News from the Shed!

It has been a busy month since we wrapped up our last ALBION exhibition at the pop up ‘Period of Grace’ gallery in Bristol. We have now paid all our creative’s who sold, printed and sent all the orders and followed up leads which is hugely gratifying. In amongst the sales the star was Andy White selling his ‘August Mist from Quarr Hill’ and since got another sale from a private client who saw the work in large format and fell in love with ‘Mist in the Vales’.

August Mist from Quarr Hill

August Mist from Quarr Hill

Mist in the Vales

Mist in the Vales

This is a crucial point. When the public, friends and family see the images printed they can imagine buying and hanging the work on their wall. This is why in conjunction with all our online promotion and social media presence we also hold exhibitions and encourage our creative’s to show their work and have some in stock as samples.

Philippa Gedge and Charlotte Fielding have done just this. They were so inspired by the exhibition in London that they launched their first photographic exhibition ‘ESCAPE’ on Tuesday 18th June at the Tabernacle in Notting Hill. We were delighted to both sponsor and produce all the work for them and if you are in London this week please go along to lend your support. Remember if you are included in or are planning a show, get in touch and we will do what we can to help support your endeavour however large or small, it is a key part of the Shed philosophy to not just provide a full website and online gallery but also help promote your work as part of our community.

With this in mind we are planning our next event!

We are organising a joint event at the Malthouse, Lyme Regis to combine with the Lyme Folk Festival over the August Bank holiday. The show will run from 23rd of August through to the 5th of September. It is a great opportunity to have a whole new audience through to see our work not to mention the beer festival to help whet the appetite of potential customers! We will be releasing details over the coming weeks.

Lastly I’d like to welcome back those of you who have continued to use our service and also those of you new to our community:

Keith and Jennifer Jackson, Dave Holden, Catherine Lewis, Gina Williams, Anne Reynolds, Andrew McDermott, Charlotte Fielding, Joe Clark, Megan Players, Paul Reynolds, Kris Dutson, David Jacks and Colin Tracy.

We look forward to seeing how your diverse interests and work develops as you start to upload your profiles and also meeting you in person one day if we haven’t already met!

SOME OF THE SALES FROM THE ALBION EXHIBITION, CLICK ON ANY OF THE IMAGES TO BUY!!

John Hunt – Staircase and March to work

John Hunt – Staircase

John Hunt - March to work

John Hunt - March to work

Tom Hard – Brighton Wheel

Tom Hard – Brighton Wheel

Tom Hard - Summer Comes Early

Tom Hard - Summer Comes Early

Terry Batten - Backstage At The Arts Centre

Terry Batten - Backstage At The Arts Centre

Lois Wakeman - Five trees at dawn

Lois Wakeman - Five trees at dawn

Lois Wakeman - Surf's Up

Lois Wakeman - Surf's Up

Pete Hackett - E80

Pete Hackett - E80

Graham Wiffen - Tranquility at Durdle Door

Graham Wiffen - Tranquility at Durdle Door

Maisie Hill - Brian

Maisie Hill - Brian

Emma Burton - Lavender

Emma Burton - Lavender

Kirsty Fenton - Draped cloth

Kirsty Fenton - Draped cloth

Rob Coombe - British Beach Huts

Rob Coombe - British Beach Huts

Tricia Scott - Agapantha I

Tricia Scott - Agapantha I

 

Albion at the Period of Grace Gallery

People watching has to be one of life’s pleasures. Here in the Period of Grace Gallery in Bristol on a bright May day I’ve been idly watching the commuters, students, tourists and locals going about their business. The other pleasure is getting to talk to those who venture inside to look at the exhibition.

Michelle Frederick - Battersea Power Station

Michelle Frederick - Battersea Power Station

The most talked about pieces have been Michelle Frederick’s ‘Battersea Power station’ sculpture made from recycled wood, Lauren Fox’s steel letters (I wish my name began with an A or a B so I could buy one and put it on my wall!)

Steel Letters by Lauren Fox at Albion

Steel Letters by Lauren Fox at Albion

Fiona Robert’s ‘River Irt for Caroline’, how timeless B/W photography is and Maisie Hill’s ‘Brian’ which is one of our most viewed images on the website.

Black and White Wall at Albion

Black and White Wall at Albion

We were interested to see how the show would be received in the West Country as opposed to London and whether the same pieces would sell. Interestingly the landscapes are indeed getting greater attention and we have sold Surf’s up! by Lois Wakeman as well as her beautifully atmospheric 5 Trees at Dawn , Pete Hackett’s E80 and Benjitas’ Boats at beer. I began to think some of the more abstract pieces wouldn’t find a home and as I was writing this I sold Kirsty Fenton’s ‘Draped cloth’. I have always believed that selling artwork is about finding the right image for the right person and patiently working away. We are only a week in and 3 weeks left, be interesting to see what else walks out the door!

Some of the images sold recently at the Albion exhibition in limited edition.

Lois Wakeman - Surf's Up

Lois Wakeman - Surf's Up

Lois Wakeman - Five trees at dawn

Lois Wakeman - Five trees at dawn

Pete Hackett - E80

Pete Hackett - E80

Benjitas Photography - Boats of Beer Devon

Benjitas Photography - Boats of Beer Devon

Albion Private View in Bristol.

Once again we have managed to convert an unloved, flypostered, abandoned space into a glorious Shed gallery space full of beautiful art with sales on the night for Pete Hackett, Benjitas and Jeanne Goodridge.

Thank you so much to Fiona Roberts for her cup cakes, Tom Hard, Bob Healey and Andy White for coming along with their friends and family and all the warm wishes from those of you who couldn’t make it but I’m sure we’ll see each other over the coming weekends.

A huge thank you to Charlie Caldecott, the gallery manager and curator the serene Hibernia exhibition in the bottom gallery which includes a thought provoking video installation by Paddy Doherty addressing the divide between Protestants and Catholics in a gentle, simple but such an effective way. Ben Arnett, Dominick Cullen,  Liza Mahony, Lloyd Owen, Emma Wilson also have paintings included in the show.

The Period of Grace gallery now shines likes a beacon of contemporary but affordable art in the heart of Bristol with prices starting at just 40 pounds for a limited edition print. The gallery opens from 11am – 7pm Wednesday to Sunday. Looking forward to seeing you there over the next 4 weeks!

The Bristol influence on Albion.

With just little over a week before ALBION installs itself at the Period of Grace gallery in Bristol how did we come to choose Bristol as our next venue after London?

The Tibetan Cowboy

I’ve been working on a project with the photographer Barry Cawston and Soraya Schofield who run the Drugstore Gallery in Axbridge and the contemporary landscape painter Anthony Garrett.Our project has the working title of ‘Arboretum’ and our primary influence is trees at different times of year. We hope to show the exhibition both inside gallery spaces and also install the work in the landscape too.

Every time I visited Anthony at his studio in Stokes Croft, I was astounded by the variety and talent of musicians, illustrators, film makers, artwork on walls, in what seemed like every bar we went to, on every wall we walked past. Anthony paints in Jamaica Street Studios.

As with many communities they hold an  ‘Open Studio’ day which is an inspirational visit. It is an artists led studio in an old carriage-works taken over by a myriad of artists and creative people. I truly wish there were more places like this that allow for such creativity on such a big scale at affordable prices.

It was on a trip to Bristol that I met Charlie Caldecott and he, in the spirit of taking over abandoned places for creative use, has converted a flooded, forgotten commercial space, into a fully functioning gallery. His aim is to rent out the space and also curate shows in one of the four spaces available. With all this it seemed like a perfect fit. Charlie has also spent time in Bridport and Bath and curated shows titled ‘Wandering through Wessex’ and ‘Through the Vale’, he understood what we were trying to achieve. We are hoping to also have a performance piece run alongside our exhibition based on Hibernia by Dominick Cullen.

So with just over a week until the Private View I’m really excited to be able to spend some time soaking up the energy and creativity of this vibrant, buzzing city. We are also extremely fortunate to be holding the PV on the last day of the AAF Bristol.

The Affordable Art Fair concept is something we wholeheartedly believe in. As with our exhibitions you can pick up a piece of artwork for as little as 40 or up to 4,000. If you have never spent time in Bristol then come along on Sunday and spend some time at the AAF, walk around Stokes Croft to see the mind-blowing graffiti, have lunch by the river, visit the Arnolfini or RWA, then a glass of Cava or Pimms in the early evening sun at the ALBION PV. We all look forward to seeing you and if you can’t make we’ll see you another day!

Press Release ALBION Exhibition, The Shed Gallery

‘Albion’ – an exhibition of photography, paintings and sculpture from Chelsea Davine and The Shed Gallery

When: 28th April – 26th May 2013

Where: Period of Grace Gallery, 42a College Green, Bristol, BS1 5SH

Private View: Sunday 28th April at 6pm

‘Albion’ is the oldest known Ancient Greek name for Britain, and was chosen as a name for this exhibition in response to the spotlight that has been shone on the UK during over the last 18 months. Through the reminder of our Royal heritage with the Jubilee celebrations and the quest for sporting success during London 2012, ‘Albion’ aims to celebrate our identity as a nation through photography, print and artwork. Our coastline, ancient lands and identity defined by invasion, hills and valleys, provide constant inspiration for the Shed’s creative community, and the exhibition is a reflection of the artists’ and photographers’ desire to record and contemplate their surroundings. Sweeping seascapes, interiors documenting the minutiae of everyday life, the grand eloquence of our historic architecture to its people, flora and fauna. ‘Albion’ aims to capture elements of how we see and feel about the United Kingdom – nostalgic, sentimental, proud, diverse, eccentric and bawdy at times, and is a quest to find its inner beauty, past and present, which may possibly define how we see ourselves in the future.

The Shed was founded by Chelsea Davine and Ben Whittington to offer artists and photographers a full e-commerce website within a larger website managed by the Shed team. The initiative is to provide a professional online presence as well as a forum for discussion and support whilst also exhibiting their work throughout the year in different locations and galleries. For further information please visit The Shed Gallery.

The Period of Grace Gallery is located in the heart of Bristol and its founder and curator Charlie Caldecott aims to provide an inspirational space for events, installation artwork and film. The gallery is open Wednesday – Sunday 11am – 7pm. For further information about the gallery and future exhibitions please visit The Period of Grace. tel: 07547 834 550