Sunday, 30 May 2010

The 5th Birthday Prize Draw & Winners

That's it folks the 5th Birthday Prize Draw has been and gone. Everyone who took part is a winner, some more than others, congratulations!!

It's been great fun all in all and the party last night was the icing on the cake. It was looking like the weather wasn't going to play nice, but the rain did eventually cease as the guests began to arrive. On-line ticket sales were stopped at 6.30pm but sales in person happened until just before the draw. Courtesy of Brian Degger we were able to stream the draw almost live and it was thrilling to hear that people did watch the draw from afar. When it works technology is great.

Five artists kindly designed the tickets for the draw and the money raised from sales will be going towards projects with these artists. Big thanks also go to all the people that helped sell the tickets and bigger thanks to everyone who bought tickets, your support is golden.

So who won and which prizes did they win. Here you go in no particular order:

Andrew Wilson, Toes > Jeff Beekman
Black Static of Summer CD > Zoe Anderson
Darren Banks, Blob 21 > Ewan MacDonald
Todd Anderson, Midland Drifts 7 > Claire Pyle
Jock Mooney, Awk! Awk! > Craig Dugan
Narbi Price, Untitled (Wall) > Zoe Anderson
Andrew Wilson, Peas > Sharon Lee
Erika Adams, Provenance > Matt Hearn
Graham Firth, Another Traffic Jam > Linsay Croall & Adam Proctor
Draw a Line, Follow It Book > Allan Barnfather
Love Hate Book > Mely Mitchell
Lee Turner, Pathé > Laurence Sillars

It should be noted that Nick Kennedy and Rachel Clewlow did win the Draw a Line, Follow it book but since it is the book they produced, they kindly offered a redraw.

Good fun, good times I hope you all enjoyed the event as we did. All being well we will hold another draw in a couple of years.

Photo Credit: Brian Degger

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

3 Days to go!!

Our 5th Birthday approaches, only three days to go. That's three days until the party at the workshop, three days until the prize draw and therefore three days left to get your mits on tickets for the draw. Still need to get yours, then visit the website!

The draw will take place on Sat 29th May, you do not need to be present at the draw to win. Tickets and prizes will be sent worldwide. If you can attend the draw, come along to the workshop from 6.30pm. There will be chance to see the prizes up for grabs and have some refreshments before the draw, which will take place at approximately 8pm.

Hope to see then.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Visit to Doncaster: Graham Firth's exhibition

I was very pleased that I managed to get myself down to Doncaster to catch Graham Firth's retrospective exhibition of prints at the Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery. Graham is Doncaster's artist of the year and also taught me lithography back in 1993. He came to Hole Editions in the summer of 2008 and produced seven lithographs. These were featured in the exhibition along side his juicy lino cuts and screen prints. Also on show were some of his sketch books and lino blocks, fantastic to see.

Graham kindly gave me a tour of the new(ish) printmaking facility in The Hub at Doncaster College. The press he taught me on is still in working order, although as Graham pointed out, the levigator has led a full life and needs to be put to pasture.

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Works on show: Preparing the Ground

Lithographs by Ben Jeans Houghton & Anne Vibeke Mou can been seen in the following exhibition:

ACA Allenheads Contemporary Arts
Preparing the Ground

ACAdovetail, 61 Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 4HZ
(In front of the Discovery Museum)

Exhibition Continues:
17th May – 12th November 2010
Monday – Friday 10am-5pm
(occasional lunch-time closures between 12 – 1pm, call for details 0191 2619911)

For more information on this or other ACA projects please contact Alan Smith or Helen Ratcliffe on 01434 685040

Ben Jeans Hougthon

Anne Vibeke Mou

Saturday, 15 May 2010

New artist: Ray Richardson

Q.Which film did Ray Richardson watch on the train journey to Newcastle?
A. Get Carter

It had to be done and all good preparation for a scouting mission to the North East. We were delighted that Ray made the effort to visit either side of his wedding party in Carnoustie. A walking tour of the sights was taken prior to starting any serious stone work and we paused for the first play-off leg for Ray's beloved Charlton Athletic. It was only the briefest of visits but a start was made on three images, two direct to stone and one a transfer drawn in Gateshead. Plans are a foot for a return (longer) visit at the end of July.

Artist website > Ray Richardson