Link: ‘Bringing the Outside In’ project at Willen Hospice

A lovely mention about the ‘Outside In’ project which I did with Dr. Ulka Karandikar has been included on Willen Hospice’s recent blog update about their current building work:

” The boarded corridor was beautifully decorated with a hand drawn art scene by local artist Andrea Willette. The Hospice’s Dr. Ulka Karandikar collaborated with Andrea in designing and drawing a large scale black and white mural in the In-Patient Unit. Taking inspiration from the surrounding landscape, the three panels include flowers, water and trees. Staff, visitors and volunteers helped complete the large scale mural over the course of one weekend. One visitor commented, “it was a nice distraction for the children at this difficult time”. “

Read the whole article here.

Willen Hospice

Stone Carving workshop

During my residency at Westbury Arts Centre this summer, I was able to attend the workshops running there, including the two-day stone carving workshop by Adam Williamson. I had never tried any kind of carving before, and it was a lot of fun and something I’d like to try more of, along with wood carving.

My carving in progress

‘Outside In’ participatory art project at Willen Hospice

Over the past few weeks I have been working with Ulka Karandikar at Willen Hospice in Milton Keynes to create a large three-part mural. I worked directly onto a temporary wall inside the hospice, which is up for the duration of the building work for the ‘Outside In’ building extension project.

The images for the drawings in the mural took inspiration from the ‘Outside In’ theme, and have used nature scenes from Willen Lake and the gardens in the hospice. Three panels were done in total: a scene of the lake, a scene of a path leading into some trees, and an image of flowers from the garden.

Today we invited visitors and staff to colour in the mural, leaving crayons for anyone passing by to get involved. It was brilliant fun to do from start to finish – from drawing the mural, to meeting the wonderful staff and visitors while I was drawing, and seeing everyone enjoying colouring on the walls once it was finished.

Photographs are yet to come, but in the meantime here are some images of the mural in progress:

The corridor before starting the mural

The first panel before starting

The first panel in progress

The first panel finished (the Willen goats are there on the island!)

The second panel before starting

The second panel in progress

The second panel finished

The third panel before starting

The third panel in progress

The third panel finished

The completed corridor

The completed corridor from the opposite end

Upcoming talk: Life After Art School at MK Gallery

Later this week I will be taking part in the Life After Art School talk at MK Gallery. Along with artists Julie LeFevre and Matt Taylor, we will be talking about our work, and sharing our experiences from the artist in residency programme at Westbury Arts Centre.

There will also be contributions from Angelika Studios, Wysing Arts Centre, and Artworks MK.

For more information please visit the MK Gallery event page here.

Wednesday 14th August, 6:30 – 8pm. Free.

life-afterartschool

Open Show 2.0

I have work on show in the upcoming Open Show 2.0 at Creed Street Arts Centre in Milton Keynes! The exhibition runs from 7th August – 7th September, with the opening night this coming Wednesday from 7:30pm where there will be an artists mingle opportunity, live hyper-performances in the bar and first viewings of the shows. It will be a great chance to see lots of artwork by local MK based artists.

Creed Street Theatre & Arts Centre can be found at:

Creed Street,
Wolverton,
Milton Keynes,
MK12 5LY.

Upcoming exhibition: Selected Graduate & Undergraduate Show at Westbury Arts Centre

I am exhibiting my new installation work in this show at Westbury Arts Centre! The work was produced during my time on the artist residency programme there, and will be shown alongside two other artists on the residency, plus recent graduates from the University of Northampton.

The exhibition runs 10th – 30th August, with the opening night on the 9th August, 5:30pm – 8pm. Please come along and have a look!

Westbury Arts Centre milton keynes

We are just over half way through hosting our Graduate Artist Residencies at Westbury and we are excited to announce our next exhibition is a Selected Graduate & Undergraduate Show, showcasing the creative excellence of emerging art graduates.

Selected Graduate & Undergraduate Show

10–30 August 2013

Westbury Arts Centre, Foxcovert Rd, Shenley Wood, Milton Keynes, MK5 6AA

Private View:  9 August, 5:30pm–8pm.  All welcome!

Our Graduate Artists in Residence 2013; Andrea Willette, Matt Taylor, and Julie LeFevre will be exhibiting their works alongside selected graduates and undergraduates from The University of Northampton and Slade School of Fine Art, London.

Matt Taylor- red mast

Matt Taylor, BA Photographic Practice, graduated from The University of Northampton in 2013. Matt examines the contrasts between natural and urban environments, through his light sculptures and photography.

Andrea Willette - Inside Outside

Andrea Willette, BA Fine Art, graduated from Winchester School of Art in 2011. Her unusual use of tights and rice…

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Masking workshop

I’m about halfway through my Residency at Westbury Arts Centre now, so I thought I should share some photos of what I’ve been up to so far! I will post more stuff soon, but for now here are some pictures from a recent workshop here that I attended. It was learning masking techniques run by artist Cathy Read, who currently is currently exhibiting with ceramist and architect Sally Brooks in the ‘Shack to City’ exhibition in the house here at Westbury Arts Centre.

It was really refreshing to be learning new techniques, and I really enjoyed spending the day playing and experimenting. As a beginner you feel a lot more free to play and less precious about the outcome, which I think is an important attitude to try and maintain at any level of your art practice.

Various stages of the process.

Playing!

One of my pieces finished.

Another finished piece, using a different masking technique to the previous piece.

Art Residency at Westbury Arts Centre

Art Residency at Westbury Arts Centre

Some information on artists Julie LeFevre, Matt Taylor and myself as the current Artists in Residence at Westbury Arts Centre in Milton Keynes. We will be working there from now until the end of August, and will be exhibiting in the Graduate Artist Exhibition, 10–25 August 2013 in the Barn Gallery at Westbury Arts Centre.