A new local TV service which is featuring 4 Herts Visual Arts Members at its launch ... A new gallery in Sawbridgeworth ... Herts Visual Arts Members Hazel Godfrey, Anne Houghton & Rosie Rigg, whose work was showcased recently as part of the 2011 Artist in Residence exhibition at Luton Hoo Walled Garden, and the autumn series of Critical Dialogue at UH...
DEE TV LAUNCHES - 9 OCTOBER 2011
We are delighted that the team at deetv will be including interviews of four Herts Visual Arts Open Studios participants in their launch material.
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ARTS IN RESIDENCE 2011 - LUTON HOO WALLED GARDEN
Three Herts Visual Arts Members (Hazel Godfrey, Anne Houghton & Rosie Rigg) were amongst those successful in being selected for the 2011 Artist in Residence programme at Luton Hoo Walled Garden, and whose work was showcased during an exhibiting in September 2011. It was a great opportunity to see the variety of site-specific work created in response to this unique space.
Miracle Factory is an ongoing site specific project intended to directly reference the Walled Garden history and foundation by horticultural enthusiast John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, while questioning the nature of collecting and scientific classification.
How can we begin to hear a garden? By focusing our attention on the fact of listening: by waiting for the subtle patterns, ephemeral traces, and rhythms of familiar sounds to reveal themselves - and by stilling our interior monologue long enough to appreciate moments of silence.
After five months of listening, I have begun to hear the garden. This, in turn, has led to a new imaginative relationship with the world within and around me.
My work explores themes of fractured place and time through recall of memorable images. My work uses drawing, print and photography often installed in combination with constructed objects in a variety of settings. The recent series have seen posters use visual narratives referring to unseen events.
Between the tilled soil and extravagant planting of the great estate gardens of the past, was an army of under gardeners. Undervalued and poorly paid, the rewards of their labour were enjoyed mostly by the head gardener and estate owner. My intention to research the working life of a 19th Century gardener at Luton Hoo revealed a striking absence of information. As I looked evermore deeply, it became apparent that the absence itself was becoming central to my work.
Thus, 'The Ghost Gardener’‚ Gazebo‚ was conceived to pay homage to the unsung worker. To illustrate, contrast and ground this figure across time, he dreams of higher things beneath a shelter aspiring to the follies of old. No longer absent...
Trained in Applied Arts, Hazel‚ practice as a willow artist combines art, craft and design. Her degree work was selected for Best Emerging Talent, South East‚ and she has participated in several regional exhibitions. Her work was the centrepiece of a Gold Award winning stand at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2009.
Anne is a painter and printmaker living in Hertfordshire. She also makes collages and freely hanging works on a variety of supports including canvas, fabric and paper using acrylics, oils, watercolour and inks.
Ruth is an artist based in London who graduated with an MA in Fine Art from Wimbledon College of Art in 2008. She has exhibited and taken part in several residencies across the UK and in Europe.
(b.1978 Moscow) draws her inspiration from Russian literature, history and culture, employing moving image, sound, writing and interactive media. Her work uses experimental narrative, fusing together fictional and documentary material.
As a printmaker I work with collagraph manipulating bending and folding card to create printing blocks which when printed endeavour to capture the aspects of the garden in the past and the present. The intention of the image is to evoke visual memory, emotional reaction and a sense of place.
For some time I have been interested in gardens and allotments and growing. I have an allotment of my own and I am struck by how counter- cultural it is as a place.
The power of art lies in its ability to create a platform upon which people are free to enact whichever role they wish. Kate Wiggs uses live art as a means to better understand interhuman relations. Her work takes the form of intervention-style performance.
THE TUDOR HOUSE GALLERY OPENS IN SAWBRIDGEWORTH
The Tudor House
The electricians, painters and plumbers have finally all gone, and Teresa & Andy Bishop opened their new studio and gallery, at the beginning of September.
For the past six years Teresa has developed her Jewel Genie brand, designing and creating her own beaded and silver jewellery and has built up a loyal and popular following. Selling mainly at craft and gift events across the country from stately homes to community fairs, life at the weekends had been mainly spent on the road whilst week days were spent concentrating on her designs in the studio.
Andy also embarked on his own photography business at the same time and his work majors on his passion for steam and heritage railways. A display of Andy’s work is in the gallery. In addition to selling framed prints he also offers a range of other photographic services, such as photographic restoration.
The Tudor House studio and gallery has given the couple the opportunity to invite selected fine and mostly local artists to work with them for their launch. In addition to a wide selection of fine art media, they are also featuring individual and unique works in jewellery, glass, pottery, textiles, pewter, stonemasonry & artistic wrought iron work.
Teresa and Andy will also be offering a series of craft workshops at The Tudor House and already have courses in calligraphy, felting and all types of jewellery making lined up including silversmithing, beading and pearl stringing. In the planning are art courses in oils, watercolours and lino printing and forge experience days with their local blacksmith.
The next series of free lectures and talks brought to us by UH Galleries commences this month.
Week 1 (18 October) Dr David Brody Title: “Disordering Design”
Talk Description: Using the examples of American empire and the hotel industry, this talk assesses design and material culture as an agent that can reinforce power hierarchies. The paper concludes with some thoughts about how specific design practices can be disordered and interrogated to foster social change.
Dr. David Brody is an Associate Professor of Design Studies at Parsons The New School for Design. He directs the Masters Program in the History of Decorative Arts and Design as well as the Masters of Design Studies (set to launch in fall 2012). He is the author of Visualizing American Empire and co-editor of Design Studies: A Reader.
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