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Jolly Good Show!

Oswestry Show! All pix from Freja.

Thanks to everyone who helped make yesterday an excellent day at the Oswestry Show!

A very big thank you to Louise Hudson and D.R.E. & Co. Accounting, who kindly offered us half their pitch after hearing me talk about Art Works at the Oswestry Chamber of Commerce meeting. Thanks to Jim Heath, Judy Greaves, Jas Davidson, Diana Baur, Rob Baur and Freja who helped get everything set up at a very early 8am in the morning. And thanks to all the Inside Out artists who stopped by and drew, painted, sketched and carved in front of the marquee. Particular thanks to Freja for the invigorating and delicious chocolate/coffee/rum fairy cakes – which vanished so fast I almost didn’t get any!

Everyone was very complimentary about our set-up – and, I think, surprised at the link-up between an accounting firm and an art group. It was an extremely successful partnership – D.R.E & Co. got something interesting in front of their marquee, and Inside Out got a chance to exhibit at the show for free. Not only were we highly visible, and gave out loads of leaflets about the group and our projects – but we also came away with a handful of commissions: proof that if you get yourself out there and make yourself visible, that people will – and do – take an interest in you and your work.

We all had a great day – despite the fact that at quarter to four, the heavens opened and we were hammered with rain and hail. More importantly, we had a very successful day, too. Thanks again to everyone who made it work – and let’s start making plans for next year!

 

Art Works at Oswestry Chamber

Wednesday evening I gave a quick 15-minute presentation to the Oswestry Chamber of Commerce about ideas that Diana and I have had for promoting art and artists in the business world. From our original “Art Works” ideas for linking art and business together we’ve expanded to cover a range of ways in which these links could build a new business environment for art in Oswestry.

We’ve based these ideas on Inside Out’s experiences working with The Hand, at the Cambrian Buildings, and with Fineline Tattoos. Using these as “case studies”, we’ve come up with a range of broad suggestions for future links and ideas. For anyone who’s interested, there’s a pdf transcript of my presentation here.

The presentation was really well received, and what we do now is to establish lots and lots of dialogue between ourselves, other artists and art groups in Oswestry, and interested businesses. We’d love to talk to anyone in the group – or beyond – who has ideas of their own about business ventures and enterprises, or ways in which art as a business could do – could be – more in Oswestry.

Notebook Meeting: Next Week!

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!
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