Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Gordon Dickinson will be exhibiting at the Landing Arts Gallery for the whole of November

The exhibition opens this Saturday the 2nd of November at the Arts Centre, Devizes Road, SN1 4BJ and Gordon will be there from 10am - 3pm.
It promises to be a really exciting exhibition, it's well worth dropping in to have a look at it.
Here  is Gordon with lots of work ready to be displayed:

 And here's the poster for the exhibition titled 'Faces a retrospective look at portraiture'.
More about Gordon: www.noaddedsugar.org
There is also a Craft Fair happening in the Arts Centre on Saturday the 2nd of November, have a look at their website to find out more about booking the Landing Arts Gallery or taking part in the Craft Fair.:www.swindon.gov.uk/artscentre

Monday, 29 October 2012

Smashing Pots - a Friends talk on Friday 26th October

Mike gave a great introduction to ceramics last Friday, he introduced us to many of the big names in ceramics in the 20th Century, particularly Jim Malone who is exhibiting at the Oxford Ceramics Gallery, 29, Walton Street between November 10th-25th. www.oxfordceramics.com
More information appears on the Friends Blog: www.friendsofsmag.blogspot.com
I'll include a photo of a bowl I particularly liked:
It was made by Janice Tchalenko and is made of stoneware.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Monika Tobel's 'Everything must Go' exhibition - last few days

This exhibition at the Post Modern, Artsite, Theatre Square, SN1 1QN runs until the 31st of October, and is open each day from 11am-5pm.
Monika has her 'life on a plate' in this exhibition. There's a cosy living room set up where you can sit and watch 7 of her videos, and the rest of Monika's prolific artistic output occupies the rest of the exhibition space.
Monika is on hand to offer tea or coffee and biscuits and talk about her work.
If you're in the area, have a look.
Here's a taste of what's on offer:

For much better photos have a look here:http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151055473218032.540286.825008031&type=3

Thursday, 25 October 2012

A Trip to Cambridge, Coichester and The Beth Chatto Gardens

A brief stop over in Cambridge gives one a feel for the place, and a promise to go back and explore properly.
The buildings are phenomenal, I took several photos of the colleges of course and really would like to go on the river.
It was a gloriously sunny day a week ago last Wednesday, but when these photos were taken the weather was beginning to deteriorate a bit.

Opposite the buildings there sits the  amazing  Corpus clock in a window:
 And here it is, very badly photographed with reflections masking the fact that there's a cockroach creature pulling the wheel round.
After marvelling at the architecture, a walk down the road leads to the magnificent Fitzwilliam Museum which was founded in 1816 by Richard 7th Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion, one of the most discerning collectors of his day.
Apart from their wonderful collection, the current exhibition' The Search for Immortality' featuring tomb treasures of Han China is well worth seeing, and being shown until the 11th of November.
Love Cambridge Art - the Cambridge Art Walks map was also helpful in guiding a visitor round the other arty places to visit. Some listed were galleries, I would like to go back to visit Kettle's Yard: www.kettlesyard.co.uk
The Champion of the Thames was a great place to reflect on the day's events:


Moving next to Colchester where Tim found The Minories and was very impressed with their collection: www.colchester.ac.uk/art/minories
From there we visited the castle in Colchester which has an enormous number of old relics housed in a well restored castle:

Last but not least the trip took us to The Beth Chatto Gardens, Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DB.
It's now 52 years since Beth Chatto began working on the garden, from an overgrown wasteland with poor gravel soil and boggy hollows, she has created an informal garden. The gardens are inspirational and so carefully thought out, with planting schemes to delight even at this time of year .

And glorious planting beside the water above.
And below three wonderful views showing how well Beth Chatto puts plants together:

And some individual plants:
 A glorious Persicaria rosea
 This shrub was on the 'special' list which has been sent to a friend.
And here's a Colchicum planted with Cyclamen, not seen in this photo.

Monday, 22 October 2012

160th Exhibition at the RWA, Bristol runs until 30th of December

The Royal West of England Academy has just opened its 160th exhibition to the public.
Several Swindon artists are taking part including Gordon Dickinson, Beverley Greig and Tim Carroll.
Gordon has taken some excellent photographs of the Preview Night held on Friday the 19th of October, some of which are displayed below:

Outside the building, people queuing to get in.
 Two lovely photos showing the vast gallery space with lots of people looking at the work.
And here's Gordon's piece:
 Two very interested people looking intently at Gordon's exhibit.
 And below, Gordon beside his exhibit
 Beverley Greig's painting Seaford I is hanging in the exhibition as well, but am unsure where in relation to others, but here it is:
More on Beverley at:www.beverleygreig.com and www.beverleygreig.blogspot.com

And here is Tim Carroll's piece kindly photographed twice to show where it is amongst the pictures on the walls, it's the lower one of people in a car:

It all looks wonderful, can't wait to go and visit the exhibition.
To find out more about the exhibition and gallery visit http://www.rwa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/2012/10/exhibitions-160-autumn/

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Female Empowerment Exhibition Call for Entries from Male Artists, Musicians and Poets

Shanta is having a second female empowerment exhibition, deadline for entries: 31st October. To find out more, click here: www.facebook.com/barberspace

and more here: http://www.facebook.com/events/156561814487640/

Monika Tobel is having her Great Sell Off on Friday 19th of October at 7.30pm at Artsite.

Mike Yates is giving a  talk on the 26th of October at 7.30pm called 'Smashing Pots' at the museum and Art Gallery.

And advance notice of Rosa Matheson's Event at Pen and Paper on Victoria Road at 7pm on the 27th of November. She says:

' An invitation to a 'pleasing event' regarding the BOOK PROJECT's book
You will have a chance of meeting some of the writers, hearing their work and learning about how the BOOK PROJECT helps women's intiatives in Nepal.
 and you will have a chance to buy the book  for family and friends and  do some Christmas shopping  in the lovely Pen & Paper shop in Old Town Swindon.
See you there!
Rosa -
PS please send on to friends...'

Monday, 15 October 2012

Stourhead is Stunning

The leaflet describes it as ' living work of art' and it's true, both in the grounds and house, there are delights at every turn.
Here are just a few:
 There are fabulous trees in the woods, this was a sort of beech with a silvery bark.

 Here's St. Peter's Pump above, it's a little walk away from the main gardens, with a well within the arched area.
 Below the Pantheon, the largest and most important garden building at Stourhead.
 And below the Palladian Bridge based on a Palladio bridge in Vicenza.

 In the village of Stourton, just beside Stourhead grounds, there's a great pub called the Spread Eagle, and this is the emblem for it.
 Before going in the house, this was the last feature to look at, it's called the Bristol Cross, it was moved from Bristol and rebuilt here in 1764.
And on the steps to the house, are 4 magnificent planters with the theme again of eagles, this time a pair with their wings spread out.
 Just a couple of photos taken inside the house, above a drawing of a ferreter found in the library, he's got ferrets in both hands! And a view of a fountain form one of the rooms.
With the closing date of October the 18th fast approaching, there's a rush to make the most of membership by visiting as many places as possible, although Stourhead does have longer opening times than most places.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Art Auction and Italian Dinner on the 12th of November at 7pm

This event is being organised by Melanie Stanbury and Brian Keen, and being held at the San Marco Italian Restaurant at 141, Faringdon Road, Swindon, SN1 5DL
They say:
'Enjoy three courses of exquisite Italian fayre followed by an Art Auction from the phenomenally talented pool of Swindon Artists. This evening is to benefit Swindon Carers Centre, a local charity which supports carers from as young as 5 yrs old with caring responsibilities in the home.

Tickets are £20 per person and are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.'

Here is a photo of one of Tim Carroll's donated works:

The Facebook page has images of other donated works and more about the event:http://www.facebook.com/events/414859785233849/

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Exhibition of Paintings and Photos of Nicaraguan Life

And an exhibition of 25 years of friendship with Ocotal was held on the 9th of October at Artsite.
The idea of the SOL, Swindon Ocotal Link, social evening was to enable people to meet  painter Patricio Marin on his first visit from Ocotal, and to meet SOL members and find out more about the organisation and it's work over the last 25 years.
Patricio had 2 paintings in the Window Gallery as his contribution to joining SOS this year. He arrived in Swindon too late to take part more fully.
Here's his fine, detailed work in the Artsite Gallery:

And here's Patricio at the back facing the camera:
And here's Bruce Clarke's wife in traditional dress beside Nicaraguan artefacts:
And two other pictures, this one was particularly interesting, it's composed of different colours of sand glued onto a cement bag:

And this:
I don't know anything about the artists, but liked them.
To find out more about the Swindon-Ocotal link:www.solswindon.co.uk
And more detail about Patricio and what he's doing while in Swindon.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Newark Park with Peacocks, Cyclamen and Views to the South Bathed in Autumnal Sunshine.

Newark Park, a former Tudor Hunting Lodge is a National Trust property near Wotton -under -Edge well worth a visit before the general National Trust closing date of October 28th.
The grounds are beautiful with literally masses of cyclamen under the trees at this time of year, and peacocks roaming freely.
 The cyclamen flowers can be seen as a pink mass.
 This peacock turned round with it's tail feathers beautifully displayed.

We walked down to the lake first where there's a restored summerhouse right beside it.
 On the way up to the house, I took a couple of photographs which demonstrate the steepness of the escarpment and the brilliance of the blue sky.

On the walk back to the house, there's a small gazebo with a stone relief on the rear wall, no one seems to know anything about it; it depicts a woman holding out her long hair whilst sitting on a mythical beast with a knotted tail.
Michael Claydon who continued the wonderful work of Robert Parsons,   has now left, allowing the public greater access to most rooms than previously.
 Above is a pottery dog, probably commissioned by a previous tenant, Robert Parsons, who favoured this type of Great Dane (?)
 Above a golden wall ornament and below a flower painting in one of the bedrooms.
 And on the way out, we walked around the gardens adjacent to the house and came across this lovely feature at one end of the garden.