Artist Purple Faye Art Adventure: Light Night Leeds Friday 11th October 2019

Last Friday, 11th October 2019, we went to see Light Night Leeds again. The first time I went was in 2016, which was the first year it was held on a Friday as well as Thursday (it had only been on a thursday night before then starting in 2005). You can read the blog post I wrote about that one here.

That first year I went on my own and enjoyed it so much that the next year my boyfriend wanted to come too, which you can read about here, and last year we had a family outing with my sister and nephew plus my mum and boyfriend all joining me, you can read about that one here.

A little more about Light Night Leeds 2019 taken from the website https://whatson.leeds.gov.uk/lightnight/Home

Experience Art in the Dark!

 

Light Night Leeds is the UK’s largest annual arts and light festival.

Over two incredible nights in October some of Leeds’ most recognisable indoor and outdoor spaces are transformed by spectacular artworks and captivating performances by local, national and international artists. Light Night invites people to see the city in a new light and discover over 60 free arts events across the city centre. From large-scale light projections and interactive installations, to music, dance and street performances, there is always something for everyone!

In 2019 Light Night celebrated the theme of ‘Mind, Body and Spirit’ – launching with a vibrant illuminated parade all about our dreams and imagination.

This year my mum wasn’t able to make it but my sister, nephew and boyfriend did, We parked at The Tetley (as they had reduced their parking to only £2 from 5pm onwards specially for Light Night Leeds) and we started by walking round to the docks to see ‘Voyage’ by artists Aether & Hemera which featured 100 illuminated ‘origami’ boats and ‘Shape of Light’ by Alex Webb which explored geometric arrangements of light and shadow set against an urban backdrop of granite. glass and water.

Next we popped into Leeds Minister for ‘Light Up Leeds Minister’ before making our way to the Corn Exchange where ‘Conductor” by Interplay Theatre was. When we got there the queues were quite long so even though there were sessions running every 10 minutes or so we decided not to wait and made our way to Granary Wharf instead.

At Granary Wharf was ‘Halo’ by artist Micheal Davis individual but digitally interlinked columns of ever evolving patterns of light and sound and ‘Ghost Caribou’ by Thingumajig Theatre where giant illuminated creatures, part caribou, part spirit roam a mystical world after dark accompanied by a wild herdsman. With music, song and shadow puppetsthey tell stories of lost homes, impossible migrations and seeds of hope before continuing the journey into their hautingley beautiful dream-world of the night.

Next we headed up to The Queens Hotel to see ‘The Vision’ by Ocubo.

Throughout the show, the imaginations of two characters were represented by an immersive experience into their minds. Taking the audience into a dream of endless exuberant mind landscapes through the eyes of those characters dreams.

It was while we were here that it started to rain, thankfully it didn’t last long though and by the time we got to Millennium Square to see ‘Angels of Freedom’ by OGE Group, Merav Eitan & Gaston Zahr it had almost stopped.

We had a quick look at ‘With Love’ by artist Franck Pelletier at the Town Hall which was a bright red heart that measured you and your partners Beats per Minute then played a clip from a love song based on that combined value, and then headed up to Leeds Civic Hall to see ‘Telekinetic Rumours’ by artist Pani Pawlosky. Fusing imagery, music and sound to create an immersive dreamlike story, taking us on a surrealist journey exploring the complexity of energy flow between mind, body and soul.

 

Next we went to Queen Square to see ‘Brothers and Sisters’ by artist Ron Haselden. Children from two Leeds primary schools, Richmond Hill Academy and Co-op Academy Oakwood, took part in special workshops to draw a picture of their sibling or friend and 10 were selected to be transformed into a large scale garland of LED lights.

From there we started walking back down to The Tetley, passing by Merrion gardens to see ‘Les Footballeurs’ by French artist Remi Brun. Two footballers, an attacker striking the ball and a goalkeeper diving to make a save, cleverly transmitted in a sequence of LED lights. and ‘Lightbattle X’ by VENIVIDIMULTIPLEX from the Netherlands on Briggate. Two crossed arches made of thousands of LED lights, each with a bike at it’s base which when pedalled hard pushes the beam of light to the middle as fast as possible to beat the other opponents.

Finally with only 10 minutes left of the event we made it back to The Tetley to see ‘Pleasance’ by NOVAK. This was our favourite thing of the evening and featured a 35 metre ground projection which was inspired by the forthcoming development, Aire Park, which is soon to transform the former Brewery Site.

We all enjoyed the evening, there is so much to see that if you can go for both days then you’ll have a better chance to see everything. It was also useful to have the app to show where things were as we were walking around and to have a bit of a plan of what things we wanted to get round to seeing.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog post as a way of seeing what you missed and maybe give you a taste of what it was like. I’m already looking forward to seeing that they come up with for next year!

 

Till next time.

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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Artist Purple Faye Moving back into Pontefract Studio

If you missed my newsletter earlier this this month then you may have missed my exciting news. ( You can sign up to get my monthly newsletter here)

I’m pleased to say that I’m going to be moving back into the first floor office space in Pearl Assurance House in Pontefract (above the Wetherspoons). I’m hoping to be moving in at the beginning of October and then I’ll be able to stay on a month by month basis as the space is still on the market so I get a month’s notice when I need to move out.

Fingers crossed I’ll be able to stay there until Christmas at least but we’ll just have to wait and see.

This will be the 3rd time I’ve been able to use this space, the first time I was in one of the smaller rooms (which you can read about here) and the second time I was able to use the big room but unfortunately I was only there for a few months (which you can read about here).

Both times I just used the space as a studio that people were able to come visit when I held open days or if they made an appointment. I also did workshops there too which were again by appointment only.

This time however I’m wanting to use the space more like the time when I had the use of an empty shop in Castleford (which you can read about here) but on a bigger scale with lots of other artists and makers work on display there for sale too alongside mine.

I’ll still use it as a studio to make new work and to display my work in, so people can pop in to see what I’m working on and how I make my 3D acrylic paintings, they can also commission me to make them their very own 3D acrylic painting and to do workshops with me to make their own 3D pictures.

The plan is for it to be more like a gallery/arts and crafts shop open to the public so they can buy directly from me and all the other artists/makers work that will be there too, I’m also hoping to put on some special one off events and offers in the run up to Christmas (if I’m still able to use the space then) to try and encourage footfall. As it’s on the first floor and there aren’t any ramps or lifts it isn’t ideal for accessability so I’m going to try and do my best to overcome these somehow.

At the moment (Thursday 19th September 2019) I’m waiting to get the keys and start moving in. Then I can contact artists/makers to invite them to join me.

If you are (and/or know) an artist/maker that would like to have your work on display for sale in this space then please get in touch purplefaye.co.uk/contact  (all arts and crafts are welcome).

 

(These photos are from when I was there last time)

I’ll let you know once I get the keys and all systems are go.

 

 

Till next time.

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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*EDIT*

Sadly this fell through after some issues with getting the keys and then being told that the landlord had sold the property to someone else again.

Artist Purple Faye 5th time at Holmfirth Artweek (7th – 13th July 2019)

In my previous blog post I told you about taking in day for this years Holmfirth Artweek and how I would be taking part in the artist demonstrations again for my 5th year, helping to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

If you’d like to find out more about Holmfirth Artweek you can do so in that blog post.

It was my 5th year exhibiting in the main exhibition at the Civic Hall and I was hoping that this year would be the year that I finally sell one pof my 3D acrylic paintings there. However it was not to be, and I didn’t even sell one card in the market on the 3rd floor either.

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The good news is that I did manage to sell a couple of my cards and kits on the Friday I was there doing my demonstration and I did even better on the Saturday, so I was able to give £20 as my 20% commission on the cards and kits I sold then, which was a really nice feeling.

(I’ll show you what I made while I was there in a seperate blog post so you can see the whole process, read that here)

 

As Holmfirth Artweek is run entirely by volunteers I want to say a big thank you to them all for doing a such a good job at running things and a massive thank you to everyone who came along and helped us raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. I look forward to finding out what the final total is once they have added everything up.

And finally the biggest thank you to every single one of you that bought just a card or kit from me, your support really means the world and makes me so happy.

If you weren’t able to make it my cards and kits are available to buy from my etsy shop too.

 

Till next time.

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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Artist Purple Faye at Holmfirth Artweek 2019 7th-13th July

On Sunday (3Oth June 2019) it was taking in day for Holmfirth Artweek 2019. This meant that all the artists taking part in the exhibition had from 2pm-6pm to bring their work to the Civic Hall where the main exhibition is held. Over the next week the volunteers will be busy putting everything up ready for the exhibition to open on Sunday the 7th of July at 10am.

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What is Holmfirth Artweek?

Holmfirth Artweek is a fundraising event for Macmillan cancer support and is one of the UK’s biggest Art exhibitions, featuring over 400 artists with over 2000 pieces of artwork in Holmfirth Civic Hall.

The main exhibition is in Holmfirth Civic Hall across 3 floors, pieces available for sale in the exhibition can be bought at any time but can only be collected and taken away when the exhibition ends on Saturday the 13th July at 5pm. There is a market on the 2nd floor that does have smaller pieces along with cards/prints that are available to buy and take away immediately. There are also artist demonstrations throughout the day on the first floor stage where you can see how the artists make their work and will have pieces available for you to buy directly from them and take away immediately. The artists demonstrating will change each day and throughout the day too.

There are also dozens of fringe venues across the Holmfirth area holding their own events featuring arts and crafts at the same time. When you buy something from Holmfirth Artweek and the fringe venues at least 20% of the price you pay goes to Macmillan Cancer Support as well as supporting the artist.

Dates and Times

This year Holmfirth Artweek takes place from Sunday the 7th July until Saturday the 13th July.

Sunday 7th July 10am – 5pm

Monday-Friday 8th-12th July 10am – 9pm

Saturday 13th July 10am – 5pm (the market will close at 4pm)

Address: Holmfirth Civic Hall, Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth, HD9 3AS

(Parking is available in the CO-OP car park just across the road from the Civic Hall)

Artist Purple Faye at Holmfirth Artweek

This will be my 5th year taking part in Holmfirth Artweek and like all the previous years I have 2 of my 3D acrylic paintings in the exhibition, which I took along on Sunday, and I have a selection of smaller original paintings in the market on the 2nd floor along with some of my cards and framed cards.

I’ll also be taking part in the artist demonstrations again this year. I’ll be there all day on Friday 12th July 10am-9pm and all day on Saturday 13th July 10am-5pm too. I’ll be showing you how to make my elephant and lovehearts 3D picture kits which I’ll have with me available for immediate sale along with the rest of my kits, cards and original 3D acrylic paintings.

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If you can make it along it’d be great to see you and say hi.

Together we can help raise fund for Macmillan Cancer Support.

All the best.

Till next time.

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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Artist Purple Faye Art Adventure: Light Night Leeds Friday 5th October 2018

“Light Night is one of the UK’s largest annual arts and light festivals, and over two special nights some of Leeds’ most recognisable indoor and outdoor spaces will be transformed by spectacular artworks and captivating performances by local, national and international artists.

This year we celebrate the themes of progress and innovation, kicking off with a vibrant illuminated parade celebrating 100 years of social change since (some) women got the vote.

On Light Night you will discover over 60 arts events across ten zones in the city centre; from large-scale light projections and interactive artworks, to music, dance and street performances.

Among the highlights this year will be an incredible abstract digital projection that will use the historic stonework of Leeds Civic Hall as its canvas, while elsewhere giant illuminated humanoids will appear on rooftops and public spaces around the city centre.

The Leeds Library, one of the city’s hidden treasures, will be the backdrop for a celebration of Leeds suffragettes, Leonora Cohen and Mary Gawthorpe, and a fearsome and fiery dragon will be making an appearance on the Queens Hotel! So, bring your family and friends along to experience a fantastic festival atmosphere and see the city in a new light!”whatson.leeds.gov.uk/lightnight

This year was the 14th edition of Light Night Leeds which again took place over 2 days, Thursday the 4th and Friday the 5th of October 6pm-11pm. It was only the 3rd year that I’ve attended the event. My first year, in 2016, was also the first year that it become a 2 day/night event, previously it only took place over a single evening.

My first time at Light NIght Leeds was on my own in 2016, which you can read about here. My second time attending was last year, 2017, and my boyfriend came with me for his first experience of the event, read about that one here. This year, 2018, there was a little gang of us. My boyfriend came again and coming for their first time was my mum, my younger sister and my little 3 month old nephew.

We were able to attend the event on Friday, as I had the previous 2 years too, unfortunately the weather wasn’t as dry as it had been on the Thursday but we weren’t going to let it stop us. (It did mean that I didn’t take quite so many photos though.)

We started with the Tai Shani ‘Semiramis’ exhibition at The Tetley, which is a gallery in the former Tetley brewery building on Hunslet Road.

We then walked up to the Headrow, passing by one of the ‘Fantastic Planet’ giant humanoids by Amanda Parer and the ‘Spectral’ rainbow lights by KASJO studio in St John the Evangelist Church gardens.

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Making our way to the First Direct Arena to see the special light show on the building, via the ‘Sound Of Infinity’ walk in infinity mirror by Kira Zhigalina, then crossing over to Queen Square to see ‘Dr Kronovator’s Fire Laboratory’ by Emergency Exit Arts.

Next stop was Millenium Square to see ‘Chaos’ by Hotaru Visual Guerrilla projected onto the building.

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As we headed down towards Queens Hotel to see the dragon projected onto the building we passed through ‘Bouquet D’abat Jour (Lampshaeds Bouquet)’ by Tilt.

We finished our Light Night adventure by seeing ‘Moon Beam’ by Cirque Bijou at the Trinity Shopping centre.

I shot a few videos which I’ll be posting on social media, I can’t post them on here, so if you’d like to see them find me on Instagram and Facebook. I’m /purplefaye.co.uk on both.

I really enjoyed the evening, even if the weather could have been better. I’m already looking forward to going again next year.

Hopefully this has given you an idea of what Light Night Leeds is like.

Till next time.

Take care

Purple Faye x

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Purple Faye Artist Demonstration at Holmfirth Artweek 2018

Holmfirth Artweek is a fundraising event for Macmillan Cancer Support held at the beginning of July from Sunday to Saturday. (1st to the 7th this year). It is one of the UK’s largest open art exhibitions, featuring over 400 exhibitors and over 2,000 artworks. The main exhibition is held in Holmfirth Civic Hall and there are dozens of fringe venues across the local area which have thousands more works of art and craft on show.

This was my 4th year taking part, you can read my blog posts from previous years here: 2017, 2016, 2015, and as in previous years I had two of my 3D acrylic paintings in the main exhibition and I also did an artist demonstration there too.

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Taking in day was on Sunday the 24th of June 2pm-6pm and all the volunteers who run Holmfirth Artweek did a brilliant job of organising it so it all went smoothly. I took along my “Yorkies” and “Panda Mother and Cub’ 3D acrylic paintings.

I also took along some of my cards and framed prints to sell in the market on the second floor there too.

My artist demonstrations took place on the Friday and Saturday (6th and 7th, 10am-9pm and 10am-5pm) where I showed the process I use to make my original 3D acrylic paintings. I also had more originals with me along with cards, prints and hand made kits so you can try the technique for yourself.

 

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There were lots of other artists doing their own demonstrations too and it was really great to see how they make their own unique work.

This year for my artist demonstrations I worked on some 3D acrylic paintings of highland cows, again. I’ll write a seperate blog post about those so you can see more easily how I made them. And for those of you that bought a kit from me to make your own hopefully you’ll find it helpful.

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The demonstrations took place in the Civic Hall where the main exhibition was, in the main room on the stage at the back, so we had a nice view of the exhibition from above.

You may have spotted my two 3D acrylic paintings hung up in the last picture, in amongst all the other lovely things. This year they were right at the front of the exhibition, just as you walked in the main doorway, which was actually the other side to where they were hung in the exhibition the year before.
Sadly this year I didn’t get any red dots, which means that they have sold, but I did sell one of my unicorn cards in the market and I sold lots of kits as part of my artist demonstrations. So I look forward to seeing how they all turn out.
If anyone does get stuck let me know and I’ll do my best to help you and if you didn’t have chance to buy a kit from me but would like to then let me know as I’m in the process of making more which I’ll be putting on my etsy shop very soon (if they last that long).
I hope you found this interesting and if any artists out there would like to know more about entering the exhibition or doing demonstrations at next year’s Holmfirth Artweek let me know and I can tell you how to do that.
Till next time,
take care.
Purple Faye x
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Purple Faye Art Adventure: Wakefield Artwalk 31st Jan 2018

Last Wednesday (31st january 2018) was the first Wakefield Artwalk of the year. This year is a special year for the Artwalk as it celebrates it’s 10 year anniversary.

Here’s what I got up to on the night….

I started by visiting Neon Workshops to see the new rooftop installation by Richard William Wheater ‘Black Hole’.

“Black Hole is the third instalment from the artist’s ongoing rooftop neon text series called ‘Things people Say’. Over a period of Four years, certain phrases of conversation were logged by Wheater. Usually in social settings and under the influence of alcohol, to ensure such statements were non-contrived, honest and flippant, almost unconsciously voiced.

Destined to be forgotten within moments, now the phrase, the person’s name who said it, time, date and location have all been laboriously fabricated and displayed in neon on a roof top for a twelve month period.

Wheater is the founder of neon owrkshops, a company that has fabricated a lot of neon text of the years, for a number of very successful artists.

Things People Say responds to this experience, suggesting that everyone can say something worthy of a large neon installation, arguing that the importance of a statement is often purely the contextual shoulders that it stands on. The work questions our growing obsession in worshiping the individual.”

Next I walked up to the new Unity Social Pop Up Cafe Bar to see the work of local artists Dave Foley and Jamie Oldroyd. They were inviting people to participate in making art by contributing to unfinished paintings.

From there I went over to the Theater Royal Wakefield cafe to see Jan Parsons work and then on to the Art House to see all the work that was on display there.

This included the Wakefield Arts Partnership Collaborative Commissions by Holly Rowan, Joseph Jackson, Yoke (Annie Nelson and Chris Woodward) and Emma Papworth. The Artist in Residence Exhibition by Rich White and Working Landscape collaborative event with Peak, an arts organisation based in the Black Mountains.

The last destination was Westgate studios to see the exhibition by Antje Rayner and the new Wakefield Art Club. The clay sculpture Unicorn and pinch pot that I’d made with them the day before was on display, which was a nice surprise.

The next Artwalk this year is the last Wednesday of March (28th) where I’ll be exhibiting my work in one of the empty Westgate studios (like I did last year which you can read about here)

Hope to see you there

Till next time.

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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