It is now just over three weeks until the opening Niki's exhibition, including new work.

 'As We Are' with Rupert Record opens Tuesday 4th September at the Menier Gallery, on Southwark Street, London.

In her recent paintings exploring rural and marginal urban fringe environments. people have begun to 'wander in' to the work.

It is many years since the human figure has featured in her work.

'I attribute their return to an increasing need to decode the remains of human activity that I find in the landscape and also to my work as a Scenographer. 

I have grown used to seeing some human drama unfolding in front of the environ...

Mad Cow Productions are Finalists in the regional 'What's On' awards in two categories. Best Amateur Theatre Group in Shropshire and Best Amateur Production in Shropshire for 'Present Laughter'.

It's very exciting to have a Production I preformed in and designed the set for to get this recognition.

PLEASE Vote for us if you like what Mad Cow  (and I) do!  Follow the link below and vote for us in sections  q15 and 16.

 https://www.whatsonlive.co.uk/readers-awards-2018/

Thank you for your support!

I have been having a spring clean of my old digital filing and came across this short film clip of a project I worked on 18 years ago! A collaboration between b consultants ltd (Where I was working) and Zaha Hadid to design and engineer a moving stage for a production at Graz Opera based on Orpheus and the Underworld.  The graphics were cutting edge back in the day! 

In November I had the great fortune to be Design Director as wells as Scenic Painter on the Ashton Theatre's production of Phillip Pullman's 'His Dark Materials'. The Theatre Director - Dr. Helen Brown, came to me with an initial concept of windows between worlds, layered space and actual flying witches. I developed this concept, through a series of models and drawing, working through ideas and their buildability and H&S with the theatre 'Jedi Master' technician, Alex Davies ably assisted by his Padawan, Will and Harry. 

The design was a multi-layered ziggurat of decking and scaffold, incorporating swings and a slide...

During August and September, I had the opportunity to work in a temporary project space studio, at Participate Contemporary Artspace, while working on a landscape painting commission.

I'm pleased to say that - from the !st December 2017 I officially joined as a Studio Artist there. 

I am now mostly moved in and have already begun working.  I'm really looking forward to getting back there after the Christmas and New Year break - to creating new things and being part of the life of the studio that the other talented Artists, Designers and Craftspeople there.

 I look forward to taking part in and supporting  exhibitions there...

In the Autumn half term, My sister and niece, came up to visit for a few days. 

My niece was very keen to make a painting with her Arty Auntie. So we all camped to the cabin in the garden to work there. 

The result was the very charming 'Owl' with which my 10 year old niece was very please and with which may sister and I were very impressed. It was brilliant to work with her one to one and support exploring composition, colour, brush marks and line/edge and textual quality to get the feeling of 'Owl' that she wanted.  

I really enjoyed it - and would like to develop a workshop for others that would like some support and foc...

In the Autumn half-term I helped to facilitate some 'dropping in and draw' sessions at Participate Contemporary ArtSpace, as part of the annual national event - The Big Draw.

The two actives were:

'Human Spirograph' - Large scale, floor based drawing - exploring the range of the bodies movement

and

'In a inner landscape' - Drawing landscapes based on dreams, memory or fantasy.

It was great fun for all and something I look forward to doing again!

  

The scenic flats of a view over Bloomsbury that I painted for Mad Cow Producations of the play

 'Not now Darling!' are on display in the Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury as part of my current exhibition.

They are attracting quiet a bit of attention! 

 

 

It's so great to see my painting up and out of the studio.  

Counting down the days to the Private View......

 

 

 

FBC Manby Bowdler Gallery, 

Upper Circle level, Severn Theatre

FRI 2 OCT - SUN 10 JAN

 

An exhibition of lyrical landscapes.

The works including new studies I made while in Prussia Cove, Cornwall and memories of other more distant coastlines.

 

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