Category Archives: Exhibition

What’s up with #COSart2020

An update on what’s been on display so far for #cambridgeopenwindows

Preview weekend: New work on paper, canvas and board

Week 1: Painting and lino prints inspired by the local landscape

Week 2: Keeping it simple with one statement painting – big, beautiful and blue

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Cambridge Open Windows preview weekend!

I genuinely couldn’t wait for Cambridge Open Windows to start, so decided to kick off early with a preview weekend this weekend! Here’s a behind-the-scenes shot.

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I hope it may have got a few people talking in Huntingdon in advance of the main event throughout July, but it also helped me work out how to most effectively show work in this format. Key points to note:

  • My contact details didn’t stand out, so they’ll be moving to the top windows!
  • Having work flush against the windows does work well where this is possible due to the nature of the work and if there’s no risk of condensation… this poses a logistical challenge for a number of the things I am hoping to show during the next month.

I’m setting myself the goal of having a completely new display each weekend in July; though I may repeat the preview weekend’s display for one of them as it includes newer work and lent itself well to being shown in this way.

Cambridge Open Windows 2020

While I was looking forward to returning to the Artists Marquee at Burwash Manor 2020 had other plans. Instead the lovely creative types that make up Cambridge Open Studios have come together to create Cambridge Open Windows instead.

During each weekend in July I and many COS (and non-COS!) artists and crafters will be putting up work to be glimpsed by passers by. You can find out more at https://www.camopenstudios.co.uk/open-windows

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Print editions for COS 2019

I’m working hard getting ready for my COS weekend at Burwash Manor next weekend where I’ll be showing my abstract paintings alongside the lino prints I’ve been working on. I love learning new techniques and am really happy with how the final editions have come out. I don’t have access to a press so they are all hand burnished, and I’ve married the fixed quality of the lino print with painterly backgrounds which make every print unique.

New lino prints

It’s always good to try something new. Having attended a lino printing workshop by the fantastic printmaker Nina Sage I’ve fallen in love with the process so will be developing some prints to show at Burwash Manor on 27th and 28th of July alongside my paintings. I’m still at the test print stage but am encouraged by the results so far.

Whereas my paintings (often influenced by the natural world) are usually abstract I’m enjoying sticking with representational images while mastering the printing techniques. The prints also allow me to use my preparatory drawings and observations in a new way.

Using the processes and materials to evoke/capture movement in a print through mark making, as in any medium, is very satisfying.

COS 2019

I’m looking forward to taking part in Cambridge Open Studios again, this year at fantastic Burwash Manor on the 27th and 28th of July. This will be a new venue for me and I’m delighted to be exhibiting alongside other artists at such a great location with the farm, fantastic shops and Art Hound gallery also on site, which will make it a great day out for anyone coming to see the exhibition.

I’m working on some new ideas to show at COS in July at which I’ll be showing paintings and hopefully some lino prints too. I’m 130 in the guide and you can also download the COS app which is brilliant for navigating your way to the artists and makers you most want to see, whether by location or discipline.

Art festival buzz

There was a lovely buzz about the towns of Huntingdon and Godmanchester during the festival over the weekend and it was great to meet so many local people with an interest in art and crafts.

My work was displayed in the assembly room at Huntingdon Town Hall alongside permanent work by the likes of Gainsborough! I enjoyed the juxtaposition of old and new.

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The Bridge Arts Festival this weekend

I’m looking forward to setting up some of my paintings in Huntingdon Town Hall for the Bridge Arts Festival this weekend, and seeing the other exhibits. The festival involves local artists, performers and crafts people from in and around Huntingdon and our European twin towns. A huge effort has been made by Huntingdon and Godmachester Twinning Association so I hope everyone enjoys the weekend’s displays!

The full programme and a map of venues can be found here. I’m in venue number 1!

Secret Postcard Sale tomorrow

The Secret Postcard Sale at John Hughes Arts Festival will take place 6.30pm – 8pm on tuesday 12 February in the Bawden Room at Jesus College Cambridge. I’m looking forward to seeing the show which will be a great opportunity for punters to pick up miniature art works with price tags to match. I love this accessible format which removes people’s fear of making a ‘mistake’ when buying art. See it, like it, buy it!51752253_2714001418625069_4963168373652324352_o

John Hughes Arts Festival

I will be donating work to this year’s John Hughes Arts Festival, taking part in their Secret Postcard Sale. As the sale is to be anonymous I won’t be sharing images of the work until after the sale.

The festival sale is a lovely opportunity for me to gauge interest in recent developments that I’m working on which the small pieces I’m donating are representative of. It’s also great to be making a contribution to the festival events alongside other local artists. gallery1