Visit to Henry Moore exhibition at Queen’s Mill Castleford 2016

On Friday (21st October 2016) I went to visit the Henry Moore exhibition at The Island Gallery, Queen’s Mill, Castleford.

8th- 29th October, open 10am-4pm Mon-Sat.

“Castleford Heritage Trust and Sandra Worthington present HENRY MOORE AN ARTISTIC LEGACY – A COLLECTION OF HIS SHELTER SKETCHBOOK ILLUSTRATIONS PLUS WORKS BY THE LATE ROBERT GLADE

All items in the exhibition are loaned by their owner Sandra Worthington.

Robert Glade (1926-2015) grew up in the mid-west during America’s Depression and moved to Chicago in the 1950’s to join the beat poets and musicians in ‘the windy city’.  It was in the early 1960’s when Glade met Castleford born Sandra Worthington who was working as a teacher, they moved into an appartment together and in 1966 became engaged.  In 1968 Sandra brought Glade to Europe where they toured the art galleries of capital cities, during this time Glade also visited Castleford where Sandra’s father, a miner, took him crown green bowling in Queen’s Park. From this point on Glade became an arts dealer and collector amassing a great collection of works which included the Henry Moore collotypes. On his death he bequeathed the collotypes to Sandra who has allowed the exhibition to take place.

The works by Moore feature a series of collotypes from his time sheltering from the Blitz in Belsize Park underground railway station.  Moore’s studio in Hampstead was out of action at that time (1940) due to bomb damage, the sketches were subsequently seen by Kenneth Clark, director of the National Gallery who persuaded Moore to become an official war artist.”

For more information on Castleford Heritage Trust and the Queen’s Mill project visit castlefordheritagetrust.org.uk

I think that the mill makes a perfect exhibition space so hopefully there will be more there in the future.

 

Till next time,

Take care

Purple Faye x

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Visit to the Pontefract Art Club Exhibition 2016

On Wednesday (19th October 2016) I went to see the Pontefract Art Club exhibition at Pontefract Library. It will be there until October 28th with all the work available for sale. Open times are:

Monday 9:30am – 7pm Shoemarket
Pontefract
WF8 1BD
Main Library:
01977 727 692
Children’s Library:
01977 727 695
Tuesday 9:30am – 5pm
Wednesday 9:30am – 7pm
Thursday Closed
Friday 9:30am – 5pm
Saturday 9:30am – 4pm
Sunday Closed

About Pontefract Art Club

Founded in 1978 it is one of the oldest art clubs in the area. It meets from 7pm-9pm every Wednesday (except August and December) in St Giles Church.

Members range from complete beginners to professionals and come from all areas of the district. New members are always welcome. with the current memebership fee being £20. Every month there are demonstrations by visiting artists which non-members can attend (for a small fee) other evenings include workshops, life drawing, still lifes and critiques, in all mediums. The highlight of the year is the Annual Exhibition where members show their work to the public. -Find out more on their website wdco.org

 

Till next time,

Take care,

Purple Faye x

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£20 3D Picture Workshops

***3D Picture Workshops Offer**

Make Your Own 3D Picture with Purple Faye in her Pontefract Studio

Only £20 (all materials included)*

Booking is required as places are limited

Take approx 2-3hoursSuitable for all ages (children must have adult supervision)

*Please note that this doesn’t include the painting stage

Transform ordinary cardboard and modroc into your very own beautiful artwork to treasure forever.

The workshops will focus on using artist Purple Faye’s techniques with cardboard and modroc to get you to the painting stage of your masterpiece.

Participants will be guided through the process by artist Purple Faye and given hands on help to produce their own 3D Picture.

Starting with the drawing stage, then moving on to manipulating the cardboard to make it 3D and finally sculpting the modroc to get the 3D Picture ready for the painting stage (which isn’t included in this workshop).

All materials and tools needed will be provided.

By the end of the workshops participants will have created their own 3D Picture up to the modroc stage, which can then be taken home and painted to keep or to give as a gift.

**Booking is required as places are limited**

Book your place by emailing: info@purplefaye.co.uk

These workshops are suitable for all levels, from beginners to more experienced artists/crafters. Please wear old clothes that you don’t mind getting messy. Bring pictures of anything that you’d like to make your 3D Picture of.

Studio Address:
1st Floor
Pearl Assurance House
1-3 Horsefair
Pontefract
West Yorkshire
WF8 1PE

(Above the Broken Bridge Wetherspoons Pub, entance is via the Fitness Solutions Doorway round the other side to the pub, then follow the signs for Purple Faye)

If you can’t make it to a workshop then kits are available to buy too

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Art Adventure – Light Night Leeds 2016

Last Friday (7th october 2016) I went on an adventure to Leeds for Light Night Leeds.

“As darkness falls, come and see the city in a new light…..”

I’d not been to “Leeds’ biggest free annual multi-arts event”before so I’d been looking forward to going this year. Especially as this year was it’s 12th anniversary, and for the first time it took place over two nights, Thursday 6th and Friday 7th.

“Exploring the elements earth, wind, water and fire the city came alive with over 50 artworks including spectacular light projections, as well as film, dance, music, theatre, exhibitions and street performances.”

As it was still light when I got there at 6pm I started by walking up from the train station towards the Library. As I got closer I looked up at the Town Hall to see the pink lighting showing up as it started to get dark.

Next I looked across at the Waterlight Graffiti, Antonin Fourneau, Victoria Gardens (The Headrow, LS1 3AA Thursday and Friday 6 –11pm) an interactive installation made of a wall embedded with thousands of LEDs which light up if their surface is touched by water. Anything damp becomes a tool to drive or write: a sponge, a brush, a water gun, or even a water atomizer to act as an eco-friendly graffiti artist. Developed by French artist, Antonin Fourneau, the project was research led and explores water-sensitive materials.

Then just outside the Library was The Indestructible Reef, Alison M Smith, Victoria Gardens (The Headrow, LS1 3AA Thursday and Friday 6 –11pm) a series of glowing sculptures created from recycled plastic, crafted to mimic organic forms. Alison Smith transforms waste materials into beautiful objects. She aims to illustrate the effects waste plastics have on our oceans, with plastic particles already outweighing plankton by 26:1 in some areas.

I entered Leeds Central Library, (Central Library, Calverley Street, LS1 3AB, Friday 5 –10pm) to Explore the Elements. Encountering the unexpected through art and crafts, films and displays created especially for the night. Stories of lost voyages and daring expeditions through the rare books and historic maps in the beautiful Grade II* listed building.

Also in the Library: Owl’s Shadow on the Moonlit Earth, Douglas Thompson (Central Library, Calverley Street, LS1 3AB, Friday 6 –10pm) a 3D shadow show inspired by Robert Plack’s elemental poem “The Snowy Owl”. Meet your shadow on the screen and make magical images that leap out into space as you participate in this original performance by artist Douglas Thompson with live music by Max Trewhitt.

And  H2Us, Artlink West Yorkshire & Love Arts (Central Library, Calverley Street, LS1 3AB
Friday 6 –10pm) We are over 50% water. H2Us is a sculpture with droplets floating in the frame representing our connection with water. The constantly moving droplets will glimmer and glitter as they turn in the rising air currents. Participants will be invited, alongside artists Jim Bond and Rozi Fuller, to create their own lanterns inspired by the sculpture.

Next I walked to Briggate for Ethereal Freeze, Glacial Art Ice Sculptors (Briggate, LS1 6LX Friday 6 – 11pm) a transient installation, using ice and light to capture the fleeting beauty of fire, wind, earth and water.

And the Local Artisans’ Market (Briggate, LS1 6LX Friday 3pm –10.30pm) a market displaying the work of local artisans, a wide range of handmade gifts and lively atmosphere on one of Leeds’ most famous streets. A variety of art, ceramics, print and silversmithing. Where I met the lovely Perky Painter Helen Gibson.

From Briggate I walked up to St John the Evangelist Church to see Elemental, Hannah Stained Glass (St John the Evangelist Church Gardens, Mark Lane, LS2 8JA Friday 6 –11pm)
Four hand-crafted stained glass windows cast their magic and transport you on a journey through the elements. Travel from earth, through the air, out of the fire and into the cooling water created by colour and light.

And then inside the church itself for [in]visible, Si ieng Fung  (St John the Evangelist Church, Mark Lane, LS2 8JA Friday 6 –11pm) Artist, Si ieng Fung, uses transparent materials to shed light upon the marvellous architectural detail of historical buildings in Leeds. [in]visible reveals all that has faded into the background of this modern metropolitan city. Visitors are invited to share which buildings have played parts in their lives.

Just round the back of the church were The Giant Dandelions, Olivia d’Aboville (Merrion Gardens, Merrion Street, LS2 8JG Thursday and Friday 6 – 11pm) The Giant Dandelions installation is a forest of 90 giant lit flowers. Through manipulating over 9,000 recycled bottles, the artist refers to our consumerist society that is polluting our environment. She creates work that is sensitive to light, fluidity and movement, allowing you to walk through the forest with a more sensitive connection to the environment.

Next I went over to Millennium Square to see The Phoenix in the Stone, Illuminos (Civic Hall, Millennium Square, LS1 1UR Thursday and Friday 7.30pm –11pm) Returning after the epic Momentous (2013), Illuminos present The Phoenix in the Stone, a beautiful fable for the four quarters of Yorkshire, weaved from shadow and light. Watch the metamorphosis as the firebird soars, projected onto the Civic Hall.

Then inside The Carriageworks for Afterglow, Atipyka-Visualab (Auditorium, The Carriageworks, Millennium Square, LS2 3AD Friday 6 –11pm) a cubic frame audio-visual installation. A series of geometric animations are projected through six semi-transparent screens. With an unusual usage of light, the audience are surrounded by an audio-visual journey where time and space is bent upon itself, creating a new dimension inside the structure and guiding the viewers through the four basic natural elements.

And over to Leeds City College, Technology Campus (Cookridge Street, LS2 8BL Friday 7.30 –11pm) to see the work projected on a billboard showcasing an eclectic assortment of student work, encapsulating the symbiotic spirit of the elements. Through projections of creative arts, games, animation and videos, spectators can revel in the delights of the achievements of college students and enjoy the diversity of talent and creativity.

Before walking up to Queen Square to see the Fire Balls, Aragorn Dick-Read (Queen Square, LS2 8AJ, Friday 6 – 11pm) Large cut out steel shapes by Caribbean artist, Aragorn Dick-Read, set alight as night sets in. These provocative sculptures evoke primal energy and use the vitality of fire to bring life to his intricately cut designs. Dancing figures embracing nature, or profound symbolic patterns that embody the oppositions faced by culture and the elements.

Past the Light Show on the outside of First Direct Arena (Clay Pit Lane, LS2 8BY, Friday 7 –11pm) Leeds’ flagship event space, First Direct Arena, hosts exciting live music, comedy, spectacular entertainment and sporting events. For Light Night, they are putting on an extra special light display.

Down to the Love Arts Festival at Leeds Corn Exchange (Call Lane, LS1 7BR Friday 6 –11pm)
Pop up exhibitions, performances, DJs, live music and workshops that promote the idea that being creative is good for your mental health. Events will take place underground on the Piazza level of Leeds Corn Exchange. Join in the arts party under the Earth! Presented by Love Arts Festival and the Art of Recovery.

Across to We are Universe, Leeds College of Music, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Leeds College of Art, Oscar Barany, Nicolas Dixon, Motiv Productions. Supported by Leeds BID (Kirkgate Market Event Space, 28-34 George St, LS2 7HY Friday 6.30 –11pm)
This collaborative installation of improvised music, dance, digital visual art and animation, explores the relationship between the elements in the universe and the human interactions which make up our communities. Internationally renowned artist Nicolas Dixon has been commissioned to paint the 100ft wall inside the iconic Kirkgate Market. To mark the unveiling of this stunning new work on Light Night, award winning Leeds based video production company Motiv Productions will be augmenting the piece with brand new animations.

Then sadly it was time to make my way back to the train station to catch the last train home so I finished with The Falls, Dave Lynch (Queens Hotel, City Square, LS1 1PJ Thursday and Friday 7.30 –11pm) a creative exploration of the flow and form of water. A 100ft digital waterfall taking us on a journey from the abstract to the hyper real, driven in perfect synchronization by a musical score inspired by the chaotic forces of nature’s white noise.

There was so much more to see that I didn’t have time to, but I had a great time seeing all the things that I did get to and even though there was a bit of drizzle here and there it was nice to see that so many other people were enjoing it all too.

 

Information taken from the Light Night Leeds 2016 Guide  find out more at

http://whatson.leeds.gov.uk/lightnight/Documents/Light%20Night%20guide%202016.pdf

 

Till next time,

Take care

Purple Faye x

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Art Adventure: Wakefield Artwalk 28th September 2016

On Wednesday 28th September (2016) I went to Wakefield for the Artwalk 5pm-9pm. The past couple of Artwalks (May and July)  I’d been taking part in events (including my solo exhibition at Chantry Chapel for May’s Artwalk that you can read about in the blog post I wrote about it) so wasn’t able to see what everyone else was up to. This time I didn’t want to do that so I could experience the Artwalk like I had in March (you can read the blog post about that one here)

“Every other month, venues across Wakefield come alive with a variety of visual arts and crafts, live music, and performances. All are welcome, so slip on some comfy shoes and come and enjoy the art on offer whilst you explore our city”  www.artwalk.org.uk

First stop was the Chantry Chapel to see Rachel Richardson (@bobshaped) and the set of 12 prints that she made while she was artist in residence at Wakefield Cathedral during the renovation of the east end. I was a bit early to see the photographs of Mark Richardson (who was also exhibiting at Chantry Chapel) as he was still setting up when I got there just after 5pm but what I did get to see  looked good. I was hoping to pop back in at the end of the artwalk but unfortunately that didn’t happen as time ran away with me as it usually does on Artwalk.

Next I went up to The Picture Box Gallery to drop off some more of my 3D Print Greetings cards (these ones were framed too) and to make sure I was able to keep my work in there for the next 3 months. I even got some good news that I’d sold a few more of my 3D Print Greetings cards there too.

From The Picture Box Gallery I walked the short distance to Wakefield Cathedral to see the artwork by Manygates Art Group plus the prints and beautiful fused glass by children from local schools (and a bit more work from Rachel Richardson too).

Next I went to see the colourful abstract paintings of Lisa Robinson at the Wakefield Beer Exchange, followed by the high definition aluminium wall prints and tabletops by Peruso Art to life at Jordans Solicitors.

I knew that there was going to be lots of things to see at Westgate Studios, including more of Lisa Robinson’s work and a chance to speak to her in her studio, work by Wakefield Art Club including artist Ann Marie Day, an exhibition by Helen Field in the project space, “After in B4” which was a group exhibition including Lucy Morrison (who I went to see at The Great Yorkshire Show this year which you can read about here), Depression Support group art and poetry featuring work by Fiona Kearns (who’s work I went to see as part of the Leeds College of Art End of Year Show “Made here.”) There were also several artist studios open too so that’s where I headed to next.

After Westgate Studios I went to Unity Works to see the work by Luke Bartle, Sally Sallett and Maxine Wood, then across the road to Theatre Royal Wakefield for artist group EIYIA “presenting their magical world of dreamlike creatures in a special one-off exhibition Varelse”

EIYIA is a group of artists, born from the deepest love for art, for the thrill of being able to create ideas
that at first seem impossible, parallel to our reality, worlds that seem to seek answers to the most
complex questions we all ask ourselves. The members of EIYIA, inseparable for over four years now
are; Emily Anne England, a young women from England, who has slowly discovered between pages old
and faded, a rich universe of magic. Her work tries to display her love for detail, with a hidden emotion
created thanks to the rich pallet of colour, and along side her, Álvaro Lope Morales Quevedo, a Spanish
artist who has always felt distant from this world, with his works of art full of feeling, show what your
imagination can create, queens, goblins and magical creatures that seem born from Swedish literature.
Both lovers of the distant unknown always looking to create new proyects for the future to come.”

After the Theatre Royal Wakefield I headed to Westgate Chapel to see the exhibition of fabric collages “12 Moonths” by Jan Millington which depicted each moon of 2016 then on to The Art House.

Again I knew there was going to be lots to see at The Art House and I started by visiting the lovely Linda (Linda Bulleyment Ceramics) in her studio and had a good chat about stuff. She even very kindly gave me one of her beautiful raindeers as it was an outcast and she was just going to chuck it away otherwise. I then popped by Helen Thomas’s studio and Ann Balmforth’s before seeing the work by the graduate artists in residence Morgan Bodington (neon pink shadows and gold leaf cracks), Yvone Baines (string on floor) and Lisa Nash (sculptures). I finished by having a nice catch up with Mary Duggan (Contrary Mary Designs) and then back up to The Picture Box Gallery to see how their night had been.

 

The next Wakefield Artwalk is Wednesday 30th Novemeber 2016 5pm-9pm and is the last one of the year.

Till next time,

Take care

Purple Faye x

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Pontefract Heritage Open Day Tours – Research for Ponte Project

On Friday the 7th of September (2016) I went to visit various events that were taking place in Pontefract as part of the Heritage Open Days on that day.

First was the Heritage Walk given by Pontefract Heritage Group. Meeting at Pontefract Museum we were guided around locations of note, including the buttercross, indoor market, post office and many more, and told a few points of interest about each of them. It was kept brief as otherwise it would have lasted much longer than the hour or so that it did. But with each place that we visited, places that I’ve seen and walked past many times before, I was finding myself looking at them more closely as more information about them was revealed

Once that had finished I then went to Pontefract Town Hall and Assembly rooms to join the tour there. It had started while I was still on the Heritage Walk so sadly I missed some of it but I was glad that I managed to catch the last bit at least.  “A Grade ll listed 18th Century town hall built in 1785 by Bernard Hartley. The Assembly rooms were added in 1883. The borough Magistrates operated from the Old Town Hall until the early 1900s, and it was here that the first parlimentary election by secrt ballot was held.The nelson room also houses the last remaining plaster cast of Nelson’s death scene.” They’re such lovely buildings to look at when you actually take in all the details and features, I do enjoy looking at them from my studio window that’s only across the road. But it’s even more lovely on the inside and I’m so pleased that I was able to get to see it.

The last tour of the day was at Pontefract Masonic Hall, “Built in 1890, approx, it serves as a meeting place for 7 Masonic Lodges, I can’t say that I knew much about the masons before I went to visit. Luckily that didn’t really matter as I could still appreciate the fabulous carpet and use of old cinema seats in the main room, along with all the other interesting and beautiful things that were there too.

I enjoyed my day out taking in some of the heritage of Pontefract. All the tours provided me with fresh ideas and inspiration for the continuation of my “Ponte Project”, which is exactly what I was hoping for when I decided to go along to them.

 

About:

Heritage Open Days is England’s largest annual heritage festival, taking place 8-11 September.

Working with businesses and property owners throughout Pontefract, Pontefract Civic Society organise and co-ordinate the Heritage Open Days festival each year. For four days of the year, a program of events and tours provide residents and visitors to explore parts of the town which aren’t always open to the public, completely free of charge.”taken from the Pontefract Civic Society website pontefractcivicsociety.org.uk

 

Pontefract Heritage Group “are a voluntary organisation dedicated to promoting awareness of and interest in the heritage of Pontefract. Our members come from all walks of life but we all share the same passion about Pontefract and its history.” find out more on their website pontefractheritagegroup.org.uk

 

Look out for some of these photos being turned into 3D Acrylic Paintings in the future .

Til next time,

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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