We hope you have enjoyed our series of blog posts looking inside Artsite and the Post Modern studios.

This year we will be celebrating 10 years in the former Post Office in Theatre Square Swindon. Since then we have grown to include former Oxfam bookshop, now Artsite Studios and the former framers shop, which has been transformed into Number Nine Gallery.

Western Daily Press 5 years PoMo Article

Artsite now holds weekly and monthly workshops, increased our ability to offer affordable studio space and provide space for community organisations to hold events to promote and share their services.

We also have a dedicated Events page which lists all known up and coming events, workshops and exhibitions for the year. We are also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, please follow us for up to date information from our sister pages and accounts, such as Artsite Kidz

Thank you to all those who have supported us in the past 10 years! Here’s to another decade of growth and development for Artsite and The Post Modern.

 

Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by hannah
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My studio is a haven, a place away from home which is all about me. A space not just for making art but over the years where I can store and curate my collection that both inspires and informs my practice


My days when I’m not making art, are usually a mix of planning projects, admin and meetings. I enjoy being creative generally whether cooking, sewing, decorating or working on my allotment.

Being with other artists at Artsite enriches and inspires me and the process of collaboration, whether exhibitions, events and workshops or creating public artwork. Working within the community with people to become more creative has played a major motivating force as a artist over the years.

 

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

Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 by hannah
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The studio for me is a special place where I can surround myself with creativity. It’s a sanctuary from the distresses of everyday life, and is a place where art can be experimented with, the equivalent to a scientist in the laboratory. The studio offers as much return as one is prepared to use it. A must for all artists.


Other interests include going out in my camper van and enjoying different parts of the country. Exploring historical sites which can feed into my artwork.
I love natural surroundings and am partial to old ruined buildings for inspiration and atmosphere. Going to art gallery’s and museums. Walking country paths, wooded areas and canals.

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

Posted on Monday, March 26, 2018 by hannah
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Printmaking and Mixed Media

My studio is my place to hide and re-set., my sieve-space of survival, where all the noise and the chat can be refracted or rejected.
Here I can pick jewels from chaos, and pause to sense with clarity where beauty lies in all that loud dreary funk, and quietly digest, regard, tease out and transform beautiful truth.


A typical day begins with my priority firmly in place: maintaining a functioning standard of health and well-being necessary to look after my beloved family. If energy or time remain, creativity and contemplation ensue. I may be lucky enough to indulge in the nutritious business of making; that could be designing/transferring/cutting/proofing or printing a block, or I may spend time in productive meditation, steadily producing a mandala.  Occasionally I am able to venture out into nature, to drink in the freely available splendour of landscape, and/or ancient creations and sign-posts. Most importantly, every day I endeavour to allow and arrange as much time as possible to be still, to be idle, to be quiet, to be even.
What inspires me? 
Natural spaces, forms, shapes and repeats. 
Archetypes and symbols.
That which I encounter during glimpses of peace… moments of brain-gap nothingness. 
Generosity and selflessness.
My studio is a place where I can more easily recognise my authentic self. A place of messy beauty, untamed trying and un-self-conscious glee, where my own inherent ability to heal and survive is honoured and protected.

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

Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2018 by hannah
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My studio space is my quiet and creative place, my escape from the everyday ordinary.  It’s a place where I can focus my energy on what makes me happy which is making ceramics.  I’ve recently just finished my masters degree in ceramics so I’m currently reorganising my studio space, which mostly involves a lot of tidying.
A typical day could be mixing and sieving glazes and slips, kiln firings, rolling out slabs of clay or doing mundane tasks like reclaiming clay.


My recent work is inspired by abstract expressionism and the landscape which surrounds us. Each piece I make is unique and slightly sculptural, highly decorated tuning into an intuitive and spontaneous way of working. Focusing mostly on surface decoration.  I’m inspired by the depth of colour and marks which can be achieved on the ceramic surface

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

Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2018 by hannah
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My studio is the only place I have where can go and for a short time and forget all my responsibilities. It is my thinking space, my breathing space, a space where I can go and work, without judgement or interruption.


I sometimes start working with no preconceived thoughts or idea other than to explore the medium in front of me, concentrating more on atmospheric perspective and depth 
It does not simulate or pretend to be anything other than what it is, an instinctive and undisguised emotional event. Birds and creatures feature in my work describing both the strength and fragility of living. I am in fascinated by the dichotomy of the natural world including that of humanity.

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

Posted on Friday, March 23, 2018 by hannah
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My studio represents a safe little haven where I can forget about other stuff going on in my life. Surrounded by my own most personal belongings the privacy is such a comfort. Most other people are not invited in! It’s my sanctuary that doesn’t exist anywhere else in life.

I work mostly from observation.. the nude and landscape and then they come together in my studio with imaginary images from my inner psyche to create a more personal depth. Artsite is affordable, keeps one engaged with like minded people and we always have a good laugh. I am so happy to have this space and consider it a privilege in my life.

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

Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2018 by hannah
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I have a studio at home but at times can feel isolated, I also have a studio at a Artsite. Being part of an art community who give you support and encouragement enables me to focus far more on my work.

I like to work with oils and acrylic. I support Paula Sullivan delivering art sessions on Wednesdays. My other hobbies are working with wood, at the moment I am teaching myself to make a 15 century longbows, music is also a hobby of mine.

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

Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by hannah
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