Monday, 10 May 2010


Queen Anne's school Art and Design exhibition. Sat 29th-Sun 30th
Open Studios 2010
A short walk from Caversham centre, Queen Anne's School presents a selection of art and design work in fine art, textiles, jewellery, photography and video. The exhibiton is part of Open Studios 2010, West Berkshire and North Hampshire, an arts and craft trail across the two counties.
In the studios: a selection of work by past student exhibitors at the SW1 Gallery, London; two and three-dimensional work, photography and video from all year groups including current GCSE, AS and A2.
In addition to this there is a special Artists Exhibition, which includes work by the following artists:
Victoria Baker: Textiles and Jewellry.
Berverley Brooke-Mee: Water Colours.
Juliet Hookey: Photography and Painting.
Michael Norcross: Painting.
Yael Schmidt: Video.
Jayne Talbot-Wilkin: Ceramics.

Location: The Elliot Art and Design Centre, Queen Anne's School, 6 Henley Road, Caversham Reading.RG 4 6DX.
Entry: free.
Opening Times:
Saturday 29th May 11a.m -5p.m
Sunday 30th May 11a.m -5p.m
Parking is the the right on entry at the main gates, on Henley Road. Walk across the front of the main building to the Elliot Art and Design Centre, following the arrows and ring the bell.
photo: M.Norcross
Further information is available inside Caversham library from Monday 17th May - Saturday 29th May 2010

INSIGHT 2010, New Greenham Arts

The Insight 2010, Open Studios Exhibition at The Gallery, New Greenham Arts, Newbury, kicked off this year’s display of the ever expanding creativity at Art & Design Studios across West Berkshire and North Hampshire. This flagship event for Open Studios 2010 was opened by Sir Terence Conran, whose Benchmark Studios at Kintbury, are involved in this event, during May 2010. One of Queen Anne’s students currently studying for her AS examination in Art & Design, was selected to show a painting she completed last year as part of her GCSE coursework. She attended the Private View and reception on Friday 30th April where she was introduced to Sir Terence Conran, who had given an address conveying, at some length, the importance of Art and Craft to this country. He gave his continued support and enthusiasm for the wonderful creativity on display at The Gallery and at associated venues in the Newbury area such as the Found Space exhibition at Arlington Arts:
Please: visit the following websites:


Victoria Baker
Vicky Baker trained at Wimbledon School of Art & Design, and comes from a background of 15 years experience as a freelance designer/ maker for Theatre and Film. Vicky has developed individual hand made handbags, with a strong sense of form and line built in a unique fabric: laminated linen; using a layering technique synthesized from the maker’s experience in theatrical costume design and construction, making them strong and durable, dyed and lined in silk, to a high standard of finish. This technique has been extended in work using suede and leather appliqué and more recently some designs purely in leather/suede. Vicky also designs and makes silver and acrylic jewellery, embroidered and appliquéd silk and linen cushions. Vicky lives in Caversham and has been involved in promoting local Caversham artists at Studio 21 for four years.
Currently exhibiting at Arlington Arts:
'Found Space'.


Beverley Brooke-Mee
Victoria Baker.
Juliet Hookey.
Michael Norcross
Jayne Talbot Wilkins 


Juliet Hookey
Over the last few years my work has predominantly been photographic based following on from my degree, but have recently been very keen to start painting again.
I have always been inspired by my environment, local landscapes in particular which is evident in both my painting and my photographic work. In photography I find I’m always looking for the unusual, creating images from different and varied angles, using view points that are not normally seen in Landscape Photography.
With my paintings I combine local landscape scenes with unusual paint mediums for a rich tactile quality.


Michael Norcross.
From the summer of 2007 my paintings were essentially about representation. I found irony and interest in consumer objects, the fetishism of food in the media, and the discarded. These combine with an interest in colour, and creating mood and atmosphere. I deliberately chose the still life form which has to a large extent been abandoned by contemporary artists and so has ‘low status’. It seems to be appropriate form to use for the consumed and abandoned subject matter and an interesting challenge to recycle it as something worth more than just a second glance.


Yael Schmidt
Transporter, Video Installation
The installation consists of multiple life-size videos projected onto low white plinths. Each projection sees a person engaged in a typically private activity such as sleeping, bathing and day dreaming. The 'bathers' and 'sleepers' are filmed from above and projected from the ceiling. The standing figures are projected onto plinths, which are attached to the walls of a gallery space. The floor projections suggest the arrangement of a graveyard whilst those on the walls become more conventional windows to other spaces.
My video recordings are in many ways like still images and for the most part movement is reduced to miniscule activity such as breathing. At times these individuals shift, turn or scratch then return to an almost motionless pose of preoccupation. Each video recording is a different length (of time) ranging from 40 seconds to 5 minutes. The projections are looped, fading in and out of the plinths and are set up in relation to each other to provide a rhythmic visual experience. In the interim time between projections the plinths as a structure are seen clearly and emphasised as sculptures in their own right.
My work is concerned with consciousness and stretching time through moving still imagery. I am concerned with imagery that is “charged” with implications and disconnect from its origin: in this case the private activity of sleep, bathing or daydreaming is frozen, lengthened then “locked” into a plinth. My interest tries to bring into focus the fragile ethereal nature of projections with the construction of sculptural installations that are transient openings to another reality.
Future exhibition:‏


Jayne Talbot-Wilkin
In this series of pots, I have taken my inspiration from Bronze age ceramics discovered in Cyprus. There are some wonderful examples displayed in the British and the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.
Having been asked to exhibit my work in Northern Cyprus, I wanted a quick and easy way to produce my ideas, so I have made and used plaster moulds.The decoration is simple and geometric incised lines as on the originals.
I hope the cypriot people will find a link within my work to their cultural heritage.

Monday, 3 May 2010