Monday, 27 February 2012

The Mill and the Cross- Lech Majewski brings to life a Bruegel masterpiece

This Polish film, made in 2011, has already been shown at the Louvre and MOMA, but does not come to the National Gallery until later on in March.

You can see the film, which investigates what it would be like to be inside a great work of art, can be seen in Swindon on the 3rd of March at 6.30pm in the Central Library, SN1 1QG, for £5, £4 concessions and reductions for bulk buying:
Here's a clip:

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Preview Night Photos of the 6 artists 6 months on exhibition at Artsite

This exhibition is on until the 26th of February, it features the work of 6 recent graduates from Drawing for Fine Art practice at Swindon College.
 This is an installation by Monika Tobel, there is also a fascinating video of Monika building a shelter out of used art works while naked.
 Here are two views of a drawing by Hannah Pajak with some of the leaves cut out, resulting in a lacy effect.

 An example of fine drawing by Christine Smith, this one uses Barry Andrews as it's subject.
 Heather Dash has used copper corroding as a basis for her delightful artwork above.
 The photograph does not do this piece by Cidalia Dias justice, her work needs to be seen in person to be fully appreciated.
The same applies to this piece by Dee Levy. There are some excellent photos on Facebook which I'll link in here:
And more photos at:

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Walking from Emsworth to Chichester and a visit to Bramdean House

On the walk from Emsworth to Chichester we saw 25 Avocets feeding beside the shoreline, stunning when they flew about and showed off their white feathers with black wing tips.
Bosham village is a half way point with it's much painted church, and nearby shore famed as the spot where Alfred the Great thought he could turn back the tide. It's a wonderfully picturesque village, well worth a visit.

The Anchor Bleu is a great pub with views of the estuary where the tide cuts off the road and catches the unwary.
 There is a cafe and craft centre well worth visiting, a card I bought of Bosham Harbour gives an alternative view of Bosham.

Bramdean House is one of the first places to open in 2012 under the National Gardens Scheme, it's in Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0JU
 The snowdrops and aconites were glorious.
This is the apple house in the furthermost part of the garden, it was built in the late 19th Century as a focal point for the long vista. It has espalier rosemary either side of the door.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

The Blue Gate Poets, Fieldfares and Redwings

A bit tenuous, but the last entry turned out to be without an image, so it seemed a good idea to add three photos of birds from the garden, and then mention the wonderful Blue Gate poets.

 With the snow last week came Redwings and Fieldfares to eat the Crab apple and Cotoneaster berries. Last year there were waxwings as well, but it has been milder this winter, so they haven't visited Swindon.

 Fieldfares above and a Redwing below.
The previous blog entry was intended for the Blue Gate Poets, to find out more about this varied and interesting group visit
They have monthly meetings and a varied events programme open to all.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Artists Inspired by Film - register your interest asap

Calling all artists- think of a favourite film, produce an artwork in response to that, OR look through your paintings and find one which could have been inspired by a film. It's the thought that counts.
The work will be displayed at Artsite during the course of the Film Festival, giving everyone good exposure to the film going public.
The Swindon Film Festival are offering monetary prizes for artworks judged as the best, with results announced at their Launch of the Film Festival on the 1st of March at 6pm. The suggested deadline for registering interest has been extended until the 13th of February, so you do need to get going.
If you read the blog before last, you will see all the details there, email soon, and take your work to the gallery in Theatre Square on the 29th of Feb.
Meanwhile check out the great films being shown at a variety of venues:

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Our Window Exhibition Opens on the 1st of March and Coincides with the Film Festival launch

Artists interested in taking part in Open Studios this year are invited to bring artworks to the former Merlin Gallery on March 1st from 6.30pm onwards. 

You can then go and join those over the way at Artsite where the 2012 Film Festival Launch is taking place from 6pm
If you entered their competition, you can find out if you won from 6pm onwards.

The window exhibition will be displayed until the 29th March when paintings can be collected after 6.30pm from the former Merlin Gallery.

Any queries, please email

Artists Inspired by Film -register interest in producing Artwork by Feb. 6th

At the Post Modern 1st to 10th March 2010
Swindon Film Festival in partnership with Artsite
Swindon Film Festival 2012, running from 1st to 10th March, will bring a wide-ranging mix of films and related events in and around the town. There will be films to fascinate you, to excite you, to make you think, to make you
wonder. Some were made very near to home, and some in faraway places; many will make you laugh, a few perhaps will make you cry....
This year, for the first time, the Festival will be using The Post Modern as a venue to show a number of feature films and documentaries.
Inspired by the space, the Film Festival organisers decided that there would be no better way to celebrate their use of the venue than to hold an exhibition of work by ARTISTS – INSPIRED BY FILM.
Working in partnership with Artsite, and with the generous support of Forward Swindon, we invite local artists to submit their original work for the exhibition and entry to the competition for the Film Festival’s ‘Most Inspired
Artist’ Award. There will be a prize of £100 for the winner, and two runner-up prizes of £25.
Entrants are asked to please note the following rules:
1. All work submitted must be original, but can be existing work, and theme “inspired by film” is open to the artist’s own interpretation.
2. Work in any medium may be submitted, but it MUST be suitable for wall-hanging – the body of the venue will be used for films audiences during the exhibition, so free-standing works cannot be accepted.
3. Work to be exhibited must be brought to The Post Modern on Wednesday 29 February unless prior arrangement is made.
4. A fee of £5 payable to Artsite must be made for each work submitted.
5. To help Artsite plan for the event, it would be helpful if potential exhibitors would indicate an expression of interest to by 6th February.
6. Anonymous judging of the entries will take place in the afternoon of Thursday 1 March. The prize winners will be announced at the Film Festival and Exhibition launch event, which will take place at The Post Modern on Thursday 1 March at 6pm. The decision of the judges will be final and no correspondence can be entered in to.
Any new work specifically inspired by any of the films or actors in the Festival would of course be especially welcome! There are some images hopefully on the Artsite website because I couldn't save them, that might suggest a few ideas, and you will find information about the film festival
The Artsite