Welcome to the November 2010 edition
of the Newsletter.
Needless to say, with the recent aquisition
of a new studio, it has come to dominate my world at the moment,
so this newsletter is largely about the importance of having your
own space to work in. And if you're in Scotland on the 11th of next
month you will get the chance to see the new place as there is an
open day event. More details below.
So, coming up in this newsletter:
"Off the Wall"
WASPS Studios Open Day
Spring Fling 2011
Video of "Once Upon a Time... The Making of an Artist's
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I dont think we should underestimate the importance
and significance of having a space in which to work and create.
That may be the cramped end of the kitchen table,
in competition with debris from the last meal or that pile of needing
to be dealt with letters. It could be the unexpectedly spare
room, perched between bed and bookshelf and mounds of cant-do-without
materials. Seemingly more indulgent and luxurious still is the designated
studio room in the house even if that is shared with
husband, laptop, desk and an ever
increasing amount of photographic paraphernalia
I have had all such spaces to work in, swinging between
feelings of gratitude for having any room at all and frustration
because its never quite big enough or indeed respected as
Now at last I have my proper artists studio
in the nearby town of Kirkcudbright. I have to go out to work again
and I just love it. For me the whole experience of leaving my home
and taking a bus to my studio is a completely heady affair.
But I suppose the real point of this is that whatever
space we have matters. We need to make it our own, at least for
the duration of the work we do there, even if it is only borrowed
or dual purpose.
By respecting our creative environment we will be
more productive and satisfied and able to develop skills to move
What is your workplace like - Im really
curious? Why not email me about it and next month Ill
put together a blog, with your permission, of selected extracts
from your feedback.
In the video this month (see below) I welcome you
to my new workplace and you will see how I am making it my own.
Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries Off
the Wall 13th November 24th December
Currently I have some work on show in a group
exhibition here. Its a show of smaller scale artworks particularly
suitable for Christmas presents.
WASPS Studios - Kirkcudbright Open Day - Saturday
11th December from10am until 4pm.
This is the very first opening here and a chance
to see my new studio at - 117 High Street, Kirkcudbright DG6
4JG - as well as other exciting local artists. Also on this
day the town will be hosting a Christmas festival - so well worth
More good news for the coming year - I have
been selected again for Spring Fling 2011, Dumfries and Galloways
open studio event at the end of May. This will be my fourth year
running so I am excited about taking part. More news about this
event in future newsletters.
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