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Wednesday, 22 December 2010


I found it!

Here's what the paper looked like...

I wrote a review!

I also tried my hand at writing a recently. My review, of the Jerwood Drawing Prize and the Big Draw was featured was featured in the December issue of Westworld as well.

"Jerwood Drawing Prize
By Emma Bowles

The work in the exhibition, which runs from 29th September until 7th November, showcases around 70 examples of different styles and techniques creating a dialogue about drawing and the various forms it can take. Shortlisted from a total of near 3000 works, ranging from the traditional practices of sculpture, print and embroidery to more contemporary forms such as animation, digitally rendered work and even sound drawings, The Jerwood Drawing Prize always encourages an eclectic mix of styles, colours, mediums and subjects . Established in 1994, the prize is the UK’s largest open submission exhibition devoted solely to drawing.

First place of the 2010 show, and a £6000 grant, went to Virgina Verran for her work ‘Bolus-Space (Signal)’, 2009, a pen on canvas drawing using pattern, symbols and repetition. However favourites for me were the work of Sarah Tynan, ‘Untitled’, 2010, a detailed pencil on paper drawing depicting mattresses and curtains that used perspective to create the illusion of an expansive space, and ‘Untitled (A Distant Mirror)’, 2010, by Bristol based artist and former UWE student Aaron Sewards who creates simple yet charming watercolour works on paper.

I was less than impressed by the piece that won this year’s student prize. Compared to last year’s contribution by UWE’s very own Roxanne Goffin, currently in her third year of the Drawing and Applied Arts programme, who presented an attention grabbing experimental drawing of beetles applied directly onto animal bones, this year’s submission was just a little disappointing. ‘David M. Hutchinson  Drawing Device no. 436’, 2010, by Warren Andrews was a small painted cardboard structure that looked unfinished and left me bemused as to why it had beaten so many obviously more skilfully accomplished works in what is, after all, an exhibition celebrating one of humanities oldest skills, drawing.

At half 2 it was it was time for The Big Draw event to begin. Jerwood Prize 2010 artists Mark Farhall, Maryclare Foá, and Donna Huddleston were present to talk about their practices before participating in a hands on workshop exploring the material processes behind their work, as part of the free annual nationwide month long  ‘Campaign for Drawing’

Due to the plate full of piping hot food only just placed in front of me, subsequently I missed Mark Farhall’s talk, however I did manage to finish in time to slide into the group of people making their way towards the work of Donna Huddleston.Poppy’, 2010, is a drawing in watercolour, pencil and gouache on paper. This piece, is part of a body if development works for a future performance collaboration. It had a bright, beautiful aesthetic clearly showing the artist’s interest in stage and costume design. 

Next it was the turn of Maryclare Foá to speak. At first I was not so interested in Foá’s work, having skipped past it in the exhibition, disregarding it as too experimental for my personal tastes. Yet when forced to take more notice through listening to the artist’s description of their own works and working methods, I began to appreciate where the artist was coming from and the extent to which drawing can be so much more than just simple lines on a piece of paper. Her work, ‘Whispering Song’, 2010, (DVD), 3 mins: 3 secs, was essentially a documentation of what she described as a ‘sound drawing’, her explanation of this being that ‘sound is a drawing when received through your ear and then internally transformed by your mind’s eye’.

After these two talks we then were able to participate in workshops with the artists. Huddleston’s used collage to create images quickly before working them later in pencil and paint, while Foá’s, the more interesting of the two, also used collage to encouraged the creation of a layered ‘musical score' based on the sounds around us at that given moment. Due to the nature of the workshops there was no right or wrong, everyone who was involved managed to create visually stimulating experiments and the use of sound in drawings is definitely something worth exploring.

Overall I was very impressed with the standard of most of the work the exhibition offered and I was pleasantly surprised to be able to get involved with the one of the free Big Draw Campaign events, something I would recommend to anyone given the chance, whether artist or not

The Jerwood Drawing prize is now touring and can be seen at the following locations:

27th Nov 2010 – 23rd Jan 2011: South Hill park, Bracknell (www.southhillpark.org.uk)
5th March 2011 – 16th April 2011: Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Camarthen (www.oreilmyrddingallery.co.uk)
7th May 2011 – 12th June 2011: DLI Museum & Durham Art Gallery, Durham (www.durham.gov.uk/dli)

More information about the prize can be found at: http://www.jerwoodvisualarts.org/page/3095/Jerwood+Drawing+Prize+2010
More information about the Campaign for Drawings annual event The Big Draw can be found at: http://www.campaignfordrawing.org/bigdraw/"

We got a review

A review of our 'Dot Dot Dot' exhibition, written by Rob Ali, was published in the December issue of Westworld, the arts and cultures section of UWE's WesternEye newspaper. I think we sound pretty good...

Exhibition Review
By Rob Ali

I found the exhibition, which ran from the 2nd till the 8th of November, thanks to the small dots placed around the Bower Ashton campus. Following them lead me to the space ,F-block 1st floor corridor, a nice play on the title of the show 'Line Presents...DOT DOT DOT'. The show was a selection of work by the artist collective 'Line', 6 Drawing & Applied Arts students, Emma Bowles, Bridie Dunbabin, Claudia D'Arezzo, Ella Paine, Lydia Staniland and Mehnaz Zaman, all level 2 students.
The work was created in an array of styles and techniques exploring the use of drawing and the various forms it can take, each artist having their own way of working.
Displaying the work in a corridor, instead of a studio, was refreshing and allowed for a more relaxed viewing of the work on display. It also made the work accessible to anyone passing through the space that may not normally take the time.
The work itself was very different however it was all pulled together through the continued use of the 'Dot Dot Dot' theme, each piece of work having three 'dots' on the floor underneath.
From the work on display, my favourite was Claudia D'Arezzo's 'Traditional Mandala' inspired pieces. Greeting me as I entered the space, her work, digital prints on board featuring vivid colours and odd imagery, is reminiscent of vintage wallpaper, the two pieces on display were well made and quite beautiful.The exhibition also featured altered book works from Ella Paine, a series of paintings from Bridie Dunbabin based on the relationship between people and nature, collage work from Lydia Staniland focusing on creating a sense of nostalgia through recognisable English images, three etching prints made by Emma Bowles that depicted the idea of creating a self portrait through personal belongings, and two paintings by Mehnaz Zaman, that portrayed the movement of time through an optical illusion.
Over all the exhibition was very professional, the selection of artwork fit nicely into the space, leaving room for a comfortable viewing of some great pieces. A small but very well done show by 6 aspiring artists."

I'll post the link to the paper when I found it. Was quite happy with the review, however noticed some bad editing in the actual paper article, hmm, maybe that's just me being too picky though!

Two of the other people in the exhibition have blogs as well, so go take a look!
Bridie Dunbabin: http://bridridie.blogspot.com/
Lydia Staniland: http://lydiastaniland.blogspot.com/
I haven't had a working laptop for a while
but back online now,
and thought I'd share with you the BEST bathroom I have EVER seen.
bathroom 1 bathroom 4
bathroom 3bathroom 2

Tuesday, 23 November 2010


moved on to looking at the idea of belonging, relationships and how and where we fit into social situations. Doing a lot of portrait sketches at the moment but also working on an altered book piece, its taking ages.

book 1

Dot Dot Dot

Here's some snaps from our exhibition preview, also, have a gander at the next issue of the Westworld supplement of UWE's WesternEye news paper when it come out in December (I think). We've got a nice little review piece of our exhibition in it!

presentation 4
my work...
To advertise our recent exhibition we placed a LOAD of these little things all over the Bower Ashton campus...
presentation 1

... on the floor...
floor dots

... on stairs...
presentation 2

... even outside!
outside dots

Monday, 22 November 2010

A fortune cookie told me

"Allow yourself to think and dream in unlimited ways"

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

I waste way too much time

I have recently become slightly addicted to Stumble. Here's a few of my favourite finds so far...
  • a changing photo of Toronto, showing stages throughout the day and night,
  • the photography of Cole Rise - I like the colours and the seemingly infinite expanse of space that the pictures hint at,
  • this made me smile - "You Are Beautiful uses the medium of advertising and commercialization to spread a positive message. Projects like these make a difference in the world by catching us in the midst of daily life and creating moments of positive self realization",
  • and a video of Coachella, that makes a load of festival-goers look like highly sophisticated and clothed ants. Party ants.

Monday, 11 October 2010


really like this... but can't remember who did it.

Friday, 8 October 2010

Goodbye Clovelly...

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Saturday, 14 August 2010

weed print

This has traveled with me.