I have returned to the fine art department where I took my degree to start a year long fellowship. This blog will be about life as a fellow!
It was the p.v of ‘Global echo’ and ‘The Manulua Project’ alongside Wirral mets degree show last night at the Williamson Art Gallery. It was a good turnout and there was a great response to the ‘Global Echo’ print exchange, with lots of people asking questions.
It was great to see what this years graduates had achieved in their degree show and with such a small year (13 students I think) how they’d used the space available. They didn’t have the use of two rooms that where available to us because new roofs are being fitted in the galleries, but still they had a lot of room to fill which they succeeded to do with very varied work.
It was really nice to catch up with friends from the degree course, I really miss that, not just the chit chat though, just being with like minded people. It’s difficult to keep up momentum in my artwork sometimes when I’m not in a creative environment all the time and although I am lucky to have a creative job I am mostly alone in work. I really want a studio space, but just haven’t got the money right now. Sometimes I feel my work just isn’t moving on and I’m sure this is because I can’t keep myself motivated. It’s not just because I’m not with other artists though, I think it’s because I’m at home where there are other jobs to be done.
I don’t know, maybe I wouldn’t be able to keep the same pace as I did on my degree course anyway. I think during my degree because I was aware that I had a limited time to achieve my best I worked almost non stop. But now even with deadlines to hit I often struggle.
Everything got finished off on Friday. The prints are all up and the the book project too, everything looks great. P.V this friday, can’t wait!
I could only go along to the Williamson for a few hours today, but we made good progress. The walls have had a second coat of paint, the shelves are up for the book project and the first few prints are up, so we’re well on our way. Looks like it’s going to be an impressive show, with lots of variety.
I’ve spent the morning at the Williamson Art Gallery helping prepare for an exhibition. When I was doing my degree at Wirral Metropolitan College my print tutor Michelle Rowley got us involved in a project ‘Triple Echo’, the idea was that we would produce some printwork that would tour the different institutes involved (Uclan, LJMU and Wirral Met). It was such a success that the work got shown at the IMPACT Print Conference and since then the staff at UCLAN have been developing the idea of a global echo project.
So this morning I’ve been painting boards ready to show the work that has been sent by the other institutes and of course Wirral Mets work too. But that’s not all that’s being shown, BYU have sent over a book project ‘The Manulua Project’ to exhibit and all of this is being shown at the same time as Wirral Mets Degree Show, so there’s loads to be seen.
I’m having my lunch now but I think it’s more of the same this afternoon. Tomorrow is going to be the exciting time when the work goes up. We’ve set it all out on the floor and Michelle has already made some decisions but it’s difficult to plan when all the boards aren’t up yet.
I took down my work from the fellowship show on Monday. Just got to find room for it all in the house now. Some good news though, I sold three more pieces, all of them from the ‘Pores for thought’ series. I didn’t expect them to sell at all.