Sunday, 15 November 2015

Open Studios

I will be opening up my studio - number 29 on the second floor this weekend.

Yorkshire Artspace Open Studios 2015
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Yorkshire Artspace Open Studios

20th – 22nd November 2015
Friday 5.30 – 9pm, Persistence Works
Sat & Sun 11am – 4pm, Persistance Works, Exchange Place & Manor Oaks

Discover something special at Yorkshire Artspace Open Studios.

Whether you’re looking to buy a special Christmas present, enjoy a day with the family, top up your culture levels or simply treat yourself, try Yorkshire Artspace Open Studios this November.

Spread across three sites, over 150 studios will be showcasing and selling the work of ceramicists, jewellers, designers, painters, metalsmiths, furniture makers, book binders, photographers, film makers, sculptors, glass makers, illustrators, printers and textile artists!
There’ll be plenty to stimulate your creative appetite with FREE demonstrations and workshops, including Raku firing and lantern making. Download the Situate app to see what's what and who's where, and plan your trip in hand!

Pop-up cafés are set to deliver well-earned treats, with Motore Café bringing cakes and coffees to Persistence Works, Tea with Percie providing refreshments at Exchange Place Studios and The Rhubarb Shed serving healthy local produce at Manor Oaks Studios.

So come along and treat yourself, we all look forward to welcoming you!
Download the Situate app for your FREE guide to Open Studios 2015
FREE workshops and activities across the weekend
Addresses and Opening Times

Friday 20th Nov. 
Persistence Works, 21 Brown Street, Sheffield, S1 2BS

Sat 21st & Sun 22nd Nov.
Persistence Works, 21 Brown Street, Sheffield, S1 2BS
Exchange Place Studios, Exchange St, S2 5TR
Manor Oaks Studios, 389 Manor Lane, Sheffield, S2 1UL


Monday, 9 November 2015

See my review of Going Public on The State of the Arts website:

Monday, 26 October 2015

See my review of Peter Doig at the Scottish Queen in Sheffield

There is no wealth but life: Madeleine Walton checks out Peter Doig’s latest printworks

Walking through Sheffield railway station and exiting via the back is something I have only done before to get the tram out to Meadowhall but if you cross the tracks and turn left you find yourself in the shadow of the majestic ‘streets in the sky’ that is Park Hill. If you follow on up the road, within minutes you are at the door of the impressive Scottish Queen Gallery located within Park Hill.
Park Hill is a Grade II listed building (and incidentally the largest listed property in Europe) originally built as a ‘walkway in the sky’ (wide enough for a milk float) where Sheffielders living in city centre sub-quality housing in 1961 (overcrowded back to back houses many with outside toilets) were rehoused.
Now Park Hill is a tale of two halves. One half, including the Scottish Queen Gallery, has been stunningly transformed by Urban Splash into trendy urban dwellings. Despite Park Hill being purchased for a nominal £1 in 2005, the new apartments start at an inflated £145,000 and 600 people should be living here by the end of the year. Their colourful panels of red, orange, yellow and green echo a Mondrian painting. Meanwhile the other half of Park Hill, over to the right, remains undeveloped and unloved with smashed windows and metal grilles in abundance patiently awaiting regeneration.
I have to remind myself that I am in Sheffield and not Shoreditch as hipsters who have already moved in next door walk their dachshunds past the debris that evokes a past in which Park Hill became synonymous with drugs, destitution and crime.
sq_blog_pdoig1The space outside the Scottish Queen Gallery has been beautifully landscaped and planted with flowers and grasses giving an impressive foreground to the Sheffield panorama beyond. Inside the gallery we see the unadorned walls and structural features of the building laid bare. The current exhibition there is no wealth but life / Peter Doig printmaker is a collection of prints owned by one Sheffield resident, Tim Dickson, who has written an informative leaflet to accompany the show telling us that Printmaking for Peter Doig is not just a by-product of his painting but integral to his working process.
The prints exhibited have their origins in film, photography, painting and advertising, however they have been reconfigured from their original context to give new and alternative interpretations. The prints reveal a rare insight into the history of Peter Doig’s art career; from the monochrome prints of the nineteen eighties including Naked City (1986), that reveal his interaction with cityscapes over continents, through to present day works made in his home in Trinidad.
If you are familiar with Peter Doig’s paintings you will recognise their origins in some of these prints, as his completed paintings are often developed from an image that was first made as a print. This is evident in Lapeyrouse Wall (2005) where a man is carrying an umbrella as he walks the length of a wall; this is further developed in the painting of the same name from 2008.
A recurring presence in his paintings is the figure with long dark hair, so it is no surprise to see the same figure here in his prints. Also ever present are canoes. Looking at those canoes I think wistfully that I too could sail away to a distant and less stressful land just as Doig, now living in Trinidad, has done. We can see glimpses of Trinidad as Doig often shows us the view beyond his window in his art works. So it is appropriate that these stunning works on paper sit in a gallery which is all about the views beyond the gallery. How fortunate is Sheffield to have such a fabulous, spacious and light gallery space overlooking the city centre? And what a coup to have the UK’s first exhibition of Peter Doig’s printworks!
There is no wealth but life 2Park Hill is an ever present structure that dominates the Sheffield skyline (that some refer to as a monstrous blot on the skyline; not a view I share) but Sheffield residents rarely see it close up. Visiting this gallery and this great exhibition is a good excuse to make your way up to Park Hill and there is the added bonus of a bird’s eye view of the city.

There is no wealth but life / Peter Doig printmaker is on until 24th October at The Scottish Queen, 21-24 South Street, Park Hill, Sheffield S2 5QX. The gallery is open Thursday-Saturday 12-5pm.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Bank Street Arts Members Show Work in Progress

I have been down at Bank Street today taking part in the Members Show.

I set myself up a table and chair in one of the gallery spaces and then I cut up some magazines and newspapers.

I then placed text at various points around the five galleries at Bank Street.

I also made a collage on the floor of one of the galleries

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Exhibition at Bank Street Arts

I have an exhibition of Upcycling Paintings in the Members' Room at Bank Street Arts in Sheffield.

Bank Street Arts is open Wednesday - Saturday 11am - 4pm. The exhibition will be up until Saturday 11th July.

Each of the seven paintings exhibited was recently bought from a Sheffield charity shop and upcycled using acrylic paint & collage.

Mallee Wheat 

Earning My Stripes

Table and Chair

A Sense of Perspective

Less Still Life

Gas Works

Intense Pain

More information about the paintings can be seen on the Upcycling Paintings section of this blog.

The cost of the paintings is as follows:

Mallee Wheat £240
Earning My Stripes £140
Table & Chair £95
A Sense of Perspective £205
Less Still Life £185
Gas Works £245
Intense Pain £295

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Open Up

Saturday 2nd May

I was at Bank Street today as part of Open Up. 

I made a collage using images from today's Guardian newspaper (2/5/15). 

I will be back tomorrow to make another one.

Sunday 3rd May

Another day, another newspaper, another collage.

I have been back at Bank St as part of Open Up.

As it is Sunday I used today's Observer newspaper (3/5/15).

Monday 4th May

My last day at Bank St as part of Open Up.

Using today's Guardian newspaper I made a third collage.

Now all three collages are on the top of the wall of the atrium at Bank Street.

Thursday, 30 April 2015


I will be taking part in OPEN UP this weekend in Sheffield at Bank Street Arts. I will be making collages in situ each morning on Saturday 2nd May, Sunday 3rd May and Monday 4th May. Bank Street opening times 11am -4pm.