David Nash at Oriel Mostyn late last year - something to inspire us all!
Just a quick reminder to everyone: our monthly “Notebook Meeting” is tomorrow, 2pm at the Willow Gallery.
Come along for some good art conversation and updates on exhibitions, classes/workshops and projects.
Bring along your sketchbooks or work to share!
Coffee Shop - John S., 2011
Just to make sure everyone has next week’s Inside Out Notebook Meeting next Wednesday, Feb. 1st at 2pm in the Willow Gallery.
We’ve got a lot to catch up on – it’s been a busy winter for a lot of us, with a great deal of creative sparks flying through the cold, wet January air! A quick list of things we’ll be talking about:
- Various “Art Works” updates – plus news of our upcoming project presentation to the Oswestry Chamber of Commerce
- Dates and suggested venues for winter sketching days. We’ve got a list of indoor, outdoor and indoor/outdoor suggestions.
- New courses, classes and workshops we’ve heard about.
- Some upcoming exhibition opportunities both around Oswestry/Shropshire and beyond.
- Plus the usual chance for everyone who wants to show current work/sketchbooks/etc.
As usual, we’ll talk as a group for about an hour and then give everyone a chance to break into smaller groups after 3:00. There’s tea, coffee and cake available from the Willow Cafe, and I know a few people will be coming early to have lunch before the meeting. If you do come early, take the opportunity to have a look at new work in Screaming Chicken Gallery in the Cambrian Studios Building, and winter exhibitions at The Qube and Oswestry Heritage Gallery, plus Judith Harrison and Jood Greaves at Oswestry Library. “Torque” will have finished at The Willow, but their next show should be up by then.
See you next week!
Just a quick reminder to everyone that the Inside Out Art Group’s monthly Notebook Meeting will be this Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 2pm in the Willow Gallery on Willow St., Oswestry.
We’ll be talking about our Art Works project, getting updates from everyone involved, having a look at some current work, discussing the possibility of a winter sketching day, talking about the practicalities of organising some artist talks for the winter, signing interested members up for our ongoing exhibitions at The Hand at Llanarmon and Rowanthorn – generally having a good hour or so together!
So come along, and bring some current work or your sketchbooks if you’d like to show everyone what you’ve been up to.
Another great monthly meeting at The Willow. Lots of people, lots of really interesting things going on.
Updates from Maddie, Carmel and Rob Baur on their Art Works collaborations – Maddie doing interesting things with mirrors, words and cats at PetWorld, Carmel being distracted by the architecture in Ken’s jewellery studio, and Rob combining caravans and Soviet and British Rail posters.
A number of people brought current work, so we all got quick peeks into Diana’s new one-drawing-a-day sketchbook, Chloe’s portfolio of two months’ worth of one-minute drawings and Geoff’s collection of new street photographs.
Some general discussion about the Art Works project, and some new developing ideas for artist/business partnerships – plus an interesting suggestion that we look at the possibility of linking Art Works into the new festivals initiative in Shropshire.
Upcoming events and exhibitions info. for your calendars:
- Sketching day at Llanymynech Limekilns on Sat., Nov. 12. Turn up at 11/11:30 at the Limeworks carpark. We’ll have the woodburner lit in the stables, plus there’s kettle and a microwave there to keep us all warm. Lots to see and draw/paint/photograph. No particular plan for the day – we’ll be there until about 3 or 4pm.
- New exhibition opportunity at Rowanthorn on Beatrice St., Oswestry. I’ve got a rota going – email or leave a comment if you’d like a slot. There are two 40x40cm slots and three 50x50cm slots at the moment, each one available for two months at a time (just like The Hand)
- And, speaking of The Hand, there are still Dining Room exhibition slots available for later in 2012. Email or leave a comment on this post if you’d like a slot.
Finally, John gave a quick tutorial on using WordPress and this blog. Another one next month to catch anyone who didn’t get a chance today.
Burst 1 - John Swogger/Freja Evans, digital 2011. Graphic image for "Limelight", 2011.
Just a quick reminder to everyone that it’s our monthly Inside Out art group “Notebook Meeting” this week. We’ll be meeting at The Willow Gallery on Willow St. in Oswestry at 2pm on Wednesday. The meetings are open to any artists who are interested in coming along. One of the things we’ll be talking about our “Art Works” project, linking up local businesses with local artists in and around Oswestry; we’ll also be talking about recent exhibitions and projects, as well as ongoing exhibitions and working opportunities in and around Oswestry.
And why “Notebook Meeting”? Well, it’s a chance for people to bring along things they’re working on – open up their notebooks, sketchbooks, etc., and talk through ideas and problems, thoughts and current work and directions. It’s a chance to network and get to know other local artists, and see what sparks and new ideas can be generated.
Paint the Saints! Opportunities to link art and football with New Saints FC.
Are there any Inside Out artists out there who might be interested in teaming-up (pun intended) with Oswestry’s New Saints Football Club? Ian Williams, manager of the club, got in touch about our “Art Works” project and said the team would be interested in having an artist work with them.
New Saints FC play in the Welsh Premier League and regularly compete in UEFA competitions. The club is looking for interesting and innovative ways to expand its community base, and Ian thought the “Art Works” project might be an ideal way to create new bridges between supporters, players and their academy programme.
I can certainly see a lot of potential in this. New Saints FC are based up at The Venue at Park Hall, which could provide another interesting opportunity for an “Art Works” link-up. The Venue hosts all sorts of events, from fitness classes, parties and bowling to “The O-Factor” – Oswestry’s answer to the dreaded X-Factor! Again, could be some really interesting opportunities there, too.
If you’re interested, post a comment and I’ll send you Ian’s contact details. Or come along to our Inside Out “Notebook Meeting” on Oct. 5th at 2pm at The Willow and we’ll talk about it some more.
All sorts of art-y types turned up to the Inside Out Art Group meeting at The Willow...
Good to start off the year on a really positive note. The Inside Out Art Group had a great meeting this afternoon at the Willow. Fifteen of us packed into one of the sofa-nooks in the window, talking about everything from lines to tattoos, wire to why we do art. Diana, Dorothy Harrison and I showed recent work that we’d done, and everyone talked about directions they were headed in. We talked about our “Art Works” project, and I got a chance to show some of the illustrations I’ve been doing at my sessions at Fine Line Tattoos for “Art Works”. Great to hear what other people are up to, and to see some of the things they’re working on.
As it was the first such meeting, we didn’t get much of a chance to talk about future plans in great detail, but we did talk a bit about both the Art Works and “Reflections” project – putting art into local churches; as well as the “Window at the Willow” project Faye and Diana are heading, and our ongoing Inside Out exhibitions in the Dunbabin Gallery space.
We’re going to be holding these “Notebook Meetings” regularly on the first Wednesday of every month – so our next get-together will be Wednesday, October 5th – put it in your diary! Anyone is encouraged to come along – and to bring a sketchbook or some of your recent work to show and talk a little bit about. A few people wanted to know if they could contribute to this blog, and Diana said: Yes, absolutely! In fact, I’ll bring my laptop in October and will give a quick blog tutorial for anyone that’s interested.
Lots of ideas kicked around, lots of interesting stuff talked about – look forward to seeing everyone again in October!
Thanks to everyone who came along to the initial meeting of the Artists at Work project yesterday at the Willow – and here’s what we talked about for those of you who couldn’t make it:
- The general object of the project is to establish links between individual Inside Out artists at local Oswestry businesses, creating a way for artists to explore the unique heritage of the market town, and to demonstrate how art can complement a working business by exploring various aspects of it.
- The project should also emphasise how art can promote something like a business in a completely different way from simple advertising.
- We’re going to work towards an exhibition of Artists at Work artworks in Oswestry in spring/summer 2012
- We’re also going to look at creating a trail around Oswestry – similar to the one we’ve done for the Way – with artworks exhibited in the businesses we’ve linked with.
- Shropshire Council’s Community Working team are very interested in our project, and we’re going to be exploring some other exhibition/presentation ideas such as:
- An exhibition of the Artists at Work project at Shire Hall in Shrewsbury, as part of a programme of promoting Oswestry within the county
- A small touring exhibition about the project to villages and communities in the area, again, as part of a programme of promoting Oswestry within the county
- Taking part in regional and national initiatives by Shropshire Council to promote its market towns
- Oswestry Footfall – the group who help organise community art exhibitions in empty shop-windows in Oswestry – are also interested in the project. Not quite sure how they would be involved, but they might be able to organise schools, etc. to do site-specific art projects about the history of various premises, etc.
We also discussed some of the practical issues involved in taking part in this project, and came up with some ideas to help those who would like to take part but are unsure how to start:
- We’ll produce a general “cover letter” describing the project that artists can send or email to potential businesses/partners to introduce themselves and their involvement in the project.
- Oswestry Chamber of Commerce already know about the project, and we’ll make arrangements to make a presentation or have a meeting with the Chamber to describe the project and find out whether they know of any businesses who might be interested in partnering up with an artist.
- Frank Triggs will contact the West Midlands and Mid-Wales Manufacturing groups to see if they might be interested in this project. If there are artists interested in exploring more formal artist-in-residence arrangements, we can help point towards existing national and regional schemes that can provide funding, advice, support, etc.
- We’ll continue to schedule regular Inside Out get-togethers for all artists involved/interested in the project to talk through problems, experiences, etc., etc. Eventually, as various work gets underway, it would be good to invite some of the business people involved to come along as well and tell us how they think the project is going.
- We’ll also post a rolling list on this blog of which artists are linking up with which businesses and how they’re getting on – hopefully this will encourage and inspire people who are a bit tentative about getting started.
Finally, it was generally agreed that we didn’t want this project to end quickly – people were interested in it being a long-term or rolling project, so any exhibition or trail that we do in spring/summer 2011 won’t be the end of this project, but simply something to initially work towards.
And as a kind of general point, several people confessed they had problems talking about themselves and their art, particularly when it came to promoting or “selling” themselves and what they did. We discussed the possibility of some kind of workshop or round-table session to talk about “how to talk about your art”. Who else would be interested in this? Maybe we can organise something for later in the summer.
Okay, so that’s about it. We’ll keep everyone posted about what’s going on and how the project is progressing – this blog’s the best way to keep up to date, so make sure you check back here often!
We’re launching a new Inside Out project in Oswestry which we want to use to foster collaborative relationshipsw between artists and local businesses.
The project – called “Artists at Work” – aims to create links between the work and practice of local artists and the local business community. The project is designed to evolve to suit the working culture and methods of individual artists and businesses.
What this project will do is bring together artists to produce work inspired by a programme of collaborative, on-site working with a local Oswestry business – a sort of informal artist-in-residence relationship. As the project develops, we will be bringing in local trade and commerce groups in Oswestry.
What kind of work would the project be looking for? That’s totally up to the artists and businesses involved, but some suggestions might be:
- works which document or record a business’ working practices
- works which utilise a business’ working methods or materials
- works which focus on employees, location or tools
- works which explore patterns of activity, or relationships between customers and staff
We’d hope that artists would engage closely with their collaborating partners, perhaps designing site-specific or interactive pieces. Work in any media, at any scale could be incorporated – again, it depends how the relationship between individual artists and businesses evolves.
We’re giving everyone a few months to think about this project and how they might get involved. We’ll kick-start the project officially on Saturday, July 9th at 10:00am in The Willow Gallery cafe with an informal get-together of any interested artists/business owners.
If you’ve got any questions or observations – go ahead and comment this post. Hope to see you there in July.
Inside Out at the Willow Gallery
Great new exhibition has just opened up at The Willow Gallery. Their Spring Show features some fantastic painting, ceramics and sculpture. As usual, Faye has set out an extremely eclectic and diverse show – setting some extremely accomplished figurative works alongside bold abstracts.
Jas Davidson (BVA/Inside Out) and John Wragg (BVA/Inside Out) are in the main gallery – John with large, Op Art-like geometric paintings and Jas with the latest in his series of bronzes mixing the human form with natural textures. They’re joined by Rosie Davies (Inside Out), whose watercolour landscapes are moving further into abstraction of form and colour, and looking both crisp and free at the same time.
Jim Heath and Des Jones are also exhibiting in the Dunbabin Gallery & Community Room for the next three weeks. They are two of our three Studio A1 featured artists for April – Joan Santana is the third, exhibiting down at Studio A1 – and the first of what we hope will be a regular series of Inside Out artists exhibiting in the Dunbabin Gallery.
So although it’s a grey day on the Shropshire borderlands today, there’s plenty of bright art in Oswestry!