Art and the Creative Process – a workshop

By Peaceful Means, Rhonda Fenwick

Workshop lead by Rhonda Fenwick
Saturday, 29th February, Learning Room, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne 1-3pm

This workshop follows on from Rhonda’s talk and is concerned with the creative process, how silence and meditation can help the artist to unleash creativity, express personal and authentic art especially in paintings.

During the workshop participants will be given a taste of meditation and an explanation as to how this can help them in their creative processes, plus exercises in mark making discovering their own person marks and personal signature.

Participants will be asked to write in their notebooks any ideas, thoughts, feelings, responses, fears etc. to create a personal diary of their work.  Participants will take part in a painting challenge.

Participants will need to bring with them

  • a notebook
  • four A1 sheets of drawing paper
  • mark making tools, e.g. graphite pencils, charcoal, marker pens, pastels, crayons paints and brushes.

Cost: £15.00 for members

For a place please contact: Josephinecousin@googlemail.com.

Talk by Anne Vibeke Mou

Three views of Eruption by Anne Vibeke Mou

Saturday 14th March 2020 11am. Learning Room at the Gallery.

Anne studied at Glasgow School of Art and Royal College of Art, London and lives and works in Newcastle upon Tyne. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including residencies at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, Upernavik Museum in North West Greenland, and National Glass Centre in Sunderland. A privately commissioned window for St Johns Church, Healey in Northumberland won the Art and Christianity Award 2011.

Anne Vibeke was co-curator, exhibitor and editor of Chance Finds Us, 2014, an exhibition and companion publication of works by eight artists from the North East for Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, mima. This project also saw her collaborate with cavers to obtain traces of cave walls from hidden landscapes underground, material which has formed the basis for engravings and a work for National Glass Centre in 2017.

For a place please email Josephinecousin@googlemail.com.

Should all art students learn to paint and draw – a talk by Professor Richard Talbot

Professor Richard Talbot is Director of the Institute for Creative Arts Practice and Professor of Contemporary Drawing

Wednesday, November 6th, 1 pm

The talk will take place in the Fine Arts Lecture Theatre. Newcastle University.

The event is organised by Newcastle University Retired Staff Society (RSS).

This is NOT a public lecture. It is ONLY available to members of Newcastle University Retired Staff Society members and members of Friends of the Hatton (FotH). If you wwould like to join FotH, you can download a form from here.

There has been controversy and debate in the press on this issue in the past year, triggered by suggestions from the art critic Jacob Willer that traditional artistic techniques are being lost because of current teaching practices in art schools. Professor Talbot has addressed this criticism, arguing for an open-ended approach while offering students practical workshops in specific skills.

Newcastle University Retired Staff Society members are invited for coffee adjacent to the lecture theatre from 12.30pm.  The RSS welcomes FotH members to what promises to be a fascinating lecture but it is essential that you email Richard Thompson at richard.r.thompson@btinternet.com before 31st October to register your interest.

A talk by Jeffrey Sarmiento

Jeffrey Sarmiento, Encyclopaedia, 2018 Screen printed and fused glass 82 x 21 x 13 cm photo by David Williams

A talk by Jeffrey Sarmiento of The National Glass Centre Sunderland and Sunderland University

Saturday, November 9th 11am to 1pm

The talk will take place in Learning Room at the Gallery.

 

Centre, 2019 Waterjet cut mirror 250 x 85 x 2 cm photo by David WilliamsDr Sarmiento has worked internationally as a Fulbright Fellow in Denmark, a Visiting Artist at UrbanGlass, and an instructor at Pilchuck Glass School. He won the International Glass Prize 2012 at Glazenhuis, Belgium and his solo exhibition at National Glass Centre in Sunderland toured to Bullseye Projects, USA. His collaborative work was also included in Glasstress Gotika at the 56th Venice Biennale. He leads National Glass Centre Research and was also Artistic Director at North Lands Creative Glass, Scotland.

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Creating “The Northumberland Milliner”

Talk by Margaret Woodliff Wright
Tuesday, 19th November – 6 pm nibbles, 6.30 to 7.30 talk
Seminar Room, Hatton Gallery

MaIMG_9540rgaret initially trained to teach Art and Design at HildsBede, Durham, where she specialised in ceramics. On graduation believing that she needed a little more experience of life before settling into teaching, she applied for a graduate trainee scheme at Selfridges W1, eventually retuning to the NE to take up the role of the Fenwick Glass & China Buyer. Somewhat later, aware that she needed to reconnect more actively with her earlier creative life, she applied to Leeds College of Art in 2011, and after a 2-year intensive course, graduated in 2013 with High Distinctions in HNC Couture Millinery.

Hat and photo © Margaret Woodliff WrightSince founding her studio Margaret “The Northumberland Milliner” uses her research of current fashion, textile design and material trends – along with historical references, art, travel and cultural experiences – to inform her millinery collections. She enjoys working closely with individual clients to create unique hats and headpieces for them, as well as making “ready to wear’ collections, which are regularly featured in the press both locally and nationally as well as in “coffee table” publications.

In the wider creative world she has been involved in a number of collaborations and international millinery exhibitions including Arts Council funded inner city retail regeneration projects.  (This summer for instance, three of her contemporary pieces have been on the catwalk at an international exhibition on the island of Palma!) Recycling and up cycling are frequent themes of these external exhibitions.

Her talk will include her introduction to millinery, how a couture hat is made, materials and components, some of her latest exhibition pieces, and as she has now made a return to the world of teaching – her current workshop topics.  She will also be showing a short video, which gives a contemporary introduction to millinery.

For a place please email Josephinecousin@googlemail.com

Contemporary Art Club at the Hatton (CACH) August meeting

Contemporary Art Club at the Hatton logo

The next meeting of the Contemporary Art Club will be held on Saturday 10th August, 11:00-13:00, Learning Room, Hatton Gallery

The purpose of CACH is to give an opportunity for Friends of the Hatton who are interested in meeting informally to talk about their work and how it relates to art of today. The Club also hosts guest lecturers, most of who are highly qualified speakers or practitioners in art (see diary dates below).

If you are interested in joining CACH or want more details, please contact Marion at marion.c.thompson.t21@btinternet.com

CACH is only accessible to Friends of the Hatton. If you are interested but not yet a member, you can join here.

Dates for your diary

Further details of the following events and talks will appear in the next bulletin issue.

In the meantime, please make a note in your diary where appropriate.


Lecture by Prof Richard Talbot

Wednesday 6th November, 13:00, Venue to be confirmed

Organised jointly by FotH and Newcastle University Retired Staff Society (RSS)

Should all art students learn to paint and draw


Lecture by Jeffrey Sarmiento

Jeffrey Sarmiento is from the National Glass Centre Sunderland and Sunderland University

Saturday 9th November, 11:00, Learning Room, Hatton Gallery

Organised through the Contemporary Art Club

Title to be confirmed


Christmas Market

Awaiting confirmation of dates. We are aiming for Saturday 7th December with a second option of Saturday 14th December, 10:00-16:00


Short Course in Printmaking by Vhairi Cardinal & Caroline Coode

Vhairi Cardinal & Caroline Coode will be running a short course in printmaking on the following dates:

  • Saturday 23rd November 2019
  • Saturday 30th November 2019
  • 25th January 2020
  • 1st February 2020

The course sessions will take place in the Learning Room, Hatton Gallery and will run from 10:30-16:00

The course will include an introduction to simple screen-printing and the 2-plate process in addition to other techniques.

Booking forms and further details will be available in the September bulletin.

“Conceptual Art in Britain and the U.S.” a lecture by Dr Stephen Moonie

Saturday 8th June, 11.00–‐13.00, Learning Room, Hatton Gallery

Dr Stephen Moonie is an art historian. He specialises in the art and theory of the post-war United States, with a particular interest in the discourse of Modernist painting in the 1950s and 1960s. More broadly, he is interested in art writing, aesthetics and contemporary painting.

Previously, Stephen taught at the Department of History of Art at the University of Warwick. He completed his MA (Hons) at the University of St Andrews, and completed his MA (2005) and Ph.D. (2009) at the University of Essex.

His research interests focus upon post-war art and theory, especially Modernist painting and its criticism. He contributed to the catalogue for the exhibition at Tate St Ives and Warwick Arts Centre, The Indiscipline of Painting (2011).

Stephen is interested in art criticism and the problem of value judgments, and has written articles on the writing of British art critic Lawrence Alloway and the late critic/historian Leo Steinberg.

This lecture is part of Contemporary Art Club at the Hatton, to which all members of the Friends are invited.

Complementary coffee and biscuits available. Booking not necessary.

Weaving Workshop with Janis Embleton

Janis Embleton's small loom

Saturday 22nd June, 13.00-15.00, Learning Room, Hatton Gallery

Summer‐themed Weaving

Janis is a designer and hand weaver of luxury fabrics with many years’ experience. Having completed an Honours Degree in Woven Textiles; she spends her days weaving her fabrics which are for sale, both direct and on line. She works on commissions as well as teaching a new generation of weavers. Janis’ own work ranges from the small gift items such as greeting cards, fabric covered notebooks, zipped purses, keyrings, and scented pin cushions to one-off luxury scarves for both men and women; throws, cushions and framed artwork. Recently, for a commission she had to weave four and a half metres of herringbone tweed which will ultimately become a tailored jacket. Janis has been a professional weaver and designer for 25 years. During this time she has taken part in numerous community and educational projects. One particular project was to create a series of woven panels to be displayed at the Borders General Hospital in Melrose. In 2019, Janis was fortunate to travel to China where she was employed to teach two groups of female weavers. Janis taught them to use more contemporary, marketable fabrics to help the women have an income from their textiles.

During the weaving workshop in June, participants will make a Summer themed wall‐hanging using a range of decorative weaving techniques, fancy yarns, and embellishments to create a vibrant beach scene. All materials will be provided and the small looms will be warped so participants can begin weaving straightaway. Please bring a pair of scissors with you. If you have any yarns or maybe something with a memory attached to it and would like to incorporate into your weaving please feel free to bring them. One the day of the workshops, Janis will bring a small range of textiles, which will be for sale at 10% discount. There will be something for everybody from greeting cards, lavender filled pin cushions, covered notebooks, zipped purses and scarves for both men and women all made from luxurious fibres such as line, silk, cashmere and alpaca.

There will be a summer drink and strawberries and cream following the workshop.

Cost: £14.00

For a place please email Jo Cousin (please register for a place before the 13th June).

A talk by artist Enrique Azcobar

A painting by Enrique Azcobar

The talk will take place on Saturday May 11th 2019, 11am – 1pm, in the Learning Room at the Hatton Gallery. Refreshments will be provided.

Enrique’s talk is entitled Sculptural Dimension of Constructing a picture, a ‘harmony parallel to nature’. He is a practicing artist in Hexam and an invited Lecturer at the University of Durham Anthropology Department.

Enrique will analyse and discuss one of his large paintings during the presentation.

Note: This talk is part of the Contemporary Art Club and is only accessible to Friends of the Hatton.

No booking necessary for Enrique’s talk.