My sketchbook is in Chicago THIS weekend!

Following a visit to Toronto and Hamilton, my sketchbook has now travelled to Chicago for this weekend of its tour, and will be at:

Hyde Park Arts Center
Friday 5-9pm,
Saturday 12pm-4pm
Sunday 12pm-4pm

Pop along and say hi, if you’re in the area!
https://www.facebook.com/events/210005363098335/

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Postcard Art in Deal


St George’s Parish Hall, High Street, Deal
To launch the Open Studios, South East Artists are returning to St George’s Parish Hall for their popular Postcard Art event. Artists will sell original framed postcard artwork for just £20 each.
You will also be able to pick up information regarding Open Studios which starts the following weekend.
Saturday 23 June

Between SEAS and Sky

An exhibition of work from the members of SEAS.
3 – 24 June 2018

SEAS (South East ArtistS) is a self funding and voluntary organisation which promotes, supports and provides a network for our vibrant artistic community in Deal and the surrounding areas. Established in 2004 it now has a membership of 55 people, ranging from professional artists to those just interested in the arts.
Twenty five members have come together for this exhibition, which in doing so celebrates the huge variety of local artistic talent that SEAS has to offer and the range of artistic practice and styles between the membership. The exhibition allows artists a wealth of inspirations: our location, the sea, the sky, Nature, our island and everything in between.

32 St George’s Road, Deal, Kent CT14 6BA
+44 (0) 1304 360 411
Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 4pm
Sunday 11am – 2pm

Dover Studio Collective celebrates Fête de l’estampe

A collective of Dover-based artists and their guests are opening up their studio building to the public again, presenting both complete and in-progress print-based work across their active workspaces. The event, part of the sixth Fête de l’estampe festival, will bring together contemporary print and artists’ books and aims to present an expansive view / idea of what print can be. All are welcome to visit this free studio event and no pre-booking is required.

Saturday/samedi 26/5: 11.00-17.00h
Sunday/dimanche 27/5: 11.00-17.00h

Une collection d’artistes basés à Douvres et leurs invités ouvrent les portes de leurs ateliers au public. Ils présenteront des œuvres imprimées – complètes ou en cours – dans le cadre de leurs espaces de travail individuels ainsi que dans une exposition collective dans leur espace d’exposition. L’événement réunira l’impression contemporaine et des livres d’artistes avec l’intention de présenter une vision / idée expansive des possibilités de l’impression. Tous sont invités à visiter cet événement gratuit, et la réservation n’est pas nécessaire.

La Fête de l’estampe

Devenue au fil des années un succès, c’est un rendez-vous annuel à ne pas manquer. La Fête de l’estampe permet à un large public de découvrir dans une ambiance chaleureuse la richesse de ce moyen d’expression qui comprend la gravure, la lithographie, la sérigraphie ou encore les procédés numériques. Des expositions, des performances, des visites d’ateliers, stages, démonstrations, portes ouvertes, cours, conférences, ventes aux enchères, kakémonos géants, etc. sont organisés dans toute la France et même au-delà, en Europe, le jour de la Fête de l’estampe, autour du 26 mai 2018. La Fête de l’estampe 2018 reçoit le soutien du ministère de la Culture et de la Communication.

Over the years, the success of this festival has made it an unmissable event in the cultural calendar. With the support of the French ministry of Culture, La Fête de l’estampe provides a festive opportunity for many to discover this rich art that includes lithography, engraving, serigraphy, artists’ books and even digital prints. Exhibitions, outdoor studios, training sessions, open studios, conferences, performances, auctions, and giant prints are organised in France and in many other countries in Europe on 26th May, 2018, for one day, or longer in some areas.

Directions

Dover Studio Collective: 67 Astley Avenue, Dover, Kent CT16 2PW

Although parking is limited on site, there is plenty of parking space available within 50 meters, just beyond the railway bridge. There is a bus stop near the end of Astley Avenue (routes 15/89/90/61), and the studio can be reached on foot 1-2km or taxi from either Dover railway station or ferry terminal.

Entry is free / gratuite.

Le stationnement sur place est limité mais il y a moyen de se garer à moins de 50 mètres dans un parking a l’arrière du pont ferroviare. Un arret de bus se trouve en bas de Astley Avenue (routes 15/61/89/90). L’atelier peut être atteint à pied ou en taxi depuis la gare de Douvres ou le terminal de ferry qui se trouvent à 1 ou 2 km.

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day was celebrated on Sunday 29th April 2018, and photographers across the globe took the opportunity to get out and about with their pinhole cameras. Lens-less photography comes in all varieties from analogue homemade tins or boxes, bespoke wooden pinhole cameras, to digital conversions. My favourite choice of camera for the day was my old Polaroid Pinhole 100 camera. The real joy of experimenting with this camera is that it uses an analogue Type 100 instant peel-apart film, so for creative exposures the print can be viewed following just 60 seconds development. Negative and print sheets are sandwiched together in the film pack, exposed in camera before being pulled out through rollers, which spreads a pod of chemical gel between the two sheets, developing the image. The sandwich is then pulled apart to reveal a processed print and negative sheet.

Sadly Polaroid instant Type 100 film has not been in production for some years now, and Fuji have just recently discontinued manufacture of their last film in this format. Once my refrigerated expired stock of these films is finally used up, this little camera will become redundant, without some engineered structural modification to use an alternative film format. One slight positive will be that I will then be able fit some food back in my fridge, but that is only if I do not manage to locate a further source of film stock to fill it with!

For the past few years here in the UK it seems to have been grey and wet weather for Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day, and this year was no different, but shooting beneath a tree canopy helped to shelter camera and instant prints from the worst of the rainfall. Despite the overcast skies, I was still achieving 6-8 minute exposures on the Fuji made film. Multiple exposures under the trees created an ethereal image with subtle layers and an impression of movement from the passage of a breeze through the leaves.

Direct scans from the Fuji fp-100c type 100 instant print images shot on 29th April for Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day. One image will soon be uploaded to the WPPD gallery: http://pinholeday.org/