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Cambridge Open Windows 2020

Due to Cambridge Open Studios being cancelled many members have been taking part in Cambridge Open Windows.

Each week I have been displaying work outside on my front drive. It has been lovely to interact with people who have come along to appreciate a wee bit of normality.

Last weekend coming up 25/26 July. Come along and say hello.

Print this City

I have spent the last couple of months developing a range of work that I have wanted to do for several years.

I am a city dweller, originally from London but now living in Cambridge UK.

This new range will incorporate my favourite cities.  I have began with Cambridge and New York.

I will be showcasing them for the first time in my windows during every weekend in July 2020. Thereafter you will be able to purchase them online or through Cambridge Contemporary Art.

For more information contact me at jo@jotumer.com

woodcut printmaking

I've been experimenting with woodcut printmaking again this past week. I remember a wood engraving class I attended at Edinbrurgh Printmakers a few years ago with Angie Lewin. Angie said 'protect your blacks'.

Still work in progress.

 

 

Milton Road Library talk

In June 2020 I will be hosting a zoom talk with my fellow  collaborative artist Cathy Faithfull.  This is a brief description of what will be discussing.

"Artists Jo Tunmer and Cathy Faithfull met whilst undertaking their MA at Cambridge School of Art. On completion of their degrees the passion they shared for the changing landscape spurred them on to work collaboratively under the name ‘eARTh’. They use recycled materials to open up new dialogues that are primarily focused on climate change issues. Their current enquiry repurposes clocks and jigsaw pieces that illustrate the need for action and how time is of the essence in this climate emergency.

So much of the resistance to mitigating climate change has come from those who insist that 'society is hard to change'. The global response to this current pandemic has shown that this is actually not true. Huge changes made on how society operates have been acted upon in a matter of weeks. It is apparent that when lives and livelihoods are at stake, individuals are prepared to make sacrifices and changes in order to have a future.  So by applying this new 2020 vision it is possible for us all to accept a ‘New Normal’ where not only caring for one another is paramount, caring for the planet also becomes second nature".

Date will be announced soon.

 

April 2020

On Saturday 4 April 2020 I came down with Covid-19. Extremely high temperatures, cough, heavy chest and a sore throat for 7 + days and although I'm now on day 13 I am still not well. As I am susceptible to flu and chest infections I knew the differences of this virus instantly.

Needless to say I was isolated from my family immediately but despite doing everything we could to keep the necessary 2 metre distance my husband came down with it on 11 April 2020. Our 21 and 17 year olds were flung into caring roles and so far they have remained well. Luckily despite my husband's asthma and heart issues he has bounced back quite quickly.
Everyone will have a story to tell about 2020. What has kept me going during my isolation has been the daily texts from my close knit group of friends who live from a 5 minute walk away to Kuwait to Australia. My parents, despite their own health issues also emailed daily. We will also be eternally indebted to a small group of friends who have shopped for us ensuring we have everything we need.
But what also became important were the cards I received. Just a couple of lines on a postcard cheered me up no end. I cannot thank the postal service enough for continuing to put themselves at risk.
In early March 2020 alongside my art practice I started a new part time job at Cambridge Contemporary Art - the beloved gallery that has represented me for the past 10 years who support over 500 artists between 2 galleries.
Although I am a new recruit I have been enveloped into this remarkable family of staff who have helped keep me going these past weeks. However due to the current situation many small businesses are now facing closure. CCA are fighting hard to keep going by continuing to trade online but also by crowd funding. For every £2.50 donators can collect greeting cards once the store can reopen. Then you can send all the cards you get back to those you care about about too and make their day just that bit brighter Hopefully in a weeks time I'll be back on my feet in the meantime - go take a look here.

 

I am not out of the woods quite yet and taking one day at a time.

Salvage exhibition

I am taking part in an exhibition with Cathy Faithfull at Anglia Ruskin University from 1-30 April 2020.

Go to our website for further information.

Cambridge Open Studios

I have just signed up to take part in 2020 Cambridge Open Studios. I will be opening my doors during weekend 2 and 3.

For this event I will be exhibiting oil paintings, solarplate and woodcut prints and my latest collaborative contemporary artwork for eARTh with with Cathy Faithfull.

eARTh -Work in progress

I am currently in an intense period of research and experimentation. My collaboration with Fine Artist Cathy Faithfull focuses on environmental aesthetics in relation to the changing landscape (eARTh). The work produced will be on display mid-2020.

The collaboration is for an art residency with AA2A at Cambridge School of Art. I am using a mixture of found objects and printmaking.

 

For more information please visit the AA2A website.

AA2A residency

I have been awarded a place on the AA2A residency programme. The AA2A project provides placements for visual artists and designer-makers in higher and further education institutions across England.

The placement has begun my collaboration with fellow MA Visual Artist Cathy Faithfull.

The mandate of our collaboration - EartH is to investigate our human relationship with the changing landscape and respond with artwork.

EartH - discussion meeting

On Friday 18 October, EartH will be holding a discussion meeting at Anglia Ruskin University.

 

More about my AA2A collaboration with Cathy Faithfull next week.

Collaboration

My work focuses on landscape - urban and natural environments.

I recently woke up to the protests that have been inspired by Greta Thunberg and become increasingly conscious of climate change.  I know, a little late in the day but that's the problem with many of us.

With this in mind I have begun a collaboration with fellow artist Cathy Faithfull in order to explore art ideas around this issue.

EartH has just begun - let's see where it takes us.

Cambridge Open Studios 2019 - last weekend

This weekend (20/21 July) will be our final weekend at Rock Road Library Art Space.  We had a rocking weekend last week and this weekend the library has lots of activities planned too.

Just another heads up - at the end of my Cambridge Open Studios I will be donating 10% of my total sales to  my friend's charity the YMPH Foundation.

Founded by Will's parents Anne and Peter the mandate of the YPMH is to help young people enter adulthood with greater resilience to mental health conditions, and thereby reduce the number of young people who take their own lives.

For further information about the Foundation please go to: www.ypmh.org.

I have a browser sale too - just for Open Studios, see you there!

YMPH Foundation

At the end of my Cambridge Open Studios I will be donating 10% of my total sales to  my friend's charity the YMPH Foundation.

Founded by Will's parents Anne and Peter the mandate of the YPMH is to help young people enter adulthood with greater resilience to mental health conditions, and thereby reduce the number of young people who take their own lives.

For further information about the Foundation please go to: www.ypmh.org.

2019 Cambridge Open Studios

Doors open at my Cambridge Open Studios exhibition at 11 am and close and 6pm.

Emma Bennett Collage, Rebecca Stark and myself will be at The Rock Road Library Art Space on the 13/14 and 20 and 21 July 2019.  We are very grateful to the Friends of Rock Road Library for supporting our Cambridge Open Studios this year.

Cambridge Contemporary Art solo show

The Private Preview for my solo show in May 2019 was buzzing! The Gallery took some lovely photos - take a look here.

Cambridge Open Studios 2019

After a very successful solo show at Cambridge Contemporary Art I am looking forward to the next show - Cambridge Open Studios.

I will be exhibiting at the Rock Road Library Space with Emma Bennett and Rebecca Stark.  To keep up-to-date keep an eye on the Cambridge Open Studios website.

Cambridge Contemporary Art Solo Show

The weekend I completed my Masters in Printmaking in September 2018 I have been busy creating a new body of work for my solo show at Cambridge Contemporary Art.

Thirty nine new solarplate etchings and oil paintings are now finished and are either at the framers of being varnished.

Doors open on 11 May 2019 but I will be sending out Private Preview invitations for Friday 10th May 2019.  Please email me if you would like to attend the event.

Cambridge Science Festival

Cambridge Science Festival

Multiple Sclerosis

On Sunday 17 March 2019 I will be exhibiting work accepted for the What a Nerve exhibition.

I am one of 6 Artists that explore the disease Multiple Sclerosis.

The day-long event brings together stem cell researchers and people affected by MS.

The art exhibition expresses the disease, science and cells through acrylic, glass, paper, paint and sound by artists Kelly Briggs, Elizabeth Fraser, Virginia Mayo, Charlotte Morrison and myself.

Co-ordinated by Liza Reed from Growing Art Partnerships.

To book tickets for the free event please register your interest here.

John Hughes Arts Festival

On 12 February 2019 the Secret Postcard Art Auction will be taking place.

I was asked to donate artwork to the cause and over the Christmas break I worked on a postcard oil painting and a woodcut etching.

Enjoy looking for them!

For more information please go to the website.

Oils coming along...

I have been very focussed on producing work for my upcoming solo show at Cambridge Contemporary art in May 2019.

I have just been informed that a recent submission for a Cambridge Science Festival exhibition has been accepted for March 2019 so back to the studio....

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