Last night was Wakefields latest bi-monthly art walk around various venues across the city. As part of this Unity Works, where I am currently exhibiting opened its doors for the evening.
It’s always a popular event and was well attended despite a few rain showers. The night promised such a diverse range of exhibitions in equally diverse locations ranging from The Hepworth and the cathedral to bars and tiny artists studios.
So after setting up and keeping my fingers crossed that people would come it was a relief to find that the exhibition was a huge success. It was crowded in there! Lots of people came, connections and sales were made. Best of all, visitors experienced the art in person and gave me feedback and this is the most valuable lesson I learnt – that exhibiting your art allows you to have a dialogue with people about the work. You can’t help but learn and grow from this experience.
I am so thankful for Unity Works and the other venues, for hosting Artwalk. The Artwalk is a unique event that I treasure as an opportunity to celebrate art of all kinds in my hometown. If you haven’t made it out to an Artwalk yet, you really should.
Saltwater : Views of the sea is on until 14th April 2017 at Unity Works, Wakefield
Last week I hung my first exhibition, (not only was it my first exhibition it was a SOLO exhibition to boot!) So armed with boxes of bubble wrapped paintings I arrived bright and early at the venue to assist with hanging my artwork.
The space that I’m currently exhibiting in was once a butchery department of a Victorian department store and has amazingly high ceilings and the original tiled walls which prove to be an original backdrop to any artwork displayed there.
In total, I hung 12 original oil paintings and a further 13 prints of my work. This was the first time that I had seen the series hung as a collection and it was quite a shock to see them all framed and hanging as a cohesive set of paintings.
The exhibition is now open for viewing and I’ll be hosting an evening on the 29th of March as part of the city’s bi-monthly Artwalk. I look forward to telling all about it and sharing my thoughts on exhibiting for the first time in an upcoming post but until then I just thought that I would share a few photos, I hope that you enjoy!
There’s not been much time for painting lately as I’m now at the stage in working towards my exhibition where it’s purely preparation and administration. I’ve now learnt that preparing for an exhibition is no easy task! I’m surrounded by paintings in my studio and around my house, whilst I check the titles, sizes and frames. 12 oil paintings have been catalogued along with 13 framed giclee prints. Although the actual exhibition doesn’t start for just over a week, I’ll be hanging my paintings in the a few days before to allow for tweaks and adjustments. This is all new to me so I’m checking and re-checking that the details are correct.
Who knew how much work went into an art exhibition! Talk about a learning process, I’d love to hear the thoughts and any advice from other creatives out there about this part of the artistic experience.
Sunday was my first day of officially trading as Art on the Water. It was intended to be a trial of sorts, testing out the displays from my home mooring before I actually set out trading from various locations on the northern waterways. Continue reading “Trial & error”→
One of my favourite weekend trips away on our boat is sailing along the Aire & Calder Navigation into Leeds city centre. As I live in a rural location it’s a great way for me to get my fix of city living now and again. My favourite spot to moor up is at Granary Wharf which is based at the end of the Leeds & Liverpool canal. Its location is only a five-minute walk from the hustle and bustle of the city centre and it boasts a wide variety of great waterside bars, restaurants, and hotels. Continue reading “Leeds Waterfront Festival”→
Not far from where I live is an area of Yorkshire called “The Rhubarb Triangle”. This area situated between the towns of Wakefield, Morely and Rothwell is home to the farms that produce Yorkshire rhubarb. A native plant of Siberia, rhubarb has adapted well to the cold and rain of northern winters. It is grown in the darkness of forcing sheds and is romantically harvested by candlelight.
The town of Wakefield even hosts an annual rhubarb festival to celebrate its historic link with rhubarb growing. There, visitors can sample foodie delights such as rhubarb ale or rhubarb topped pork pies, watch cookery demonstrations by celebrity chefs and soak up the atmosphere while watching street entertainment.
Having never visited the festival I was intrigued to see a recent exhibition by celebrated documentary photographer Martin Parr entitled “The Rhubarb Triangle & Other Stories” at The Hepworth, Wakefield.
Parr’s images capture all aspects of the rhubarb business, from the back-breaking work of moving the rhubarb from the field to shed, the freezing cold and exhausting labour of picking the vegetable by candlelight, and the consumption of the rhubarb by food tourists at the aforementioned festival.
I went away with rhubarb in mind and inspired by the images of the striking fuschia pink stems I decided to create my own piece of Yorkshire rhubarb!
The Rhubarb Triangle & Other Stories can be seen at The Hepworth, Wakefield, West Yorkshire until Sunday 12th June 2016.