Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Publicity for Swindon Open Studios

The Swindon Evening Advertiser had a full page article on Swindon Open Studios yesterday.
Have a look:
There was also a piece in the Link magazine and the Handy Mag.
Brochures are being distributed in the most likely places where people will see them.

I have suggested artists send out their own personal invitations to friends and anyone in their contact list they think might be interested in visiting SOS.

The former reference library adjacent to the new central library is a fabulous place to display work.

It's now up to everyone to publicise the event.

Monday, 20 August 2012

Swindon Open Studios Posters and Invitations.

How best to publicise Swindon Open Studios 2012?

We have a Launch Party on the 7th of September from 7.30pm onwards at the post Modern:
a poster for the event:

Brochures available around the town and available from all artists taking part:

A Banner and personal invitations appear on the

Friday, 17 August 2012

Empowerment Exhibition - 27th of August - 4th of September

This exhibition organised by Shanta Ranee promises to be an very exciting event.
It's advertised as a creative experience featuring art, music and poetry.
It's at the Post Modern Art Gallery, Theatre Square, SN1 1QN, open daily between the dates above, except Sunday from 11am-6pm.

I'm looking forward to the Private View on the 31st of August from 6.30pm till late with live music and poetry readings, for more on this, click here:

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Good old-fashioned Composting - see the results in the hedge!

The Observer Colour Supplement last Sunday the 12th of August made me feel if not ahead of the game, at least partly in it.
Dan Pearson in the Gardens section featured nurseries, one of which, Special Plants, I wrote about on the 26th of July. To read his article, visit:

Over the page, in the Ethical Living section with Lucy Siegle, someone had asked how to become more self- sufficient, wanting to know what processes can be done at home. Lucy replied that 'good old-fashioned composting remains the number-one home process turning waste organic matter into black gold.
I had just reached that conclusion when I realised why the laurel hedge had grown much faster in one part of the garden than elsewhere. I cut out a section of hedge 2 years ago and put the compost bin in there to hide it, this isn't a good idea, the hedge grows much too fast with compost juice enriching it's soil.

And here is the photo of the bin and the hedge growing very fast around it:

 This is the hedge from the other side, on the left hand side of the picture is the rapidly growing hedge.
And here is a close up of the very luxuriant growth.

Friday, 10 August 2012

Delivering Brochures to Nutford Lodge and Pavenhill

What a glorious morning to visit Pat Elmore's glorious studio and garden to deliver her brochures. If you have visited, you will want to go again, and if you haven't, it's a real treat.
It's the beautiful ouse on the left of the King and Queen pub as you look at it.
The light was so bright this morning, although the view of the Ridgeway was hazy, so I didn't take one of that, I'll leave that for visitors to see.

Here's the outside of Nutford Lodge

 Some of Pat's chickens, very realistic in the garden.
One of the athletic figures Pat does so fantastically
 Inside the conservatory workroom
 One end of the studio
 Some carved owls, delightful presents.
One of two very large birds in the front garden
An example of the bold work produced by Kimmy Thomson who will also be at Pat's Open Studios.
 And a few photos of the garden.
 Including an acre of pond.
 The side of the house.

 And the most glorious Monardas
And last but not least, a relatively small second pond.
Have a look at Pat's and Kimmy's websites:

From Longcot, I went to deliver brochures to Toni and Gordon Dickinson at 87, Pavenhill, Purton, unfortunately they were out, so I took some photos of their front garden:

And that's just the front garden, there is so much more to see inside and in the magnificent back garden.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

TWIGS exhibition in the Community Gallery and People ARE Eating Sandwiches in Theatre Square.

What I have termed the Community Gallery is in reality Number 10 window, but it is where groups in the community can put together an exhibition.
TWIGS the fabulous gardens and workshops situated near Cheney Manor Garden Centre SN2 2QJ have taken over the whole window with a butterfly meadow reconstruction.
 TWIGS, Swindon's secret garden, is the only garden in Swindon to make it into the 'Yellow Book'
This is the window of butterflies, a very poor photograph, must try again.
This lovely quote by Buckminster Fuller was below it:

 'There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it is going to be a butterfly'

While taking these photos at lunchtime, I noticed that the recently created flowerbeds in Theatre Square have encouraged people to eat their sandwiches in the area, they have improved it so much and have been planted beautifully.
I mention this because when considering how the area could be improved, one of the measures of success was, would people eat their sandwiches there.
The person was sitting on the back wall overlooking this bed.
Finally Art in Hospitals seems to have taken off at the Great Western Hospital, with a huge variety of different work hanging on walls in corridors and waiting rooms. It makes such a difference to the feel of the place.
This fabric work particularly interested me today:
I didn't take any details but it's in an outpatients waiting room.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Words & Pictures Exhibition at The Post Modern - Last few Days. And Karla Harvey's Exhibition at the Landing Arts Gallery

The Private View of this exhibition at the Post Modern, Theatre Square, SN1 1QN, was well attended, and enthusiastically enjoyed.
 Artists appeared to have been freed from their possible usual constraints by responding to a piece of music which meant something to them.
The photos of the evening could have been stunning were it not for my getting greasy fingers from the snacks over the camera lens, resulting a lot of blurry images. I will try and get down there again before the exhibition ends on Saturday the 11th of August, it's open daily until then from 11am - 4pm

 Here are some photos of the exhibits:
 Above is Beverley Greig's 'Sanguine' inspired by 'Three Little Birds' by Bob Marley
 The picture above is by Maggie Harris, it's called 'Do you know how I feel?' Inspired by 'Why' by Annie Lennox. Much more about Maggie's work can be found on her blog:
 These two are both by Tim Carroll, the one above inspired by 'Like a Rolling Stone' by Bob Dylan and the one below by a song out of Handel's Messiah - 'I Know my Redeemer Liveth'. More on Tim's work:
 The partly stained glass piece below is by Peter Berry, inspired by 'I am Rock' by Simon and Garfunkel. More on Peter's work at: Having just looked at his website, I have discovered that he won a competition while at Swansea College of Art to design a window in Chichester cathedral.
 This piece is also by Maggie Harris, inspired by 'I don't feel like dancing' by the Scissor Sisters, particularly the line 'You got so many colours, it makes a blind man so confused'.

On the same day, The Landing Arts Gallery at the Arts Centre in Devizes Road, had an opening of their second artist whose work can be viewed for the whole of August during Arts Centre opening hours.
Here is her poster:
And below a screen she has painted very successfully on both sides.
 Detail of the woman's head:
 And a glorious orangery:
More excellent photos have been put on Facebook by Jaime Bullock giving a much better idea of the paintings.

Saturday, 4 August 2012

What a Wonderful Flower Bed- this is Glorious

The local council have excelled themselves with an unusual planting on the approach to the roundabout near White House bridge, that's the very low bridge near TK Max and North Star College.
It's well worth a look, here's the approach just a hint of colour:

A wonderful mix of colours.
This planting is quite a sharp contrast to the roundabout with the Olympic logo, very nicely done  located past McDonald's drive in. I want to go and look at more roundabouts now, what else is in store at other roundabouts I wonder?