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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.

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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You may have seen from our previous post on the prepping for the Christmas wreath-making workshop.

Art in the Park artists Andrea Sinclair and Bill Hudson, supported by several volunteers, ran a drop-in Christmas wreath-making workshop last saturday in the AIP studios. Using all natural or recycled materials such as clippings of plants such as Holly, Laurel and Ivy, provided by Southwark Parks, pine cones and seed pods and colourful and glittering fabrics, threads and wires.

There was a good turnout, with lots of families and a sizeable group of Young Friends of Burgess Park. Using the same materials people made large decorations to hang on the outdoor Christmas Tree outside Chumleigh Cafe and wreaths to take away for their own homes.

Here for more pictures.

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A busy day of blogging! In the studio today are Art in the Park artists Andrea Sinclair and Bill Hudson working on samples for this Saturday’s decoration and wreath making workshop. Various samples will be made to give participants a visual starting point for creating their own. The workshop is part of this sat’s event announcing the new Chumleigh Cafe name. There will also be mulled wine and minced pies!

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You may have seen from our previous posts that Art in the Park’s artist Bill Hudson and his trusty assistant Brian (one of our regular volunteers) have been working on a Christmas Tree planter for Chumleigh Cafe’s Christmas Tree. Today, it was finally put up! Bill Hudson, local sculptor Will and Quadrant Park Manager Graham had to lift  the 5 metre tree with a hoist before slotting it carefully into the metal tube affixed inside the planter. It was then filled up with soil and moved to the corner outside Chumleigh Cafe.

More pictures to come when it’s decorated with lights, trinkets and bobbles.

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Featuring the famous wrapping of the William IV pub, the second in a series of retrospective blogs on past Art in the Park projects.

In 2007, Art in the Park was commissioned by Creation Trust to ‘wrap’ the derelict William IV pub.

This mammoth task involved a team of AiP artists, Bill Hudson, Tim Norris, Andrea Sinclair and Jill Newman, as well as collaborative effort from 3 local schools in the borough (Michael Faraday, Walworth Academy, Surrey Square Infants School).

The Concept and Construction

A jungle theme was decided upon and Bill and Tim went ahead to receive training on operating cherry pickers and Hilti guns (nail guns). The arctic camouflage, appropriately named ‘Camo Net’ was used to wrap the pub itself and came fire proofed from a specialist camouflage manufacturer. The artic camouflage is not actually used by those in the artic but it worked well for this project’s theme.

Artist Bill Hudson, the project’s coordinator explains,

The Arctic Camouflage highlights the details of a disused building thatwas one of the last pubs near Burgess Park. Usually Camouflage is used to hide or conceal something but Art in the Park is hoping to draw attention to a building which people would usually blank out because of its dilapidated state.

An Enchanted Forest theme was also used. Andrea and Jill headed workshops with local school children to develop the theme. The resulting artwork had been attached to the hoardings surrounding the building.

Drama!

The project had its ups and down, one occuring during the first few days of construction, with the Facelift cherry pickers breaking down midway! Artist Tim Norris found himself hovering several metres up unable to move! Luckily, Bill Hudson remembered the instructions given for such an incident and managed to rescue Tim. What drama!

Completion

All in all the project tooks two weeks to put up, with 1 1/2 of it on the actual wrapping and the rest spent on the artwork surrounding the building.

The result has transformed a derelict building into a local talking point. Artist and education workshop co-ordinator Andrea Sinclair, said,

We are reminding passers-by of its location in a rare green oasis in this part of London and giving a suggestion of its green and environmentally aware future.

Later in the summer, children from Michael Faraday School came to create further artwork for the building, working with a ‘dancers in trees’ theme.

For complete set of pictures of the project.

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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!