Thursday, 19 September 2013

Exhibition at Bewdley Museum - catch it before it finishes on Sunday 22 September


 The Foundry Studio and Gallery, Bewdley Museum
Saturday 14th to Sunday 22nd September
Open 11.00 – 16.00 at weekends (weekdays flexible hours)
Including artists’ books by Graeme Hobbs, Mike Clements, Gordon Yapp, Mellie Lane, Jim Colbert
and the Marches Book Art Group

Prints by Linda Nevill of ImageTextImage and Liza Harding

The Old Foundry Studio, Bewdley Museum, Load Street
Bewdley, Worcestershire DY12 2AE

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Visual art and poetry

I've recently made a short video about why I like discussing ideas with poets, and collaborating to create visual art inspired by poetry and poetry inspired by visual art.

I also explain how the Wolverhampton-based group of artists - Imagetextimage - came about as a result of working with writer Emma Purshouse.

Saturday, 7 September 2013

How to create a drypont print

Have you ever wondered what a drypoint print is and how it is made?   If so, have a look at my video which you can see on my YouTube channel signposted on my website or go straight to:

Friday, 6 September 2013

Friday 13th September - lucky for the artists exhibiting at the Bewdley Museum's Foundry Studio and Gallery

You are invited to the opening of an exhibition of artists' books and original prints.

I hope Friday 13th September is lucky for all the artists who are exhibiting their books and prints during this evening (6-8pm) at Bewdley Museum's Foundry studio and gallery, and there is a good turn out to see this exciting work.

Most of the artists' books are a combination of both image and words and relate to a wide range of subject matter. 

Some of my own prints link to the work of the brilliant ImagetextImage poets - Emma Purshouse, Dave Finchett, Jane Seabourne, Nick Pearson. Subject matter includes garlic, 'Spot the Ball' and a woman losing her mind in Wolverhampton...

If you can't make it to the opening, the exhibition is on:

Saturday 14th to Sunday 22nd September
Open 11.00 – 16.00 at weekend

(weekdays flexible hours - check before visiting)

 Go to Bewdley Museum website

Book-Arts Workshop with Lin Charlston at Bewdley Museum 
Bewdley Museum - Foundry Gallery and Studio
Sunday 15th September, 10.30am – 2.30pm

 Lin Charlston has been a practising book artist since 2000 when she gained MA Book-Arts with distinction at Camberwell College of Arts. Her artist’s books are represented in public collections including Tate Britain, The National Art Library at V&A, Yale Center for British Art, The Art Institute of Chicago and Collezione Aprile di Cimia in Turin. 

Lin teaches book-arts locally at Westhope College and has run workshops at the Sidney Nolan Trust and further afield including Plas Tan y Bwlch in Snowdonia, Tate Britain and a three day course at the V&A in 2010. Lin was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2006. See more about her at

Cost of workshop is £10 from Bewdley Tourist Information 0845 6077819

Developing my on-line shop

I've been developing my on-line shop selling original prints (woodcuts, lino prints, monotypes, etchings, collagraphs, carborundum prints, oil paintings, iPad drawings and Fine Art greetings cards.   

I'm aiming at clear photographs of the work, interesting descriptions and some technical information.   It's difficult to know how much technical information to give.  If people want more will they find it on my website?  I hope so - or they can contact me directly.

Encyclopaedia Britannica - altered book exhibition is on at the Sidney Nolan Trust, The Rodd, Presteigne, 7-15 Sept, 2013

 You can see my 'Swimming the Butterfly' entry for the Encyclopaedia Britannica Challenge at the Sidney Nolan Trust  from 7-15 September... see below.


h.Art exhibition - Fine Art Prints and Encyclopaedia Britannica Challenge

7 - 15 September 2013  10.30am - 5.00pm - Tithe Barn Gallery

This is our 12th Annual Fine Art Prints exhibition showing new work by artists using the Trust's printmaking studio and workshop or attending our range of courses.
Alongside we are showing our Encyclop√¶dia Britannica Challenge. In 2012 the Sidney Nolan Trust was given a set of 1950s Encyclop√¶dia Britannica after all attempts by their original owner to find them a new home failed. They were destined to become pulp when the Trust stepped in with the idea of asking artists to select a volume and transform it into a new work of art. Participants include established book artists and newcomers to this exciting fine art medium. Some are regular members of the group of book artists working at the Trust; others simply responded to publicity about the project.

'Swimming the Butterfly' - Volume 21 of the Encyclopaedia Britannica - Sidney Nolan Trust Challenge

Swimming the Butterfly’ – Volume 21 of the Sidney Nolan Encyclopaedia Britannica Challenge
On receiving volume 21 I flicked through the pages, my mind flitting and flying from one subject and idea to another.
Eventually, it was the hot summer, and experiences arising out of it, that led me to my final creation. I have never been swimming as much as I have this year and my garden has attracted more butterflies than usual, including one of my favourites – the Peacock.

Skimming through the text I settled on a section headed ‘SWIMMING’ and read about the butterfly stroke. It led me to think of the phrase, ‘Swimming the Butterfly’ and the surreal connotations of combining butterfly and swimmer. It’s a racing form of the breast stroke, so I felt that it had to be organised in lanes across my book and I had to decide upon a winner … the butterfly that excites me the most – the Swallowtail.