Swindon Open Studios 2010
 
gallery 2010

 

The response from artists taking part in Swindon Open Studios 2009 was fantastic, with over sixty participants! This year is looking to surpass that. Those artists who have signed up are shown below. (Please note that Swindon Open Studios is not responsible for any external content).

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Emma Ablitt EMMA ABLITT - Stone
My work is both figurative and semi abstract. I carve entirely by hand and use only a mallet and a variety of chisels. My work takes time, but it is time in which to foster a long and intimate relationship with the stone that I am carving, and time in which to enjoy the process itself of shaping and carving the stone.

VENUE 22: Address, contact details and opening times.
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Artsite ARTSITE - Nine artists in their studios
Artsite is a collective dedicated to providing studio space, exhibition facilities and education programmes to enhance the cultural life of Swindon. First weekend: 9 artists in their studios, plus exhibition and handmade market on 11th. Evening of the 11th: multimedia performance events from 7-10pm. Second weekend will feature an exhibition 'Parallel Lives' in which artists respond to the Swindon Collection, plus studios open to the public. Artists taking part: Tracey Baker-Stewart, Bill Cox, Paul Exton, Maria Holohan, Martin King, Vicky Silver, Paula Sullivan, Sally Taylor and Lynette Thomas

Website: www.artsite.ltd.uk

VENUE 7: Address, contact details and opening times.
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Elizabeth Black ELIZABETH BLACK - Acrylic and photography
Photography- landscape, architectural and abstract both colour and monotone.
Acrylic on canvas- animals of the sea.

VENUE 6: Address, contact details and opening times.
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Tim Carroll TIM CARROLL - Acrylic and clay
Ambitious and imaginative figure compositions in paint and in ceramic. Timís landscapes can also be seen at the Calley Arms, Hodson SN4 0QG (Tel. 01793 740350) and more paintings are on display in the restaurant and conference suite of the Jurys Inn Hotel, Fleming Way, SN1 2NG.

Website: Tim's page at Saatchi Online

VENUE 21: Address, contact details and opening times.
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Michaela Cheese MICHAELA CHEESE - Mixed media, acrylic
Colour is extremely important to me, as is energy. I like to work quickly with gusto! Many of my paintings are semi abstract although I do also work to commission.

Website: www.swindonartistsforum.co.uk

VENUE 4: Address, contact details and opening times.
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Lesley Ann Cornish LESLEY ANN CORNISH - Acrylics
Atmospheric paintings in a free style, representing trees and foliage, land and seascapes. Large scale work in acrylics and mixed media. Artist present Thursday 16th September 1-5.30pm.

Website: www.artlac.co.uk

VENUE 4: Address, contact details and opening times.
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Heather Dash HEATHER DASH - Mixed media, painting, drawing on a variety of different surfaces
The main theme in my work is the transformation of materials through a variety of different processes, painting, printing, drawing and mixed media which evoke and convey a sense of the Landscape as well as a sense of the process itself. In this particular selection I work intuitively with paint and materials, focusing directly on their qualities and allowing them to speak for themselves, letting the process dictate the work. The imagery grows through the experience of working with paint and materials triggering an array of memories and emotions.

VENUE 6: Address, contact details and opening times.
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Sheryll Datta SHERYLL DATTA - Oil on canvas
This year I am continuing to explore portrait painting and working with textures in oil paints on canvas.

VENUE 20: Address, contact details and opening times.
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Claire Davidgee CLAIRE DAVIDGE - Mixed media
I will be showing a mixture of colourful sculptural paintings based on play, fantasy and fiction. My main interest stem from the supernatural, childish things like sweets that depict silliness and conjure up fantastical, psychedelic, worlds. I am a recent graduate of the University of Arts London and I have been working experimentally particularly with latex and paint for a few years.

Website: www.clairied.com

VENUE 3: Address, contact details and opening times.
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Toni and Gordon Dickinson TONI and GORDON DICKINSON - Oil on canvas, sculpture
Oil on canvas portraits by Toni Dickinson, Steel sculptures and painting by Gordon Dickinson, and videos of large scale work made with communities in the south west.

Websites: www.pavenhillsculptures.com and www.noaddedsugar.org

VENUE 5: Address, contact details and opening times.
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Sarah-Jayne Dixon SARAH-JAYNE DIXON - Acrylic, spray paint, gold leaf on canvas
All my artwork is hand painted on good quality canvas, using acrylic, spray paint with gold leaf detail. I offer a range of sizes, prices from £25. My current collection is Pop and Rock Icons, but I also work on a commission basis.

Website: www.popartprofile.co.uk

VENUE 6: Address, contact details and opening times.
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Theresa Dowdeswell THERESA DOWDESWELL - Ceramics
Lamps and tealights made from porcelain slip, with a variety of decoration and finishes i.e. incised with oxides, pierced, some glazed. All items are individual and handmade.

VENUE 8: Address, contact details and opening times.
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Pat Elmore PAT ELMORE - Stone, wood and ceramics
One and a half acre landscaped sculpture garden, featuring Penguin Hill workshop and gallery. Over 100 sculptures.

Website: www.patelmore.co.uk

VENUE 17: Address, contact details and opening times.
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Anne Gamble ANNE GAMBLE - Pastels, pencil, ink, oils and most other mediums including acrylics and oils
I work in most mediums, however I use pastels mainly for my portrait work. I often use oils for flowers and country scenes. Acrylics are wonderful for large canvas work. I have a broad spectrum of work including portraiture, flowers, local scenes, abstract, modern art and cubism.

VENUE 4: Address, contact details and opening times.
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Julie George JULIE GEORGE - Ceramics
I design and make original, functional and decorative ceramics. I mainly use two types of clay - textured crank clay for hand-building larger pieces and porcelain slip for slip casting smaller bowls and vases. I am particularly interested in glazing and decorate pieces with layers of texture, oxides and glazes to achieve a variety of effects. I grew up in the Channel Islands and most of my work is clearly influenced by the colours, textures and forms of the sea and coastline.

Website: www.salamanderarts.co.uk

VENUE 8: Address, contact details and opening times.
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Max Hale MAX HALE - Oil, acrylic, watercolour, pastel, various dry media
I will be showing a selection of my latest paintings using oil on board plus a selection of acrylic and watercolour figure work. Using a mixture of broken colour and 'values' the new work leans a little toward semi-abstract whilst still retaining a representational feel. I will also be showing many unframed pieces and limited edition greeting cards. Also as I am a tutor there will be a chance to review my workshops and book on future courses.

Website: www.maxhale.co.uk

VENUE 20: Address, contact details and opening times.
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Jessica Harding JESSICA HARDING - Mixed media, pen, pencils and acrylic
I like to scribble! I am interested in 'doodles' as links to the unconscious mind as well as the idea of exhibiting art in order to replicate ideas, allowing them to flourish or even contaminate. I often work form photographs I have taken or acquired. I find that the process allows me to readdress and reinterpret.

VENUE 20: Address, contact details and opening times.
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Maggie Harris MAGGIE HARRIS - Mixed Media and Textiles
I enjoy using traditional techniques for recording and mark making and these skills have now been further developed into designing with computers and machine embroidery. Printing, Painting and construction techniques have also been used in my textiles, which have been heavily influenced by listening to music and observation of human and natural forms. Sketchbooks play a vital part in the progress of the pieces, which vary in scale and colour, content and style.

Website: www.margaretharris.co.uk
Blog: www.stitchingwithschnauzerandsiamese.blogspot.com

VENUE 6: Address, contact details and opening times.
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Hillside Study Centre HILLSIDE STUDY CENTRE - Mural
The mural you will see is on the outside back wall of our small school for pregnant teeneagers and teenage mums. The girls, led by Jo Dunningham and cheered on by Mark Amis, have created a colourful mural inspired by children's books and their own imagination. It is a wonderful, humorous backdrop tot he vegetable agrden they created for themselves and their children.

VENUE 9: Address, contact details and opening times.
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Chris Hinton CHRIS HINTON - Clay and other mediums
Exploring ancient landscapes, decoration and styles.

VENUE 11: Address, contact details and opening times.
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Josephine Ikeda JOSEPHINE IKEDA - Unique bags/purses/accessories handmade from vintage Japanese kimono fabrics
The exquisite kimono fabrics that I use in my designs are hand-picked in person from Japan. I lovingly up-cycle these stunning textiles at home to create various items varying from small purses to unique and head-turning obi brocade bags. My designs are built around the beautiful fabrics and are real conversation starters. There is a lot of symbolism behind most Japanese kimono designs and almost all of the patterns have hidden meanings. Where possible I try to include this as a feature of my designs. I will gladly take commissions including bridal bags.

Website: www.imaridesign.etsy.com

VENUE 14: Address, contact details and opening times.
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Margaret Jarvis MARGARET JARVIS- Acrylic, oil pastels, water soluble oils and collage
My current and past work will be in the Swindon Artists Forum Gallery. I enjoy natural subjects such as fruit, vegetables, rocks and winter skies, I try to capture light, shapes, shadows and colour in the natural world.

Website: www.swindonartsforum.blogspot.com

VENUE 4: Address, contact details and opening times.
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Ann Jelley ANN JELLEY - Watercolour, Watercolour pencil, Pastel
Ann has been studying botanical illustration and flower painting since 2004 and has had drawings included in the Eden Project book, Natural History, written by Rosie Martin and Meriel Thurstan. The autumn sees another book being prepared for publication and Ann is currently working on illustrations of the flowers of the banana plant, which she hopes will be included. This year, by way of a contrast, Ann is experimenting with large contemporary watercolours of flowers: 'Part of my passion about flowers is the profusion of shapes and colours they bring, often very briefly in their flowering season. I have been experimenting with trying to capture their lively and vibrant nature in a very different style.'

Website: www.rightsidegallery.com

VENUE 20: Address, contact details and opening times.
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Vanetta Joffe VANETTA JOFFE - Painting, drawing, photography
A working studio with sketches, materials etc and a chance to converse with the artist. Framed paintings, drawings and photo designs, portfolios and browsers of life drawings and sketches.

Website: www.vjoffeartist.co.uk

VENUE 21: Address, contact details and opening times.
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David Jones DAVID H JONES - Acrylic
Colourful abstract paintings.

VENUE 6: Address, contact details and opening times.
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Vikki Loeber-Hughes VIKKI LOEBER-HUGHES - Soft pastel, oil pastel, acrylic and mixed media
I will be exhibiting a selection of animal portraits painted in soft pastels along with other art work ranging from pastel sky-scapes to abstract mixed media paintings. There will be prints and cards of my work available to purchase too, and details about any art courses I will be running in the future.

Website: www.wikkiart.co.uk

VENUE 2: Address, contact details and opening times.
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Bea Menier BEA MENIER - Painting, sculpture
'Surprises', my latest work is all about capturing the surprise element of the everyday occurrence. A painting, a journal entry, a sculpture begins with a definite plan, a direction, but then for whatever reason, this changes and something completely different emerges.

VENUE 20: Address, contact details and opening times.
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Karen Miller KAREN MILLER - Acrylic/collage
This year I have been experimenting with texture. In some works I use only acrylic gel medium, in others I have introduced paper, threads and similar items to create interesting effects.

Website: www.facswindon.co.uk

VENUE 2: Address, contact details and opening times.
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Jane Milner-Barry JANE MILNER-BARRY - Oils
I will be showing some of my small still life paintings and hope you will like them.

VENUE 20: Address, contact details and opening times.
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Carmen B. Norris CARMEN B. NORRIS - Acrylics, pencils, beads, handmade papers, ribbons and threads, skeleton leaves
I am a mixed media artist who creates abstract drawings, paintings, collages and art quilts. I'm inspired by patterns in nature, geometry and in textiles.

Website: www.carmenbnorris.com

VENUE 4: Address, contact details and opening times.
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Helen Pakeman HELEN PAKEMAN - Chalk, inks
I am particularly interested in faces; in how little information you need to recognise a drawing of a face ie. How much can be left out that the eye will fill in for itself.

VENUE 22: Address, contact details and opening times.
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Jenny Peat JENNY PEAT - Paint on silk
I have been painting on pure silk for 10 years, and it is the vibrancy of the colours that attract me. Silk is a wonderful medium, the dyes flow and blend together giving exciting and unexpected results. My paintings are bold, bright and often of a modern design.

VENUE 22: Address, contact details and opening times.
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Vital Peeters VITAL PEETERS - Stone
Stone and resin casts thereof a selection of work from the last 5 years, produced in Pat Elmore's studio.

Website: www.vitalpeeters.co.uk

VENUE 17: Address, contact details and opening times.
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Kim Pethybridge KIM PETHYBRIDGE - Stone Sculptures
Dictated and inspired by the very nature of her chosen material, Kim carves intuitively never quite knowing what will emerge from within the stone. She particularly loves to carve pieces that will capture the play of light, bringing them to life, as it moves across the surface of the sculpture. Directions: follow the brown tourist signs towards Barbury Castle then follow the SOS 2010 signs to Kim's studio.

VENUE 19: Address, contact details and opening times.
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Benoit Philippe BENOIT PHILIPPE - Oils, acrylic, watercolour, gouache
I create landscapes and still life paintings in oil, watercolour and pastel. Whether I go outside, do some plein-air painting, or paint in the studio, I play with light and colours to capture the mood of the scene. You will see a large selection of my works and I will also be painting. I am always happy to share my experience and talk about my techniques.

Website: www.benoitphilippe.com

Blog: http://myfrencheasel.blogspot.com

VENUE 20: Address, contact details and opening times.
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Artists at Prospect Artists at PROSPECT - Watercolour, acrylic, collage, textile and silk paintings
An exhibition of artwork produced by Prospect Hospice patients. The Art Therapy Open Studio sessions at the Prospect provide a space for people using the Hospice Services to discover and develop their creativity and explore creative expression as a means of communication. This exhibition is a celebration of their commitment to and enthusiasm for making art in different mediums.

Website: www.prospect-hospice.net

VENUE 15: Address, contact details and opening times.
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Rich SHARON RICH - Stone
A garden display of unique, hand carved stone sculptures.

VENUE 16: Address, contact details and opening times.
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Margaret Sadler MARGARET SADLER - Acrylic, watercolour, textiles, collage
I am a Mixed Media and Textiles artist. I enjoy creating images using a variety of methods, especially using recycled fabric collage, hand and machone embroidery, acrylic, watercolour, recycled packaging material and hand made felt.

Website: www.corethread.co.uk

VENUE 20: Address, contact details and opening times.
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Gavin Salisbury GAVIN SALISBURY - Collage/mixed media
Currently I am exploring the surreal adventures of Map Girl on her travels through places I have lived in or visited, she follows me everywhere, it seems.

VENUE 20: Address, contact details and opening times.
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Sarah Sollom SARAH SOLLOM - Mixed media and watercolour.
I have produced some very colourful pictures, many inspired by India, including collages of shanty towns and decorated animals.

Website: www.sandsollom.com

VENUE 20: Address, contact details and opening times.
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Jeannette Therrien JEANNETTE THERRIEN - Glass and ceramic
Master of kiln-formed and stained glass, Jeannette uses the vibrant colour to express the drama of movement and emotion in life, the play of light and shade to the contrast of strength with fragility. Jeannette works from and teaches glass classes at her studio in Ogbourne St George. Directions: Follow the Brown tourist signs towards Barbury Castle then follow the SOS 2010 signs to Kim's Studio.

Website: www.jeannettetherrien.com

VENUE 19: Address, contact details and opening times.
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Mary Thorne MARY THORNE - Ceramics
Mary will be showing a range of ceramics based on the Wiltshire countryside. The pots are thrown on the wheel and decorated by painting, drawing and carving onto the surface. Her latest work depicts the landscape in the different seasons. She also makes a range of stoneware bowls and jugs. Commissions welcome.

VENUE 18: Address, contact details and opening times.
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TWIGS TWIGS - Multiple artists working in mixed media
'Blooming' The gardens at TWIGS open up for an exhibition to celebrate an explosion of colour and vitality. As the season moves into an Indian summer, we have enjoyed the opportunity to let our imagination go!! There will be fabulous flowers and creative pieces that express our own blossoming of self esteem and confidence.

Website: www.richmondfellowship.org.uk/twigs

VENUE 1: Address, contact details and opening times.
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Ray Ward RAY WARD - Maps and Multi-media
Ray Ward is artist in residence and guest curator of The Art of Maps exhibition on show at Swindon Museum & Art Gallery. Ray will show examples of scroll boxes based on cycle journeys and artwork in progress together with source material. The boxes are made from MDF, paper, glass and stainless steel with drawings between 4 and 6 metres in length inside

VENUE 10: Address, contact details and opening times.
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Esme Wheatley ESME WHEATLEY - Recycled materials
Patchwork pictures using recycled material, Fimo accessories including jewellery.

Website: www.willowhousecollection.co.uk

VENUE 6: Address, contact details and opening times.
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Ken White KEN WHITE - Oils, pastels, lino cuts
Oil paintings, pastels, prints (lino cuts).

Website: www.kenwhitemurals.co.uk

VENUE 12: Address, contact details and opening times.
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