 full imperial sheets of watercolour paper to a thick MDF board. Without a frame it JUST fit into my vehicle but now framed it needs to travel by transit van, measuring 127 x 235 cms, just short of 8ft tall.
Here are a few photos showing the journey to the finished painting now on sale for £1400.00.
In September I held my second solo exhibition at All Souls 'There & Back' as part of the National Heritage Open Days, Halifax Heritage Trail and the European Year of Cultural Heritage. This year it covered two weekends and the second candlelit preview evening when the building looks even more amazing. The volunteers were brilliant in helping making it a great success, looking forward to more events next year.
I can't believe that it has been three years since I was showing 'Smell the Roses' at The Mall Galleries in London as part of the exhibition Artist of the Year held by the Artists & Illustrators Magazine in 2016. It acheived the Watercolour MaimeriBlu Award and a global three year contract with Woodmansterne Publishing Ltd which led to the sale of the original to Scotland via contact from Italy.
Also eleven years since I closed my gallery studio in Northowram.