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Fantastic visitors and comments so far for this year's Bridport & West Dorset Open Studios event.
Included are new pieces featuring Digital Prints of European Towns & Cities, as well a selection of new collage works and paintings. I have chosen to include a few sketchbooks that contain early ideas for paintings and collages and working drawings. Image below of surface illustration.
Complimented by Sarah Jane Ross's work which includes industrial and nautical sculptures, cast in plaster. Encaustic wax, scorched plywood and inks all work together to create interesting pieces that call to local places. With some pieces linked to subject matter of more political and national significance. Such as the casts of Milk bottles - Image below, which reference the dairy farming industry's relationship with supermarkets.
I am taking part in Bridport Open Studios again this year, this time after a very generous offer was made by a talented artist... Sarah Jane Ross. We are exhibiting from Sarah's lovely home, where she has a studio and spacious conservatory where we can feature our latest pieces!
I will be showing a series of new photographs. drawings, prints, paintings, collages & zines. We would love to see you there if you can make it... our work is very different but we have similar interests and it sits well together.
A cold, wet and dark start to the day, but a bright & optimistic end.
Today, as part of my role a Bridport Arts Centre I visited 5 cultural organisations in Bristol. Picking the brains of other learning officers and staff members whose focus is working with Young People to ensure those key young people's ideas are heard within the organisations they are linked to.
BAC is taking part in a Arts Council England funded opportunity called Agents for Change. The scheme assigns a creative professional to selected Arts Organisations, specifically NPO's across the country. This opportunity, hopefully, enables them to work with key members of the staff team, to make them re-think the way they operate, in order to achieve their new goals. Our agent is the fantastic Mena Fombo, an inspirational thinker and leader with specific experience of working with and for Young People.
Working our way around the city, we met Hannah Higginson Engagement producer at Watershed, Clare Karslake from the Learning Department at Arnolfini, Another Claire - Claire Simmons from Bristol Museum, responsible for the development of work with 16-25 yr olds and Ailish from The Young People's programme at Tobacco Factory. As well as this I had an informative but lightening speed tour around Knowle West Media Centre where Mena works on leading the Young People's programme.
The amount of things I learnt today was extensive and far too long to list here - but I am hugely grateful to all of the above organisations and individuals for making the time to talk to me, share common problems and generate new ideas.
So that's the easy bit, now to go back to work tomorrow and work out how to create space for all of these fantastic new projects I want to begin at The Arts Venues I represent...watch this space.
The end of last year was fairly exhibition heavy on my practice and I have taken the decision to move away from that this year, focusing on writing and smaller pieces that contribute to a larger series.
Still looking at rural dwellings - because it's always useful to have a starting point - I want to enjoy the making and spend time developing techniques. I relished the time spend doing this when I was completing my degree and since feel that this joy has been lost somewhere...probably between the work and the deadline!
I will keep this space updated...
Megan Dunford - Collecting the Image
Wednesday 12 November - Wednesday 25 November
Top Floor Gallery
Many artists through history have been intrigued with the arrangement of gathered objects as collections and the obsessional nature of collecting.
With previous subject matters in her work focusing on the object as representation or even replacement for human presence, no-where is this more apparent than in this most recent body of work Megan has chosen to exhibit at Lighthouse Poole. The exhibition includes a series of collected artefacts and images alongside new pieces.
As I said I would keep (or aim to keep) my blog up to date, I feel it's only right to feature forthcoming exhibitions! So here it is; I am having an exhibition at Lighthouse Poole, Thursday 12th - Wednesday 25th of November 2015.
I will be occupying a little but very lovely corner of the Top Floor Gallery for a fortnight. The exhibition will intentionally be work-in-progress, (much like the artist) but I have big plans!
Hope you can make it along, more info as I have it.
So it's been a while since I added to my blog. I don't like seeing big gaps in time appearing on my website, because ironically the more gaps means the more work I am generally doing and therefore the less time to update my website.
Currently I have just taken on the participation role in addition to my exhibitions role at Bridport Arts Centre. I am absolutely loving it so far and there is so much to get stuck into. Two big things coming up which have been dominating my think-box at the moment are: THE Tom Hammick show and THE BIG DRAW. And yes I have to say THE Tom Hammick show as it's most definitely the biggest and most exciting show (in my humble opinion) we have had in The Allsop since I started. Secluded figures set amidst dream-like landscapes, seductive colours and velvety surfaces. There isn't much I don't like about these pieces, apart from the fact that we now have the terrifying task of curating the exhibition ..stayed tuned for how we get on..or better yet come and see it at Bridport Arts Centre from Sat 20 June - Sat 25 July.
And...THE BIG DRAW. I have been longing to do a drawing event for The Big Draw since I heard about it. We have The Allsop for 2 whole weeks from 6 October - 18 October. The theme for this Year's BIG DRAW is Every Drawing Tells A Story, which is perfect as it also coincides with our Open Book week too! More info about how to get involved coming soon...
As far as exhibitions go nothing is planned in terms of my own work, but there's lots in the pipeline and I will put it up first here, or on my twitter as soon as things start to become confirmed.
New Curatorial Explorations -
Myself and Marjory Mulrooney are joint curating an exhibition 'CRE8 - A group of 8 women artists in West Dorset'
The exhibition features a selection of very talented artists making thought provoking and interesting work right now!
The Exhibition takes place at Chapel in the Garden, Bridport,
Tues 10 Feb - Sat 14 Feb, 10-4, Sun 15 Feb, 12 - 4
Participating artists include:
The exhibition runs alongside an event that takes place on Sat 14 Feb, in Bucky Do square Bridport. To celebrate the Bridport Wildcat Strikers.
Very Pleased to say this month I have had four images selected from my Crete Series to feature in a show at Jacksons gallery on Portland curated by Pop Up Dorset. Its open from 25 November - 21 December and features a selection of SW based emerging artists. Do go and have a look if you get a chance, Open Tuesdays - Sunday 10am - 4pm.
Bridport Open Studios weekend went well, thanks to all those who made it down to Chapel in the Garden.
Those I exhibited alongside included:
Marjory Mulrooney - www.marjorymulrooney.com
George Paul Sainsbury - www.georgepaulsainsbury.com
Caroline Tucker - www.carolinetucker.com
Oliver Strong - www.oliver-strong.artparks.co.uk
We had so many interested visitors and engaging conversations. We were all really happy with how the weekend unfolded an would consider doing Bridport Open Studios again, in a similar setting.
Special thanks to Angelica Kennard and Lizzie Hornby at the Chapel in the Garden for their hard work and support. Photographs of the exhibition will be uploaded in due course.
Cardiff M.A.D.E in Roath, Cardiff, South Wales are holding a Summer Show in their gallery starting this week and running until the end of the August.
A great chance to have a few pieces in a nice little space in the lovely city I got my degree in.