THE VISIBLE MENDING EXHIBITION ARRIVES AT BRIDPORT ARTS CENTRE FOR ‘MENDING REVEALED’
My Visible Mending Exhibition has arrived by post at Bridport Arts Centre in Dorset and is displayed in the foyer as part of the ‘Mending Revealed Show’ http://vasw.org.uk/events/carol-parker-visible-mending.php
Three of the amazing exhibiting artists , Jacy, Louise and Jenni, took part in my artist sharing project ‘From Lincolnshire and Back’ – Jacy Wall, Louise Baker and Jenni Dutton
See more of Jacy’s work here http://www.jacywall.co.uk/ and http://www.natureofmending.co.uk/home/
Louise’s work here http://www.louisepbaker.co.uk/
Jenni’s work here http://www.jennidutton.com/
photo credit Jacy Wall
FROM LINCOLNSHIRE AND BACK 28.1.16
Contributing artists’ work has been packaged up and is on the way to Chris Reader in Stoke on Trent. Chris has recently taken over a space in the town called Majestic Studios which will host the exhibition
FROM LINCOLNSHIRE AND BACK 4.12.15
Pinterest board updated with exhibition photos (scroll down for more info)
VISIBLE MENDING EXHIBITION UPDATE 28.1.16
The exhibition is on it’s way back from Canterbury and will then be posted on to Bridport Arts Centre to be exhibited from 1-19 March 2016
VISIBLE MENDING EXHIBITION UPDATE 8.9.15
The Visible Mending Exhibition is on it’s travels again; it’s been posted off to UCA Canterbury to be part of a student’s research project, see Jodie’s blog for updates http://narrativediary.blogspot.co.uk/
photo credit Jodie Searle
The VME has then been invited to be part of the Nature of Mending show Mending Revealed at Bridport Arts Centre in March 2016 by curator Jacy Wall http://www.natureofmending.co.uk/.
In 2014 the VME completed a UK tour travelling from Lincolnshire to as far as Co. Sligo and the Isle of Lewis and many towns in between…..here’s a link to it’s stop off in Surrey http://www.joaylwin.co.uk/gallery/visible-mending-travelling-exhibition-12th-26th-july-2014
Visibly Mended Greenhouse!….
I’m tempted by the opportunity to darn and mend with colour and texture to highlight damage rather than try to camouflage the scar (see more on my Visible Mending Exhibition tour below). My newly erected second hand greenhouse has seen life a little – a few panes of glass are missing and some aren’t quite complete. What a ideal opportunity to darn the gaps!
My friend Gillian Wing at Strawberry Glass http://www.strawberryglass.co.uk/ was happy to oblige for this first pane and what a beauty it is, just love the way it distorts what’s seen through it and the reflection thrown onto the paving.
There are several damaged panes left to darn to complete my colour filled hot house.
FROM LINCOLNSHIRE AND BACK April 2015
An exhibition at Moulton Windmill from 4-18 December showing completed work from an artist sharing project. Contributing artists from Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Cheshire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire, Edinburgh, Somerset, Derbyshire, Northumberland, Yorkshire, Isle of Lewis.
Please support the artists by viewing their work. Windmill is open THURS-SUN 10-4 and has free parking and onsite cafe
Please share with your networks, thank you.
Following the success of my Visible Mending Project https://artrovings.wordpress.com/visible-mending-exhibition/, I wanted to continue connecting with the artists who got involved in the project and the idea of an accessible gallery of work by post that could be exhibited anywhere; but also extend the range of art form, artist and audience member.
So, From Lincolnshire and back will develop from a small group of Lincolnshire artists who will create unfinished work which will be posted off to a willing artist recipient elsewhere to finish. The recipient artist will also send off unfinished work of their own to the Lincolnshire artist. So backwards and forwards it goes with other artists brought into the pairing as they emerge……but always From Lincolnshire and back.
When the project has reached a natural end, the work will be exhibited in Lincolnshire and then toured to each participating artist to host an exhibition in their own town.
and Pinterest here https://www.pinterest.com/socengage/from-lincolnshire-and-back/
VISIBLE MENDING EXHIBITION
My allotment shed and summer studio was recently broken into; I had to patch it up a bit and replace the broken windows with old chicken wire that I had in my stock of ’materials I will need at some point’. So it was repaired, but the scars were visible. It had been darned!
So an obvious theme for the project was visible mending and as it toured around, there would be an exhibition of the ever increasing work at various venues.
The idea was to alter a postcard in some way….tear a small hole, scratch the surface etc and then repair it with your chosen darning method. And as it’s a postcard, why not write a message; it’s good to get mail, to make new contacts and to create work to share.
A map accompanied the postcards on their postal journey being added to at each place it landed.
As with most creative initiatives, this one has gone on it’s own journey and touched many people along the way. It’s been exhibited in rurally isolated venues – diverse in size and location – town centres and arts venues. It’s been taken to individual homes, enjoyed in groups, written about and blogged. It’s regenerated empty spaces and inspired new work to begin. But most of all, it’s brought people together, as an audience and as makers adding to the exhibition and stimulating forgotten memories.
So far the exhibition has toured by post to:
Lincolnshire: an empty shop, an artist studio venue, the National Centre for Craft and Design, a community allotment and ‘drop in’ workshop space
Northampton: a community allotment ‘The Green Patch’ and community group session
Northumberland: for work with older people and those suffering isolation
Surrey: the Jo Aylwin Textile Studio in Farnham
Ireland: an allotment polytunnel in County Sligo
Scotland: a reused boathouse in Stornoway, Isle of Harris and an old chapel in Ness Isle of Harris
Lincolnshire: exhibited during a training day for Arts and Dementia
The Visible Mending exhibition will be available from Jan 2015 if you would like it posted to your venue. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Visitor comments from the Visible Mending Exhibition at The Boathouse, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis: