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Monday, 9 December 2013

Christmas Competition Time!

It's that time of year again, so I thought I'd join in the festivities by giving YOU the chance to get your hands on one of my prints! To be in with a chance of winning a glossy, limited edition, print of my piece 'Faith and Belief (Rich Twist)', all you need to do is 'like' my Facebook page. If you have already 'liked' the page, fear not, you could still be in with a chance, just 'Share' the Facebook post with your friends on your newsfeed.

Competition deadline
18th December 2013

The lucky winner will be announced via the Facebook page so keep your eyes peeled; it could be you!

The details:

Limited edition print, signed and dated by the artist
The print is unframed
Dimensions - 50 x 50 cms
195 gsm photo glossy paper
Lucia Inks manufacturer guaranteed for 25 years

H a p p y  C h r i s t m a s 
a n d
G O O D  L U C K !

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Christmas Art Fair at Cambridge Art Salon

The second announcement this month is that a selection of my work can be seen at the

Cambridge Art Salon 

from now until 22nd Dec. On display there is a varied selection of art and hand-crafted gifts available to you, just in time for Christmas, for a loved one, or maybe you just fancy a treat for yourself! The show is certainly very colourful and you are bound to find at least one thing to tickle your fancy, or why not just come for a look around?

Opening Times

Friday         10:00-17:30
Saturday     10:00-17:30
Sunday       10:00-17:30

Cambridge Art Salon
29 Cromwell Road

There will be a Private View of the show Friday 6th December, so it would be lovely to see you there any time between 7 and 9pm!

I will also be hosting a FREE Dragonfly building workshop:

Blessed Bugs!
Saturday 7th December 11:30-13:30

During the workshop you will have a chance to make a dragonfly. With materials provided, you will be able to choose colours to decorate the body and stick on some wings of your choice. We will make as many dragonflies as we can to use in a light installation, which will be exhibited and shown off to passers by in the Salon window. On the Dragonfly's wings, we would like you to think of two gifts that enrich your life, and write them on each side. The outcome will be a swarm of happiness to warm up your spirits as we descend in to December!

Sunday, 24 November 2013

The Michaelmas Collection: Rolling Exhibition at Williams Art, Cambridge

The first of several events I will be announcing over the coming month is my involvement in the Michaelmas Collection exhibition showing in Williams Art from 26th November until 24th December.

Three of my pieces have been chosen to feature in the exhibition, which will show a variety of work from 34 different artists.

 34 artists at Williams Art

The evening of Tuesday 26th Nov promises to be an entertaining one so make it along to Williams Art for the Preview if you can. As well as the exhibition preview, we will also be holding our fortnightly drawing group, Dr Doodley's Drink & Draw, will be happening in Hot Numbers Cafe from 7-9pm. No need to be shy, everyone is welcome, whether artistically talented or artistically challenged, its just for fun! So come armed with some drawing stuff and join in! We are also lucky enough to have the Hot Numbers Quartet practicing and playing some jazz for us from 8pm onwards. 

Press Release


Tuesday 26 November

Williams Art invited Cambridge artists to submit selections of work for our seasonal exhibition: the response was overwhelming and the panel sifted through more than 200 submissions.

Over the next four weeks, we will be showing a selection of works: each piece will only be on the walls for a few days and we will be regularly changing the mix of work, so do pop in at least once a week if you can.

The gallery is open every day until 24 December. If you see a work that you'd like to buy when the desk is unmanned (see times below), simply text us on 07525 269804 and we'll reserve it for you.
Gallery Opening Times 
Mon-Sat      7:30am-6pm
Sun              8:30am-6pm

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Cambridge Edition Feature and 12 x Printers Exhibition at Haddenham Galleries

Thanks to the work I put in to the Romsey Art Festival 2013, back in August, festival coordinator and writer for Cambridge Edition Magazine, Ruthie Collins, was kind enough to feature me and my work in the September issue! My art is described in the magazine as:

"Uplifting, bold and inspiring prints that take you to 
a very happy place indeed."

The article also mentions our current show, 12 x Printers, which is on NOW at the Haddenham Galleries until 3rd November showing a selection of my work, along with artwork my 11 fellow Printmakers from Cambridge School of Art.

Opening times: 
Tue-Sat: 10-5
Sun: 12-5

The gallery is also home to local artists' studios that you can have a look around and a lovely tea shop, so a trip there could be incorporated in to a little crafty day out to Haddenham.

Flyer and Private View invite for Haddenham Galleries

MAMFAMA Exhibition and Graduation

So the end has come, and all too soon, of my Masters course in Printmaking at Anglia Ruskin University! Our final MAMFAMA show has been and gone, but not without some great feedback from everyone who attended, of whom I would like to thank, A LOT, for coming along, and I hope you all enjoyed seeing the show as much as I did being a part of it! Here are some snaps of how the gallery looked when the show was hung and ready to go.

My certificate of completion of the course was sent to me and I graduated with a Merit on Tuesday 1st Oct. It was a great day, accompanied by fellow Printmakers and my mum and brother who, very kindly, traveled down from Scotland to share the moment with me.

My MA Certificate
Proud mum, brother and I

Lots of photos...!

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Faith and Belief Commission

Through participating in the Romsey Art Festival 2013 I met many talented individuals and new contacts. Through being interviewed for James Churchill's short documentary video, Romsey Rules, not only did I manage to be included in the video but I also was lucky enough to bag myself a nice little commission from James himself for a small collection of my flags from the Faith and Belief series.

To photograph them I decided to take them to the graveyard behind the Anglia Ruskin University building and capture them in an outdoors, natural environment.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Curious Yellow Weekend 2013

I hear the word on the street is that the summer could be over, and what a wonderful summer it has been! One of the highlights for me has to have been Curious Yellow Weekend (5th-7th July). It is a small, fresh and intimate festival, showcasing up and coming, emerging DJ talents and bands, all organized and coordinated by good friend of mine, Daniel James. The whole site, scenery, effects and lighting are put together by a community of people passionate about the festival, and the concept that lays behind it.

This year I was lucky enough to have some of my work on display in one of the large marquee stages, along with some amazing web-like creations by Liquid Scape Design.

Photograph courtesy of Ashley Davies


When I wearily stuck my head out of my tent on Saturday morning I was pleasantly surprised to see that the MDF wall surrounding the main arena was being spray painted by a group of local graffiti artists. As we eagerly waited for the second day of the festival to kick off it was a treat to watch the whole wall evolve in to an amazing mural through out the day.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Romsey Art Festival 2013: Light Up Your Dreams

This month the first ever Romsey Art Festival (rendered by Cambridge Art Salon) took place in Cambridge. The overall concept and aim of the festival was to celebrate and enhance the theme of community, through the use of art, in the area of Romsey. All types of creatives were invited to participate to showcase their work and ideas through the use of workshops, art markets, open studios, exhibitions and performances for the public to enjoy and get involved in.

You don't have to consider yourself as 'an artist' to benefit from art is a strong belief of mine. You just have to be willing to jump in, have a go, and you will sure to get something out of your efforts. People don't need to get hung up on thinking, "What if the end result is rubbish? What if I look a idiot?" Well my response to this is: Who cares? What have you got to loose by giving something a try? 

From previous experience and installations I have created I have found that people respond very well to illuminated objects. Taking the art out of the conventional gallery space, lighting and constraints and turning things around and thinking outside the box.

Previous Faith and Belief installation from earlier this year

The Romsey Art Festival kicked off on 3rd August at Hope Street Yard with an Artist Market put together by the Cambridge duo, LittleBigs, live painting, face painting, a DJ, music from Stumble Col (who make all their guitars from cigar boxes!) and artist led workshops. The workshops were free and suitable for all ages.

I held my own workshop called "Light Up Your Dreams", where everyone was invited to come along and make a simple lantern using 12 strips of patterned paper, which I had collected from various places (including wallpaper samples and some beautiful marbled off cuts courtesy of, Romsey based artist, Manuela Hübner) and cut in to strips previously.

Getting involved at the lantern making workshop
Throughout the day people from all walks of life were coming to make lanterns. I was astounded and surprised at how many people wanted to have a go and, by the end of the day, was running out of space on the supports of the umbrella, over the table, to hang them up on! Through running the workshop I learned a great deal of things which I can now apply to another one, should the opportunity present itself, and also got the chance to meet and speak to so many different and interesting people!

Each person followed the same template to make a lantern but were then invited to add their own creative twist to finish it off by personalizing their creation with a tag that they could cut themselves and attach to the bottom. The tag could be any shape and any colour, the maker then had to use the materials available to write a hope, dream or wish on to it. Some people used many colours, some cut unusual shapes and some communicated their message with an image.

Here are some lovely pictures from my magical lantern making workshop: 'Light up Your Dreams'. I would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who came along and made a lantern! You guys were brilliant, and I loved seeing all the different creative ideas emerging from each person's head! I would also like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped out in one way or another! Team work! 

The participants of the workshop were told that their lanterns would be used in the 'Light Up Your Dreams' installation that could be seen as part of the closing party to celebrate the end of the Festival on August 17th at a SHINDIG event at St Phillip's Church on Mill Road, Cambridge. At this event there was live music from, the extremely talented, Gaze is Ghost and Toby Peters, some interpretive dance, a few films of the events of the festival, made specifically for this event, reinforcing and highlighting the theme of the festival: community. People were welcomed in to the main hall at a little table, where they were surrounded by the flags from the 'Faith and Belief' series. The show was illuminated by the lanterns made by the people of Romsey and their hopes and dreams, which hung proudly, on either side of the church hall, on the lanterns. 

The finale was both moving and emotional. The effort put in to the festival by everyone involved was evident and, I believe, it was only possible through pure passion and belief, which was clear to see at the gig last night. What a great evening and what a great event to be a part of!

The entrance lobby

Romsey, thank you! You rock!