I’ve just celebrated my birthday and this year, October has brought me two exhibitions at the same time, both with ‘un’ in the title; Language Unlimited at Williams Art in Cambridge and Art Unequalled at the Maltings in Ely. The work that I have in both has not been shown anywhere before.
Language Unlimited, Williams Art, Cambridge, 17th October to 4th November
Six artists put words into pictures and pictures into words
This show is sponsored by Russell Whitehead, Director of Language Testing 123, for whom I have worked as a Project Manager, Editor and Writer. All six artists taking part in Language Unlimited are connected to Language Testing 123 and we all have a dual interest in art and language.
Taking part in this show has given me the opportunity to create new art specifically focussing on language. I have been experimenting with the purpose of language in art; with words being legible or illegible; with the text being my own or being stolen; with words being in the background or being the whole work itself. I’ve ended up with pieces that are distinctively mine in that there is an emphasis on pattern, repetition and colour but that take my work in a new direction. I have really enjoyed having a brief to work to. More in the future please!
Art Unequalled, the Maltings, Ely, 19th and 20th October
"a highlight in the local calendar for visitors to find high quality handmade work presented direct from the maker"
I learnt about this show when I got to know the organiser, the sculptor Sally Dunham, when we were artists in residence at Primavera in Cambridge. I went to see Art Unequalled last year but this is the first time I will be taking part. For two days, about 40 makers of ceramics, textiles, jewellery, prints and paintings will take over the Maltings, a wonderful historic venue by the river in Ely. The art on sale caters to a range of tastes and some of the craftspeople will be doing demonstrations.
I will be showing paintings and prints, most of which will be from my ‘patterns’ range. The focus however, will be on the prints, which are all new as I have spent 2013 learning how to screen print. After some initial courses I have been using the open access facilities at St Barnabas Press to develop and print my designs. After a great deal of trial and error I am pleased with the results and have created a range of prints that are fresh, fun and affordable. I have really enjoyed playing with colours and creating some unexpected combinations.
If you are on Facebook take a look at my Facebook Page for some initial pictures of this new work. For the future, I have lots of ideas for developing the Language Unlimited work into prints and in that way merging these two streams of my work.