Friday, January 05, 2018

Illuminated boats in Ramsgate harbour.

I managed a visit to the harbour at Ramsgate to see the illuminated boats.

The wind was very chilly but it was great to see lots of people walking around to see the boats, many like me taking photographs.

I didn't see any real trees on the boats this year bu I might have missed them.

I think it's a lovely tradition which raises money for the RLNI.

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Visit to A&C animation studios.

I enjoyed some mulled wine and a tour lead by Dan Richards of A&C animation studios this week, in aid of Thanet Winter Shelter.. They are a local company in Margate and specialize in stop motion animation.

It was great to get an insight into production, see the large infinity curve studio and the model making room and other production facilities

The cupboard full of  different colours of modelling medium was great as were the cabinets showing some of the models used in advertising campaigns.

It was really busy, lots of people interested in the studios and the Victorian laundry building it's based in.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Jelly Exhibition at the Pie Factory Margate.

I visited a great imaginative, playful and evocative exhibition at the Pie Factory in Margate Old Town today, called Jelly.

Four artists, Elizabeth Burman, Karen Crosby, Claire Manning and Ruth Payne are showing a range of works including, drawings, interactive installations, jelly and sweets.

I enjoyed Ruth Payne's colourful drawings some with a bit of a playful strong language. The energy and life of the works drew me to them. Ruth's website and Facebook sites

Karen Crosby's chemigrams are evocative incorporating natural elements and abstract forms. Karen's website and Facebook

Claire Manning's swirly word drawings combine energy with the text and colours. Claire Manning's website and Facebook

Elizabeth Burman's  Daily Ink drawings collected on the wall of the gallery are intriguing and remind me of the effectiveness on a continuity of practice. Elizabeth's Facebook page

The exhibition is on till November 21st. The Pie Factory gallery
Open 11am till 5pm.

Anthony Gormley Another Time, Sculpture in Margate

Another Time  is one of Anthony Gormley's solid cast iron figures that has been sited outside the Turner Contemporary Gallery. It  is a part of series of one hundred, solid cast-iron figures produced by Antony Gormley, that have been sited all around the country.

The sculpture is sited on the beach and is submerged at high tide. As the tide goes out the figure is revealed, becoming fully visible a few hours before low tide.

These figures are cast from Anthony Gormleys own body and  Antony Gormley describes these isolated forms, cast from his own body as "an attempt to bear witness to what it is like to be alive and alone in space and time"

Despite the notice not to walk out to the sculpture, many people find it irresistible and want to touch the figure of stand next to it and take photos.

I must admit I did walk out there myself, the walk along some old parts of structure on the beach is slippy with seaweed and shells!

The sculpture is here till the 30th November.
On the Turner Contemporary website you can see  Sarah Martin, head of exhibitions discussing the sculpture and a link to a TED talk where Anthony Gormley talks about his work.

I also worked digitally to place Another Time in other places in Margate.