Tuesday, 30 October 2012

YsbrydNos / Night Spirits: Bocs

Halloween is very nearly upon us! Naturally I love Halloween and all things spooky, so I was super excited to be invited to be a part of a special Halloween Exhibition with Bocs in Caernarfon.

'YsbrydNos' or 'Spirit of the Night'/'Night Spirits' if you prefer is set within the Castles walls, and the exhibition is inspired by Caernarfon's dark and nautical history. I've produced a brand new piece based on the last man to be hung in the town's prison [I'll post it in a couple of days] If you can make it over there's a whole day [for children] and evening [for adults] of art, music, poetry and festivities! 

Artists exhibiting: Barry Morris (Badge), Cathryn Griffith, Charles Yorke, Dion Hamer, Dylan Williams, Gethin Wavell, Mererid Haf, Morgan Griffith (Sonomano), Nader Kohbodi (Mr Kobo), Rebecca F. Hardy, Sarah Mc Eachran, Sara Rhoslyn Moore and Yvonne Tsang.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Caught My Eye: Manchester Street Art

Spotted this beauties around Fred Aldous - such wealth of talent on display, it's a real pity I didn't have more time as there was heaps more that I wanted to get some snaps of  :( 

Spotted this building whilst driving around Manchester, it reminds me of Rachel Whiteread's work...

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Neo Studios Bolton: Part I

We were extremely lucky to bump into Jason Simpson when we went over to see the Neo Print Prize Exhibition in Bolton. Jason was kind enough to show us around the organisations group studios, needless to say I left feeling very envious of their studios and facilities!

The group is a not-for-profit organisation founded to aid the development of creative practitioners in Bolton and the surrounding areas. Offering affordable studio spaces, printing and sculpture facilities, exhibition and curating opportunities as well as workshops, skill sharing and peer support. With the aim to raise the profile of contemporary art in the North West of England and beyond. 
Jason explained a little about the running of the studios to us; there is a core committee [of which Jason is the Director] who take on the responsibility of the day-to-day running of the group/studios, yet all members are expected to contribute to the upkeep of the studios in some way, shape or form, it seems very much a team effort. Housing a variety of media, the studios sprawl over two floors of former offices, with spaces varying from small individual rooms to larger private studios, and some open plan shared spaces. There is also a large well equipped print room and a sculpture/workshop which all members have access too, and are also available to associate members.
Jason was keen to point out the support of the local council and shopping centre in providing them with [a] an affordable building for studio spaces and [b] temporary exhibition spaces in vacant shops - in fact the shopping centre also hosted other art exhibitions and displays by other local artists and schools, which was so refreshing to see. The temporary gallery space in which the Print Prize was held in Bolton Market Place, was donated by Agora Shopping Centres Ltd, and in an ideal place for maximum exposure to passing trade and to members of the public who might not otherwise think of going to a gallery, so having a professional and inviting/accessible gallery right next to Debenhams is a brilliant idea! They currently have a second temporary project space around the corner in Merchant's Place, River Street, donated by Charles Topham Investments, currently hosting an exhibition by Manchester based poet Matthew Curry.


Sunday, 21 October 2012

'Doll Face' @ Neo Print Prize Exhibition

My Piece 'Doll Face' [Linocut] hanging above Fionnuala Doran's pieces: "Infomania" and "I & Nature, Nature & I"

I travelled over to Bolton last week to see the Neo Print Prize exhibition and to take some snaps of my piece 'Doll Face' hanging in the show! The exhibition is housed in a former shop within a very busy shopping centre, its refreshing to see a city centre using empty shops in such a productive manner, not only does it help keep up appearances of the centre but it also provides a huge boost to the local art scene and provides a much needed public platform for artists, hopefully it's a scheme more city centres will pick up and develop!

Friday, 19 October 2012

Sun Xun: Liverpool Biennial @ The Bluecoat

Sun Xun explores the cultural traditions of hospitality in his native China in a new large-scale installation of drawing and animation created in response to the Bluecoat’s gallery spaces. Referencing Song Dynasty customs and style from the 11th century, he juxtaposes traditional and new media forms of expression to negotiate the complex position of ‘host’ in contemporary China.
Sun's work is on display as part of the 'Liverpool Biennial: The Unexpected Guest' at The Bluecoat until November 25th 2012