ARTIST'S RESIDENCY AT THE DEAN HERITAGE CENTRE

I’ve always loved museums, especially smaller local ones that display my favourite subject, the artifacts of everyday life.

A few years ago I approached The Dean Heritage Centre, here in the Forest of Dean with the idea of becoming an Artist in Residence. I wanted to spend time amongst the museum’s treasures, looking in detail and recording my favourite pieces in pencil and paint. I was on site with sketchbooks and drawing boards,  a couple of times a week for eight weeks of the summer, and also ran some childrens drawing workshops.

There was a  great response from visitors, who enjoyed seeing my work in progress around the museum, and were often  sparked into conversations by objects I was sketching,  ‘keen  to share their memories with me.

The residency culminated in a popular exhibition at the centre.

 

 

 'In the wash house'. Oil on Linen.

'In the wash house'. Oil on Linen.

 Sketching in the traditional forest cottage at The Dean Heritage Centre.

Sketching in the traditional forest cottage at The Dean Heritage Centre.

 The Green Dress. Watercolour

The Green Dress. Watercolour

 Artists sketch book, painting ideas at The Dean Heritage Centre.

Artists sketch book, painting ideas at The Dean Heritage Centre.

 Forest of Dean arrow heads.

Forest of Dean arrow heads.

 Collections and sketches.

Collections and sketches.

 

 
 Visitors to the exhibition looking at my drawing of a farmers smock.

Visitors to the exhibition looking at my drawing of a farmers smock.

 Working in the collections room.

Working in the collections room.

 Initial ideas for painting Stroud Scarlet, red cloths in a landscape.

Initial ideas for painting Stroud Scarlet, red cloths in a landscape.

 Watercolour sketched from the glass collection

Watercolour sketched from the glass collection

 postcards produced for sale in the museum shop.

postcards produced for sale in the museum shop.

MUSEUM IN THE PARK, STROUD  ‘COLLECTIONS’

With felt maker Sarah Brooker

I met artist, Sarah Brooker, at Brewery Arts in Cirencester and we realised that we were working  in very different mediums but with almost identical subject matters,  Collections.  Feathers, cotton reels, hankerchiefs and cutlery!

We decided to exhibit together, and worked from both our own collections of favourite objects and each others. We first showed work together at Brook Street Gallery in Hay on Wye. Our approaches were very different but the paintings and felts complimented each other perfectly in a colourful collection of favourite things. We liked the idea of touring the exhibition, so approached the Museum in the Park, Stroud. We proposed a residency, where we would both work from the museum’s collections and would hold an exhibition of paintings and felts alongside the objects that inspired them.

We loved the large and light gallery at Museum in the Park and the exhibition was a huge success, with visitors especially enjoying the display cases of treasures and sketchbooks Sarah and I had brought from home.

Postcards were produced of paintings inspired by the museum’s treasures, for sale in the shop,  and  Sarah and I ran workshops to co-incide with the residency and exhibition.