Now we are taking our first steps out of Lockdown in the UK, exhibitions that were planned for last year are being re-scheduled. I have a full five months of art commitments ahead of me, and it’s such a good feeling! The sense of progress instead of inertia is uplifting.
I was offered a three-month feature in a gorgeous shop local to me, called…
The Curated Collective
They focus on shopping with purpose, featuring British artists and makers and I’m delighted to be one of their first featured artists this year.
With Ealing Art Group I am helping to prepare a month-long exhibition in the beautifully restored Gunnersbury Museum. This will be a group show with other local artists and makers which I help to plan and curate. As well as our normal range of artwork there will be a section of the exhibition dedicated to affordable art and craft, all priced at £50 or less. It’s going to make it challenging and exciting to hang, and hopefully will draw more people in who can then afford to buy a small piece. See the museum website for more details.
This coming September the Borough of Ealing Art Trail (BEAT) will be back on! This is an open studio/house event all over the borough of Ealing with over 200 artists taking part. I am Vice Chair of BEAT so am deeply involved in all of the preparation and the planning for the event to happen. This will be its sixth year and I have taken part in each one, and found it to be such a positive and affirming experience. It’s wonderful to see so much talent and diversity within the art world on my doorstep. I exhibit in a shared venue with five other artists, and I can honestly say it’s such a pleasure to take part there.
Last item in the diary (for now) is the Affordable Art Fair (AAF) at Battersea in October. Although I have visited this a number of times over the years, as it’s a huge influential Art Fair, this will be the first time I have taken part! I am both excited and terrified in equal measure. I have a whole range of paintings prepared in my head – I just need to get them out onto canvas! I will be taking part with other artists from Skylark Galleries, so again it is a collaborative affair, but I will be the newbie this time as they have all done AAF before. It’s going to be a creative summer for me.
See the AAF site for more information.