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Cambridge Contemporary Art

Cambridge Contemporary Art

Gentle Breeze, oil on wood panel

Nine new oil on wood panels are currently at the framers.  Six of them will be chosen for the next exhibition - "It's all about the Paintings!" at  Cambridge Contemporary Art (CCA).  The exhibition will run from 27 October until 25 November 2012.

The collection is called Norfolk to Northumberland. The contrast of the flat lands of Norfolk, and the beauty of the Northumbrian hills struck a chord with me this year.  I am still working on three more wood panels that will be added to the collection.

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Event management

For many years now I have organised and managed arts events.  One that I started in 2008 has grown each year and is now an established show.  Cambridge Christmas started with exhibiting nine painters and craftsmen in my house in time for local Cambridge people to purchase unusual presents.  It was so successful that I found people knocking on my door asking if I was going to hold another one.

The Unitarian Church Hall in Victoria St became the new home for the Cambridge Christmas show.  It is small, quirky and a lighting challenge but that's what I love about it.

Here is the latest postcard which will go to print in the next few weeks.  Several of the exhibitors have been showcasing their work for several years now but each year I look for new Cambridgeshire-based talent.  I am very excited to have on board for 2012 Ruth Schmid and QHERE, Rachel Dormor, Edel Hopkin and Nicola Killen.   For more information pleas go to the website.

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New work to be showcased at CCA

Here are a few paintings that will be first shown at Cambridge Contemporary Art in mid-October 2012. Although I have travelled through New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania this year my short breaks in Norfolk and Northumberland have provided me with the inspiration for my latest work.  I will be focusing on my US trips with printmaking next.


Reflecting, oil on wood panel.  Just drying so size will be confirmed once framed.Intensity

Intensity, oil on wood panel, drying - size to be confirmed once framed.

What I'm working on now...

Tuft.jpgI have a very busy year ahead of me.  Right now I am in the process of finishing six new paintings for Cambridge Contemporary Art.   These will first be shown in October 2012.

I have also started training for my Sketch and Trek, raising funds for The British Heart Foundation. I will be taking part in a 100km trek in the Sahara Desert in March 2013 where I will be compiling a diary, sketching and completing an exhibition or the work produced later on that year. For further information please go to my fundraising website.So far I have raised just under £2,500 in five months so I am very hopeful that I will reach my personal target of £5,000.

I will also be taking part in some local exhibitions and I am also managing the Cambridge Christmas 12 show which will take place at The Unitarian Church Hall on Monday 26 November 2012. So look out for me with my walking boots on during the next few months!

New work for CCA - Oct 12

My trips to Northumberland and the Norfolk coast this year has inspired my most recent work.  The new oil-on-wood panels will be shown at Cambridge Contemporary Art in October 2012.



Purple PrintMakers Launch Show today!

Our assessment is today and you can view the work produced during the year-long Certificate in Printmaking on Friday 22 June from 6 until 9 pm and on Saturday 23 June from 12 until 4 pm.  The exhibition is in the print room at The Curwen Print Study Centre.

The Purple PrintMakers site describes how to get there,

Here are some photographs as I prepare for the show. Please come along and join me for a drink.  I welcome any feedback on my first printmaking show.

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Curwen show

Chilford Hall Fire - Curwen Press - business as usual!

The devastating fire caused by arsonists at Chilford Hall this week will not stop the Curwen Press, and The Curwen Print Study Centre from continuing with their work.

In support of The Curwen Press and The Curwen Print Study Centre the exhibition of the five Certificate in Printmaking course graduates (the Purple Printmakers)  will go ahead with their exhibition on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 June 2012.

We would love to see as many people there to help support the Curwen during this rather difficult time.  Personally my heart goes out to the owners of Chilford Hall who at this moment in time are busy erecting a marquee in time for a wedding due to take place this Saturday.


Launch of the Purple Printmakers

I have been very busy these past few months working towards the end of my Certificate in Printmaking from the Curwen Print Study Centre.  It has been a very rewarding, albeit stressful year trying to study, experiment and produce work using a variety of print techniques in combination with continuing to work on new oil paintings and deal with a few difficult family issues along the way.  The end of the course is near but it is also the start of an exciting new venture.   The five participating artists have formed a new exhibiting group called the Purple Printmakers.

Our final year assessment is on Friday 22 June 2012.  We will be showcasing our work on Saturday 23rd June from 12 until 4 pm and will be holding a Private Preview on Friday 22 June 2012 from 6 until 9 pm.  For more information please go to

I will be printing in my studio from October 2012 and further exhibitions with the Purple Printmakers will be announced in 2013.  My next exhibition showcasing six new oil paintings at Cambridge Contemporary Art will be at the end of October 2012.



Monoprint, framed in white metal.


I seem to have been focusing on etching these past few weeks.  Climbing and Changing are hot-off-the-press. They will be showcased during the private preview on Friday 22 June 2012 at The Curwen Print Centre.  We will also keep the show open during Saturday 23 June.

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Curwen Print Study Centre

My next exhibition will be at The Curwen Print Study Centre.  It will be my final assessment for my year-long Certificate in Printmaking course.  It has challenged be enormously and I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.   I just have to pass now:-)  The date for the show is Saturday 23 June 2012 at the Centre, which is based at Chilford Hall in Linton.

In the Forefront

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