Feeling a bit concerned that we’re already on the 10th of November! It’s high time we got to grips with putting together the brochure for the festival. We know what we need to include, but trying to fit it all in and still make it readable to the human eye is going to be a challenge this year!
Poppy, by Dee Smith
So far, we’ve picked our cover image, which will be used for the brochure and the invite to the preview evening. It’s a mixed media piece produced by one of our painting and drawing learners, Dee Smith, and has a lovely, almost textile quality to it, which of course ties in nicely with our focus on textiles and patchwork.
We’ll also be including a page about the amazing new facilities at Manor School, who help us to fund the performing arts side of the festival, and with whom we’re hoping to put on a new media and digital arts morning just before Inspirations.
Could continue to procrastinate here about what’s going in the brochure, but really should just get on and do it so you can see it! Just a quick note to finish. We went along to York Art Gallery last week to hear a talk from one of the gallery’s curators on their Sashiko exhibition and were hugely impressed. It’s a really beautiful display, and there’s a fascinating history to the craft which you can read all about while you’re there. It’s free to visit the gallery, so if you live locally, or are planning on visiting York, make sure you take time out to go and have a look. Japanese Sashiko Textiles runs until 24 January 2010.
Hooray! We’re pleased to confirm that one of our photography tutors, John Potter, will be leading an evening photography workshop as part of the Inspirations festival next year – details TBC very shortly.
Photograph by John Potter, taken February 2009 at Wharram Percy
John’s workshop will take the form of a walking tour of some of the amazing places in York, and we’ll start taking bookings in January. Knowing that all his courses with us have waiting lists at the moment, we recommend reserving your place ASAP! If you’re keen to find out more about John’s very cool photography in the meantime, you can check out his website. The fabulous photo above is one of John’s taken in Wharram Percy, the deserted medieval village in North Yorkshire. Gorgeous.
OMA Tagtool artists at Illuminating York 23 Oct - 1 Nov, photo by Kippa Matthews
We’re completely inspired by all the art being created at Illuminating York!
Over the weekend, there were several thousand people at the 3 sites each day, and although it’s cold, we want to see more! The soundtracks that accompanied the projections were fantastic, but for us it was all about the colours! The idea of having a mix of really bright, vivid, clashing colours really appeals, especially when it’s set against the backdrop of the night sky – I’ll be using this idea for inspiration on my patches this week. The Wall of Light is a bit like seeing fireworks really with the constantly changing images – and we definitely heard some ‘oooooohs’!
We’ve had a few more patches in from eager craftsters now, and we’re really impressed with the standard. As soon as we can get round to taking pictures, we’ll add some to the blog so you can see what people have been creating. We’re also looking forward to our patching session at the weekend – we’re getting some tutors and friends together to have a few hours of crafting so we can start building up our patch collection! Again, we’ll post some photos from this session on here as soon as we can.
I’m lucky enough to be part of the marketing group working on the Illuminating York festival that starts today and runs through until Sunday 1 November. We had our press launch last night, and had a fantastic turn out, including Look North, The Yorkshire Post, York Press and the arts journalist Patrick Kelly.
Welcome to York
The 10 day annual event gives people the opportunity to see cutting edge technology used to highlight the beauty of some of York’s oldest buildings and monuments – this year the multangular tower in the Museum Gardens and the courtyard at King’s Manor. The picture above shows the work of two companies GaiaNova & OMA International, who will be based in the Museum Gardens every night for their Wall of Light piece – I’ve included a link to their blog here (Drawing Live News), but you can find out more about how their piece works by visiting the Tagtool website. It’s a very cool piece of equipment which, in conjunction with a laptop and projector, allows images to be created, edited and projected to a giant scale. There’s also information on the Tagtool website about how you can build your own, if you are technically-minded! York based company Bright White will be projecting Vespertine in King’s Manor, a light and sound piece based on nocturnal creatures and sounds – the sound is fantastic in the space!
Pilot Theatre & KMA will also be featured at the festival, projecting their piece 5Circles in St Sampson’s Square 23 -25 October. They’ve just been awarded the Inspire mark for 5Circles- which essentially means they will be included in the London 2012 cultural programme of events – well done to them.
After all the hard work that goes into planning such a large event, it’s absolutely brilliant to see the final results. The artists who were drawing last night are incredibly talented, and I strongly urge you to come along and take a look – you can even have a go at ‘drawing on the wall’ yourself, and I promise, if you’re interested in photography – you will get some AMAZING shots.
The festival takes place every evening from 6pm – 10pm, and you can find out more about what’s on, and how you can get involved on the Illuminating York website