Two of our members have had work accepted for Artsmill’s Winter Fair this year. The selling exhibition is over at Linden Mill in Hebden Bridge during late November, early December. Anna Gibson and Angie Rogers will both have 3 works on show and both have images chosen to go on the poster. It looks set to be a high quality show with a lot of interesting work on display. Looking forward to the preview on Sunday 22nd, 2 – 4 pm.
The studios are very busy at the moment as everyone is madly getting work ready for our annual Winter Open Studios leading up to the festive season.
Angie Rogers has designed this year’s poster using one of her woodcut and paper cut artworks based on memories of the hoar frost coated Hebden Bridge a couple of winters ago. The work is titled ‘Frozen North’ and is part of a series looking at the idea of ‘The North’.
The Festive Open Studios are always a cheery and convivial event and so we hope to see all our friends and supporters from near and far at the end of the month.
Well its been a pretty slow and uneventful start to the year at Brooklyn, with many artists opting to work at home, some members away on their travels (Hello to Hannah down in the South Atlantic and enjoying sightings of blue whales!) and some poor folks struck down with lurgy (hope Lynda is feeling a lot better now). However, we’ve just had 4 new giant tanks of gas delivered, so its not completely unfeasible to imagine the studio temperature rising above freezing and possibly even heading towards toasty warm? Hopefully this news will encourage a surge of creative energy. And to get people in the mood why not get involved with a February drawing project called 28 Drawings Later? Glasgow based artist Victoria Evans made a public commitment online to create one drawing per day during the month of February in 2011. She named her artistic endeavour 28 Drawings Later. Her February drawing challenge was conceived to help improve her own skills but as the online community around her engaged with the project and wanted to join in too, Victoria found the sense of community around drawing and art was just as important as her creative progress. The result was an evolving, month-long, participatory online gallery which encouraged everyone, artists and non-artists alike, to see what might happen if they made time to draw every day for a month.
This year, with sponsorship from Millers Creativity Shop and Aye-Aye Books as well as some clever, creative use of Facebook, Victoria is opening 28 Drawings Later to an even wider audience. Participants in the inclusive arts project will share their daily drawings with the 28 Drawings Later Facebook profile page and receive feedback and comments from other members of the community. Dedicated drawers will even be able to win prizes as reward for their contributions. Victoria urges everyone, to take part: “From stickmen characters to intricate sketches, regardless of style or ability, I believe anyone can learn to express themselves through drawing once they stop worrying about making mistakes and ‘getting it right’”.
In celebration of the 2012 leap year, 28 Drawings Later will culminate in an offline exhibition of work at The Old Hairdressers in Glasgow City Centre. Anyone who successfully completes the online challenge will be invited to exhibit their work. To take part, just ‘like’ the 28 Drawings Later Facebook page and begin drawing on 1 February! http://www.facebook.com/28DrawingsLater Brooklyn member Angie Rogers has decided to take the challenge and hopes other Brooklynites will join her. If anyone is put off by the Facebook aspect, Angie has volunteered to offer technical support.
Last Friday saw yet another crowd of people piling into Brooklyn for a much anticipated illustrated talk by Hannah Lawson one of our studio holders, who combines being an accomplished wildlife artist with trips to the polar regions as zodiac skipper and expedition leader on small cruise ships.
This unusual career trajectory makes Hannah an ideal candidate for retelling the extraordinary story of a journey made by three brave men exactly 100 years ago, to Cape Crozier at the height of the Antarctic winter in order to collect Emperor penguin eggs for scientific study. The story of the expedition by Bill, Birdie and Cherry, AKA Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers and Apsley Cherry-Garrard is truly amazing and Hannah’s lively talk fully conveyed the horrendous conditions they experienced as well as a strong sense of the camaraderie and stoicism of the three travellers. It certainly made me want to search out my battered copy of Cherry’s memoir entitled ‘The Worst Journey In The World’ for yet another read.
One of the ‘highlights’ of the evening was the opportunity to sample the delights of ‘ships biscuit’ and Pemmican – made by Hannah to demonstrate the kind of fuel the expedition ran on. Obviously highlight is the wrong word, for whilst the ships biscuit was almost OK though terribly hard, the Pemmican was way beyond disgusting. Beefy fudge with an aftertaste of lard is the only way I can describe it – ghastly! Nevertheless its easy to imagine it seeming quite tasty if you’d been trudging all day in complete darkness at temperatures of -40 C and worse.
Speaking as a visual artist who likes to draw outdoors, I was especially interested in Hannah’s slides of drawings made by the admirable Wilson. It seems almost incredible that despite the privations and danger of frost-bite Wilson could find the energy and drive to make sketches outside in Antarctica. I’ll try to bear this bravery in mind next time I’m moaning about cold hands up on the moors on a mild winters day.
All in all a very interesting and enlightening evening which was obviously enjoyed by an appreciative crowd. Thank you Hannah and please do make this a regular event.
Once again participants on the woodcut course last Sunday amazed and delighted tutor Angie Rogers with their versatility and skill. Here is a selection of images from the day.