Opportunities

EXCITING opportunities this issue include a design competition that could launch your work onto a world stage and new exhibition spaces...

A DYNAMIC new contemporary art space has sprung up in the centre of Potters Bar, providing HVAF members with the opportunity to exhibit alongside international artists.

Art & Escape, which has taken up residence in the former butchers on Barnet Road, is run by Nikki Martin, Kimberly Adams and artist Stuart Miller, who hope to create an artistic hub for the local area.

“We are bringing something that is not already in the area. There's a lot of talent around but nowhere to showcase it, and we want to surprise people,” said Nikki.

Art & Escape is also looking to renovate a purpose built area to the rear
of the gallery and hopes to develop educational studio spaces. Currently in discussions with local schools and community centres within the area, Art & Esacpe hopes to work closely with students and artists from every part of the community.

In January their programme of Art Classes kicks off, followed by an Art & Educate Exhibition from February, showcasing talent from various local schools in the Hertsmere borough.

Gallery opening times are: Tuesday to Saturday 10 – 5, Sunday 11 – 3 at 23-25 Barnet Road, EN6 2QX. 

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A COMPETITION to design and make UK Pavilion official gifts for Shanghai Expo 2010 has been announced by Crafts Council.

A contemporary craft maker will design and produce pieces that will be the official gifts from the UK at the Shanghai World Expo 2010.

The Crafts Council is working in partnership with the British Council, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and other Founder Sponsors of the UK Pavilion, to launch this competition for UK makers.

The first competition is to design and make the UK’s official gift to Shanghai and the second competition is to design and make up to 80 limited edition pieces that will be the VIP gifts of the UK Pavilion.

The Shanghai World Expo 2010 will focus on the theme of city and metropolitan evolution in the 21st century. The winning proposals will reflect this theme of ‘Better City, Better Life’ and will be either in ceramic, acrylic, textile, glass or metal.

“This is the first time a piece of British craft will be given as an international Expo gift and the Crafts Council is delighted to have secured this high profile commission. This competition is a unique opportunity for a British maker to represent their country and contemporary craft on a world stage” said Rosy Greenlees, Executive Director, Crafts Council.

For more information on how to apply visit the Crafts Council website www.craftscouncil.org.uk

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THE HIGHEST bids will be selected to exhibit at The Mayor's Charity Art Exhibition in St Albans next year.

The exhibition at the Old Town Hall from February 5 to 7, primarily to support The Citizens Advice Bureau, is open to artists and galleries, with no restrictions on size and medium (within reason!)

Closing date for submission is December 15 when sealed bids will be opened and successful applicants notified. There will be a 10% commission on sales.

For full details and application forms go to www.stalbans-art-exhibition.org or email art-in-stalbans@live.co.uk or call Peter Brown on 01582 715548.

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PIONEER Nurseries is planning an all day art event in 2010 following a successful launch event.

Artists can design works to be installed in display gardens or huge green houses at the end of June.

To register your interest or for further information contact Sue Lines on sue.lines@ntlworld.com

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A DISUSED workshop in Baldock has been turned into a vibrant open access printmaking studio for use by beginner to professional printmakers.

Opened by international artist Chris Orr on November 28, Dekkle Printmaking Studios aims to share printmaking skills through practical workshops which give you the skills to use the studio for self directed projects.

Set up by Louisa Cataldo and David Borrington, who works in the traditional method of etching and engraving, the studios will be running a week long series of demonstrations, taster workshops and artists talks until December 4.

For more information call 01462 490501 or go to www.dekkle.com or www.davidborrington.com

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