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St. Albans exhibition flyerIn 1977/78 I was 18/19 yrs old and at Herts College of Art and Design in St. Albans doing a foundation course in art. During this time, it was at the height of the Punk scene. I was a punkette and was already experimenting with deconstruction and recycling of clothes. The” Sex Pistols” had just played at the Art college and a local record company started up:” Waldo’s Record”s, calling all  teens to go out and form a band! So began a strong vibrant local  scene. Punks, skinheads, hippies, teddy-boys and the old Jamaican community all mingled together at “The Horn Of Plenty” pub to watch bands play every week.

A few of my drawings circa 1978 are being shown at the” Satellite” exhibition at the museum of St. Albans. They are fragments from a cartoon diary I made for the amusement of myself and my friends. They were never originally intended for public consumption, and not all of the material was suitable for the museum’s family clientele. However, to my delight, some pieces are included.

Details of the exhibition are found below.
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St Albans Punk & New Wave ’76 – 81′ is an exhibition focusing on the explosion of creativity that followed the appearance of the Sex Pistols at St Albans College of Art and Design.

The exhibition will be linked to a number of complementary events during St Albans musicCity.

Exhibition Details
The Museum of St Albans
Hatfield Road, St Albans AL1 3RR

www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk

Exhibition Dates
March 8 – April 2 2011
Monday – Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm, Sunday 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Admission Free

Acoustic New Wave Special hosted by Bill Johnson with Nick Stephenson, Gary Sear, Mark Lee and special guests

A collection will be made for Grove House
Satellite Exhibition
St. Albans ‘Music City’ Festival

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

This is part one of a series of drawings of sculptures yet to be made…

All sculptors have different ways of working, I tend to do lots of drawing. The process of drawing inspire me and eventually lead onto the final design for my sculptures.

Other drawings like the sketches here just go into a pile, the ones below is the ‘like’ pile.

These drawings of mine were sketched between 1997-2004, here is a set of 10 that seems to work well together.

Look out for the next set of sculptural drawings in a few weeks time.

For more of my work, go to www.wmhudson.com or to see my community work, got to my artist’s corner on Art in the Park.

In November, I released some portrait sketches of local SE17 characters (particular to the Pullens Estate) from their hiding places within my sketch books. They are presented as prints at the Electric Elephant Cafe, Crampton St. SE17 until the 28th January 2011. Below are some examples to peak your interest if it isn’t already peaked! (click thumbmail for larger image and brief character bio)

Some things about me and the Pullens Estate

I lived on The Pullens for about 15 years.

I had my two babies here and it’s the back-drop to their childhood. There were a lot of like-minded mums so bringing up our kids mostly  was fun and sociable and inter-actively creative.

The estate had a high number of squats. Tenants and squatters united to fight and win a massive, televised eviction in the 1980’s. Battles were fought between putting on Pantomimes, Opera’s, festivals, Busking and numerous gigs.

Art and music really helped bring everyone together and raise morale.

Squatters went on to be given tenancies on their flats!

I used to work in Fair Shares food co-op and am delighted that it is still going strong.

There has been a more than generous proliferation of vivid characters living here – some who have ended up in my sketch books.

I now wish I had documented more people than did….. It was just something I did when a visitor called – in  between cups of tea and cigarettes!

My collaborations with Art in the Park

Over the holiday period, my partner and I went to visit her parents at their home in Galicia near La Coruńa in Spain. When it was New year’s eve, we followed a very old Spanish tradition by eating twelve grapes, one for each of the last twelve chimes of 2010 to bring you luck in 2011.

There was the procession of the three Kings in town on the 5th January (or here we know them as the three wise men), from their floats the three Kings threw sweets at the gathered crowd.

On the 6th January with it being King’s Day, we bought and ate some Roscón, which is a sweet, ring-shaped bread/ pastry covered in glacier cherries and sugar. A plastic toy is hidden inside once it’s made, whoever finds the toy gets good luck for the next year or you may find a bean and have to pay for the meal (not so lucky).

Some towns have major competitions involving Roscón to see who can make the largest ones.

In between all of these festivities, I had some time to do some drawing on the kitchen table.

More of my work on www.wmhudson.com

These photos were taken on my recent visit to check progress and tie in new growth.

Since I planted the willow, approx 2003/4  this work has been vandalised and eaten by a variety of animals, mostly wild deer,  stray cows and sheep, they seem to love the fresh shoots.  Finally, due to the temporary ramshackle fence now around the structure, the work is starting to take shape.  It’s now strong enough in places to take my weight!

Artist Tim Norris is currently on site at Oxford Brookes University Campus.  Working on site to complete the sculptural seating feature for the nature park .

The sculpture is constructed from Oxfordshire Green Oak, Soil and Grass. The location is home to a number of rare grassland species including the White bee orchid. Tim hopes the wild flowers will also collonise the sculpture.

The work is due to be completed in Jan 2011.

Further images of Tim’s work can be found at www.timnorris.co.uk

We’ve recently found another ceramicist to use our kiln room for well…making all things ceramic. In response to a current project, our new ceramicist Mario has put together a series of small sessions for Art in the Park staff and artists to make some sample ceramics for it.

Using leftover clay from previous projects (nothing goes to waste here!), the first session involved molding the clay into the desired shapes. Before firing them up in the kiln, they have to be left out to slowly dry. To do this, we have alternated between covering them up in cling film and leaving them out in the open. More updates when it comes!

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Hayward Gallery, London. Photograph taken by M...

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Art in the Park recently attended the MOVE exhibition at the Hayward Gallery in Southbank Centre. The pieces in the gallery are intended to involve visitors in ways not normally expected.

…invites you to become a participant – or even a dancer – in installations and sculptures by internationally renowned visual artists and choreographers…explores the historical and current relationship between visual arts and dance…Performances are woven into an exhibition of sculptural works, set pieces and installations, which can be activated by the public and by a group of resident performers in the gallery.

excerpt from introduction of MOVE Gallery

A favourite piece of ours included Isaac Julien‘s Ten Thousand Waves (2010) which was a cinematic nine screen installation of three separate stories. One of the these riveting stories told of the tragedy that occurred in north east England in 200 when a team of Chinese cockle-pickers were drowned in Morecambe Bay. It truly does pull you, physically because of the multi-screens and mentally because of its composition. A definite must-see!

Another favourite of ours was the Christian Jankowski’s Rooftop Routine (2007), a hula hoop workout encouraging and teaching participants to try this hip-moving skill.

Others include Mike Kelley‘s playful Adaptation, Tania Bruguera‘s disturbing Untitled (Kassel) (2002), Lygia Clark‘s sensory The House in the Body (1968), William Forsythe’s gruelling The Fact of Matter (2009) and Bruce Nauman‘s unsettling Green Light Corridor (1970s).

Here are some pictures of some of our staff participating in the exhibition.

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It’s the second day and the Christmas tree planter that AiP artist Bill Hudson is working on is nearly complete.

The timber  used is tanalised (dipped in a chemical to preserve the wood for longer) and is possibly spruce or pine.

With only finishing touches such as sanding and possibly staining left.  When completed, the planter is expected to carry the weight of a five metre Christmas tree, adorned with many twinkles and trinkets. We can’t wait to see that!