So after a rainy/sunny/sunny/rainy hiatus I’m leaving my brolly in the porch (for now!) and I'm back with a brand new series of Lives of Artists.
I have been hugely impressed and inspired by the tenacity and enthusiasm from the artists on board so far. And this next series proves no-less impassioned.
And so first up with his timely and positive contribution is from Independent film maker Russell Noon.
I say timely because while he was typing away on his keyboard joining in this series, the news broke about the closure of the UK Film Council. Without going into too much detail here about monies, funding and necessities like the NHS (very true). I am more than a wee bit gob-smacked at the thinking behind any council’s closure especially the arts, so this can’t help but create a woah!!!-stop-and-take-stock moment.
To hear more on this and Russell's thoughts along with his new independent film venture The Wizard and The Werewolf, which was filmed in the North of England and based in Sheffield; tune into the first in the series starting this Thursday 26th in a once-a-week-look at Lives of Artists.
Amongst the other artists who will be sharing their views and ideas on how they keep their own creative processes going with the impact of day jobs (please note; I'm saying the word job with tentative reassurance here), location, the different types of creative-business opportunities already in place or inspired by the artists themselves - and there are some pretty novel ideas! - there are some varied and interesting insights emerging. All of them tuned into what its like to be a creative today:
Also included is Jennifer Dalton who first arrived on my metaphorical radar a few months ago when I noticed a blurb in an ArtNet tweet mentioning a project being launched called #class to be held at Ed Winklemans gallery in New York; the brief being all about artists and the chasm of social, and economic divides which could alienate or excluded large groups of artists outside art-centric cities such as the one Jennifer lives in, New York. The project was a huge success (as mentioned in previous posts!) in its ability to cut through those areas of gender, class, location and gatekeeper style exclusivity, through informed, positive and lively debates.
Are Times of Recession Good for Art? part of Jennifer Dalton is a Scientist - Not!
Smack Melon Gallery NY, March-April 2008
Jen and William (Powhida) amongst others put a lot of impassioned effort into the making of that project which is why I went straight to her when I initially started thinking of doing these posts about artists and how the reality of their lives impacted on creating their work.
Beyond the Valley the entrepreneurial St Martin’s Graduate’s fashion outlet-come-gallery-space in London’s Soho, 5 years on from inception.
Fresh from degree photographer Zoe Boundry who is enthusiastic but at the same time anticipatory and pragmatic about her future.
Zoe Boundry's Summerfield's series
Sarah Turner’s innovative start-up in Nottingham recycling plastic bottles; an eco artist & designer making beautiful products from waste materials. Her latest creations are decorative lighting products made from waste plastic drinks bottles. The bottles are collected from cafes and households then they are cleaned and sandblasted. With some clever cutting they are then transformed into decorative forms, totally unrecognisable from their original state.
And a new gallery owner also in Nottingham at Cuadros who has, after being involved in London's commercial art scene for 10 years started his own small outlet with a view to nurturing the artists he finds; having a direction which is artist driven rather than market led.
George Thornton's Cuadros Gallery in Hockley Nottingham
Along with these are more artists, including Errol, a Nottingham musician who has recently changed his music style and set up his own business selling insurance so he can work his studio time around that. An artist who designs theatre-sets as his day job. And Norwegian sculptor Gunnar Fretheim, who lectures at Trondheim's Art and Media Studies to keep family and art/work in balance along with the ideas he generates with his students. These and many more artists in the mix.......
Starting this Thursday 26th August with Russell Noon, Independent Film Maker