Medway Open Studios & Arts Festival

This year will be the fourth year I’ve taken part in Medway Open Studios. I really enjoy it – for me it’s mostly about meeting people; having those interesting conversations and interactions. I find it quite inspiring, and always come to the end of the 2 weeks with a lot more ideas buzzing around my head.It’s amazing the difference it makes to get together with a bunch of like-minded people.

I really enjoy visiting other artists too, and there are a lot of them in Medway: Squirrelled away in spare rooms, loft spaces, sheds and garages. It’s always interesting to see how other people work and what they’ve been up to over the past year.

I’ll have the beginnings of my new work to show this year – my little adventure into ceramics – along with lots of other work.

Open Studios starts THIS WEEKEND…Click here for a map of all artists taking part this year.

 

Rats Bay Artists at Sun Pier House

Come along and catch up with the artists, meet some new faces, see what our artists have been up to over the past year, and enjoy a drink with us!

The first floor rats are: Rosie BannisterRosie Melville, Jocelyn Leigh, Becky Lehmann, Louise Nevett and Antony Martin.

The basement rats are: Marissa Mardon, Tina Finnerty, Joe Wise, Rossi Toltech and Naomi Sayers.

Over the Medway Open Studios Festival our studios will be open:
Saturday 16th, Sunday 17th, Saturday 23rd, and Sunday 24th 11am – 5pm

(We regret there is currently no disabled access to the first floor).

 

About the Festival…

Medway Open Studios & Arts Festival takes place every July throughout the Medway Towns. Run by volunteers the aim of the festival is to celebrate the wealth of creativity in Medway. The first festival took place in July 2012 with the aim of highlighting the quantity of artistic talent in the area. More and more artists have signed up year on year, benefitting the aims of the festival and promoting a positive opinion of Medway.

Now heading into its fifth year, the Medway Open Studios and Arts Festival has doubled in size since its conception in 2012.

Open studio festivals take place throughout the Country and are enjoyed by art enthusiasts and non-art lovers alike. There’s no pressure to buy or have any previous knowledge of art, you can simply enjoy a day out with a difference. The free art trail is fun for all ages and the range of work on show means there is something for everyone.

 

Contact MOSAF…

Email: info@medwayopenstudios.co.uk

Twitter: @MwayOpenStudios

Facebook: Medway Open Studios

 

This information is from the Medway Open Studios and Arts Festival website.

I’m back!

So, it’s been a while…
And I’ve learnt to make plaster moulds properly. This time I’m casting with clay slip rather than wax, which should give me more scope for developing the work.


Foundation Degree Show

Foundation Degree Exhibition Poster

I’m coming to the end of my Foundation Degree now, and we’re getting ready for our end of year show. I’m continuing to make and we’re starting to install the show next week!

 

Join us on 17th June for the private view at K College (previously West Kent College) in Tonbridge, Kent. Click here for directions. The exhibition will be held on the 2nd floor of the Hawthorn building from 6.30pm All welcome. There will be a lot of work on show. Our cohort consists of:


Tasnim Archer

Peps Barkhan

Charlie Callaway

Jenny Dalton

Tara Franklin

Jan Herd

Sarah McMichael

Venetia Nevill

Rosie Melville

Jill Scanlon

John Stewart

 

Move & Make Exhibition

We found a venue for the exhibition in Rochester Library and Community Hub, in the same building as the Adult Education Centre, next to Eastgate House, Rochester High St.

We had the private view and celebration on Monday and the exhibition will be there for the next 3-4 weeks, please pay it a visit if you’re passing, and leave us some feedback in our comments book!

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Icon Theatre are hoping to continue the Move & Make community workshops, increasing participation and accessibility of a wide range of Arts in the Medway area. If you would like more information, please contact Katie at Icon Theatre on 01634 813 179 or drop her an email at katie@icontheatre.org.uk

‘Re-Found’ Sculpture

Continuing the community workshops at the Theatre, the next I led was ‘Re-Found’ – a sculpture workshop using found materials…

Beverley's Sculpture
Beverley’s Sculpture
Laura's Sculpture
Laura’s Sculpture
Dianne's Sculpture. Image: David Bahia
Dianne’s Sculpture.
Move and Make Group. Image: David Bahia
Move and Make Group.
Inspiration. Image: David Bahia
Inspiration.
Image: David Bahia
Image: David Bahia
Painting Clay Masks. Image: David Bahia
Painting Clay Masks.

I like helping people to use found materials, because you never know what is going to be created – it depends on the materials provided, and which personal objects participants bring with them. Everyone uses the materials in their own way, injecting their own personality into their work.

This was the last Move & Make workshop for now, so I led a curating workshop in preparation for the exhibition. We helped everyone to title their work and describe their work.

Curating Workshop
Gathering Work and Details

Images: David Bahia

‘FOUND’ Workshop

A few weeks ago I ran a community workshop helping participants to make Art from found materials.

I love working with found materials, so this was just perfect! Found objects can be anything you find interesting, that could be modified or put together to make a sculpture or a three-dimensional picture. In this workshop we created assemblages in box frames made from paper ephemera and found objects.

We provided plenty of materials, and some people brought along a few bits they wanted to include.

They made some great work…

Bevs work

Lauras work

This workshop was part of a project from Icon Theatre called Move & Make. It’s for anyone in the community who wants to get creative and is held at The Brook Theatre in Chatham. My clay mask workshop was also one of them.

Move & Make creative workshops are all about using the participatory arts to connect, create and communicate with other like-minded people.

Focussing on expression, creativity and well-being, people with an interest in the arts are invited to take part in multi-art form workshops, run by Icon Theatre professionals and guest practitioners in a wide variety of disciplines.

The project will conclude with an exhibition at Rochester Library from 7th April 2014.

The content of the workshops are programmed by participants, so Icon Theatre have asked for ideas throughout, to help shape the creative process. The workshops have been varied, friendly and informal. No experience is necessary – they invite anyone and everyone to get involved.

Workshops have run most Mondays from 10am – 12noon at The Brook Theatre in Chatham, with a suggested donation of £1, or Pay What You Can.

If you would like more information contact Katie on 01634 813 179 or drop her an email at katie@icontheatre.org.uk

Cabinet of Curiosities at Maidstone Museum

Online Catalogue

For the past few months I’ve been working on a site specific project at college, in collaboration with Maidstone Museum. In response to the museum’s collections, we have created pieces to form a cabinet of curiosities.

My piece is called Restrained Order:

'Restrained Order' by Rosie Melville © 2014
‘Restrained Order’ by Rosie Melville © 2014

After viewing the museum’s collections I was intrigued by the experiences and treatment of mental health patients, in particular The Register of Mechanical Restraint and Seclusion from the Kent County Asylum.

The concept of curiosity and the mental health connotations of collecting and arranging objects has led me to create my own cabinet of curiosity. The display case is a reference to challenge why people with mental health issues continue to be stereotyped and ‘put into a box’. It is left to the audience how the items in the collection are perceived.

Please take a look at our online catalogue for some fantastic photos of our work, courtesy of Nadia Needham, who works at K College:

Maidstone Museum Online Catalogue

The exhibition should be open from Wednesday 5th March until the end of April 2014

”Maidstone Museum is housed in a charming Elizabethan Manor House, in the centre of Maidstone – Kent’s County Town. Each gallery will fascinate and surprise; with a wealth of exhibits and objects to see and enjoy.”

Entry to the museum and the exhibition is free

directions

Clay Mask Workshop

In November I ran a clay mask workshop as part of Move and Make – here’s some photos of our group getting creative!

Move and Make is a project from Icon Theatre for creative types at The Brook Theatre in Chatham.

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The workshops are all about using the participatory arts to connect, create and communicate with other like-minded people.

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Focussing on expression, creativity and well-being, they invite people with an interest in the arts to take part in 10 weeks of multi-art form workshops, run by Icon Theatre professionals and guest practitioners in a variety of disciplines.

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The project will conclude with an exhibition / performance event at The Brook Theatre in at the end of January 2014.

The content of the workshops are programmed by participants to help shape the creative process. No experience necessary – they invite anyone and everyone to get involved!

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Workshops run most Mondays from 10-12 from 4th November 2013 at The Brook Theatre, Chatham. Suggested donation £1 or Pay What You Can.’

If you would like more information just contact Katie on 01634 813 179 or see their Facebook page.

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Dropping the work off to be fired!

Back to uni…

Mini-exhibition 'Fragility'
Mini-exhibition Fragility

 

I’ve been back at uni for a whole term now, which has flown by at rather a scary rate! Our 1st project was to curate a mini exhibition using work from the Artists in our class. I chose the theme of Fragility…

‘The quality of being easily broken or damaged’

Fragility explores the desire to preserve and organize objects and their memories, for the fear of losing them through the passing of time. The truth is, it is not always possible: The potential for breaking down into chaos is constant.