Following the excellent time in Macedonia I come home to two new honours. Firstly I hear that the documentary film that Jake McNeil made about me has been selected for screening at the Nightpiece Film Festival 2016 as part of the Edinburgh Fringe. (At the same time Jake has a short experimental film chosen as a finalist in a film competition in Los Angeles!).
A few days later I am presented with two excellent poems by Doncaster poet Mick Jenkinson which were inspired by my artwork. I am feeling very honoured!
I am invited for a second time to join the De Niro International Art Colony in Bitola, Macedonia. This time I am joined by Katrina Sadrak who, for a while, shared our studio space in the old art college on Church View. Alongside us in the colony are artists from Macedonia, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Slovenia and Italy. The 10 days include plenty of studio time as well as several visits to places of interest and a closing exhibition of the works created.
The colony was well covered by regional and national TV as well as several newspapers with Katrina and myself being a focus of much attention as ‘Internationals’ from outside the Balkan States. My book “Two Weeks in Macedonia” created a great deal of interest in the interviews.
Many friendships were made and invitations offered to future colonies. Oh – and we did some painting too!
Four Box paintings including 3 of Steampunk characters have been accepted for the Leeds Fine Artists annual exhibition at the Crossley Gallery, Dean Clough, Halifax. Well received at the opening afternoon.
Student film-maker Jake McNeil, with his assistant cameraman Jack, have spent 2.5 days filming and interviewing me for a documentary assignment. Fascinating process and I’m very curious to see how Jake edits the many hours of film into a 7 minute documentary.
New exhibition of Box paintings at Cast theatre in Doncaster. The subjects are writers, actors etc encountered at Cast since it opened. Also some drawings made at rehearsals of Urban Conceptz’ “Freedom of Freewill” and the visit to Cast of the National Dance Company of Wales, very much enlarged to show the pencil marks.
I will be at the exhibition for ‘Meet the Artist’ days from 10-4 on Saturdays 5th March and 23rd April.
My Monday morning art group is running again! Just a year after the closure of our base at the BrevonArt Gallery we have found a new home in the old Art College on Church View, Doncaster DN1 1AF from 10am to 12 noon. Eight members of the old group have already signed up but, due to a larger room, we can accommodate anther four. If there is enough demand an afternoon group may be set up.
Price is £10 per 2 hour session. Refreshments are included. Basic materials are supplied though most members choose to bring their own. Sessions include demonstrations, skills workshops and opportunities to develop your own projects. For more information and availability please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org