Artsite gave me a studio when I was affected by health issues, I was given my studio free for years when we were at the top of Cricklade rd when the Octobus Project hosted Artsite. Through their help I have been enabled to maintain my art practice which helps me deal with those health issues.

I can honestly say that Artsite have made me able to live in a community that supports both my health and my art. Thank you Artsite

With thanks to Lynette Thomas for images and compiling artist statements.

Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 by hannah
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Having a studio space is fun, inspiring and keeps me working in a different way to my practice at home. My studio self is more disciplined and un distracted, my studio is small and cosy with plenty of hanging space for my soft sculptures and papers that I prefer to see hanging loosely.
I tend to dream up ideas, collect resources and materials and bring them down to Artsite to continue forming ideas and projects. The studio atmosphere is creative and nurturing in that I can meet and work with other artists as well as spending time alone, a process that seems essential to most artists.


Currently I am working on a ‘ darning as art’ project and continuing the work with masks for the dreaming project at the Richard Jefferies museum – and something close to my heart, workshops for participants to create installations that trace and inform their lives.
As an installation artist the studio space provides a workplace for me to develop ideas and roll with them & see progress reflected in my practice.
A big thank you and much gratitude for Artsite and fellow studio holders

With thanks to Lynette Thomas for images and compiling artist statements.

Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2018 by hannah
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Having an affordable studio close to home allows me the space to focus on my creativity without the distractions I would normally have at home. Being surrounded by other artists is inspiring and gives me a sense of community.
I work as a lecturer at Swindon college and also run an art room at a well being charity called SWADS, both my jobs allow me to be creative and I enjoy inspiring others to get involved.

At the moment my inspiration lies in ‘ the everyday’ – I have set myself the task of a drawing a day for the year and have enjoyed the challenge of interpreting mundane objects into creative works of art.
My workshops at Artsite include Artsite Kidz, Make and Cake and I run  alternative life drawing sessions at the Beehive pub.
As well as my drawing a day I am working on collaborative makeup/body painting projects, an art residency and working towards a joint exhibition using shrines as inspiration.

Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 by hannah
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I’ve been a member of Artsite for over 10 years, I met  two of the founders Sally and Martin when I was working on a community arts scheme ‘The Octobus Project’ in the mid 90’s. They were based in the same building on Cricklade rd and at the time were just a small group. They asked if  I’d like to join them and initially I took part in some of their exhibitions then later on rented a studio when they moved into the old post office building in Theatre square where I’ve been ever since.


As a member of Artsite you are expected to help out in various ways – running community workshops, cleaning, helping with the up keep of the building etc to help support the running of the group & give back for the low rental of the studio space.
Having my own studio has been a godsend over the years, a space to escape and create and also collaborate with other artists.  I help Sue Bardwell with Artsite Kidz group and also run a weekly mosaic workshop.
I make mosaics and enjoy the collecting and researching of ideas as much as the creating and finishing the final piece.
My studio is full of curiosities and items I’ve collected from walks, carboot sales and charity shops with a view to using them in my artwork.
I get inspired by the ancient Wiltshire landscape, the chalk downs, monuments and the stories and folklore that can be found within it.

With thanks to Lynette Thomas for images and compiling artist statements.

Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 by hannah
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Having space to be able to make is the thing that helps keep my life in balance. 
It is especially nice to be able to walk down the road, arrive, and tune in to what I was doing last time and connect again.. 
A typical day for me is lots of lovely people, a busy café and probably some washing up or some coffee making and lots of listening, planning and encouraging at The Olive Tree Café. Its then time for a dog walk, and hopefully some time down at my studio, unless it is Silent Witness on the telly! 
Loads of people and things inspire me, and like many, our beautiful countryside and landscape does too. Sometimes a cold rainy walk at dusk or to Barbury is the best.
My studio is a bit of a hotch potch with a ) ash of enamelling and wools and cords everywhere. There are usually 3 or 4 things on the go, as I have the concentration of a gnat. I’m so lucky to have the space to do it.

 

I used to run the craft studio at TWIGS. When I left that, the thing I missed most was making with people and sharing that creative process. It is lovely to be doing some workshops again,-Make and Cake has been established nearly 2 years now, and I keep saying I will do some felting and some enamelling. It was lovely to do a couple of young carers workshops last year. I enjoy sharing my materials and gathering for new projects. I am looking at ways of combining some felting with enamelling, and enamelling onto good old copper piping . There are also some Chinese lanterns almost finished, I think I could happily spend all my time trying out different seed head forms…but then that would mean some concentration.

With thanks to Lynette Thomas for images and compiling artist statements.

Posted on Monday, March 12, 2018 by hannah
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Working as an artist can be isolating and having an affordable studio is important so you are not restrained by big fees. It’s great to have a dedicated space available 24/7 which encourages your creative practice among other artists.   At the moment my inspiration comes from my collection of old china and pottery from the Victorian era and the the decades of the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s. I am fascinated by the history of these objects which influence me and I incorporate into my work. I run a weekly Art Club on a Wednesday morning.

I often work on different pieces at once switching from mosaic making to drawing and painting. I’ll start with a large mug of tea. I spend time researching, experimenting, and getting inspiration for ideas. I catch up with the other artists and help with jobs that need doing at Artsite.    My studio is full of shelves of broken china, pottery, books, paints and lots of clutter! A  large table that I work on, and a cabinet displaying my collected jugs and pots. I have a wall dedicated to inspiring me with other artists images, and quotes. I have drawings and paintings spread around the studio. It’s my haven.

With thanks to Lynette Thomas for images and compiling artist statements.

Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2018 by hannah
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