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Back in The Cage with my new series ‘A Hard Rain..’

Climate emergency art inspired by the need for climate action ‘A Hard Rain’ Series is all about extreme weather especially storms. Still landscapes and wildlife from the fens, brecks and elsewhere but the palette of climate extremes might bleed in.. especially in relation to wildfires & floods So definitely still Fenscape but focusing on Swaffham Prior locations but as you are more frequently going to find it.. soaked with extreme rainfall and occasionally flooded out by an extreme storm.. I’m exhibiting in The Cage, Swaffham Prior  – Venue 145 on weekends 3 & 4 (20th & 21st and 27th & 28th July) Inspiration from the record year of 2023 and the direction of travel into 2024. Colour palette based on the extreme rainfall scale (beyond all the blues!) Very much a lens on extreme weather and the climate emergency. A witness and advocacy for climate action and climate emergency art   #ahardrain #oilpainting #impressionisticpainting #impressionism #cambridgeopenstudios #cosart2024 #swaffhamprior #priorartsgroup #thecage #thepoundandkeep #redribbonofclimateemergency #biodiversitycrisis https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/about-us/press-office/news/weather-and-climate/2022/july-heat-review #climateemergency #loveragerebel #bethechange
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Open Studio

I will be opening up my sheperd’s hut studio and garden to showcase some of my art and what I am currently working on.

Some items will be for sale.

You are welcome to pop in during the weekend of the 13-14 of July.

Hope to see you there!

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Magic in the studio and getting “Comfortable with the Uncomfortable”

Last month I was celebrating with the most wonderful group of entrepreneurs after completing an intensive business bootcamp for creatives delivered by Mastered HQ and funded by the department of education.

There is still so much to reflect on, I feel like I’m starting a new business journey. We were pre-warned it wouldn’t be like any other course we’ve been on, plus it came jut at the right time, before full on burn-out took complete hold.

Pamela Roberts’ (producer, historian and life coach) expert mentoring and positive energy brought our creative peer group together (with the help of some finely made cake!) The whole Cambridge cohort were so supportive!

Next up is finishing my new collection of paintings on canvas. It’s been a learning curve as I haven’t painted on canvas for nearly over 15 years. This new collection continues to look up-close at the detailed art forms in nature and the beauty found in the imperfections. It seems I’m also right on trend (according to Elle Decor) with the use of rich dark brown colours along with golds and calming blues. I can’t wait to launch these at my open studio next month!

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Christmas Open studio

I will be having a Christmas Open Studio with pastel landscapes, functional ceramics, birds, cards, tea towels and bags

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Artist Spaces for rent at UNIT13

Are you looking for an artist’s studio?
UNIT13 is a creative hub for artists, designers and makers in Cambridge. We are fine artists, illustrators, ceramicists, stained glass artists, fashion designer-makers. We have 16 studios, open and closed spaces with all amenities. The spaces are accessible 24/7 and there is free parking on site. All creative practices are welcome.

Interested? Please get in touch.

unit13@cambridgeartsalon.org.uk

 

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A sense of place

I will be showing colourful textural pastel landscapes and functional ceramic pieces at @haddenhamartscentre  from 30th August to 30th September

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Art in a ‘Cage’ – ‘Blue Phase’ & ‘Bathing Towel’ Series

Come to see works from my Blue Phase, Bathing Towel and Blue Genies series’ at Venue 142 of Cambridge Open Studios is the ‘Pound and Keep’ on Cage Hill aka ‘The Cage’

Last weekend of my first solo exhibition..

Also a ‘Ophelia Fixation’ twist… and other darker materials never exhibited before.

I’m exhibiting at ‘The Cage’ which is the ‘Pound and Keep’ on Cage Hill, in Swaffham Prior which in July will be venue 142 as part of Cambridge Open Studios July 2023.

The Cage is the Listed Pound walled enclosure surrounding the Keep which is a quirky building that was the village lock-up but now has no function. I have borrowed it temporarily from the Parish Council.

Come and see inside, the two cells are tiny and definitely not a place to be locked up in overnight!!

#swaffhamprior #thecage #thepoundandkeep #priorartsgroup #swaffhamprior #newwebsite #opheliafixation #bathingtowelseries #bluephase #newCOSprofile #onlineexhibition #cosart2023

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Art in The ‘Cage’ – Opens 15th July 10am

Venue 142 of Cambridge Open Studios is the ‘Pound and Keep’ on Cage Hill aka ‘The Cage’ – the lock-up and fire station

My first solo exhibition opens Week 3 & 4 – so opening on the 15th of July.

From ‘Ophelia Fixation’ twist… to the Bathing Towel Series; the Blue Phase and other darker materials never exhibited before.

I’m exhibiting at ‘The Cage’ which is the ‘Pound and Keep’ on Cage Hill, in Swaffham Prior which in July will be venue 142 as part of Cambridge Open Studios July 2023.

The Cage is the Listed Pound walled enclosure surrounding the Keep which is a quirky building that was the village lock-up but now has no function. I have borrowed it temporarily from the Parish Council.

Come and see inside, the two cells are tiny and definitely not a place to be locked up in overnight!!

#swaffhamprior #thecage #thepoundandkeep #priorartsgroup #swaffhamprior #newwebsite #opheliafixation #bathingtowelseries #bluephase #newCOSprofile #onlineexhibition #cosart2023

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Mike Barker

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Art in a ‘Cage’ – exploring the darker corners of the fens..

I’m exhibiting at ‘The Cage’ which is the ‘Pound and Keep’ on Cage Hill, in Swaffham Prior which in July will be venue 142 as part of Cambridge Open Studios July 2023.

This current selection of work – some new some older but not exhibited before reflected the looming run up to the pandemic and the enclosed subsequent period. There are some familiar Wicken places but with an ‘Ophelia Fixation’ twist…
Of course there are views of and to Swaffham Prior and other memorable observations of birds, other wildlife and habitats along the way, especially Scottish seascapes.

The Cage is the Listed Pound walled enclosure surrounding the Keep which is a quirky building that was the village lock-up but now has no function. I have borrowed it temporarily from the Parish Council.
Come and see inside, the two cells are tiny and definitely not a place to be locked up in overnight!!
The art has taken a slightly darker feel to reflect the venue..

#swaffhamprior #thecage #thepoundandkeep #priorartsgroup #swaffhamprior #newwebsite #opheliafixation #bathingtowelseries #bluephase #newCOSprofile #onlineexhibition #cosart2023
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July Open Studios, Coton Village Hall Collaboration 2nd and 4th weekends

Kate will be taking part within a collaborative exhibition space at Coton Village Hall on the 2nd and 4th weekends of July with Jana Grae contemporary jewellery; Yve Thelermont ceramics, homeware and print; Sue Day hand crafted books; and Marilyn Treacy silver and gold jewellery.

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