Tuesday, 30 August 2011

We're in September's edition of the Handy Mag on Page 12!

Many thanks to Jane who emailed the Handy Mag and got the following article in there:
The text is a bit small to read here, but it does show Deb Battaglia's painting off to very good effect.
We're also listed in the What's On page (30)
Thank you to the Handy Mag.

Monday, 29 August 2011

Invitation to the Launch of Open Studios on the 9th of September at 7.30pm at the Post Modern, Theatre Square SN1 1QN

The Launch party should be a good night with lots of participating artists, their friends and people who want to find out more about the event coming along.
There will be a group exhibition of work by Artsite members on display.
Hope to see you there.
With thanks to Helen Flinders who provided the image.

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Photographs of Gordon's Party at Walcot Chapel

There were quite a few of us who braved the torrential rain on Friday night to join Gordon in Bath.
 Paintings on the walls, sculptures down the centre of the chapel and suspended from the ceiling on ingeniously placed wires.
 The entertainment in the form of the Costellos. Kat Saunders played and sang before them.
 And this is what it looked like outside.
There is a suspended boid and Paul Ricketts showing his reflective jacket.
Sarah Checksfield has a joint exhibition at Walcot Chapel this week.

Friday, 26 August 2011

Richard Jefferies Festival Launch Photos 24th August 6.30pm at the Post Modern

We met to celebrate the launch of the festival with wine and nibbles, and a preview of Jefferies inspired paintings by David Brackston.
Here are a few photographs of the evening:
 Mike Pringle, organiser of the Richard Jefferies Festival having a few words.
David Brackston thanking everyone for coming to the preview.
Close ups of David's paintings, not shown in their best light, please go and have a look at his exhibition at the Post Modern, Theatre Square, Swindon, it runs until 5pm on Saturday 27th of August.
Lynette Thomas took some great photographs, these can be found by clicking on this link:https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150266614637805.333222.663457804&l=823420b3ed&type=1
David can be contacted via email at: david@brax.org.uk
To find out more about the festival, please visit:www.richardjefferies.org/festival

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Toby Robson's exhibition at the Beehive, latest news!!

I met Toby this morning to discuss his Open Studios exhibition at the Beehive.
There will be a launch of his exhibition on the 4th of September, more details to follow such as time etc.
Toby will spending some time in the pub during the two weekends, again more details soon.
In the meantime here are 3 pieces of his work:

Here's what Toby says:

Toby Robson is an artist based in Old Town who specialises in cast metal sculpture. He will be displaying a selection of works down at The Beehive pub. "As I'm limited to wall space, I'm fairly limited by what I can display, which has forced me to try some new ideas. Part of the exhibition will include some totally new canvasses I've been working on which I call my 'MaGArt' range - they're non figurative and organic pieces in acrylic. In addition, I shall also be showing some Plate castings in iron and aluminium, plus a couple of three dimensional pieces". Come and have a look. If you're interested - I'd love to meet you and talk over the work.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Come Along to Gordon's Big Art Day at Walcot Chapel on Friday 26th August 5.00 - 9.30pm

This was what he said on Facebook:
Friday, August 26 · 5:00pm - 9:30pm

Walcot Mortuary Chapel, Walcot Street, Bath

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More Info
another show at the chapel in bath, this time it's just me.

I'll be showing a bunch of new stuff and some of my favourite older pieces.
sculpture, paintings, video and hopefully, live music

everything will be on sale .... but don't think i'm reducing my prices just because there's a bloody credit crunch on!

there will be some complimentary drinks and nibbles .... but my advice is either get there before it all gets guzzled up by the guzzlers (you know who you are) or bring some with you just in case.

we end somewhere around 9.30ish if you need to come later, best call me before you leave to see how it's going on 007941 681561 (if you are a pervert please don't read this number)

even if you can't stand my work come anyway ... it'll be nice to see you ........ gx

Monday, 22 August 2011

Preview of David Brackston's Exhibition of Jefferies inspired Paintings Wednesday 24th August at 6.30pm at the Postmodern Gallery

The Richard Jefferies Festival is being held from August 24th - 28th.
The Launch can be celebrated with wine and nibbles at the Postmodern Gallery, Theatre Square while looking at David Brackston's exhibition.
Here's a page from the flyer advertising the events:
For a hard copy of the flyer, visit the Central Library, or visit the website: www.richardjefferies.org/festival

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Fred Blunt's Poster advertising his Event at the Arts Centre on the 10th of September

With less than 3 weeks to go to the beginning of Swindon Open Studios, advertising is hotting up.
Fred has produced this poster to advertise his presence at the Arts Centre with Emma Butt from Osborne Books.
This is a fantastic opportunity to buy signed copies of the children's books that Fred has illustrated, as well as some of his illustrations, doodles and artworks on paper.

Studio:   01793 574497 / Mobile:  07929 382837
Fred has also now got a blog:
Here's a pic  from it:

Emma Butt
Independent Usborne Organiser: Divisional Leader
Winner of the Stephen Cartwright Award for Excellence...
Join us, make money, make a difference & have fun!

Call me: 01844 214 739 / 07974 230 898
Or for more information online: www.mylittleyellowduck.co.uk

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Which 5 Paintings did Tim sell at Treberfydd?

I would like to celebrate the success at Treberfydd, both for Tim and Peace Direct, supporting peace builders in conflict zones:
by displaying the paintings he sold.
 Here's 'The Library' with genuine William Morris wallpaper in the background setting off the picture well.
And here is 'The Orchard' much loved by Margaret Carroll.
 'The Beach', I'll miss this one.
 And 2 more beach paintings, the one above particularly favoured by Alex, my grandson, he thinks he's in it! He is of course.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Talk by Tony Huzzey - Thursday 18th August

organised by SBC Library Service ...

Free talk - This Thursday

Tony Huzzey on his book about living with diabetes

18 August 2011  5.30 - 6.30

Arts Centre

Tony's book tells the inspiring story of how, as a 12-year-old and only 36 hours from death in 1950, he was encouraged to fight back by accepting personal responsibility for the maintenance of his own health as an Insulin dependent diabetic. Now, some 50,000 self-administered injections later, he is the holder of the Diabetes UK Lawrence Medal (which is named in honour of the doctor who saved his life 60 years earlier).
Despite living over six decades with Type 1 Diabetes Tony has led a thoroughly enjoyable, successful and socially useful life, with only the occasional! mishap. He has fulfilled all of his ambitions with many adventures, triumphs and challenges to overcome and all of this despite this chronic medical condition.
In writing this book Tony has kept his promise to his late wife, Joan, who insisted he should 'keep going!' The man 'Who Brought the Honda Factory To Swindon' has done that all of his life and hasn't stopped yet. The aim of his book is to encourage others to do as he did.

Walking in the Black Mountains - Capel- y- ffin discovered

Walking from outside Talgarth, up into the Black Mountains and eating sandwiches by the reservoir up there, is fabulous. But how to walk back? Along the ridge or down into the valley? But wait a minute, the valley as well as looking enticing, houses Capel-y-ffin where Eric Gill lived between 1924 and 1948. No contest then, the valley walk became the route to be taken.
Here are some photos of the monastery where he lived and the plaque which is all that remains, all carvings are now elsewhere.

 There are 3 self catering flats to rent here. Capel-y-ffin is really remote, chosen by Eric Gill so he could get on with his work, perfect for a break.
 This plaque can be found inside the entrance to the flats.
This is a not quite straight scan from Fiona McCarthy's book entitled 'Eric Gill'  featuring his famous sculpture the 'Deposition', a major work of sculpture completed at Capel.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Art @ Treberfydd House - who else was there?

 I particularly enjoyed looking at  Sally Matthew's work; although the photograph does not do this horse justice, Sally is able to 'breathe life' into her sculptures and paintings. This horse looked as though it belonged in front of Treberfydd House. Sally also took part in The 'Fresh Air' biennial sculpture exhibition at Quenington this year: www.freshair2011.com
To see more of Sally's work, go to: www.sallymatthews.co.uk
 Here is one of Neil Bally's paintings positioned below a beautiful frieze, and above one of the finest fireplaces, carved locally from local stone by local craftsmen. Neil hung the exhibition very sensitively, making the paintings and sculpture look as though they belonged there. Neil runs a selection of art courses from his delightful home near Talgarth, set in the foothills of the Black Mountains. To find out more, go to: www.niel.bally.co.uk
This is my favourite painting of Jane's, featured on her business cards, it's beautiful. To see more of Jane's paintings, go to: www.janemilner-barry.co.uk
For a day out, why not visit Treberfydd House during August?
There is also a plant nursery in the grounds and glorious camping at Ty Mawr where you can also find out more about traditional and ecological building materials: www.lime.org.uk

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Art @ Treberfydd House - one day left of this Magnificent Event

 One of the other blog entries shows the front of Treberfydd House, here's one of the back of the house, including some of the gardens.
It doesn't convey the splendour of the mountains at the front of the house, but you might just be able to see the chimney pots set at various angles.
 Here is the inside of the conservatory seen on the right hand side of the picture above.
 Tim's 'Orchard' looking very much at home in the main entrance.

 Two similar views of the Billiard Room with more of Tim's paintings.
 Three people in the Hall.
Jane's paintings above the fireplace in the living room.
All the fireplaces are different from each other.
For a superb day out, go to Treberfydd House tomorrow.
If you miss the Art @ Treberfydd show, the house and gardens are open each afternoon in August with house tours at 2pm and 4pm daily.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

The Brochure for this years Open Studios has been printed!! Five weeks ahead of the Event.

It looks great!!
Copies of the brochure are available at the Arts Centre, Central Library, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery and Artsite.
Artists will be able to collect their copies of the brochure from Bea at 91, Croft Road from Monday 8th August.
It can be viewed on line at:www.swindonopenstudios.org.uk
The front cover designed by Jane Milner-Barry from a photograph of a piece of Theresa Dowdeswell's translucent slipcast porcelain, looks like this:

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

A Reminder about the Art @ Treberfydd House Event starting this weekend

If you would like to meet the artists taking part in this event, come along to the Private View on Friday 5th August between 6.30 and 8.30pm.
 And here is a copy of the poster.
There is a camp site further along the road which is mainly deals in materials for building in a traditional manner. Prince Charles has recently visited them for materials to renovate his house near Llandovery.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Craft Fair at the Arts Centre, Devizes Road this Sunday 7th of August from 10am-3pm

Arts Centre Craft Fair
 Come along and see what's on offer, there will be lots to enjoy.
Carmen B. Norris will have a stall at the Swindon Arts Centre where she will be selling mixed media artwork.

Date: Sunday, 7th August 2011

Time: 10-3pm

Place: Swindon Arts Centre, Old Town