Dappled Sky dollies, brooches and other goodies will be available to buy over the next few weeks, ready to stuff your gorgeous Christmas stockings! The Exhibition:Home, art and craft event, will be taking place at no.30 Stockwell Street, Leek for 3 fabulous weeks throughout November 16th- 8th December (10am-4pm)
If I imagine a list of musician songwriters that tap into my psyche it’s got to be the likes of Alison Goldfrapp, Kate Bush, Joni Mitchell, Jarvis Cocker, Morrissey, Laura Marling sitting at the top.
Why ? Because for me they all have the power to tell a story through song. I can be driving in my car or sitting at home and I imagine that I’m walking in a woodland in the summer or on a hospital ward that is glistening in early morning sunlight, I am that boy hiding in a wardrobe somewhere in Sheffield, or I’m a strong willed woman with long blond curly hair down to my thighs …. Vivid imagery and magical characters.
Well, something magical is happening in Salford Manchester this Winter. The Lowry Theatre has invited Alison Goldfrapp to be the first ‘Performer as Curator’ for the theatre’s exhibition space.
The show opened on 19th October and runs until 3rd March 2014.
I nearly went to see it this morning but at the final hour I had a reality check instead! There is a huge elephant in my house, it’s called ‘unfinished decorating’ and I decided that I needed to kill the beast and claim back my home. I’ve still got a few months to go along and see the show and I know that I’ll enjoy it much more when I’m relaxed and I’m sure to leave the venue feeling inspired.
I love this whole idea of guest curators taking charge of a museum or gallery collection, or collecting artworks from around the globe to create a bespoke exhibition for a venue.Grayson Perry and Alan Measles set a precedent two years ago with their wonderful British Museum exhibition. I’m glad that other artists are now being invited to use their storytelling skills to create visual tales through fabulous exhibitions which help us to see famous artworks and possibly forgotten artefacts in a whole new shimmering and gorgeous light. Maybe the element of celebrity and popular culture adds a touch of glitter and glamour but I love that they are telling a whole new story and encouraging a new audience to engage with the venue.
Then other people start joining my list, like Leonard Cohen, Bjork, Nick Cave… So many wonderful exhibitions to imagine.
Who would you like to see as guest curator at a museum or art gallery?
I’m really looking forward to seeing this exhibition at Barewall, which is quite a small venue in Stoke on Trent, but it’s great that they are giving this exhibition the support it needs. The story is really powerful and it’s interesting to think that if some more movers’n'shakers got behind the idea (local council, Burslem School of Art, the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery and possibly even a theatre director or a film maker) it could become something quite large-scale for the city’s heritage and future arts and creative industry development. It’s such a great story.
What do you think?
For those of you who didn’t get chance to open the previously posted issuu version of the interview, here it is again – direct on the site. Hope you enjoy reading it.
If like me, you love a bit of collage – enjoying the random way that photos, textures, paint and papers come together to create a new works of art, then get your creative goggles on and take a butchers at this site dedicated to collage – curated by Aprile Elcich, a graphic designer and collage artist living in Toronto, Canada.
I love this image below, created by Essex, UK, based artist Becky Howes. I also like the images on her tumblr blog too which make clever use of stitching and the inside of patterned envelopes (two of my favourite things )
2D cut and paste.
Paper, scissors and glue!A celebration of collage art and the significant styles of contemporary artists using traditional cut and paste techniques.Submission deadline: 1st October 2012.
(Successful submissions will be contacted by 5th October)
Deadline for receiving work: 26th October 2012.
Submission fee: £10.
Send all submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Artist Bio (100 words)
Pictures of work being submitted + titles and prices
Website/ Blog info
Original unframed artworks only. 20% commission on all sales.
Another lovely artist’s site to check out is that of Randel Plowman (above image), an artist based in Wisconsin who is pursuing a challenge of creating a collage a day, which he then posts to his site for sale. This image is already sold but it’s rather lovely and is entitled ”Score Card”
He’s recently published a book called “The Collage Workbook”, to help inspire and get you started on your journey into the magical world of collage. Check out his site or Lark Crafts who publish the book for more information.
The V&A and Crafts Council are celebrating the role of ‘making’ in our lives today, by showcasing a selection of over 100 exquisitely crafted objects using a wide range of materials and skills. Some objects have been made for medical … Continue reading →