Sunday, 6 August 2017
Thursday, 3 August 2017
I was born and grew up in Hastings with a heavy artistic influence throughout my life, being surrounded by a family of artists. Though I enjoyed many of the academic subjects throughout school and college, I always knew that it would be a career path within the Arts that I would eventually succumb to. There was always an anxiety about pursuing this for me, the pressures of making a success of oneself within the arts world in a way that allows financial stability in conjunction with continuing to be true to my artistic practice. It wasn't until I had an underwhelming, excruciatingly boring experience working full time in an aquarium after studying on the Foundation diploma that I decided to join the University of Brighton (at SCCH) to study contemporary crafts (BA Hons Designer Maker).
I find myself analysing everything I see, hear and know through an inquisitive mind, constantly seeking answers and looking for meanings. Making art for me becomes a therapeutic type of reasoning, a way for me to understand and make sense of the world we exist in. Making is an essential part of life that takes on many varying forms for many different people. Art should not be seen as a mere add on to the basics of everyday life, but is an essential part of our existence and expression of who we are, it is woven into the fabric of life and allows a true representation of our internal self, exposing a voice in a world of many.
To be able to continue my experimental work in the discipline of glass, I aim to acquire a studio space and the equipment needed to do so, most importantly would be to get a kiln. As well as continuing my own artistic practice I would also like to run more adult and children’s workshops in the basics of kiln formed glass and perhaps develop some ideas for community projects, creating environments in which art and ways of making become accessible to all.
Monday, 24 July 2017
Sunday, 23 July 2017
Saturday, 22 July 2017
I sell work locally and I have a Facebook page called ‘Amelia’s Altered Art’ where I also sell pieces. I have many loyal customers who often purchase pieces as far afield as British Columbia.
Creating art is like a form of therapy to me, it helps to relax my mind when the stress of being a parent of an autistic child gets too much. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than knowing that someone somewhere is also enjoying my creations.
I really hope the above gives you a greater insight into what inspires me and why I create.
Friday, 21 July 2017
More of Daniel's work can be seen on his website: Daniel Huckfield
Rising Talent: Young and emerging artists at the Hastings Arts Forum 2017
Thursday, 20 July 2017
Rising Talent: Young and emerging artists at the Hastings Arts Forum 2017
My photographic work is very personal and I pride myself on taking photographs full of honesty and truth. I often create work in relation to negative events that happen either to me or a loved one and turn it into a positive experience by creating a project or series. I find it not only helps me to understand my work as it develops, but it also acts as a form of therapy. I find it helps me to grieve and gives me time to reflect on the situation, allowing me a form of unconventional expression. I am a firm believer in theory of Sol LeWitt that the idea is more important than the outcome and often refer back to that notion within my own work.
Which other artists do you like or find particularly interesting?
My interest in other photographers changes frequently, but most recently I would say that I am a huge fan of Wolfgang Tillmans; his work is so varied and he really inspired me on a personal level to show my personal life through my photographs. I also like the work of Cindy Sherman, Nan Goldin, Richard Billingham, Tracey Emin, Walker Evans and Gregory Crewdson, just to name a few!
Why is making art important to you?
Making art is important to me because the personal aspect of my work seems to resonate with a lot of people. Everyone goes through hardships and struggle, everyone has their own lives to lead and everyone is an artist in some form - I like to make work that people can relate to. I want to show that negative events don't have to have negative outcomes. My photographs represent an awareness of my changing situation and surroundings, that is inevitable - art is adaptive, that is why it is so important.
What would help you to develop your art further in the future?
I think my work will develop naturally as my situations change as my work is reactive. However, what would help would be looking for more and more opportunities to be creative, whether its independently or by collaborating with others. I have an ideas book that I am hoping to start working on, particularly a project on Irrational Childhood Fears which I am hoping to have a slightly humorous feel to it. I would also like to tell the stories of others through a photographic narrative, perhaps concentrating on health issues such as Cancer in order to help raise awareness of the disease further.
To see more of Jo's work please see: Josephine Richardson Website
Rising Talent at the Hastings Arts Forum
July 25th - August 6th
Private View: 28 Jul, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Saturday, 24 June 2017
35 years later and now an artist, I am reminded of that ambition as I find myself looking at an exhibition of art and poetry by people on death row in San Quentin prison.
Monday, 24 April 2017
Apologies if you've been looking here for the latest shows at the Hastings Arts Forum and haven't found them. Unfortunately, I haven't just been on a long holiday but have had an ongoing back problem. This means I can't lift, bend or sit so have been unable to help hang the new shows for quite a while. I have also been unable to sit at a computer so haven't even been able to review anything. This all completely sucks.
The only upside is that I've had a lot of time to think and have concluded that there obviously needs to be more people writing about art in Hastings.
As a consequence I have come up with an idea for a Hastings based writer-in-residence project that will pair creative writing groups, journalists and students with local galleries. The writers will be resident for half a day in the galleries and will have to produce a piece of writing based on the experience. They could review the show or write a short story inspired by an image in that show. Other possibilities could be poetry or any other kind of creative piece that explores thoughts and feelings while immersed in a gallery.
Once I am more mobile again I will start working on a proposal for this project so watch this space. I will also try and post up a few images from upcoming HAF shows even if I wont be able to hang them or sit down and write about them for a little while longer!
Wednesday, 1 March 2017
Jaroslav Panuška, 1900
Life's only certainty is its end. The manner of that end is unknown but the universal consensus is that it be quick, peaceful and painless.
Such a luxury does not correspond to the facts of human ageing and prolonging life medically, as an end in itself, is an increasingly double edged sword. Nor does it correspond to a contemporary environment where violent death as entertainment merges into 24 hour media cycles of violent death as reality.
It is always present
It is often welcome.
It is often feared.
It is also mostly ignored.
This project is an entirely open platform for people to communicate about death and about dying. This can be in the form of video, audio, text, poetry, images, animation, playlists or a combination of these things. Each submission will be given its own page and the only stipulation is that videos do not exceed 5 minutes and playlists do not exceed 5 tracks.
Please send messages via website: Elegy Project
Wednesday, 8 February 2017
Private View: 10 Feb, 6.30 - 8.30pm