Fermynwoods Seminar 12th Oct

We went down to the Seminar Day at Fermynwoods
Monday 12 October 10am-4pm
Artists speaking about their work in response to place

Main speaker: Richard Wentworth; with John Plowman, director of Beacon; Martin Prothero and Claudia Fährenkemper, artist in residence at Fermynwoods 2009 and X6 artists. Chaired by Craig Staff.

This was an event organised by MA fine art graduates from Northampton University, it was great to meet them all….they call themselves x6 and I hope they come and do something up in Lincolnshire next.

This was the last event to take place in the Fermynwoods gallery, which Ros will now reclaim as her living room. It’s the most fantastic venue in Northamptonshire, we were glad to take Tom Cretney with us as well as Dan Warren.

The star turn was Richard Wentworth. He spoke for about an hour. It was a bit like a performance of a twitter account and was riveting. He started off saying something like, “I’ve been asked to speak about my work, fat chance…” and included subjects like his thoughts on awnings and their design….spiders….he sort of acted out how spiders make their webs….he was completely brilliant.
I found myself scribbling down things he said and when I looked at my notes I read things like, “I like crap” but for goodness sakes it’s a Richard Wentworth quote so I can use in my academic writings!
He produced some other great quotes:
” We are all episodes”
” Art is about expressing an opinion”
“Nominating the world as having value”
“Artists make work based on a hunch and a prayer and a fluke”
It was one of the best talks I have been to,  it was very funny but also thought provoking as is his artwork. It made me reflect on my own talk I have to give in a couple of weeks. It’s so important to keep the audience awake really.
John talked about Beacon and did a good job, although there were a couple of towers he couldn’t remember and looked over at me for help….?! I can barely remember my name. Plus I was having a day off to enjoy the day. It’s interesting to see an overview of the past projects being presented, since I’m of course so familiar with it all I think people will find it a bit dull, but young artists who don’t know the work really like it….which is nice.
We had planned that he would include something about the Postmethodists and the Broadcasters project since we’re about to launch the next project “Expressions of interest” and Danica has now rebuilt the website- have a look!
There was a lot of interest and questions which was great. The whole idea of the way the broadcaster project will work is a slow burn word of mouth style…


John, Sally and I spent a long hard day looking at art.
We’d just entered Regent’s Park and a group of students came up to John, saying they were doing some sort of project to photograph 100 of the most stylish people that day…..he was delighted…
Some nice works in the park included this … just because it was a Louise Bourgeois really
but our favorite which we all agreed on was this piece… by Vanessa Billy. It was almost invisible at first having a certain quality of ambiguity. It is from the same gallery as Kelly Large is with: Limoncello
And then we went in…
No sooner inside and John was asked again by fashion students if they could take his photo….. I had no choice but to ask Sally if she could ask me if she could take a photo of me…I was delighted.
Sally’s boredom was alleviated for approx 6 minutes whilst she used this close up from a painting as a background on her phone…
and the chocolate brownies offered her temporary respite
We all three really really liked the work of Thomas Bayrle

And the work of Susan Collis was perfect. What look like paint splatters on a dust sheet are on closer inspection embroidered areas…
and here what look like piles of discarded bits of wood, with peeling paint are embedded with rubies, mother of pearl and garnet..

This below shows mother of pearl in the piece of wood on the right..

so nothing is as it seems..

SEAS at Mablethorpe 20 Sept 09

For the screening of HINTERLAND, artist Melissa Bliss’s film, the dormitary had been cleared at The Leicester Children’s Holiday Centre

and the audience enjoyed watching, scratching and sniffing….

The screenings ran throughout the afternoon and then we had the private view…
Here’s Melissa with her partner Jez and behind, Adam the project director of SEAS
Everyone was pleased with the film…including the Mayor of Mablethorpe and Helen Eagle who runs the Leicester Children’s Holiday Centre
So we had a hat party!

SEAS at Skegness Sept 26-27

We spent the weekend at Skegness to look at some of the events which were part of the SEAS FestivalFirst we took in Skegness….


Then looked at some of the pieces…there was a sound piece-below which played recordings of prayers on the hour for five minutes…it really drew people in….
We met up with Charlie Pratley 
who was reviewing the festival for that weekend…which can be found at www.nottinghamvisualarts.net
Fantomat on Skegness Pier was good….it spoke to you and you could ask it questions
(it was an artist some  distance away with some technological device, but v successful in pulling the crowds)

I was delighted to see this dog….A French Mastiff…cute!