Saturday, 20 May 2017

Lottery Winners

Some of you may know we held an Original Artwork Lottery during Swindon Festival of Literature with 52 artworks donated by artists taking part in open studios, and some not taking part this year, but keen to support Twigs.
Last Saturday, Councillor Jane Milner-Barry took time off from door knocking and leaflet delivery, along with committee member Nancy Elliott, to help convert money in envelopes into raffle tickets which we then drew out of a hat. Here they are, working hard with biscuits:
 We raised a fabulous £500 for Twigs which I'm hoping to present to Alan Holland at the NGS open day on Sunday 21 May 1-5pm. I compiled a list of the winners, and mostly was able to say whose work they had won, the winner appears on the left, and the artist whose work they won on the right. As you can see, frustratingly some people won more than one artwork, and we didn't win anything!!
Lottery Winners
Carole New x2 – Terry Humphries, Deb Battaglia
Kathy Geddes x 3 – Cheryl Willis x2, Lisa Lane,
Kathleen Elliott -Carmen B Norris
Angela Atkinson- Caroline Day
Jenny Hughes x2 – Paula Sullivan, Alex Coppock-Bunce
Lesley Gow – Rachel Pryor
Sophie Cummings – Vanetta Joffe
Marilyn Roberts – Tim Carroll
Louisa Davison – Vicky Silver
Ida Walker – Vanetta Joffe
Adele Merrison Keith Panting’s plate
Linda Kocur – Bee Operanto
April Nobes – Rupert Aker
Ben Cavanna x3 – Jill Carter, Marilyn Trew, Rosie Leather
Kate Brailsford – Dee Levy
Jane Rodborn – Susan Carr
Ben Staite x2 – Anne B, Sally Thain
Terry Brown – Kate Parsons
Alison Onslow – C Dunn
Mary Holder- Naomi Cantillon
Jack Bryniarski – Cheryl Willis
Anna Hirsch-Holland x2 Jo Mc Aree, Sue Bardwell
Jill Backle – Cheryl Willis
Rosie Baylies – Kareen Jackson
Suzanne Bullimore – David Bent
Debbie Irens – Anthea Hilson
Adam Bartoszewski x2 – David Robinson, Mollie Gratland
Stan Pajak – Jennifer Howells
Marion Paul – Sonia Leggett
S Hayward x2 – Vanetta Joffe, John Maskalaniec
Rachel Pryor – Beverley Anderson
Marilyn Trew – Jennie Anderson
Martyn Cook – Tim Carroll
Christine Hardisty x2 – Sally Taylor, Hannah Dosanjh
Mr and Mrs Ellis – Ruth Wintle
Avril Brown – Sarah Purvey
Dona Bradley – Rachel Pryor
Andrew Yeoward – Sue Pready
Tracy White – Karen Holman
Rebecca Campbell – Val Gibbons
The artworks have all been wrapped up, and are now gradually being delivered. To speed up the process, please email to arrange collection.
Here's a reminder of the artworks:

Thank you to all those who took part and donated so generously to Twigs, and to Matt Holland for tirelessly reminding people to buy a tcket.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

How to Enter the Original Art Lottery

For the duration of the Swindon Festival of Literature we have original artworks, donated by Swindon Open Studios artists, and other very kind artists who are not taking part in SOS this year, displayed on the landing at the Swindon Arts Centre in Devizes Road. Festival Director Matt Holland has kindly allowed us to hold this Lottery during the Festival and is actively promoting it at the end of the talks.We are inviting people to enter the Lottery to enable them to have a chance of winning one of the artworks, and support the fabulous Twigs gardens beside Cheney Manor Garden Centre. I've copied a piece from their website:

'TWIGS Community Gardens are a colourful and vibrant set of gardens in the heart of Swindon. They are managed by TWIGS as a resource to give people who experience mental health problems the chance to regain confidence, self-esteem and to learn new skills. The gardens provide plenty of different ideas to take home to your own garden, along with plants and craft goods to enhance it.'

Lots of people have bought lottery tickets already, but if you haven't, here how to do it:
You will find small pay packet envelopes on the landing, and downstairs in reception, or you could use your own, if you can't get to the arts centre.
 I hope these instructions make sense:
 You put as many details about yourself as possible on the envelope before putting money in there so when you win you can be notified.
Having completed your envelope, you need to put it in the posting box in the reception area downstairs:
 You can see the box behind the reception desk, and below a close up of the box
The draw will take place on the last day of the festival, and a list of names of those who have won will appear here and on the website.
If you would like to take part in the Lottery and don't live nearby, or can't visit the Arts Centre, then please visit the Swindon Open Studios website for an address to send a cheque, made payable to Swindon Open Studios to enter.
I've got a few photos of the boards onto which the artworks are screwed being attached to the walls to give you an idea what they look like.
 Above and below Rachel and Tim fixing the boards to the wall
 another one about to go up
 And then some photos of the boards themselves

Everyone who enters has quite a good chance of winning.
Here's the poster adverting the Lottery:
I hope you can help make this a great success, and raise lots of money for the TWIGS

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Dawn Chorus event 1 May 5.30am

The Dawn Chorus event in Lawn Woods, looking towards the sunrise, is a great start to the Swindon Festival of Literature. This is the 24th Festival of Literature. Here we are waiting for proceedings to start, I'm on the second row, so there are a few photos of people framing my photos. With over an hour of activities, it's difficult to decide whether to sit down and be devoured by midges, or to wander round watching form various standpoints and chat to people.
The event started with Jake the Juggler on a watering can, and then moved onto Danny on bagpipes.
and then there were fire jugglers
and Matt Holland, Festival Director came and opened the 24th festival of literature, and introduced us to Guiseppe a cockerel abandoned at Lower Shaw Farm, sadly not captured in any of my photos, but I've just found an excellent photo of him on the @Swinlitfestival Twitterpage, which I hope it's OK to use here, I'll put him below Matt
This excellent photo below of Guiseppe, was taken by Calyx Picture Agency, THE place to go for proper photographs,so much better than mine..
Cat's Pyjamas treated us to some fantastic acrobatics; I've included 3 photos to give you some idea of their range
Above getting onto her partner's head, and below, standing on his head
And a fabulous elastic move
There was also tap dancing, story telling, harmony singing and then the sun came out part way through proceedings.
The event ended with some more excellent juggling, and we went home to a long day at around 7.15am!!
A brilliant start to the festival and indeed to May, and the summer.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Twigs Spring Open Day

Twigs open day was held last Sunday 23 April, from 11am-4pm, I'd gone for garden inspiration from their 'show gardens' as I like to call them, and also to buy plants and meet up with friends.
Plants were selling fast so I went for the 6 plants for £10 option, choosing 12 rather than 6, before looking at anything else.
 Above the plant sales area, and below a lovely bed with a woven fence around it, which I don't remember seeing before.
 There's a lovely wild area which has lots of nectar rich flowers for bees
 and as we know, it's been a very dry winter and especially dry April, the pond which has  a notice warning of deep water was little more than a slightly damp area.
 A lovely pot planted with tulips below
 Some frilly edged tulips
 One of the gardens below
 Kids activities  which seemed to be keeping them occupied
 Below Euphorbia Fireglow looking amazingly wonderful, everyone says it's easy to grow, but mine has yet to establish properly.

 Above some bunting looking lovely in the garden, and below an Auricula theatre with various 
different flowering plants in it.
 There are also some happy hens
 Refreshments and entertainment in the courtyard
 If you visit their website, you can see Twigs is a resource for people experiencing mental health problems, to give them confidence to move on wiht their lives.
Twigs is our chosen charity for the Original Art Lottery being held at the Arts Centre during the Swindon Festival of Literature.
 Here's a copy of the poster which explains prices etc:
Please buy lots of tickets so we can raise lots of money for this wonderful charity.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Framing Original Artworks

Last Friday's meeting of the open studios committee was taken over by framing the original artworks donated for the Lottery we're holding at the Arts Centre during the Swindon Festival of Literature which runs from 1May until 13 May. There's lots happening on 1 May, Bank Holiday Monday, including the fabulous Dawn Chorus, starting at 5.30am, but the first Arts Centre event is on 2 May when you'll be able to see the wonderful works of art you can win, and buy Lottery tickets
For various reasons, only three members of the committee were able to work on the framing, Susan Carr and Nancy Elliott can be seen below working as a team on the framing:
It took a while, but we got almost everything framed, there were 53 pieces framed, and Jo McAree's ceramic piece which couldn't be framed. Keith Panting's plate couldn't be framed either, but I photographed that and framed the photograph!!
 I was keen to lay out the framed pieces on the table, and did so quite hurriedly, it's not really possible to see the pieces clearly, but you get the idea that they are really lovely. For those following the plate, it's top left on the photo below:
Susan was kind enough to bring Terry Humphries original artwork along to the framing, it's a gorgeous painting:
Susan also produced a great poster advertising the lottery with explanations of how to take part, she's used Kareen Jackson's bold artwork which really draws attention to the poster:

 Hopefully it explains clearly what to do, and we'll raise lots of money for the wonderful TWIGS who had such a successful open day today.
The draw will be held after the last event at the Arts Centre on 13 April, and winners of the 53 artworks will be notified as soon as possible. I will post a list of winners on the open studios website
and on here.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Marlborough Open Studios Preview Show

Last night, I went  to the Marlborough Open Studios Preview Show at the Mount House Gallery in Marlborough, adjacent to the art department on the main road to Avebury, running by the College.
There were lots of people there, lots of wonderful paintings, ceramics, sculpture and jewelery on show, and a lovely welcome outside the gallery:
 I was drawn to work by people I know, like the lovely Simone Dawood who from their website I see is in charge of brochure logistics. Simone had examples of her latest work , I loved this linocut 'Harvest Hackpen Hill', it works really well.
 I rather liked this group of paintings
 particularly the one on the left by Jenny Pape seen below slightly more clearly
 Cinder Row seen below are an example of Kareen Jackson's delightful driftwood creations. There were quite a few around the exhibition, all of which had sold. I have visited Kareen's studio, and would recommend a visit. Kareen was also kind enough to donate a piece of artwork for our Original Artwork Lottery, see next post!!
 Another familiar name is that of Kim Pethybridge who has also taken part in SOS
 showing a couple of pieces including this beautiful Running Moon Hare seen below
The gallery was packed
Pink makes a wonderful background for paintings
 Rather like these bronzes Big Bull and Little Bull by Jane Rickards
 Some of Bryan Hanlon's beautiful paintings among others
 This was a lovely group of work, I liked  Deborah Husk's 'Hellebore, a Study' photograph bottom left.
 Another photo of crowds!
I had to leave early to make sure I got back in time to host #SwindonHour which is on Twitter between 8-9pm every Thursday.