After the 2020 event had to be cancelled, I’m very pleased to be taking part again in this year’s Suffolk Open Studios programme. 130 artists will be opening their studios and galleries to the public across Suffolk over the four weekends of June.
It’s been a busy few months! In between creating a number of new pieces (See the “New Work” page) and preparing for two new exhibitions – more details to follow – I’m pleased to announce a number of sales.
I’m taking part in The Great Big Art Exhibition. This is the first of two charcoal on paper pieces I’ve prepared.
The idea is for people to create an artwork at home – it can be a painting, drawing, sculpture or whatever you want – to display in their window or garden. The plan is to create a rolling nationwide exhibition, inspired by the rainbows people made to celebrate the NHS and keyworkers during the first lock-down.
This is how it works. Every two weeks, a different artist chooses a new subject: the theme for the first fortnight, chosen by Antony Gormley, is animals. When I first moved to Kessingland, people I met didn’t ask “How are you?” but “Where’s your dog?” (I don’t have one) so, in their honour, I’ve chosen dogs as my first subject.
You can learn more about the exhibition and how to take part here, or follow it on social media using the hashtag #greatbigartexhibition.
It was a pleasure to meet Dawn Bowden, Welsh Assembly Member for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, at the opening of the “Pit Girls – Forgotten Women” exhibition at Cyfarthfa Castle Museum on 8 March 2020.
You can learn more about the paintings and the background to the exhibition here. I’ve just finished updating the page to include audio recordings of the women’s testimonies to the 1842 Parliamentary commission.