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Nexus: Meetings at the Edge

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This exhibition at Kirkcaldy Galleries looks at some of the ways in which 21st-century artists and makers are changing preconceptions about their art forms.

Jewellery, silversmithing, textiles and ceramics all have long histories and deep-rooted traditions behind them. Today their familiar, often restricting, boundaries are being expanded by makers taking leaps of imagination and devising fresh approaches to the way they work.

The exhibitors in Nexus are linked by great technical skill, a capacity for free-thinking and confidence in their ideas. However, each has found their own way of extending the boundaries of their art form.

Nexus celebrates the unexpected. None of the work in this exhibition may be quite what it seems…

Curated by Dr Elizabeth Goring for Fife Contemporary in collaboration with Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales, it features 20 artists from around Britain and Ireland.

Paint and Sip Franchise Opportunity with Brush Party!

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A fantastic new career with a Brush Party UK Franchise!

Do you want to get away from the humdrum of 9 to 5? Are you looking for an opportunity that is not only fun, but profitable too? 

If the answer is yes, then Brush Party have the answer to your business dreams!

Visit the Brush Party UK Franchise website here: http://brushpartyfranchise.co.uk

Or, for more information, contact Cliff or Sam on 01844 390208 or email us at info@brushparty.co.uk

 

Ceramic Plasticity

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Bouke de Vries, Memory Vessel, 2016, ceramic and glass

Reflecting the resurgence of craft and skills-based making in art over the past decade, this one-day symposium explores common ground between contemporary art and studio ceramics. Emphasising the commonalities between artist and craftsperson, the event focuses on practical, theoretical, and professional aspects of working with clay, embodied in its malleability and resistance - its plasticity.

-          Glenn Adamson (keynote)

-          Mathew Leung (Assemble architecture collective)

-          Caroline Achaintre (Artist)

-          Florence Peake (Artist, Choreographer)

-          Bouke de Vries (Conservator, Artist)

-          Dr. David Stent (Visual Arts, West Dean College)

-          Julian Stair (Potter, Writer)

Panel Chairs:

-          Rosie Cooper (Head of Exhibitions DLWP)

-          Alison Sandeman (Studio Potter)

-          Katie Schwab (Artist)

The symposium will be a day of discussion, identifying common ground, appreciating difference, and celebrating clay as a material that feeds the imagination.

Booking required. Please visit the West Dean College website for details: https://www.westdean.org.uk/events/ceramic-plasticity

Therapeutic Creative Writing Group

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“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.”  ~ James Baldwin

Writing and reading provides us with the solace of knowing our stories are shared through characters that champion our cause. Seeing the ailments and conditions one grapples with in elaborate descriptive detail and form, further reminds us what James Baldwin conveys in his beautiful quote, that even in our brokenness we are more alike, than we are different.

As a trauma therapist I give priority to cultivating life-affirming creative and spiritual pursuits that inform one's sense of pride and purpose, so as to encourage thriving.

With this intention I am recruiting people for a Therapeutic Creative Writing Group

This 90 minute Group will meet twice/month Sunday @ 5 PM in midtown Manhattan.  Consultation is free and cost for each group is $60.

For registration and details call Rev. Sheri Heller, LCSW 212-594-9801 or email at sheri@sheritherapist.com // sheritherapist.com

Interview with Nina Tokhtaman Valetova for Emboss Magazine

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How would you describe your style? How has it evolved during your career?

I like to create my artworks in different styles because an idea can sometimes be expressed better in one style than another. Usually I work with oil paint, though I have created roughly 20 acrylic paintings. From time to time, I create processed digital images from photographs of my paintings. When I am looking for a new subject, my own personal stories usually provide the key to a strong new concept. I feel that the individuality of an artist (intellect, emotional state) always manifest in a work - it is almost impossible to hide one's inner world while working creatively.

 

What themes do you explore in your work?

My paintings explore relationships between ancient cultures, mythologies, fantasy, metaphysics and philosophy. I avoid doing paintings about political issues, and prefer broader themes that are independent from a particular situation.

What inspires and motivates you as an artist? Do other artists influence your work?

I studied Art History for 10 years and had the opportunity to explore the styles of many different artists. Some of them definitely have impacted my way of self-expression: Malevich, Klee, Miro, Dali, de Chirico and many others.

 

What is the best part about being an artist and/or working within the arts?

I feel best if my intentions and goals in the paintings are embodied as I pictured beforehand. Often the creative process allows me to escape from the real world into another world - a world of fantasy, and a completely different condition of meditation. I feel a freedom that I do not have in the real world.

In your opinion, what is the most important issue facing the arts today?

I think a big problem for artists is a lack of sufficient support structures, whether through art galleries, sponsors, or the government. The Artist alone must resolve many issues surrounding the financing of art projects, exhibitions, and publications - Maybe the artist should be better called "Superman."

Music Therapy Podcast Needs You

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Music Therapy podcast has the musical remedy for anything life brings you. If you'd like us to find the perfect song for your situation please get in touch. Just email us with some background about what's going on for you - you can use a fake name if you like - and we'll let you know if we can feature you on the show. It can be anything - good or bad. We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you

Email: musictherapyldn@gmail.com   Twitter: @musictherapyldn

 

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