Forthcoming HVA Events

The speaker for our next event Gary Nicholls.   An innovative photographer who has 'STEAMPUNK' as his theme – want to know more?  Then reserve your place and join us at the Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre on 19 November 2014 at 7.30pm.

'Dr William presents The Necessitti (c) Gary Nicholls

'The Conspiracy' (c) Gary Nicholls

The Imaginarium – Story in pictures

1.       The day my Art became the focus of my attention - The Spark that lit the flame

2.       Storytelling and Art – how I came up with the idea and why I have Steampunk as a theme.

3.       The processes I use, getting my work seen and the importance of research for my project.

4.       Social media and its effect on my work

5.       Different print mediums and the effect they have on the finished piece.

6.       Publishing, exhibitions, pricing and selling my Art

7.       Once the project is finished, what happens next?

Remember if you want to come please sign up through the HVAF website to reserve your place.

Further images & booking form

Gary Nicholls

Gary Nicholls – Biography

Firstly, let me say that I have no formal “Art” background. I studied Design Technology and Technical drawing at Shoreditch Teacher Training College, in Egham and during that time I also took Art night classes. The most important thing I learnt about myself in that time, is that I have a natural eye, and can “see” the end result I am trying to achieve.

I started my working life teaching both subjects at Spencer Park School in Wandsworth – sadly no longer there. After 3 years of poor pay, I left and started work on a building site, doubling my pay and ruining my hands for the next 25 years!

I am now lead partner in my sustainability company – Briary Energy.

The biggest influence on my early life was my father. His big passion - hobbies, and at every opportunity he had my brother and I trying everything! So it is no surprise that he got me interested in photography at an early age, (in the darkroom at the age of 3!) My father is a part time artist, very creative and talented and has always pushed me to continue having “hobbies”. So very much later in life, here I am, finally getting to be creative with photography again. So my project is for my father, Bob, to know that his son has carried on that artistic and creative side, which is his legacy.

Since the age of 16 I have been a part time performing musician, which took up all my spare time. However, that all changed when I joined Stevenage Photographic Society in 2009. Camera clubs are a great way to improve your camera skills, and mine certainly improved rapidly and yes, they probably all are full of retirees, but think of all that experience on tap!

The major turning point came in September 2012 when I bought tickets for the Lincoln Steampunk Festival at the Asylum, and the day that I met Julie Walton and Laura Bradley gave me that eureka moment, the moment when I knew I had found my niche………..

The idea of “The Imaginarium” was born from that meeting, and the fantastic bunch of people that form “the Cast”. Late night phone calls, secret facebook groups, clandestine meetings, trips to New York, clambering through old buildings, jumping out of the car, camera in hand, because I have spotted just the right tree and hours of work by the genius that is Peter Walton, my prop maker, designing and maker of the Necessitti. Hour after hour learning Image manipulation skills and writing the story I was going to create, and that was just the beginning, of The Imaginarium, a Conceptual Art project.