Notes on work, working, making work, and all the stuff that goes into being an artist
The relatively new Dover Studio Collective is organising its third open studio and exhibition with invited guest artists. As a format, it is working really well and helps get the venue known and stretches us all as artists, and because the other artists are invited we don’t have a selection process for the work, which would add another layer of time-intensive organisation. The Collective is quite informal – there is no constitution and no written rules and the events are organised on a fairly ad hoc basis, although that said, we do set a few ground rules as we go along. The aim is to show contemporary print-based work and artist’s books, taking an expansive consideration of what print can be. So we are planning an ‘in conversation’ event as well, depending on whether there are enough of us around at the same time to make such a conversation work!
The open studio takes place downstairs in the workspaces, while the exhibition is upstairs in the project space and we will have a pop-up shop selling further prints, multiples and artists books/zines from other artist-makers.
We are excited to be joining this year’s 5th Fête de l’Estampe http://www.fetedelestampe.fr/ with currently 222 artist printmaking events taking place across France, Belgium, Italy and the UK.
Last year I was given a gopro for my birthday, ostensibly to attach to the dog’s harness but so far I’ve used it in my own video projects. Most recently an ink drawing on Chinese paper filmed with the gopro attached to my arm during the Spontaneous Creativity workshop 2017 (a Dover Arts Development/The Ha!Man coproduction). Soundtrack from the workshop with improvisation by the participants.
I had such a lovely time back as an alumna at King’s College Cambridge, with fellow artists Joanna Jones and Helen Lindon.
Despite the not-ideal screening conditions – the curtains just would not move and probably had not been closed for years – A Parable for Endeavour – went down well and prompted a truly inspiring and wide-ranging discussion covering everything from scale, to beauty, to collaboration, agency, slowness, the difficulties of interpretation, vulnerability and the importance of care.
“…the care was so visible that it was mesmerising to watch…”
“… the slowness of the first section ….. makes slowness important in a way that is refreshing….”
“… a story of paper trampled on and given a chance to shine again by three women” as if to say “you can’t trample us down, we are able to tell our story”
“… 3 women working with their hands … making art not food was powerful and feminist”
We all sat in on the panel discussion – women in academia and then glammed up for the evening dinner with a keynote speech by Kum-Kum Bhavnani about her work promoting human rights, social justice and the work that women do across the globe.
We stayed overnight which gave us a chance to find good places for breakfast and lunch and to go to the Fitzwilliam Museum to see the rather wonderful current exhibition Madonnas and Miracles, which was highly appropriate given the weekend’s theme. While at the museum we also went to the Sunday lunchtime concert and were bowled over by the young pianist, Julian Trevelyan.
We now have a website for A Parable for Endeavour and hope we can screen it again, perhaps as a visual paper at a conference or symposium.
A Parable for Endeavour, a collaborative film made with Joanna Jones and Helen Lindon is being previewed at my old college, King’s College Cambridge on 11 March for International Women’s Day.
Happy Year of the Rooster!
I’ve been writing bids and doing budgets and need a bit of a break but will be back soon…