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Friday, 15 June 2012

Plans for the summer

After a long break from exhibiting my own work and concentrating on organising exhibitions and networking events, I have seem to have come back with a bang with contributions to 3 exhibitions looming and wanted to let you know about them

Mothers as part of the Wirral Festival of Firsts in Hoylake from the 24th of June until the 8th of July - an exhibition of art, curated by Harry Pye which includes work by Grayson Perry, Bob and Roberta Smith, Vic Reeves, Chantel Joffe, Adam Dant, Neil Innes, Lee Maelzer and Mat Humphrey. I am contributing a piece which is not even started yet....rather daunting to be given a blank board when one normally works in an entirely diffferent medium.

"de-junk, re-junk!" in Birkenhead Park Visitors Centre from the 2nd until the 20th of July. This is my major project for the year, I have organised it with support from Wirral Council. It has become an annual event and next year we will be flying solo without help from the council and will be looking for private sponsorship. We have works by Jacqui Chapman, Alex Corina, Mandy Oliphant, master craftsman Damon Ravens-Turner and over 30 other artists.

Canvas for Youth a charitable exhibition in Hartford from the 20th - 21st of July. The inaugural Canvas for Youth Contemporary Art Fair will be taking place at the the prestigous new Art Building at the Hartford Campus of Mid Cheshire College and will involve around 30 artists, many of whom hail from the North West.Their aim is to help support the huge wealth of local artistic talent and at the same time, raise money and awareness of the local charity, The Youth Federation, which supports disadvantaged young people aged between 5 and 25. Student's from local schools will also be involved in what will be a very exciting event. The open days will be on the 20th and 21st July.

I am also supplying a new local outlet in Liscard called "Paper,Scissors,Stone" run by Brenda Sharp as part of the Empty Shop Fund through Wirral Council. She has created an emporium for local handmade art and craftwork and represents many craftspeople and artists with reasonably priced work. Please support this new venture.
73 Seaview Road, Wallasey, United Kingdom CH45 4QW 

I have just delivered some new pieces of jewellery to Alison Dooley at The Stables Gallery in Brimstage. 

I am hoping to set up a community interest company in the next few months to be able to carry on with my community projects such as the recent project for Wellington Road in Oxton Village (where the community planted 500 wellington boots) and the recycling workshops run from The Green Community Shop and Centre. The new company will absorb my own business but I will still be creating my own work too. I am hoping to contribute to an exhibition in September at the Lodge, the residence for the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool, again another challenge as it has a theme of Liverpool landscape and the organiser is after 2 boxes and a picture for me....but love a challenge.
On the teaching front , I am doing a class for a group of flower arrangers at the end of June and I might be teaching for a few days at The Williamson again during the summer art workshops for 8 to 14 year olds but just got to fit in dates. Great that Wirral Methodist Housing and Friends of the Williamson are continuing to supporting the classes.

Finally, my work is still on display in the World Museum in Liverpool in the cabinets outside the Treasure House Theatre.

My very best wishes and hope you have a good summer....just think the rain is good for the garden and ducks!


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