Tag Archives: theartmarket

Photos from the Easter Sunday workshop

6 Apr

The recent workshops on Easter Saturday at theartmarket included a Re-Toyed Trash Easter special and Toby Juliff’s collaborative painting. We saw some finger puppets being made, some toothy bunnies, a rather special fish and kids enjoying getting messy with paint. We had fun and we hope everyone enjoyed their Easter weekend too.

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Workshop at Artgos

5 Jan

Nicolar Bell and I held a workshop for the last day of Artgos on Saturday 15th December at theartmarket.

Artgos was a collaboration between Artsparkle and theartmarket and sold work by big name artists alongside fresh talent working with multiples.

With templates, visitors could make their own soft multiples, or choose to customise our patterns to make something a bit different. We used recycled and donated fabrics in our workshop.

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Setting up for Situation Leeds

17 May

I have curated an exhibition of the creations from the last workshop in theartmarket. If anyone reading this made work in the last workshop for Ladyfest, please come down and see your work being exhibited. I am also providing information for the workshops that are coming up. Here is a small sneak preview of the exhibitions happening in the main unit of thartmarket for Situation Leeds:

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A collaboration between myself and Sarah Barrett is on display and ready for use, called ‘Archive: Leeds’. It contains information about the use of venues and spaces in Leeds for art activity and is available for anyone to use. Please click the link for more information about the project.

We shall be using a spacious unit in the Merrion Centre that theartmarket have name ‘Corner in the market 1’ for the workshops. It is currently in use as an artists studio where Lil Adams and Joe Mawson are working on a project together. I am looking forward to making use of the extra space that this unit will provide.

I have been taking some close-up photographs of the individual creations that  I am going to put into a catalogue for the event.  If you want to see some of these images, click the Flickr link above on the left.

A cheeky note:  I have been asked to DJ for the Situation Leeds party on Friday night in the Faversham Conservatory and I am mega-excited!

Exhibition photos…first days

9 Dec

After Dan, Nicola, Zoe and I managed to clear out the rest of the junk left in the interior of the shop, we gave it a good clean and rearranged the shelving in preparation for the exhibition. As we pulled up the metal shutter for the ‘Re-Toyed Trash’ exhibition opening at 1pm on Thursday, several curious glances from other shop owners in the Merrion Market suggested that we had transformed the space into something new.

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We had two offers in one day from men who wanted to paint us a sign at a low cost. They had discovered that our shop was newly opened and were quick to get in with their offers. Once I had told the men that the two ladies who were renting out the shop were graduates from fine art courses and were going to paint ‘theartmarket‘ sign themselves, the men left looking rather disappointed.

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We had many curious passers-by who were not intentionally in the Merrion Market for our exhibition and would come and ask us questions. I found this to be a great benefit of the location of this venue, we not only had people who came down after seeing our posters around the town, on the internet and via emails….people who were wandering through the Merrion complex would stroll in and check the exhibition out. One man remarked that it had a very ‘welcoming’ feel to the space and this is unlike many galleries, which can be less welcoming to the general public on the street.

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I enjoyed the encounters I had with people wandering in and asking me questions, I met many interesting characters in the first two days. One lady (not pictured here) after seeing some of Dan Walls work told us a story of how her friend’s dog ate another friend’s parrot and how looking at Dan’s work reminded her of this. She also insisted on making a contribution and wrote in our guest book stating that she would like to see more of these creations. IMG_3433Dan's Frederfeeko toys

This is Dan Walls ‘Badgerborg’. When the stomach area is pressed the badger makes a wailing noise and when the shoulder is pressed the badger moves. Dan often re-uses the mechanical components from the toys that he finds and puts them together to create his unique toys.

'Badgerborg' by Dan Walls

This is Dan’s rabbit bag . He works with road kill and gives dead animals a new life in his work. To enable him to use this kind of material in his work, Dan has been learning taxidermy for the last 5 months. He only ever uses found objects, re-used materials and (already) dead animals in his work.

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This is Jonathan Bointon’s ‘Glassback Bear’. This soft toy has shards of glass protruding from it’s fur. Jonanthan says, ‘this distorts the ideas of cuddliness and comfort that one usually associates with teddy bears.’'Glassback bear' by Jonathan Bointon

Nicolar Bells’ ‘Stitchikers’ soft toys. They travel the world via people passing them on and their travels are documented by the bearer of the Stitchiker at the time and photos of their whereabouts are uploaded onto Nicolar’s website. One lucky Stitchiker managed to be passed on by Des Lynam (left in the photo below).

'Stitchikers' by Nicola Bell

Nicola Bells ‘Eew!’ toys. ‘Eew!’ stands for Ecologically Ethical World. Each character represents a sustainable solution, for example wind or solar power. Each of them is made from sustainable or recycled materials and these toys attack the idea of creating designer toys in plastics and uncompostable materials.
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‘Re-Toyed Trash’ exhibition…

6 Dec

It’s nearly here. The exhibition shall be opening tomorrow.
'Re-Toyed Trash' exhibition poster

Robot Making workshop

2 Dec

The Robot Making workshop was today and was a success. Over 9 different robots were made, named, photographed and admired. Our guestbook idea was put into use in this workshop and a good idea to track email addresses, names of creations and particpants comments. Since it was a busy Saturday in the Merrion market, many people walked passed and curiously asked what we were up to. Hope the word of our workshops will spread and more people will get involved in the future. Here are some photographs from the event today…
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'GlamRock wannabe bot'

theartmarket venue ‘Before’ photos

2 Dec

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Newly opening art gallery/shop in the Merrion centre market. This is the interior of the as it was found and I was quite suprising by how much stock had been left by the previous owner. This stock will have to be cleared out before the opening of the exhibition. We tried to make the most of it by using it to make Robots in the workshop. See the next photos.

‘theartmarket’ is going to be run by the artists Zoe Sawyer and Anna Tonks and they plan to have regular exhibitions here.