There’ll be no meeting or artist talk as we prepare for our AGM which will take place on the first Wed in October. We’ll post further details soon.
Following on from blimey X we are pleased to announce that blimey! prize winner Carole Thorne AND the winner of the public vote Sharon Simpson will be discussing their work at our next artist talk. Each artist will have examples of their work and will be discussing their creative practice. There’ll also be an opportunity at the end to ask the artists any questions about their work.
Above – The Gathering by Carole Thorne
Above – Three’s a Crowd by Sharon Simpson
The talk will take place upstairs in Vesuvio Wines, 3A Houndgate Darlington, Co Durham on Wed 2nd August from 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge for the talk.
We have some copies of the 10 postcards we got printed as part of the event, which we’ll have with us at the talk. For any artists who for whatever reason couldn’t manage to collect their artwork from the last day of the exhibition, we’ll have those with us as well.
The blimey X exhibition has been a great success, with over 200 visitors over the course of the weekend, visiting our two day exhibition.
The preview event included us announcing the winner of the blimey! £500 prize – Carole Thorne for her work ‘The Gathering’ (see image below). The event was well attended with Pimms and cake on offer, as well as the chance to pick up one of the 10 printed postcards.
During the two day exhibition visitors could vote for their favourite artwork, with the winner of the public vote being awarded a further £500 prize.
With 172 votes cast in total, Sharon Simpson received the public prize for her work ‘Three’s a Crowd’ (see image below).
Thanks to everyone who came during the exhibition and the artists involved.
We’ll be posting news of our next blimey! artist talk soon.
Latest Edition is a Navigator North project building upon the success of previous professional development programmes and opportunities offered to visual artists.
Offered in partnership with Festival of Thrift, Navigator North are launching a bursary scheme, called Latest Edition – which will enable emerging artists to develop a sustainable creative career. Working alongside and learning from established artists, artists will create new work, develop their professional profile, learn how to market themselves and their work as well as sharing that work with a public audience. Latest Edition will work with 3 invited established artists and 3 selected emerging artists.
This is an opportunity for emerging artists to work with Navigator North, Festival of Thrift and established artists; Nick Kennedy, Theresa Easton and Alex Sickling – creating new work for Festival of Thrift 2017 and then toured to three regional exhibition venues in 2018 including Palace Arts in Redcar, The Witham in Barnard Castle and Hartlepool Art Gallery.
Emerging artists will work alongside more established and experienced artists and arts professionals during this project to support their professional development – building valuable experience, connections and genuine sector specific skills to enhance their career in the arts.
Three emerging artists will be selected from a regional call-out.
The bursary will offer the following to emerging artists –
- A bursary amount of £1000 per artist. (This is inclusive of any production costs for event/exhibition artwork and the limited edition as well as travel costs beyond that offered for visits as part of the bursary)
- Support and mentoring from established artists and arts professionals
- Technical support and equipment
- Raised profile through events/exhibitions, project film/photography and a dedicated website
- Opportunities to show new work to public audiences
- Potential sales of limited edition artworks (with income after any venue commission going to each artist)
- Networking opportunities with other artists, arts professionals, curators and exhibition venues
- Support from NN throughout the project
- Use of NN spaces if required for production of artworks
- Storage of artworks for the duration of the project
Call out event on Tuesday 4th July, 3.30pm – 5pm at Kirkleatham Hall
To enable artists to have an opportunity to visit the Festival of Thrift site at Kirkleatham to inform their application for the bursary there will be a call out event for potential applicants to find out more prior to making an application. Attendance at this event is not a requirement to submitting an application although it is recommend it to get a better insight to the project and the initial site.
If you would like to attend the call event at Kirkleatham please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place.
Further details and the application form can be downloaded directly from the Navigator North website here.
Deadline for applications is 9am Friday 7th July.
These are the 10 postcards selected from over 200 that we received to our blimey X call out which will be reproduced and available for visitors to pick up from our exhibition on Sat 8th and Sun 9th July.
The selected artists include; Tim McNeilly, Jonny Lancaster, Sharon Simpson, Richard Collier, Carole Thorne, Nicola Golightly, Charity Waistell, James D Robinson, Stephen Muzynski and Stephen Hardy.
Here’s a bit of information about each one –
Title – The blimey! colouring book
Artist – Tim McNeilly
Medium – Hand drawn and stencilled design, digitised and printed
Description – A page from a fictional blimey! colouring book. From Detournement ‘turning expressions of the capitalist system against itself’ to buying colouring books in the hope of attaining ‘mindfulness’
Title – See Darlington by train
Artist – Jonny Lancaster
Medium – Digital
Description – A homage to the vintage train art of yesteryear
Title – Three’s a crowd
Artist – Sharon Simpson
Medium – Acrylic
Description – Based on Kio Carp at Butterfly World, Preston Park
Title – The new Feethams development
Artist – Richard Collier
Medium – Photograph
Title – The Gathering
Artist – Carole Thorne
Medium – Mixed media – collage, acrylic and laquer spray
Description – Images are magazine cut-outs, rearranged to create the illusion of an art event
Title – Slavutych colour study
Artist – Nicola Golightly
Medium – Digital print on embossed paper
Description – Duotone experimental piece. Colour study of Slavutych satellite town, Ukraine
Title – Jewelled Trail
Artist – Charity Waistell
Medium – Textile
Description – Based on Darlington’s heritage trail. Painted, embroidered and historic monuments picked out in ‘jewelled’ beads.
Title – blimey! postcard
Artist – James D Robinson
Medium – Digital
Description – Art as a reflection of the real world
Title – Three Girls
Artist – Stephen Muszynski (of the Community Arts Group)
Medium – Felt pen
Title – Blue Figures
Artist – Steven Hardy (of the Community Arts Group)
Medium – Felt pen
We’ll have 200 of each so make sure that you visit the exhibition to collect your favourite and of course see the original artwork in person.
From these 10 we’ll select one artist to receive the ‘blimey!’ prize of £500. The public vote taken during the two day exhibition will be between all works shown and will be awarded a further £500.
All copyright belongs with the artists, please do not reproduce without permission