Coastline Traces – Sefton Coastal Path Sculpture Trail

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Sea Glass View, number 3 on the trail, stands on top of the sand dunes at Ainsdale and holds glasswork relating to the history of shipwrecks along the coast.

Coastline Traces – a sculpture trail spanning the 22 miles of Sefton Coastline was completed by myself and artist Sian Hughes in 2016.

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Wooden Henges, sculpture number 2, is located next to a bridge over a stream in Birkdale sands. It contains wire sculptures inspired by the huge amount of rare and endangered plants that can be found in this area of the coastal path.

Six sculptures have been unveiled at key points along the Sefton Coastal Path, designed jointly by us working with the local community. Each individual sculpture offers a unique creative response to a different aspect of the coastal heritage, history or landscape, offering an creative and informative view of the coast.

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Trackway is number 6 and can be found along the path at Hightown heading towards Gormleys Iron Men. Inspired by archaeological digs that have discovered evidence of Neolithic man inhabiting the area.

The sculptures all contain individual artworks developed through a programme of art workshops with the local community working with a variety of mediums.

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Sculpture number 1 is the Birdbench located at RSPB Marshside. Using cyanotytpes this piece celebrates the incredible birds that visit the area each.

Phill Gregson, talented local  wheelwright and woodsman brought his formidable skills and experience to help us realize this ambitious project.

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Clay Footprint Wall – number 5 and situated in Formby. These modern clay footprints are based on the Neolithic footprints found in the area.

Huge thanks goes to all the groups whom we worked with – Natural Alternatives, Go With The Flow and Free Flow art groups, Creative Alternatives, Bridge Inn Community Farm, Cambridge Road Children Center and Brunswick Youth Club. Special thanks to Verity Pulford Glass artist, Chris Turrell-Watts Ceramicist and photo credits and thanks go to Ted Oonk.

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The Lizard Bench -number 4, is located at the bottom of Fishermans path in Formby. Created with mosaics this artwork highlights the beautiful and rare sand lizard that lives on the Sefton coast.

Thanks also to Natural England, The National Trust, RSPB and Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership, with a special mention to Fiona Sunner and John Dempsey for being so wonderful and inspiring to work with.

For more information on this project please visit: Coastline Traces website

This project is part of the Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership (SCLP), which is funded by the Heritage Lottery.

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Saturday Art Club at The Chapel Gallery – Drawing workshops

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For this project we went back to basics, observation and mark making. The activities I planned were all designed to get the students to really appreciate expressive and interesting mark making within their drawings. I was particularly interested in encouraging a lively discussion about drawings moving away from purely representational to having a deeper value for process and mark making.

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Continuous line drawings, to begin with having the paper hidden, then on black paper focusing on superimposing drawings.

Working on long rolls of paper allows for large scale drawing and interesting compositions

The final part of this project was working from different fabrics, using mixed media including water colours. We were looking at creating large scale work and were aware of different mark making to create texture.

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This was a really great and stimulating series of workshops, with each different activity received enthusiastically. Some process’s were challenging but the kids really enjoyed this and were  happily surprised at the outcomes.

 

Go With the Flow Art Classes

Teaching at the regular adult art classes in Sefton is always a great opportunity to think about the journey of development that repeated art practice entails.

Examining and duplicating other artwork is an invaluable way of exploring colour, mark making and shapes – yet always the most rewarding aspect I find is the absolute uniqueness of each individuals work.

The celebrate this we held an exhibition in The Atkinson’s ‘Sefton Voices’ exhibition space. Participants came from Go with the Flow Southport and Bootle and Free Flow Formby and all work was created to fit into uniform frames. Curation and hanging was done in one day by Mo Peacock, Phil Dore and myself.

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We were thrilled with how it all came together for a really strong show that celebrated the talent and diversity of the art created in these groups.

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Cecilia – Laura Ashley Shaun the Sheep

A really fun project I worked on earlier this year was painting Cecilia – Shaun the Sheep for Laura Ashley. A beautiful quilt design featuring some of their most iconic prints. It was great working on such a beautiful project, the Laura Ashley … Continue reading

Coastline Traces – Sefton Coastal Path Sculpture Trail

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I am incredibly excited to have been awarded the Sefton Coastal Path Sculpture Trail commission along with my good friend and fellow artist Sian Hughes.

Over the next few months we will be working flat out to deliver numerous workshop for people from Sefton which will form parts of the six sculptures to be installed along the coastal path.

The Sefton Coast is an amazingly rich landscape with rare flora and fauna including the sand lizard, natterjack toad and red squirrel as well as important Neolithic and Mesolithic archaeological sites, shipwrecks and smuggling, asparagus and rabbits and all set against miles of stunning pristine beaches and sand dunes. We will be working with clay and resin, mosaic, glass scraffito, wire sculpture, cyanotypes and embossing aiming to create a visually exciting and information sculpture trail along the coastal path.

 The project is called Coastline Traces and we have a website and facebook page which we will be updating regularly with our progress. Please do follow, like and share us on:

www.coastlinetraces2015.wordpress.com and on Coastline Traces Facebook

 

Arts Award – Inspiring young people to grow their art

  I have been working with young people at The Chapel Gallery and The Atkinson to help them get their Arts Award Discovery and Bronze. Arts Award operates on different levels and offers young people the opportunity to develop their interest … Continue reading

Get Creative With Sandy Lane – Creative Consultation Workshops and Events

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During the summer 2014 people living and working around Sandy Lane Shopping Centre got involved in West Lancashire Borough Council’s “Get Creative with Sandy Lane” project and made the shopping centre a more colourful and inviting place to shop, work and visit.

 I was commissioned to facilitated a period of creative consultation planned at inspiring people to come up with ideas to improve the image of the centre. I worked with al the children at St Richards Primary school where they created drawing exploring their favourite things about Sandy Lane. I then digitally collaged these images to create large posters.

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Looking to create a festival feel whilst also gaining feedback I facilitate two days of bunting workshops with the public. Local residents were asked to decorate a piece of bunting with words and images aimed at finding out how they feel about the centre and exploring, in a creative way, how the centre and its surroundings can be improved. These were then hung from the rafters.

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A great time was had with all ages weaving recyclable materials into fencing to explore ideas of nature, renewable resources and aspirations for a clean and beautiful environment. The finished piece was hung near the car park and really created a joyous bright feel to the railings.

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A huge thanks for the energy and creative spirit of everyone who participated in this part of this project. I look forwards to seeing Sandy Lane get its well deserved make over.

Shaun in the city – Cath Kidston commission

Here is the journey of Paradise Bunch Shaun

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Welcome to Arena Studios naked Shaun!

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Making himself at home in my studio – Prepped and primed and ready to go.

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Working around Shaun, I put one colour on at a time, here I’ve just started the greens.

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Nearly finished! Such a great pattern to be working on this time of year.

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I think he likes having his tummy tickled!

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Final touch up

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Finished – pretty Shaun.

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Packed and wrapped and off he goes.

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Paradise Bunch Shaun is number 18 on Timmy’s Trail and can be found on Earlham Street, London.

For more information on Shaun in the City visit http://www.shauninthecity.org.uk

The Art Maze, Cheltenham 1st-19th April 2015

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I am thrilled to have been selected to create some walls for an Art Maze that is being built in Beechwood Shopping centre in Cheltenham as a Pop Up Exhibition by The Art Playground.

Based on some previous small paintings, I have created a large scale triptych painted landscape that explores optical illusions and impossible spaces. Through my use of colour and shape I hope to playfully confuse the areas of the maze and question the mazer-goers spatial perceptions.

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After sketching out the shapes I start to paint in the sky

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Using a roller and masking tape I paint in the buildings

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Installation at The Art Maze with help from Guy Harvey

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The finished piece, installed and ready for the public

The maze is open to the public from 1st -19th April, displaying artwork by Kristi Minchin, Kathryn Rothery, Hannah Ellis, Suzie Early and Jess Polglaze with the centre piece by Emma Reed.

http://artplayground.org.uk/portfolio/the-art-maze-april-15/

https://www.facebook.com/ArtPlaygroundCheltenham

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