Quay Arts’ Visual Arts Manager Georgia Newman talks to Island Artist Susie Prangnell about her latest exhibition ‘Balance’ currently on in Quay Arts’ Cafe.
Join us for our first Zoom artist talk in lockdown 2.0, with artist Susie Prangnell discussing her latest exhibition ‘Balance’ at Quay Arts, her chosen medium soft pastels, creative process and some very useful advice for anyone wishing to pursue a career in the arts and creative industries.
The talk is 14 minutes long and is available while the exhibition is on at Quay Arts until January 2021. To view the exhibition online please click here.
Hands and faces with Nick Martin – a short online drawing course
Fridays 24 Jul / 31 Jul / 7 Aug / 10 – 11am / £30
AVAILABLE TO BOOK FROM FRIDAY 19TH JUNE. WATCH THIS SPACE.
Join experienced tutor Nick Martin for an online course that will help you establish good drawing practice and easy ways of always getting the face and hands ‘right’.
With some simple rules and a little practice, you will never need to fear hands and feet again!
The course is delivered across online via Zoom across three hour long sessions on consecutive Fridays.
Session 1 – group introductions / tutor demo / Q&As
Session 2 – practical activity focussing on the face & features
Session 3 – practical activity exploring hands
An individual 10 min tutorial will be offered to each student between session 2 and 3 for feedback and to set some homework.The course will be delivered via Zoom with a maximum of 10 places available, which must be pre-booked.
This course has been developed with consideration for hayamix.com participants working from home and only a few pencils and some A3 paper is required to join in.
· introduction to students and tutor demo / course Q&A
· x2 sessions of group activity (practicals)
· individual 10m tutorials
The tutor will host the Zoom sessions and allow trendat.net participants in at the allotted start time of 10am.
Zoom can be downloaded as an app to a PC / laptop or accessed via a web browser.
AVAILABLE TO BOOK FROM FRIDAY 19TH JUNE. WATCH THIS SPACE.
You’ll need: thin card (or a cereal box), ruler, scissors, masking tape and pencil.
1.Draw several horizontal and vertical lines on your card (non-glossy side of cereal pack) using the ruler. Make sure the lines are spaced at differently spaced intervals.
2.Where horizontal and vertical lines have crossed you will have created squares and rectangles. Cut out a number of these shapes (but don’t cut out shapes that join the edge of your template).
3.Cut a straight line from the edge of your template to reach into a shape, then use masking tape or similar to repair the single cut line. If you are old enough and competent you can use a craft knife with a metal cutting ruler and self-healing mat underneath.
4.Place your template over a sheet of white paper and start colouring with red, yellow, blue, black and grey – this recreates the three primary colour and values Mondrian worked with.
5.Make more than one template for variety of shapes and be sure to include some long thin slots, which can be used to box in coloured areas.
6.Rotating templates to apply shapes in different directions for variety.
It’s harder than it looks, to find a harmonious combination of lines, shapes and colour!
Mondrian’s late work such as ‘Victory Boogie Woogie’ (1942) incorporated torn coloured paper. For an extended activity how about cutting out and wrapping coloured bands of paper over paper strips to glue onto a white background.
Every week we have been sharing with you stories and videos of the brilliant Intune Upcycle Orchestra, who rehearse at Quay Arts every Friday. We are missing the great sounds from the Upcycle team, so we share with you another great video!
The In Tune Upcycle Orchestra – connecting inspirational individuals to the power of music. Every Friday at Quay Arts, we normally have the incredible In Tune Upcycle Orchestra tramadol 200 mg buy online rehearsing in our building. Every week, we will be sharing videos and stories of these inspirational individuals in the Upcycle Orchestra.
“This week’s video features Ben in full Rock mode. Ben has an inherited love for music and enjoys performing infront of others! Please enjoy his awesome performance, rock on Ben!” – Darren Price, In Tune Upcycle Orchestra Facilitator
Tangrams are Chinese dissection puzzles made up of seven flat shapes called ‘Tans’ which can be put together to form shapes. Invented around 1000 years ago, they were brought to Europe in the 19th Century.
There are 6500+ tangram problems that can be solved using only seven Tan shapes (which should not be overlapped).
But don’t worry! We’re not setting puzzles here – just using the basic shapes to create mindful patterns and geometric art.
Mark up 10 cm squares on a variety of coloured paper (its fine to shade white paper with coloured pencils or paint paper).
Twenty years ago, Quay Arts organised an ambitious project to fill the building with self-portraits of a generation of children. As with many things we’ve done over the years, it started small (with a 10 x 10cm template) but as schools got on board and drawings, paintings and prints came flooding in, it grew to such an extent that the resulting exhibition, My Millenium, ended up in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest collection of self-portraits ever, with 13,626!
Were you one of the thousands of children who took part? Do you recognise yourself in any of these photos? Comment below your memories of the exhibition! 💭
And WATCH THIS SPACE for news of a follow-up, twenty years later….
Our venue might be closed at present, but this isn’t stopping local folk singers John key Hacker and John Bentley. Since the lock down a weekly folk club has been running on Zoom and now the organisers are planning a 2 day Folk Festival later this month on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st May.
Called the Isolation Row Folk Festival it will feature some of the finest local performers, as well as a few mainland guests. It will run from 2-5pm on each day. The event is being held as a fundraiser for Quay Arts.
John Bentley explains ”I run a monthly folk club at the Quay and it’s a great venue. During the Isolation Row Folk Festival we will be encouraging listeners to make a donation to the Quay.”
Those who are appearing will do so through specially recorded video home performances. John buy xanax online cheapest Hacker commented “I’ve been on a steep learning curve to get to grips with the technology but it’s all coming together! We will be streaming the event through Facebook and Youtube.”
Amongst those lined up to play are JC and Kath Grimshaw, Second Time Around and Cajun Daze. Mainland guests include Abacus, The Silver Darlings women’s shanty group and Gemma Kwahaja.
Del Seymour, manager of Quay Arts, said “We really appreciate the support of the Island folk music community. We hope to be open again before too long but in the meantime the music goes on. Please listen in to the Festival and make a donation to the Quay. ”
Readers can find out more about the Festival and stay in touch with developments by searching on Facebook for “Isolation Row Virtual Folk Festival.” To find out more please like the Facebook Page.
This week we are inspired by Grayson Perry’s Art Club TV show and thought it would be fun to create miniature portraits of people and animals using rocks and pebbles in place of a traditional canvas.
Materials Needed: Selection of rocks, permanent pens and paint (household, acrylic or garden).
1.Find some rocks. Flat stones work well for 2D portraits, but interestingly shaped rocks are great for 3D efforts.
2.Apply a background wash / layer of paint. If the colours are thin or light, apply more layers to deepen colour. Work on multiple rocks to avoid watching paint dry, or use a hairdryer to speed key things up.
3.Aim for a likeness of your subject rather than a detailed facsimile!
4.If you have a limited palette experiment with colour mixing or go ‘Warhol’ and choose unconventional / clashing combinations.
5.Use permanent pens over paint for fine or bold detailing. If you decide to seal your artwork with a clear varnish, make sure to use a well ventilated space.
We’d love to see your portraits of people and animals and especially celebrity rock-stars! Make sure to send in pictures of your creations to us or tag Quay Arts.
Also don’t forget to find other HOMEART activities at the Quay@Home blog!
Happy Friday everyone! We love sharing these videos and stories from the In Tune Upcycle Orchestra, and miss hearing the rehearsals every Friday morning.
Check out this weeks video of Barnaby…
“This week is the turn of one of the upcyle orchestra’s newest members, Barnaby. For somebody who finds it tricky to perform in front of others, I am sure you will key agree no fax payday loan buy tramadol this is a very fine and confident performance of Lucy in the sky with diamonds. Enjoy!!” – Darren Price, In Tune Upcycle Orchestra Facilitator.
Some nice photos of the exhibition and activity around the show here in the public folder: public/Event Photos/Event photos 2012 and earlier/Event Photos 2010/Exhibition and other Photos by Georgia 2010/2010/The West Gallery/The West Collection 2010 Workshops and Summer School photos and openings
There is a film on this whole project but its on a cd at the Quay so I can’t access it. Might not be needed. Lots of heritage stuff here you could link with – most of which is here one our website: http://www.quayarts.org/about-us/heritage/
The title of this ground-breaking exhibition held in 2010, ‘The West Collection: A Quay Vision’, begs the question, ‘whose vision?’ There are many perspectives: you could say, that one Sunday afternoon in 1975, Anne Lewington had the vision when she spotted a disused 19th century brewery warehouse on Newport’s quay; or perhaps it was when Christine and Michael West initiated a fundraiser in their Bembridge home ‘The Garland’; or maybe it was when Anne Toms instigated the £1,100,500 Lottery grant which completely transformed Quay Arts in 1997. You could also say that the vision is happening today, with ideas being passionately pulled together by the next generation of committed Quay Arts team members. Many people should be thanked for their vision and energy in bringing Quay Arts into being and this project celebrated them all.
Christine and Michael West played a huge part in this exhibition, they loved the visual arts and formed a notable collection of modern British art throughout key their lives together. The Wests’ only daughter, Carinthia, generously loaned her parents’ collection for this exhibition, providing an intimate and valuable insight into the lives of her parents; two fascinating individuals who contributed immensely to the creative arts on the Isle of Wight over forty years ago.
The personal revelation of how the Quay Arts building functioned in the 19th century to what it now has become has been an incredible journey. Our goal was to bring these findings to the public; in a way that was never been done before at Quay Arts. Combined with a truly inspiring art collection which belonged to a truly inspiring couple, through this we aimed to enrich peoples understanding of the history of the local area and the story of how Quay Arts came into being through community involvement.
Before Quay Arts existed, there were no venues to hold art exhibitions, a venue to allow the public to peruse and engage with contemporary art, nor artists’ studios to create work or workshops for the public to get involved. But what did exist was the desire and spirit within the hearts and minds of many artists who lived on the Isle of Wight. They had a collective passion and the drive and determination to create a hub for artists and like-minded individuals to explore art and allow the public to engage with it in a way that was unachievable elsewhere on the Isle of Wight.
With special thanks to Heritage Lottery Fund for supporting this project.