A new chapter: Working from home..

August 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

I have officially moved out of my old artist studio at Muspole Workshops in Norwich, and will be working from home from now on. Luckily my house has enough spare rooms that I can use one just for making artwork. It’s really exciting to be able to wake up and be at my desk immediately, and being able to make “proper coffee” and not have to make packed lunches anymore! I know I will need lots of motivation to make it work, and not get distracted by things at home. Does anyone else working from home have these issues, and if so, how do you overcome them? Rigid structure? Any advice would be great please!

My old studio at Muspole Workshops

I have set up my materials and equipment, I’m expecting it to get very messy pretty quickly – the joys of having an artist studio mean I can be messy and not need to worry about ruining the carpet. My lovely boyfriend has put down a big section of carpet that I can get paint and watercolour ink on thankfully!

My new studio!



Please please vote for my drawing!

August 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

If you use Twitter, please would you vote for me using your Twitter account to log on (click on the ‘+’ sign next to my drawing – bottom right):


Voting ends tomorrow! If I win, the drawing is printed on the cafe’s packaging, so hundreds of people will see it! It’s a great prize and I’m really proud of the drawing I’ve submitted – ‘Dance’, 67 x 87cm, wood-burning pen on paper – all the lines are seared onto the paper.

The drawing is currently hanging in Mustard Cafe, Bridewell Alley, Norwich.

Norwich Art Fair is now on Linkedin

August 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

I have now set up a group on Linkedin. It’s an open group so anyone can join – http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=4556608

Open day of art, film and music at Anteros Arts

August 2, 2012 § 2 Comments

Anyone in Norfolk interested in film making, art, music etc, come along to the Open Day at Anteros Arts, Fye Bridge Road in Norwich on Friday 10th August 10pm-6pm. If you are interested in running a workshop, email Rachel Miller on rachel.miller.anteros@gmail.com. There will be short films by local film makers, art demonstrations, taster sessions and much more. It’ll also be a great chance to meet like minded creative types.


Vote for my drawing!

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:

Dance, 87 x 67cm, wood-burning pen on watercolour paper
(All the lines are burned onto the paper)

If you have a Twitter account, you can sign in on their website+vote on:

Thanks x

Norwich Art Fair now has a Twitter account and a Facebook group

July 28, 2012 § 1 Comment

Follow on Twitter – @NorwichArtFair and ‘like’ on our Facebook page – www.facebook.com/norwichartfair.

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.

Ideas from the Norwich Art Fair meet-up!

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
Anglia Square
Westlegate Tower
John Innes Centre
Crypt beneath Memorial Garden
N&N Hospital corridors
Forum would be involved – good for community
OPEN (Graham Dacre)
Norfolk Showground
Local cafes and restaurants to exhibit – Iron House, White Lion Café, Frank’s Bar, Wine Press
Big single venue – central
Vacant shops
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
Chapelfield Garden
Sainsbury Centre
St Stephens Church (next to Chapelfield)
Royal Arcade
Jamie’s Italian
St Gregorys
Norwich Castle
Aviva have lots of property in Norwich
UEA (international connections)
Galleries/outlets who already sell our work
Cinema City
City College
Popup shops
Norwich Puppet Theatre


“Vacant Spaces Festival”
Art & Music festival – local DJ’s, involve NUCA
Art trails
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
Fringe festival
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
Norwich Lanes
Involve local graffiti artist – Lee Jay Hunton


Local architects e.g Hudsons
Local design agencies
Local accountants
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
Library Service
Waffle House
Public involvement like Home Sweet Home
Norwich City FC
Hussey Knights
Warehouse Express
Main Source

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!