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We are very happy to announce that Art in the Park and one of our long time volunteers Chris Daniels has won the Topps Tiles Award for Achievement in Mosaics 2010-2011 (yes…that is a mouthful but we got there in the end).

Chris has come a long way, having not had the confidence in the past in his own abilities, art (namely mosaics) has helped him become more confident and also gain a valuable, creative and fun skill. What’s more is the fact that this piece of news has coincided with his 60th birthday! (Just gone the past Sunday) We want to congratulate him and wish him every happiness!

Represented by Art in the Park is artist Jane Higginbottom (who is also Chris’ teacher in mosaics) headed the Kaleidoscope Mosaics project which has won this prize. We ran a series of mosaic workshops as part of Creation’s Kaleidoscope project on the Aylesbury Estate last year.

The judge for this prize was David Tuhill who has taught at various art colleges including The Royal College of Art. He has experience at all levels of art and design education and has been part of various design programmes and businesses.

Here are the comments left by the judge:

Jane Higginbottom, ART IN THE PARK

“What a wonderful idea Kaleidoscope mosaic Project was, the pieces look beautiful on the weathered wall. They must have attracted a lot of admireres. I presume this was your initiative Jane and well done for that, I hope it’s something you can repeat on another occasion.”

Chris Daniels, HEART GARDEN PLANTER

“This plant holder looks so good in situ. Each bloom looks wonderful and compliments the one on either side of it. This goes on all round the holder and is further enhanced by the multi-coloured background. A splendid idea Chris and executed so very well; you win the award, congratulations!”

This is part two of a series of sculptural drawings, as promised a few weeks ago.

I am still in the process of tidying up, sorting out files at the studio and home and I keep coming across portfolios of art, mostly drawings. A lot of these are getting recycled in the paper bin, others are filed away again in sets. Few are looked at more in-depth and this set is one of these.

All these drawings are from 2002 and cover a 6 month period during the time when there were a few commissions I was applying for. I was just getting ideas down as fast as I could so some have been worked on and developed and  some have a particular site in mind.

When I start to make a sculpture, the drawings are put aside and are very rarely looked at. I need to start thinking in the round/3D and not in 2D as the drawings are.

Look out from my next set of drawings in a few weeks.

For more of my work go to www.wmhudson.com

We were all blown into the class by strong winds today but this didn’t stop anybody from turning up to paint. The group are working on studies for the upcoming Silver Views exhibition in April, with some of the students progressing enough to be able to move onto painting on canvases.

Here are just some of the comments from the group:

“I am enjoying this – not quite worked like this before.”

“I just learnt how to filter in sky – beautiful!”

“…friendly class – Im learning…”

“…interesting but I feel I’m not getting there – keeps your mind occupied…”

“Very frustrating!”

As you can see, there is mixed feedback, this just goes to show that this workshop can be as challenging and delightful in ways you didn’t know. On top of this, they all said I make a good cup of tea!

The Art Group painting workshop is held every Monday 11am – 1pm and is open to all those over 50 living on the Aylesbury or SE17. Run in partnership with Southwark Pensioners Centre (SPC). See our website for more details: www.artinthepark.co.uk

About Silver Views

Silver Views is Southwark’s celebrated exhibition for the over 60s. In addition to this, the April 8th-24th will feature a fortnight of events and acitivities happening across the borough and beyond. Silver highlights the creativity of its older community through performance and exhibition opportunities, as well offering a whole range of creative, cultural, learning, physical and social experiences.

For more information on http://www.southwark.gov.uk/silver or for a breakdown of some of the events, see Cafe Gallery where the exhibition is to be held.