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.

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‘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