Recently I have made connections with the lovely Sergio who runs The White Lion Bar/Kitchen in Beeston, Nottingham - my local home town. We discussed the possibilities of myself coordinating a wall space towards exhibiting local artists' work and aptly named the space 'The White Wall Gallery at The White Lion'. I am looking forward to adding art works to the space from next week. Sergio is a forward thinking man who welcomes many ideas and also encourages comunity involvement with project in his bar.. a lovely person and a lovely welcoming bar that has a laid-back, international feel with a warm, personal welcome not often found in bars.
I will also be exhibiting my piece 'Nature's Way' at the Beeston Library community exhibition from Monday 4th August for a month alongside 39 other local artists.
I have also been approached by http://www.madetheatre.co.uk/category/madeatno18/arts-crafts-gallery/ asking if I would like to exhibit work at this new venture. I look forward to visit the space in the next few weeks and see what good work is being done and have a long think about what I may like to exhibit.
I have been wanting to get out into one of my favourite places namely, The Peak District for the past few weeks now and luckily, I managed to do just that last weekend. Being out in nature, in peace and solace around wild spaces is so important for me both as an artist and photographer. It nurtures my heart, soul and creative processes. I aimed to do some photography around the ethereal and my place/space within nature, my spirit and how this becomes one of us/me and we become one of it.. we are all part of nature's cycle and through photography I wanted to create this spiritual connection that I am universally tied and drawn to.. I managed to produce work that I felt very happy and inspired by (maybe that was the space within nature that gave me this added inspiration) I came up with a technical process and worked with this throughout the weekend using a prop and minimal post production. I would very much like to continue to produce work along this theme, in different spaces and with the use of self-portrait.. I look forward to the results that may or may nor please me but let's say for today, I feel pleased...
I've bee reflecting today about my life over the last 5 years or so and how things change over time. In 2010, a team of 200 people were made redundant from my then workplace, this was a brutal loss of service and support to thestudents who we reached out to - homeless learners, but also, a real sad time for those of us who had much experience of working with these learners. I often think about these learners and wonder what they are doing in their lives today. I was pretty much burnt out from this work back then and hencewhy, I took time out to decide my future path. In 2011 around this time of the year, I embarked on a decision that has changed my life, photography. I returned to study Photography as both a passion and an art, it sometimes makes me giddy to think about the good things that have happened during the past 3 years, since I took this step. I have been lucky and grateful to have met some great and very supportive people in the artbased world and in many ways, they are like a coming home.. a meeting and nurturing of creative minds and needs. All creating in our own way and keepng hold of a creative vision, this to me has been like a rebirth of sorts and one that I am glad life has put in my path.
I have also met some wonderful people who have come along to look at my photograhy, I love talking to these people and connecting with them about their views; art, photography, feelings - these moments are like gold dust and mean a lot to me. I was gladly reminded about these moments on Sunday at our Artists' Talk..
So on reflection in July, the path taken all those years ago has been one of the best I have ever taken in my life and I look forward to where it will contine to lead..