Saturday, 16 February 2013

Celebrating Visual Art in Swindon 17th of April at Wharf Green

Juliet Wood is having an exhibition of her work at Swindon College School of Art from the 27th of February until the 24th of May, she is also hosting an event in town.
Her poster is very small, I'll get a Facebook link:  
The poster is on that page and is much bigger.

What follows below are her words:

Celebrating Visual Art in Swindon
Big Screen – Wharf Green!

Drawing you in…free 17 April 11am – 1.30pm

This outreach event from Swindon College School of Art brings visual art right into the centre of town for everyone to enjoy. Art doesn’t have to be complicated or just something other people do elsewhere; it can be done by anyone, it can be about everyone, just where you are.

The pictures you’ll see on the Big Screen are site specific as the studies were made in McDonalds, on the corner of Canal Walk. Many people watching may have seen Juliet Wood drawing in McDonalds. Now you can see how those drawings became paintings, inspired by the people of Swindon. People often came up and questioned the artist as she worked on the studies and wanted to know what she intended to do with them. Juliet has always wanted to put something back into Swindon by raising the interest of those unlikely to go into an art gallery. She wants to reach the widest possible audience because these are 'people paintings' and they reflect this community. Swindon’s young people are invited, after the short film, to discover the delight of a basic human activity – looking – and drawing from life. A sketchbook session from artist’s models. We hope working artists and public will join in.

Portraiture has taken Juliet all over the country, from Devon to Scotland, with many interesting commissions, but she has always come back to draw in Swindon, a break from the challenge of painting a likeness. She taught for eighteen years at Swindon School of Art, in both the old and the new buildings at Regent Circus, and then at Euclid Street. Now she is delighted that Richard Waring has given her the opportunity to show all these paintings at the School of Art in its current home at Swindon College, North Star. She hopes the event will link art in schools, working artists, Swindon College and the School of Art with the wider community.

From April 17 until the School of Art exhibition closes on May 24 the three selections on film will be shown in turn on the Big Screen so that passers by in the town centre might see that art is life-enhancing and can be about everyone and every day.

Swindon College School of Art:
Exhibition of paintings Alone and Together, Brunel’s People

open weekdays 11am – 4pm 27 February – 24 May

Outreach Event Wharf Green 17 April 11am – 1.30pm

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