It’s not often an artist get the opportunity to reflect on their own public artist talk, but taking part in Phoenix Spotlight allowed me to not only reflect on my practice, but also on how I talk about my work, thanks to a review on Phoenix Spotlight event by Jake Francis for The Verse.
I have to admit I was more nervous than usual, and after a few conversations after the event understood this to be because I was presenting on home ground and to other Phoenix Artists and Staff, which made the event intimate and a space to bare all. I could not tell you what I said during the 45 minuet talk about my practice, but gauging from the lovely audiences response to Tom Heatleys’ and my own talks, as well as Jake Francis review, it seems the event went well.
Thank you to everyone who came along and to the Phoenix Spotlight organisers for making it a nurturing and supportive event.
‘Ctrl/Shift. New Directions in Textile Art’ A 62 Group of Textile Artists Exhibition
21 July – 9 Sept 2018
First Floor Gallery
Cannon Hill Park
0121 446 3232
Tuesday – Sunday (including Bank Holiday Mondays): 11am – 5pm
Ctrl/Shift takes shifts and changes as its theme, in particular it is centred on artists whose practice is or has transformed, in small or large ways, especially towards expressions of innovation in textile art. These shifts may be around changing attitudes to control; the introduction of new materials and techniques; and/or the impact of innovative ideas and evolving technologies.
The exhibition concept has been developed in partnership with the 62 Group and independent curator Liz Cooper.
I had such a wonderful time in Riga last week. The press conference and opening of The 6th Riga International Textile and Fibre Art Triennial at the ARSENĀLS Exhibition Hall, Torņa Street were lively and well attended. The exhibition itself spans across three vast arched spaces, presenting a diverse body of Contemporary Art Textile work, interweaving thinking around the exhibitions’ selected theme of Identity. Each art work had been well placed and given space to breathe… The exhibition is supported by its publication giving a generous double page spread to each of the 85 selected artists. The following two day International conference IDENTITĀTE / IDENTITY, took place on the 7-8 June in the beautiful terracotta Art Museum “Riga Bourse” in Dom Square.
I am very proud and honoured of being part of both the 6th Riga International Textile and Fiber Art Triennial and its two day conference. I met so many incredible fellow Textile Artists from around the world !!! My thanks to; Velta Raudzepa, MA, Project Manager of the Triennial and Head of collections, Latvian National Museum of Art/ Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, the Organizing Committee of the Triennial and the Museums’ teams who all worked so hard to bring this important and monumental exhibition and programme together.
I am very honoured and delighted that my work ‘Ladies Companions’ has been selected for ‘The 6th Riga International Textile and Fibre Art Triennial: Identity’
The Exhibition is from 6th June to 9th September, 2018. At Arsenāls Exhibition Hall, Riga. Latvia. The Exhibition and programme of events has been organized by the Latvian National Museum of Art/ Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Riga.
218 applications were submitted for selection and judged by the jury, consisting of the following experts:
Signe Kivi, textile artist, Director of the Tartu Art Mueum (Estonia),
Laima Oržekauskiene, textile artist, Professor, Kaunas Art Institute (Lithuania),
Pasi Välimaa, textile artist and designer, Professor, University of Gothenburg, HDK Steneby (Finland/ Sweden),
Velta Raudzepa, MA, Head of collections, the Latvian National Museum of Art/ Museum of Decorative Arts and Design,
Egils Rozenbergs, textile artist (Latvia).
The jury passed out a decision that 85 artworks from 28 countries will enter the Triennial. An International Conference exploring related themes in The Exhibition is to be held on 7th and 8th June. As part of this conference I will be presenting my lecture titled ‘Hair; Locks, curls, thimbles and dresses’ on Friday 8th June.
This year, 2018, Latvia is celebrating the centenary anniversary of the Republic of Latvia and the Triennial will be part of the festivity cultural programme….. There is a fantastic line up of Artwork in the Triennial as well as the extended Exhibitions programme in and around Riga.
I would like to warmly invite you to my forthcoming first open studio weekend here at Phoenix Brighton. This is happening as follows;
Friday 18th May – Opening Party- 6pm – 9pm
Saturday 19 May 11am – 5pm
Sunday 20 May 11am – 5pm
You will find me on the Second Floor studio number 2S8. I am currently sharing a small studio, and still hoping to get a Phoenix studio of my own in the near future!
I will be selling my limited edition collage works titled ‘All the clothes I have ever thought about…’ at £2 each throughout the open studio weekend. You may also find me in some other clothes……
You can also view my work ‘In 1962 the birth control pill was available…’ in the South Gallery at Phoenix Brighton until the 27th May. Open Wed – Sun 11 am – 5 pm. She is part of the current ‘Phoenix Artists’ Exhibitions part of Open Studios. You can’t miss her either as she is cerise and can be seen from the pavement!
There are currently over 100 Artists at Phoenix Brighton so lots to see and do under one roof ! Please visit the Phoenix website for location and further information about the weekend. https://www.phoenixbrighton.org/
I hope you can make it at some point, and please feel free to bring another.
My solo exhibition ‘Offerings’ ends this Friday, 23rd March. You have until 5pm this day to visit the exhibition on site at R Space Gallery, Lisburn Northern Ireland.
As from Saturday 24th through to Monday 26th March I will again be working on site at R Space, de-installing my ‘Offerings’. The Gallery will be open 11am – 5pm on these days for visitors to drop in and ‘meet the artist’ and view the works being de-installed. I hope you can make it.
My work ‘the secrets we keep from ourselves….’ (2012-2015) is currently part the ‘Lace Unveiled’ exhibition at Newstead Abbey 10 March – 22 April 2018.
Lace Unveiled includes work by contemporary artists inspired by lace displayed within the rooms of Newstead Abbey, the ancestral home of the Romantic Poet Lord Byron. Which are on shown alongside objects from the world-class Nottingham City Museums & Galleries Lace Collection. This is the first time ‘the secrets we keep from ourselves….’ will be installed solely byThe Nottingham Museums Team since the work was acquisition into Nottingham’s Textile Art Collection in 2016. I am very excited to see if my 218 page document of Installation Guidelines has worked ! ‘the secrets we keep from ourselves…’ is installed in Byron’s Dressing Room, which is next to his bedroom. Other Artists included in the Exhibition are Joana Vasconcelos, Joy Buttress, Manolis Papastavrou and Shane Waltener.
Lace Unveiled is part of Nottingham Museums’ Lace Unravelled public programme, which includes a symposium, which I am going to this week (15th and 16th March) and Lace Walks. Please follow link for further details.