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Tuesday, 9 July 2013

The Open West

These images are all from The Open West, 46 artists work are on display at the Newark Park in Gloucestershire which is close to my parents’ home. So I went to the opening and had a good gander around. The work inside was really amazing, a real rich diverse selection of work across the visuals including some VJing! The fact they had Dr Justin Matshall as guess selector clearly influenced the level of high quality and innovative craft which was on display throughout. I particularly enjoyed Vaughn Horsman's and Cathryn Shilling's work.  I hadn’t heard of Newark Park before so Open West had encouraged me in by displaying some contemporary art inside this old heritage site. The house is beautiful, with immaculate grounds, (including peacocks!) and views of the Cotswolds; wish I had seen it a long time ago.
It was really great to see that they had a fair balance of local, regional, national and international artists represented. They’re also working in partnership with MEANTIME Projects who are based in Cheltenham and supported the artist in resident William Lindley as well as working with schools in rural locations and delivering artist workshops. Having grown up in a very rural area, I found this particularly inspiring. I would have loved the opportunity to learn from an actual practicing artist whilst at school, yet would have properly encouragement me more earlier on instead feeling a little odd that I wasn’t interested in football.
So I’m ending my last post for a while on an arty high. There are loads of great artists work I haven't even mentioned, you'll have to go check it out for yourself. I'm tight up at the moment; I won’t write anything on here now until October as I am in the middle of doing my DISSERATATION. I have been immersed in research and executing questionnaires for the last two months and I had a moment where I realised I had abandon this blog. I have still been out and about; thanks to twitter I do upload the occasional tweet (just to remind myself as much as anything) of the inspiring art that is out there and influencing me.  I can’t believe I’ve almost reached the end of two years at University of Manchester.  I have also uploaded my papers as I have done in the past, which you can see here in case you are thinking of taking on a MA in arts Management; frankly it’s also nice to think that someone else other than the tutors might someday read them.  Till then have a good scroll through some ace works at The Open West!
Artemis Herber  Stems (pictured)
 Jo Davis Pieces of Kennet
Kate MccGwire (just a small example, the bigger pieces are mind blowing, go see them for yourself!)  


  1. It all looks amazing. I usually go to a lot of art exhibits in my city, but I've never been to an event like this. The Open West is really a great initiative.


  2. I'm glad you've found it useful, there is several different project like this for example Belsay Hall:

    Tatton Biennial is good as well:

    I've enjoyed exploring your blog as well!

    Check out Arion's work: