Thursday, 30 April 2009

Accented Residency - international.

Just came across this opportunity for an artists residency at Spike Islands Printmakers This residency is mentioned on the main Spike Island Arts Studios website, though. See it under under "residencies" or visit the residency page created at this url:

Jenny McGee's website

Thursday, 16 April 2009

There's something so appealing about Paper Boats.....

which is why I made one and sent it to this, although I plan to make at least another one if not two, to send again before the deadline in August.

Make a paper boat and participate in project to support Mary Ann’s Cottage, based in Caithness.

Visit the blog
about the project which is being run by an artist from Scotland ( Joanne B Kaar) and another from New Zealand (Lynn Taylor)

You have until the 10th August 09 to post your paper boat to the project.

Paper boat fundraiser for Mary-Ann's Cottage - Caithness Scotland UK.
At the beginning of 2009, Joanne B Kaar and Lynn Taylor launched their paper boat project - a fundraiser for Mary-Ann's cottage,a living history museum in Caithness Scotland run by volunteers from The Caithness Heritage Trust (a registered Charity no: SCO 19998).
There's a link to the museums blog, on the paper boat website and I found it really engaging and spent far too long looking at various things.

As paper boats are sent to Joanne, from around the globe, she documents them on the blog.

The launch date and theme were inspired by the maiden voyage of the Westland Ship - 30th January 1879 (130 years ago) from Scotland to New Zealand. Mary-Ann's father, William Young was a member of the crew.

All boats will be exhibited in Sept 09 in Caithness Horizons.

All money from sale of boats will go to the Caithness Heritage trust to help keep Mary-Ann's cottage open for future generations.

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Local Arts Organizations and Galleries (1)

I have just been visiting the creative Fife website and there is a lot of information on there concerning the activities of 'creatives' ( and those allied to them).
Take for example art galleries - I had not realized that there even was an art gallery in Dunfermline. Apparently there is !!............. It's called ARTROOM 59

which is a kind of mysterious name, I guess the owner, Ruth Walls, would be able to explain the idea behind the name?. It's a lot better than being called something typical such as eg "Frames". I can see from the 'previous exhibitions' on their website, that FDPW member, Sandra Baxter has shown there in a group exhibition but sadly as we have not seen Sandra for such a long time.......... it's not easy to explore what her experience was from the perspective of an exhibiting artist.

on further inspection I noticed that FDPW member, Clare Yarrington has also shown there so I will ask her, if her overall encounter was of a professional and satisfactory nature. Interestingly, one of my most pleasant and professional gallery experience was with my former "local gallery", in Ealing West London namely the PM Gallery, London, W5.

Well done Clare on finally getting your very own website on line - it's something many of us dream of/ strive for etc etc ....and many of us never get organized ....ho hum !!!

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Artists Residency opportunity at Cove Park, Scotland

Artwork is by recent recipient of an artists residency at Cove Park, Duncan Marquiss.

The Visual Arts Creative Development Programme 2009 at Cove Park

Deadline for Applications: Friday 15 May 2009

The residencies will run over the period 3 August - 11 September 2009
The Visual Arts Creative Development Programme 2009 at Cove Park consists of six six-week residencies for artists, makers, curators and critical writers supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to enable research, the development of new ideas and the creation of new work.

Includes accommodation, studio/work space and a fee of £2,400 and a materials allowance of £1000. The focus will be on individual development, but the programme will be enhanced by related events and opportunities for discussion among the participants. Cove Park is situated on a 50-acre site overlooking Loch Long on the west coast, an hour from Glasgow.
For more information, please visit:

Lesley McDermott on show at Scion House, Stirling University

artwork by Lesley McDermott


An exhibition of paintings by Mary Hamilton and FDPW member, Lesley McDermott.

Two artists exploring a seemingly contrasting style of imagery in their paintings, connect in subtle ways; particularly their exploration of pattern, texture and a dramatic use of colour.

Multi-layered surfaces offer striking viewpoints of the natural environment that combine beautifully detailed realism with exciting modern effects in the tree paintings. Considerations of representations are at the heart of the abstract series.
Teaching Art in the primary sector whilst pursuing an artistic career is challenging for both artists who have found the mutual support in their shared studio space invaluable. Current work and future ventures can be viewed online

24th April – 28th May 2009

Scion House
Stirling University Innovation Park
T: 01786 448333

Opening Times:
Monday to Friday 8:30am – 5pm
(Evenings & weekends by appointment only)

Artists Residencey in Montreal, Canada (clo 1 Jun 09)

Canada Council for the Arts International Residence
Application Deadline: June 1, 2009

The Canada Council for the Arts offers an international residency program at the Darling Foundry for professional visual artists from outside of Canada.

Two artists will be awarded four-month residencies in 2009.

Each resident will receive a grant to cover living expenses, travel fees and production costs.

Artists are provided with a creation studio with separate living accommodation, common spaces and a wood and metal workshop.

They are also invited to participate in open studio events, studio visits by art professionals, networking activities, and excursions.

For more information visit: Fonderiedarling's website

Thursday, 2 April 2009

Drypoint on Perspex

I have come across an excellent post on the Lighthouse Keepers Cat blog by "Minu", from Wellington, New Zealand. It explains very well particularly for beginners how to do drypoint on perspex.

So take a look and read through - the photos are pretty instructive and well _ it's uncomplicated.

Here's a sweet and somewhat straight forward drypoint by Peta Hansen. I came across it, on portjackson press which has some excellent printmaking on it - always worth a visit.

Getting back to drypoint - well it's a process whereby one makes a scratch into a surface, and then you push ink into this for printmaking purposes. Usually one scratches these 'lines' or 'marks' into metal such as aluminium a softish metal, or copper - which is harder). One often nowadays finds people working onto perspex.

If that sounds just too easy for words then believe me it is in a a way!! BUT as with all printmaking processes doing it well is a lifelong learning curve. There are always a plethora of technical variations to consider. The main thing though is its one of those things that you learn about through DOING IT !!

Exhibit at Tron Theatre Gallery 2010

As an active member in Glasgow's arts & culture sector, the Tron Theatre seeks to promote new and exciting work. Providing an opportunity for emerging artists and recent graduates to showcase their work in a busy and vibrant arts venue.

The Tron Theatre is currently running an open

call for contemporary visual artists to exhibit in 2010

For more information or if you wish to apply please email
or check out the gallery page on their website

Location: Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, Glasgow, G1 5HB

Deadline: 31 August 2009

Featured above is a print by recent graduate Janet Brown who was one of the few artists graduating in 2008 that had a WWW representation. Theres a photo of this on her website which if you click on it - shows it really large. It's a screenprint - I rather like it.
I have included it as a representation of "Recent Graduates of Duncan of Jordanstone" because they are scheduled as one of the exhibitions forthcoming at the Tron theatre gallery.

7th RWA Open Print Exhibition

Exhibition dates : 9 August - 19 September 2009

7th RWA Open Print Exhibition

A survey of contemporary printmaking selected from open submission. The exhibition will also include examples of recent works by invited artists from Japan, Russia and Poland. Other special features include bookplates and print works in three dimensions.

Submission dates:
16th, 17th, and 18th July, 2009

Further information on