Monday, August 15, 2011

Art Subject Seeking Arts Writer

Dear Arts Writer,
I am responsible for publicising our annual Open Studios and Silent Auction event at my studio complex.
I thought a good way to get the word out might be to find someone who would want to write an article about the group of artists, cos they are interesting. So I am now seeking an arts writer who is looking for a subject.
If you are a writer and need something interesting to write about- the group of artists at Blackhorse Lane Studios might be just what you are looking for!

Blackhorse Lane Studios is located in the vibrant art area of Walthamstow in NE London. This new artists’ space managed by the Barbican Arts Group Trust (BAGT) has been here just three years but the 28 artists have a much longer history with their collective achievements in education, exhibitions and prestigious art prizes.

The group includes emerging and established artists whose diverse practices transverse both contemporary and traditional styles. The studio artists include sculptors using both organic and recycled materials, a painter using highly personal subject matter, beautiful works created from large scale paper cuts that relate to the female form, an artist that uses glass to make interactive works, another artist layers transparent colours to elicit a subconscious reaction, a painter of Rubinesque male figures, large scale quirky animal characters created by palette knife, and an installation artist who uses light projections.

In addition to their art these artists would be interesting to write about because they are interesting people who have led interesting lives. One artist lives on a boat, another used to ride to school on a pony, while another has been a resident artist in India. We are a varied group. For example, the music you can hear playing from inside the studios varies from Jimi Hendrix to Maroon 5 to Radio 4.

A number of the BHL artists have been short listed for the Jerwood Drawing, Sculpture and Glass Prizes and some have even gone on to win one or more of these. Other achievements include: short-listed for the Max Mara Prize, winner of the Pride in the House exhibition, commissions for British Telecom, British airways, and the Bank of England, permanently placed commissioned sculptures in London Parks, visiting artist in Santiniketan in Bengal, India, a winner of a Millennium Award and many more too numerous to list. Their collective art training includes all of the prestigious art colleges in the UK plus some in Italy and the USA.

Our annual event, the Blackhorse Lane Open Studios and Silent Auction, is part of the popular East London arts festival the E17 Art Trail. We will also have the ArtWorks Open exhibition in our ArtWorks Project Space, selected by Graham Crowley and Kiera Bennett; poetry readings by the Forest Poets; and a Kid's Art Quiz with prizes.

If you need a subject to write about and find this group of artists intriguing please contact me: julie.caves(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot) uk.

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