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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Purple Faye art adventure: Lanzarote – January 2018

At the beginning of January this year (4th-18th 2018) I had a lovely couple of weeks in Lanzarote enjoying the sunshine. While there I was pleasantly surprised to find that near the apartments we were staying at there were lots of sculptures, and it looked like they were putting more up too.

Here’s a few of them:

There are a few free outdoor gymns near where we stayed which I had fun playing on and my boyfriend actually used properly.

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We had a lovely view from our apartment

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We made a couple of cat friends, we called them Derrick and Scabby Fluffycat

The swimming pool looked really inviting and refreshing but was absolutely freezing, so if you wanted to cool down it did the job very quickly but wasn’t so good for actually swimming in for very long.

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It got a bit windy some of the days and the surfers came to the beach to make the most of the big waves the wind created.

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We had a lovely relaxing time there and are already thinking about going again next year.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my photos of some of the art from Lanzarote, hopefully next year I’ll have even more to show you.

 

Till next time,

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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Bye Bye Big Studio in Pontefract

On Friday the 13th October 2017 I gave the keys back to my big studio in Pontefract Pearl Assurance House.

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I only got the keys on Friday the 10th of June 2017 but unfortunatley the lease was only on a monthly basis and the Landlord had given us notice. (He’s sold the space to someone else to use as a gymn, even though there’s already a gymn on the floor above, but there we go.)

I moved out of the smaller room there in Februrary 2017, which you can read about here, and I was enjoying being back. Especially as I had so much room this time.

One of the first things I did on moving in was remove most of the green and pink covers off the lights, this was a more fiddly job than I thought it was going to be but was worth doing. It made the space look brighter and made it easier to see my work at the correct colour.

I was quite busy doing events elsewhere during the short time that I had this studio, Holmfirth ArtweekArtist Demo for Wakefield Art Club and Wakefield Artwalk and the Exhibition at the Theatre Royal Wakefield (read about each by clicking the highlighted titles)

You can also see videos of these on my youtube channel here.

So this meant that for a lot of the time I was moving things in and out as I needed to, it still took a couple of days to get packed up and moved out by the key hand in day though.

I would like to say a big thank you to Axisweb for giving me the opportunity to be there, even for the short time I was, and even though I’m not actively looking for a new studio at the moment if something does become available I would consider it. Even another short lease because that usually means that it’s cheaper than something more perminant.

For the time being I’m back in the spare bedroom at home, which needs a bit more organisation as it’s a much much smaller space but I was still using it as a studio to do bits at home at the same time as having the bigger space in Pontefract anyway, so I know I can make it work.

I’ll let you know if I decide to move into another studio space.

Till then,

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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Purple Faye Art Adventure: Light Night Leeds Friday 6th October 2017

On Friday 6th October 2017 we went to Light Night Leeds. I’d gone for the first time last year, read about it here, and was really looking forward to going again this year.

​”Light Night Leeds is an annual free multi-arts and light festival which takes over Leeds City Centre on two nights in early October.

Witness the city centre come alive with an exciting programme of spectacular projections, interactive installations, exhibitions, dance, music and street performances. As darkness falls, come and see the city in a new light…”

There was so much to see that before we set off I’d made a list of the main ones that I wanted to see and we still ran out of time to see those never mind everything else that was going on too.

It starts at 6pm and finishes at 11pm but it’s still light at 6pm so quite a few things don’t really start until it gets dark.

The first thing we saw was the DJ Dukebox at Dortmund Square, but it was still too light really so we went for something to eat while it got darker.

 

Once it was dark we went to the Town Hall and Civic Hall to see POP – Blauwe Uur and Out of the Aire – Ross Ashton (the projection Studio) projected onto the buidlings.

Next we went up to Leeds Uni, taking in the Dry Dock on the way, and saw Voices of Light and Dark – Various poetry readings, Soapbox Art and Science – Various, Connecting the Marshall Threads – Alice Clayden and Vessel – Jim Bond, Paul Beales and Barbara Ciani.

We then walked over to Queen Square for Wannabe Leodis – Leeds Beckett Uni and Around the Campfire – Morwenna Catt.

Next stop was the City Museum for Hackspace Cubed – Leeds Hackspace then the Central Library for Light Benches – LBO Litchbankobjeckte Uncanny Theatre.

We only had about an hour left by this time so we started heading to the docks making sure we stopped at the Queens Hotel for Harlequin by NOVAK feat. Ed Carter and Beating Heart – Stuart Langley on the new platfrom building at the train station. Then through Granary Wharf via Heofon Light Maze – Ben Busche, Brut Deluxe. We looked at getting the free water taxi to take us to Leeds Dock but we wouldn’t have got there in time if we had.

So with 5 mins left we finally got to Leeds Dock to see the thing that I’d been most looking forward to seeing all night, Museum of the Moon – Luke Jerram. It didn’t disappoint so I was really pleased we managed to get to see it before they turned it off at 11pm. Which they did bang on time with everyone booing as they did it.

So then it was home and bed time, tired after all the walking but having had a really enjoyable evening. They only started doing Light NIght Leeds on two nights last year but there’s so much to see and do that it’s good that they did. I think if I want to see more next year I’ll have to go for both evenings. Hopefully these pics have given you an idea of what it was like, and also how many other people were out and about enjoying the events too. The city was so busy which made it more difficult to get round quickly but it’s nice to see so many people enjoying art.

Next art adventure should be Illuminating York but sadly it’s been cancelled this year and is now going to happen every two years rather than annually, you can read about my trip to it last year here though.

 

Till next time,

Take care.

Purple Faye

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Art Adventure – Wakefield Artwalk September 27th 2017

On Wednesday 27th September 2017 from 5pm-10pm it was the Artwalk in Wakefield. There was lots to see and I didn’t get round to see it all but for those of you that couldn’t make it, or were busy with your own exhibitions on the night so couldn’t see what everyone else was up to, here are a few pics to give you a taste of what you missed.

First stop was Chantry Chapel for the ceramic exhibition and art fair featuring studio pottery by Linda Bulleyment, Brain Holding and Galea Belinscaia. Next I headed to The Cathedral Centre to see the hand felted and stitched self portraits of artist Helen Riddle.

Then to the Cathedral itself for Patterns of Praise by Grace Love

By the time I came out of the Cathedral the weather had taken a turn for the worse so I made my was through the drizzle up to SNAP Arts in time to hear the artist talk by Roger Gardner of his exhibition Equivalence. This was followed by some poetry readings by Steven B Williams.

Next stop through the rain was The Art House to see The Secret Garden exhibition of photographs by Phil Dabbs plus the work of the graduate artists in residence and solo residency exhibition Nudging Meteors by Gobscure.

Thankfully it was only a quick walk over to Unity Works & Jordans Solicitors to see the work of textile artist Jan Millington and photographer Danny Day.

Then another short walk to the Theatre Royal Wakefield for the Senseless exhibition by EIYIA. “The artist group EIYA show the entrails of their first book, and everything that has been created around it.”

I then headed to Neon Workshops to see Animating Neon by Michael Flechtner. “See the LA artist’s collection of neon headwear, themed around his interest in our use of symbols and language in modern day culture.”

Finally I managed to find Crux to see how the large mural by Jenna Coulthard was coming along.

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By now I was looking a bit like a drowned rat and it was past 9pm so I called it a night and went home to get dry.

Sorry to all those that I didn’t get round to seeing, I hope you all had a good evening.

The next Artwalk is Wednesday 29th November 5pm-9pm and the next art adventure for me will be Light Night Leeds on Thursday 5th/Friday 6th October 2017 (next week).

You can read about my adventure to last years Light NIght Leeds here.

 

As always, till next time,

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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