July 30, 2012 § 1 Comment
I have 2 drawings on show this month at Mustard Cafe, Bridewell Alley in Norwich. Every month all the work is put to an online vote, & the winning piece of art is printed onto the cafe’s coffee packaging for a month. It’s a great prize! The cafe is fantastic – Ruth & Amy who run Mustard are lovely. Go in & try some of their delicious food & check out the array of beautiful & cool art on the walls.
This is my entry for this month’s selection:
If you have a Twitter account, you can sign in on their website+vote on:
July 28, 2012 § 1 Comment
Remember, the next meeting is on Thursday 13th August at the Sir Garnet Woolsley pub in Norwich, by the market. Please pass on these details to anyone who might be interested – we are especially keen to talk to people who have experience and knowledge in event management.
July 23, 2012 § 10 Comments
The Norwich Art Fair – on Thursday 19th July was a great success, lots of people attended. Fantastic and new ideas were discussed. Thanks again to everyone who came along, and to @HuwSayer for leading the meeting, great idea with the post-its! Many thanks also to @SirGarnetPub the for hosting the meeting!
I’ve copied what each post-it said and have separated the ideas into different categories. Lots of ideas were repeated, so I’ve only put them on once to avoid repetition. Please add on any new ideas, or thoughts as a comment, and remember that there is the #NorwichArtFair on Twitter too, so keep spreading the word! A website and Twitter account will be created for this.
The Space, Norwich (run by Secret Art Collector)
St Andrew’s Hall
John Innes Centre
Crypt beneath Memorial Garden
N&N Hospital corridors
Forum would be involved – good for community
OPEN (Graham Dacre)
Local cafes and restaurants to exhibit – Iron House, White Lion Café, Frank’s Bar, Wine Press
Big single venue – central
Malls – community remit
Hire out Forum for weekend, £120 to hire, including furniture (display boards etc), have stalls and talks by curators, agents, artists in Cube & Curve rooms
Unusual spaces to create a “buzz” around, could corporate performances into the opening of spaces, also performances during expo.
Spaces bigger than the Forum – empty offices, Sport Centre
St Stephens Church (next to Chapelfield)
Aviva have lots of property in Norwich
UEA (international connections)
Galleries/outlets who already sell our work
Norwich Puppet Theatre
“Vacant Spaces Festival”
Art & Music festival – local DJ’s, involve NUCA
Collate all the art organisations in city – STEW, Papergirl, NUCA, Sainsbury Centre, Photography groups
Overall part of Norfolk & Norwich Festival
Out of town collaborators
Multi venue, discreet timing
Mechanism for sales – central organisation
Pop up studios
Themed areas – Jubilee, abstract, portraiture, painting, photography
Plan well ahead – aim for 2013/14
Weekend mass art boot camp – lots of outputs
Curator curated by theme rather than medium
One day theme – (mapping the city)
CPRE patrons – eg. Viscount Coke
Installation – BIG – national interest, i.e recreate the City wall
Have a pre-Christmas fair for catching buyers’ market
Organisation with similar brief – Sainsbury Centre, NNFest
Mix a few big names with lots of lesser-known artists – like the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Network through galleries to find experience
How do you decide who can exhibition – will there be different sections
Non-conformist roots if Norwich – City of Rebels
Launch at the Forum using Fusion and main area
Provide music/local talent to bring in crowds so not just an arts event
Get main attractions in Norwich/Norfolk involved (not just arts based)
Local schools involved
Use local celebrities to help promote – Delia, Stephen Fry, Lisa Goddard, Amanda Holden (Norfolk’s Got Talent!)
Produce calendars with sponsers’ logos on
Young boy from Holt whose paintings are selling from £1000’s
Local DJ’s are often in ‘arty’ circles
Involve local graffiti artist – Lee Jay Hunton
Local architects e.g Hudsons
Local design agencies
Local energy companies
Identify art patrons i.e boards of Garage, Arts Centre, Heritage Lottery Fund
Support a charity or charities that are involved in the arts
Get support from Creative Arts East
Norfolk Contemporary Art Society
Artists groups – Norwich 20 Group
Jade Free Cooperative
Public involvement like Home Sweet Home
Norwich City FC
Skills to help organise the festival
I’ll make a website and host it – help get the word out through Leap Flag @alifasnd
Can help with publicity via word of mouth, have contacts with London & Colchester based artists, I’m also an artist, performer & maker of things – @jcswindells
I work as an artist & photographer, used to work in publishing (assistant to editor), and I design & facilitate workshops – Anita
Great ideas everyone – keep them coming!
July 16, 2012 § 6 Comments
And so it began…
The fantastic @HuwSayer tweeted me last week about an idea to start up an Art Fair in Norwich. (Isn’t Twitter great!!) This came at such a good time, as for a while I have been thinking Norwich needs this! He wrote a blog with thoughts on it too. Check it out – http://huwsayer.wordpress.com/2012/07/13/an-international-art-fair-for-norfolk-and-norwich-can-it-be-done-norwichartfair-please-retweet/
Some exhibition experience
I do have experience of putting on exhibitions for other artists and myself (I work part time as an artist, renting a studio at Muspole Workshops in Nowich). In 2010, I met an illustrator in Norwich through my then-housemate and together, we set up a not-for-profit organisation called Making Space. We organised exhibitions for local artists held at ‘non traditional venues’ around Norwich – cafes, pubs, business reception areas. The idea was to create links with local businesses, and for artists to find spaces to exhibit. We had found that before setting up Making Space, there is a lot of competition for exhibition spaces, a waiting list, or the rental rates could be very high. We would also promote and advertise each exhibition, keeping cost as low as possible. We also had a very popular website showcasing each artists’ work.
I really enjoyed being involved, especially organising and marketing each event. It also gave me a better confidence of showing my own artwork and I made some great contacts from it. I am however very aware of how much work is involved in putting on an event, so am under no illusion of how big the workload would be for the Norwich Art Fair!
A Fine City
Norfolk has a wealth of culture, including lots of extremely talented artists, as well as art buyers. Norwich is already on the UK culture scene – NUCA, Body Art Festival, UEA, Norwich Print fair, a thriving music scene, the recent UNESCO City of Literature, Norfolk & Norwich Festival – there is a lot of events that make Norwich the great city that it is.
An art fair is the next step and it now seems the right time to do one! There are many other affordable art fairs in the UK and it would be worth looking at how these are set up, I’m currently speaking to some people about how to go about this.
Some ideas I have for the fair, would be to hold it over a weekend at a big venue. St Andrews Hall for instance is a great venue, as it is city-centre based and has other major events held there with concerts, the body art festival and the CAMRA beer festival. This is also so we can get as many artists showing their work, and also so that lots of lovely art-buying people can attend! I can picture the fair becoming a major annual event. (fingers crossed!). As well as artists showing and selling work, we can also have gallery representatives hiring out a stand. It would be good to have the fair as an ‘affordable’ one so it doesn’t put punters off attending.
However, there is a lot of work that needs to be done. The main issue of course, is money. As I am not aware that any of us are millionaires, we would need sponsership – there are grants and sponsers out there. I have given thought to who we could approach, but don’t want to say who yet until I’ve spoken to Huw.
I would need someone involved who has experience of applying for sponsership, to help with what to say. It would require a lot of marketing and advertising – this can almost be a 24/7 thing – tweeting, website updates, radio interviews and of course articles and interviews in the local and national press. All this needs to be done, and personally, I would do it all the time if I could. I love social networks and anything marketing related. We would need banners, a website, display boards for each artists – the list goes on. When I’ve looked into renting display boards out before, they can be extremely expensive – and if we had 100+ artists exhibiting, the cost would be very high. Each artist could pay for their own space, but to also help keep costs down, we could also charge entry fees – this is standard for most art fairs anyway – even if it is just £2 a ticket, it all helps. It would also help as we would know how many people would be attending the fair. We can sell through a website, and get local shops to sell tickets too. There is also the matter of sorting public liability insurance – something I don’t know much about
Another idea I have had, is hold talks by artists, critics, agents and curators – some interesting speakers from the art industry, to make the fair as diverse and exciting as possible. I went to the Hay on Wye Festival a few years back with my father and Quentin Blake gave a talk about his work. It has always stuck in my mind, seeing such an incredible artist speaking. He did demonstrations, drawing his wonderful characters onto an overhead projector – he could draw one in a matter of seconds, bringing it to life. The art critic Ian Collins recently gave a fantastic talk at the Forum and of course John Hurt recently spoke at NUCA. We may not be able to get speakers like this (hey, I can dream!!), but you get the idea – a range of art folk would make the event even better!
So where next?
We have the ‘Tweetup’ this week – if you can attend that would be brilliant. Even if you are just interested in exhibiting your own art work at the fair, or if you represent a gallery, or if you have experience in putting on fairs, then pop along. We are meeting upstairs at the Sir Garnet Wolseley Pub, Thursday 19th July at 6pm – the address is 36 Market Place, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1RD. – it is by the side of Norwich Market, opposite W H Smith. If you know anyone who might also be interested in attending, please pass this on – the more the merrier! It’ll be great to meet you all and start the art fair ball rolling!
Thanks for listening !
July 13, 2012 § Leave a comment
Great blog to follow for anyone living in Norfolk!
Grumpy Twitter Purist: “What’s this – another silly hashtag to clutter my timeline?”
H: “Well is you feel like that – but you don’t have to follow. We are all free to choose how we use twitter.”
Grumpy (but feeling guilty): “OK – so it’s an acronym – for what?
H: “Norfolk and Norwich Twitter Network.”
G: “And what’s that?”
H: “A name I came up with to describe all the wonderful people I follow (like you – *flattery*) who support Norwich and Norfolk in their tweets.”
G – but emollient: “OK – who can join? Do I have to live in Norfolk? And what are my duties?”
H: “Anyone can join. In fact, you have already joined (you RT’d something about an event in Norwich) – let’s call it auto-enrolment. You don’t have to live in Norfolk either (but it helps…Why…
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July 11, 2012 § Leave a comment