Back in February 2013 I held an Auction of Promises raising funds for the British Heart Foundation. When collecting donated prints I had a conversation with two Printmaker friends about creating an exhibition in central Cambridge solely to showcase Printmakers and the enormous variety of techniques that encompasses them.
Both of these friends, who had not met each other previously properly had both independently had the idea before so this time we got together and decided to really make it happen.
Sue Jones, Anthony Hopkinson and myself then started meeting regularly devising plans, budgets, approaching venues and tentatively asking fellow Printmakers if they thought it was a good idea or if they thought we were barking mad.
In January 2014 nearly 100% of our invited Printmakers took their places - we didn't expect that all but that proved to us that we were doing the right thing. The three Print Houses where many of the exhibitors trained were also enthusiastic about launching a show together.
Now we are nearly there. It has been a mammoth task, but so worth it.
Doors open at the Pitt Building, opposite Fitzbillies at 10.30am until 5pm every day from Saturday 27 September until Saturday 4 October. On Sunday 5 October we are open from 10.30am but doors will close at 1pm. We are holding a Private Preview on Friday 26th September for invited guests - we are limited on numbers to the Preview but if you would like to come then please contact me by email.
For all the information you need please go to the Cambridge Original Printmakers website.
I have been asked to participate in an exciting event that celebrates the achievements of women and girls as part of this year’s Cambridge Festival of Ideas at the Cambridge Junction.
Throughout the day there will be talks, heated debates, lively workshops and exciting activities for all ages. There will be a host of interesting women attending journalists, mums, daughters, scientists, artists, campaigners and next door neighbours.
I will be there selling prints, cards and a new range of gift items from 10 am.
A new range of calendars will be launched at this event.
Straight after the Cambridge Original Printmakers exhibition (27 Sept - 5 October) I will be gathering my new collection of oil paintings ready to be hung for my solo show - Painting The Blues, at the Over Gallery. There will be new canvases, wood panels and also a few original prints on sale.
Painting The Blues is a line from one of my favourite songs - Solid Air by John Martyn. It is very appropriate as I spent many a long night at art college from 1979-83 listening to this album. More details on the exhibition will follow.
These two new oil on canvas 70 x 70 cm paintings will be on display at my solo show at the Over Gallery in mid October.
Sometimes names come for paintings while I am working on them. These two I have been thinking about a lot as they have been finished during a challenging period of one of my closest friends (I describe her as my left arm:-) The naming of them are about being still within yourself and that every day your personal landscape is being shaped.
Shaping your landscape
Still working on these but they will be finished in time for my solo show at The Over Gallery in October, straight after the Cambridge Original Printmakers exhibition. They are two oils on canvas 70 x 70 cm.
Exhibiting at the Stapleford Granary in July for Cambridge Open Studios this year was a lovely experience.
I launched my new collection - Glimpses and they went down a storm.
All four days were extremely hot so we were so pleased to see everyone who made it to the exhibition. And a big thank you to the Cambridge Wind Players who played during the Private Preview on the Friday. Now all the focus is on the Cambridge Original Printmakers exhibition - doors open Saturday 27 September.
This year my Cambridge Open Studios will be at the Stapleford Granary alongside 4 other Printmakers.
It is a wonderful space and I will be taking along my new Glimpses range and also a new collection of etched landscapes. I will also have greeting cards and postcards for sale too.
My new collection of oil paintings will be available to view and purchase at my solo show at the Over Gallery in October 2014.
All five of the exhibitors will be at the Granary during both weekends so come along and talk to us about our work. I look forward to seeing you there.
Stapleford Granary, Bury Road, Stapleford, Cambridge CB22 5BP. Doors open at 10 am Saturdays and 11 am on Sundays. The exhibition is also remaining on display where work can be purchased throughout the week.
I am thrilled to one of the artists exhibiting at the Ride To Cambridge exhibtion at Cambridge Contemporary Art in Trinity St Cambridge from 28 June until 10 July 2014.
Cambridge is at fever-pitch with excitement at the moment due to the stage 3 part of the famous Tour de France cycle race taking place in the heart of the city on Monday 7 July.
The Ride To Cambridge exhibition is predominantly cycle-related but you will also find two of my solarplate etchings that are exclusive to CCA - Resting and Patience framed up ready to purchase there too.
Just inked up a new solarplate etching. I am hoping Beside The Sea will be on display for the first time at my Open Studios exhibition on 19/20 27/28 July at The Stapleford Granary. If not it will be ready for the launch exhibition of Cambridge Original Printmakers in September.
My box sets of Cambridge Walkabout cards are now back on display at Urban Larder on Mill Road, Cambridge. There is also quite an extensive collection of my single Cambridge card range.