Updates to the Shed Gallery and events for 2015

After the busy run up to Christmas with orders and enquiries January has given us some respite to catch our breath and plan for the year ahead.

We have begun our AOTW programme whereby we focus on an artist/photographer each week highlighting their work and asking them to contribute to the blog. This is a very popular way of getting people to look at your work and comment on your profiles. So far this year we have shown the work of Howard Kovach who creates really interesting digiart, his MM2 is one of our favourites.

MM 2 by Howard Kovach

MM 2 by Howard Kovach

This week is the photographer Matt Pinner. Matt has an extensive following on twitter and very cleverly takes screen shots of his images on the Homepage to show his followers with links through to the image and encouraging people to buy the image.

Sunrise over by Matt Pinner

Sunrise over by Matt Pinner

This is also a strategy Stephen Banks employs to spectacular effect which keeps our presses printing his work week on week. It cannot be understated how vital it is to add the link, key words with # tags and say clearly ‘click the link to buy’, it seems so simple but it can and does work. If you wish to be our AOTW on a specific week then please email us and we will see if we can schedule it in.

The feedback we have received from the buying public and our creatives on added functionality is now being implemented on the website. This week you may see blips and changes whilst they are being worked on and once they are completed and working we will let you know what has changed. The most important changes will be the products you can now but prints on. Whilst we firmly believe that aluminium is the future as seen in nearly all the contemporary art fairs and exhibitions from  David Hockney’s iPad drawings to Ai Wei Wei and Sebastiao Salgado there is a strong market for framed work which will be an in-house service.

Winter Skies Above East Cliff by Stephen Banks

Winter Skies Above East Cliff by Stephen Banks

Events for the coming the coming year will be a collective of Shed contributors in March in the new studio/gallery space in Barcelona, Spain. A ‘Broadchurch’ inspired exhibition in the Salthouse in West Bay itself in May and our annual Summer Exhibition in Lyme Regis over the August Bank Holiday. If you wish to be considered for any of these events then please make sure your collections are current and tagged once we announce the details over the coming weeks.

It’s going to be a busy and exciting year and both Ben and I look forward to working in partnership with you all to help promote and sell your work.

Chelsea and Ben

Upcoming exhibition dates and venues featuring Stephen Banks.

What a year it has been, and it’s not even December yet!
Thank you to The Shed, who have chose me as Artist of the Week again last week. Working with them this year has been a lot of fun, especially during the Muse summer show in Lyme Regis. Not sure if Ben or Chelsea found it quite as much fun, with all the busy preparations they had to do beforehand! But I think we can all agree it was a great success, and I certainly look forward to future exhibitions with them.
Milky Way Above Portland Bill by Stephen Banks

Milky Way Above Portland Bill by Stephen Banks

Following on from Muse, I have a couple of exhibitions of my own coming up. The first is at the Cowshed, in Highland’s End Holiday Park, Eype, where there will be Christmas greeting cards, my ‘Dorset’s Dark Skies’ 2015 Calendar and, of course, The Shed prints available to purchase, for that extra special festive gift. That runs until 15th December, including Sunday (23rd November) for Eype Makers’ Market.
Illuminated Knowlton Church by Stephen Banks

Illuminated Knowlton Church by Stephen Banks

In the new year, I have a whole month occupying the walls of The Exchange’s cafe in Sturminster. It’s a substantial space, so be sure to pop in during February. The exhibition runs from 1 – 28 February.
Archway to Heaven by Stephen Banks

Archway to Heaven by Stephen Banks

I will be entering the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition in 2015, after they put the deadline back in 2014 to April. The vast majority of my astrophotography is taken during the height of summer, when the Milky Way is at its most visible. As I’d already entered my best images from Summer 2013 into the 2013 competition, I didn’t have any images in time for April 2014. So, fingers crossed for further success this coming year. Let’s hope I can once again put Dorset on the stargazers’ map!
Milky Way above West Bay by Stephen Banks

Milky Way above West Bay by Stephen Banks

Thank you to everyone reading who has purchased a print from The Shed; my images and everybody else’s. I’ve been chatting to Ben and Chelsea and they’ve got some interesting things planned for the future. Watch this space!

Order your prints in time for Christmas!!

This week we are promoting as our AOTW the work by photographer Stephen Banks.  Stephen sells his work through the Shed gallery and we have shipped his work far and wide.

Milky Way above boats in Lulworth Cove by Stephen Banks

Milky Way above boats in Lulworth Cove by Stephen Banks

There is something magical about how he captures the dark skies of Dorset, his work really strikes a chord with many people. Now we are in November our thoughts turn to gifts for Christmas. All our photography in our gallery can be bought in various sizes and are printed to order. To make sure you get your print in time for Christmas we suggest placing your order by the 12th December.

Any print orders taken after this date will be despatched but cannot be guaranteed to arrive in time. Stephen also has some calendars still available for 2015 so please get in touch with us or directly to him through his website.

Reporting back on MUSE – the Shed Summer show.

What a busy few weeks we have had! Firstly we would like to give a warm welcome to our latest photographers to sign up to the Shed.

Please take some time to look at the portfolios of Nigel Sharman, Howard Kovach, Mark Heighes, Charles Headey, Tomas Klima, Tim Starkey, Matt Pinner, Chris North, Charlotte Gilliatt, Jeffrey Jury, Mark Bowden, David Bough and Nathalie Roberts.

Please leave a comment or like their images to help make them feel welcome!

Brian by Maisie Hill

Brian by Maisie Hill

I know I am tardy with my round up of our annual Shed Summer Show- MUSE. Well what a runaway success this year was! We showed work by some of our most popular members of our community. There were so many heart-warming moments and the work this year was universally recognised as being our strongest show to date. This is all down to the quality of submissions and some curatorial interventions. What was so interesting was the breadth of images that sold from the intimate such as Maisie Hill’s ‘Brian’ to sweeping landscapes by Ollie Taylor and our shining star (excuse the pun) Stephen Banks and his stunning Astrophotography.

Milky Way Above Portland Bill by Stephen Banks

Milky Way Above Portland Bill by Stephen Banks

Fiona G Roberts’ paintings wowed time and again:

Sunlit River 7 by Fiona G. Roberts

Sunlit River 7 by Fiona G. Roberts

Paula Youens’ prints found new homes and Paula found an old friend who recognised her work. Odile Moreno judged her new collection of illustrated plates to perfection. We sold quite a few through the social platform Instagram which goes to show social media can help sell work!

The Great Wave by Odile Moreno

The Great Wave by Odile Moreno

So as we finish off following up leads, commissions (Odile is about to send another drawing off!) and print orders our thoughts turn to future projects and plans.

We are about to confirm our next event in Barcelona and an exciting outdoor project in spring which will bookend our year with our Summer Show in August.

Before I sign off I’d like to once again say an enormous thank you to Rachael Talibart for her talk on ‘Where land Meets Sea, techniques, literature and inspiration’ and Stephen Banks on  ’How to sell your photography through Social Media and Astrophotography techniques’

The event was a huge success and something we hope to repeat. We will be posting over the next few days excerpts from both.

As I have said in the past buying art and photography is sometimes a spur of the moment, fall in love, have to absolutely have cupids arrow or a slow burn…the important thing is to get the work out there, create events and exhibitions, print work up, hold talks, invite people to your studios or put your work on your own walls and have a dinner party, its an invaluable way of showing people what you do. Remember that social media, no matter how annoying, is a powerful tool for us creatives and allows us to reach audiences far beyond a traditional gallery.

In partnership with our events we will hopefully help you to sell your work. So post and share your profiles and tell everyone you know that they can buy your work especially in the run up to (I’ll whisper it quietly)…..Christmas.

Chelsea Davine

Muse – Stephen Banks, Photographer.

Stephen Banks

My muse is the dark skies of Dorset.

 

Archway to Heaven by Stephen Banks

Archway to Heaven by Stephen Banks

 

Observing the Milky Way here is a joy and has been a privilege of mine for the past couple of years, since I discovered I could capture its beauty through photography.

 

Winter Sunrise over West Dorset by Stephen Banks

Winter Sunrise over West Dorset by Stephen Banks

 

Dorset has no cities or motorways, and there are parts of the county with such little light pollution, you can clearly see the outer spirals of the Milky Way. When photographed with a modern dSLR camera, this effect is multiplied dramatically.

 

Milky Way Arch above Lulworth Cove by Stephen Banks

Milky Way Arch above Lulworth Cove by Stephen Banks

The last 18 months have been dedicated to capturing the absolute best images of the most iconic Dorset landmarks in the county’s darkest skies. It’s hard work, with late nights mixed in with a nine-til-five job. But it seems that every time I go out, I learn something new and, more often than not, capture something beautiful.

 

Milky Way above West Bay by Stephen Banks

Milky Way above West Bay by Stephen Banks

 

The buzz of knowing I’ve pushed captured an image I can add to my portfolio is the most exciting thing I’ve experienced in my photography career.

 

Milky Way above Durdle Door by Stephen Banks

Milky Way above Durdle Door by Stephen Banks

 

Having the quality of the dark skies here in Dorset, coupled with some of the best landscapes in the country, presents a real opportunity for capturing images which show a familiar Dorset in a completely unfamiliar light. I like to think that I’m helping promote the area to tourists looking for dark skies to observe the stars.