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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Pontefract Artist Purple Faye at Wakefield Westgate Studios: Demo and Artwalk

On Tuesday 25th July 2017 I performed a demonstration of how I make my 3D acrylic paintings for Wakefield Art Club. Lasting for 2 hours, from 7pm-9pm with a 15min tea break interval half way through, I started by showing them the process of drawing the design on the cardboard, then cutting it out and layering it to make it 3D. Next I showed them how I use modroc to cover the cardboard and create texture. I was making a Highland cow so I could show several techniques of manipulating the modroc to make different textures. The modroc needed more than 15mins to dry in the interval so I’d fetched along one that I’d prepared earlier so I could show them the next stage of painting it with acrylic paint.

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I really enjoyed it, and I had lots of nice comments saying that the audience enjoyed it too. so if anyone else would like me to come to your art club etc to show how I make my 3D acrylic paintings then please get in touch.

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I can also do workshops too so you can try it for yourself.

When I arrived at Wakefield Westgate Studios, where the demonstration was taking place, I was let in by the owner Carl Hardwick. He told me that there was an empty studio available for the Artwalk taking place the next day if I wanted to use it.

Even though it was a bit late notice, less than a day away, I had fetched quite a lot of my work to show at the demonstration  so I could leave it in the studio overnight. This was really helpful and meant I had less things to fetch and carry the next day.

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Wakefield Artwalk takes place every other month, January March May July September November, on the last Wednesday of that month. Lots of different venues are involved, but not all the venues take place in every one, showing a variety of different art exhibitions, open studios, talks and much more. You can see previous Artwalk outings in my blog posts about them here, here and here or type artwalk into the search bar.

I was pleased with how I got the studio looking in a short space of time and I had lots of nice comments from the visitors that came in. I even had a couple of enquiries about workshops and demonstrations and was able to do some more research into what templates people would like to see for my make your own 3D picture kits too.

So overall a productive and successful couple of days.

Let me know in the comments below what you would like me to make a template of so you can make your own 3D picture.

I look forward to seeing what you put.

 

Till next time,

Take care.

Purple Faye x

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Purple Faye Art adventure: Wakefield Artwalk 31st May 2017

Yesterday evening it was the Wakefield Artwalk again.

“Every other month, venues across Wakefield come alive with a variety of visual arts and crafts, live music, and performances”

As I missed the one in March, because I went to Amsterdam which you can read about in the blog post I wrote about it , I was looking forward to seeing what people were up to this time. I wasn’t disappointed, there was plenty to see and I had lots of inspiring chats with all the lovely people I met on the way. Even though I was trying to get round to see as much as I could at the same time too.

I started at the Chantry Chapel where I saw the colourful abstract work of Terence Fletcher and had a little chat with Brian Holding, I’d had my own exhibition there in last year’s May Artwalk which you can read about in my blog post here.  I then went over to The Hepworth. I don’t normally go to The Hepworth as part of the Artwalk because I can go there at other times and most of the other things on the artwalk are only open for the Artwalk so I go to see them while I can instead. But this time there was a curator talk on at 6pm, plus since I was last there, which you can read about here, they’ve got new Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore exhibitions on so I wanted to go see them too. And since it’s only over the road from the Chantry Chapel it was easy enough for me to go to.

The curator talk about the Gyorgy Gorgon work was really interesting and I really enjoyed going round The Hepworth when there was hardly anyone else there. Even though I’ve visited the Disobedient Bodies exhibition before, read about that here, I enjoyed it even more when there was no one else there. I kept seeing things that I didn’t remember seeing before, which could have just been my poor memory or that there weren’t people getting in the way this time. Either way I enjoyed it, so even if you’ve already been to see the exhibition I can recommend going to see it a second time, but you only have until the 18th June (Father’s day) to go to see it, so not long left.

Next I went into town to Wakefield Cathedral to see the Jacqui Parkinson: Good Grief! series of antique handkerchiefs stitched by the artist as an outpouring of grief exhibition. While I was there I was treated to a spinning wheel demonstration by the lovely Tracey too.

From there I walked round the corner following the signs to The Cathedral Centre to see the ‘Home’ exhibition of traditional and digital drawings by local artist Cameron Hopkins.

Next stop was Jordans Solicitors on King Street to see the Evinced works by Lora Caselli.

After that I went up to SNAP Arts (near the college) to see Louise Barrett: Wastelands solo exhibition of new works.

I wanted to see the Ella Holland Wall Mural again, it’s outside the Wakefield One building. She did it in October last year as part of her residency at The Art House, so on previous Artwalks it’s been dark when I’ve seen it. It was nice to see it in the daylight, even if someone has added their own contribution to it now too. You can see some pics of it in different lighting in the blog post I wrote about the January Artwalk.

I decided that I’d go down (the hill) to the Neon Workshops next to see the new neon and mixed media work by Richard William Wheater, then come back up to do the rest as I didn’t want to miss it by running out of time.

I then went to the Theatre Royal Wakefield and was really impressed with the Melanie England ‘Sparkle Thief’ Memories installation of upcycled hand made wreaths, giving new life to day to day items from the past. My favourite three were the ones with liquorice allsorts, painted toy soldiers and cotton reels.

Lastly I went to Unity Works to see Ronald Jackson’s ‘The Art of Rugby League’ exhibition, plus the paintings on slate of Jill Green and some of Lucy Fiona Morrison’s epic landscape paintings.

Then before I knew it it was after 9pm and I was too late to get to anywhere else but I left Wakefield in a great mood, feeling really positive after talking to people and looking forward to telling you all about it so you can go to the next one on the last Wednesday of July (the 26th).

 

Till next time,

Take care.

 

Purple Faye  x

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Art Adventure: Wakefield Artwalk 25th Jan’17

On Wednesday (Jan 25th ’17) it was the first Wakefield Artwalk of 2017. As usual there was plenty to see and do, I didn’t manage to get round it all but here are some of my highlights:

13. Neon Workshops – Richard William Wheater “Things people Say”

10. Harry’s Bar – Art and Ale exhibition of vibrant new works by Hoshi Dee, curated by WE ARE (Amy and Lucy of WE ARE/CRUX can be spotted in one of the pics taken there)

11. Unity Works – An exhibition of paintings by Lucy Morrison ‘The Yorkshire Landscape: An Exploration of Colour and Form’

8. Theatre Royal Wakefield – An exhibition of works by photography students from Wakefield College, responding to the theme of ‘Parenthood’

7. The Art House – Guided studio tour and exhibition of work ‘Widows and Orphans’ by artist in residence Jamie Shovlin, listen to him in conversation with Bryony Bond (Creative Director at The Tetley, Leeds)

5. Outside Wakefield One – Ella Holland created a Wall Mural as a product of her Graduate Residency at The Art House in October 2016.

12. Westgate Studios – Open Studios and Studio Holders Exhibition.

3. Wakefield Beer Exchange – An exhibition of new digital media works by artist Helen Field, presented by WE ARE.

6. The Cathedral Centre – Artists Rachel Richardson and Beth Rose Pop-up workshops.

The Wakefield Artwalk is held on the last Wednesday of every other month starting in January and finishing in November. The next one is the 29th March. Find out more at www.artwalk.org.uk

Hope to see you there.

 

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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Purple Faye at the Chantry Chapel Wednesday 25th May 2016 for the Wakefield Artwalk

On Wednesday the 25th May 2016 I had an exhibition of my work at the Chantry Chapel in Wakefield as part of the Wakefield Artwalk (5pm-9pm).

I took along my “Ponte Project” and “Trains and Planes” collections, along with a few other things to show the pet portraits I do and what can be made with one of my kits to make your own 3D picture. Unfortunatley the weather was a bit rainy so I was pleased with the turn out we had, about 15 visitors. Plus a few of those signed up to get my newsletter and 3 people bought kits too. (Yay!)

 

 

A bit about Chantry Chapel

“The Chantry Chapel of St Mary the Virgin was built in the mid 14th century when the stone bridge replaced a wooden one. It is one of only three surviving bridge chapels in England and, with the bridge, is a scheduled ancient monument and a Grade I listed building. The original stonework can be seen at the base, although the upper part, including the west front, was rebuilt in 1847-8.
The Friends of Wakefield Chantry Chapel, established in 1990 in collaboration with the Civic Society, exist to ensure the chapel is kept in good repair and is made available to visitors. In 1995 major roof repairs were carried out, and the building was re-wired and new lighting and heating systems were installed. Recently the interior has undergone substantial reordering with the removal of pew platforms, a new stone floor and new seating. The Chantry is now under the authority of the Dean and Chapter of Wakefield Cathedral.
There are open days at public-holiday weekends and group visits can be arranged by appointment at other times.”

Address:
Chantry Chapel of St Mary the Virgin
Chantry Bridge Industrial Estate
Wakefield
West Yorkshire
WF1 5DJ
 
Find out more on the website chantrychapelwakefield.org
(there is a very informative video on there that I enjoyed watching)
Studio Visits
If you would like to see my work in my Pontefract studio then you’re very welcome to, the best way is to get in touch info@purplefaye.co.uk to make an appointment so we can arrange when the best day/time for us both is.
The address is: 1st Floor
Pearl Assurance House
1-3 Horsefair
Pontefract
WF8 1PE
(entrance is via the Fitness Solutions doorway, follow the signs up the stairs for Purple Faye)
I look forward to hearing from you,
Take care
Purple Faye x

Purple Faye 3D Acrylic Paintings at Wakefield Chantry Chapel as part of the Art Walk on Wednesday May 25th

On Wednesday the 25th of May (2016) Purple Faye will have an exhibition of her 3D Acrylic Paintings at the Chantry Chapel in Wakefield (on the bridge near the Hepworth gallery see address further below).

This will be part of the Wakefield ArtWalk and starts at 5pm and finishes at 9pm. (see artwalk.org.uk for further details of venues participating)

It will be your chance to take a look at the “Ponte Project” and “Planes and Trains” collections and talk to the artist. There will also be a selection of other 3D Acrylic Paintings available for sale which you can buy directly from the artist along with being able to commission and order your very own unique 3D Acrylic Painting to be made specially for you.

I really hope you can make it on Wednesday 25th May,

5pm-9pm

Chantry Chapel of St Mary the Virgin
Chantry Bridge Industrial Estate
Wakefield
West Yorkshire
WF1 5DJ
Find out more about Chantry Chapel on the website
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(Photographs by Brian Holding)

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Take care,

Purple Faye x

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