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Happy Friday! What a beautiful week it’s been! Fingers crossed we have another week like this…

Classes are running at Art in the Park this week – come see the lovely Burgess Park in this gorgeous weather and get creative and learn some new skills while you’re here. Monday evening is woodcarving with Bill Hudson, open to all abilities. Thursday is pottery with Leyla Folwell, with classes running all afternoon and evening to suit any age and ability. Find out more and book your place here.

There’s plenty to do all around London this week. Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 has recently opened at the Victoria and Albert Museum. A beautiful exhibition held in the newly renovated fashion galleries.

The new cartography exhibition, Mind the Map, at the London Transport Museum looks very interesting. The collection of London transport maps from the last 100 years explore themes of journey, identity and publicity.

Have you seen the art exhibition at Tower Bridge? OPEN is a partnership between Southwark Arts Forum and Tower Bridge, showcasing emerging art and artists in this fantastic space. Art in the Park artist Simon Veis is currently showing some of his work here.

Don’t forget, this weekend is your last chance to catch the great Lucian Freud exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery!

Looking for a great craft project to brighten up your home? I love this wonderful and colourful weekend project from flax & twine – an hand-woven rug, made with a hula hoop!

And who else needs a cool, refreshing drink in this weather? This lavender lemonade looks delicious!

Have a wonderful and sunny week everyone!

Hello there! Things to Make and Do posts have moved to Fridays – to get you ready for the weekend and the week ahead.

It’s a busy weekend at Art in the Park – both Bill Hudson and Leyla Folwell will be in the studio, running a woodworking class and a plate or bowl making workshop. After that, Monday will be woodcarving with Bill again. On Tuesday Andrea Sinclair will be running a one day pewter workshop, where you can learn to make your own jewellery. And Thursday will be pottery with Leyla Folwell – with classes running in the afternoon and evening for kids and grown ups alike! Phew! To find out more and book your place, click here!

This weekend is the last chance to catch the World Photography Awards at Somerset House a great exhibition of contemporary photography, spanning many different subjects such as current affairs, sport, portraiture, landscape and fashion.

Museums at Night, the annual after hours event happening at hundreds of museums and galleries up and down the country takes place this weekend. The Royal Observatory, National Gallery, Design Museum and more open up their doors at night for special events and workshops!

Ways with Words, a festival or words and ideas is happening this weekend in Opera Holland Park. Each day will feature around five events, with speakers such Alain de Botton, Jeremy Paxman, Maureen Lipman and Jimmy Carr.

This week will be your last chance to catch the Lucian Freud Portraits exhibition at the National Portraits Gallery. The exhibition runs until the 27th of June, make sure you don’t miss it!

Looking for a weekend project? How about these fantastic Hanging Mason jars lights! Quite an advanced project, but a stunning result if you have the time and patience.

And how about something tasty for the week – doesn’t this lemon tart look good? Yum!

Whatever you are doing this week, have a great time!

Happy Monday again. I hope you had a lovely weekend, and are looking forward to the week ahead!

If you’re looking for something crafty and creative to do this week, then we have much to offer you at the Art in the Park studios. Tonight is woodcarving with Bill Hudson – a great class of the art of woodcarving and a chance to make your own sculpture and objects.Tuesday is the art of pewter casing with Andrea Sinclair where you can make your own piece of beautiful and unique jewellery. Thursday afternoon and evening is full of pottery with Leyla Folwell, with classes running suitable for any age and level of experience. And this Friday is the first of a new sewing class with Jill Newman – an eco-fashion and textiles club where you can try your hand at recycling and up-cycling, deconstructing , “make-do-and-mend”, experiment with re-used/junk materials! To see our full list of classes and book your place please click here!

There are currently some fantastic exhibitions running in London, if you want to soak up some culture this week. A photography exhibition showcasing the work of 37 international arists has recently opened at the Saatchi Gallery, “Out of Focus: Photography“.

Or if you want to enjoy your photography in the sunshine, the Natural History is displaying highlights from the fantastic Wildlife Photography of the Year Exhibition in the grounds of the museum.

This weekend is the second annual London Coffee Festival! Celebrating coffee with music, samples demonstrations and tastings. Yum yum! What’s more, 50% of all ticket sales will be donated to Project Waterfall, a clean water initiative currently providing communities in Tanzania’s Mbulu District. Hurrah!

Looking for a quick and easy ways to add some pretty and colourful touches to your home, how about giving these d.i.y. candle holders a go?

And I think I might have to make this scrumptious looking lemon-blueberry yoghurt loaf this weekend – who’s with me?

Have a wonderful week, whatever you’re doing!

Good morning and happy Monday! I hope you had a lovely Easter. The holidays may be over, but there are still plenty of fun and creative things to be done over the next seven days.

There’s woodcarving with Bill Hudson tonight at Art in the Park – a great course for learning all about the art of wood carving and producing your own functional objects and works of art. Experienced carvers are also welcome to drop in to use our space and materials. This Saturday is a one-day plate and bowl making class with our ceramist Leyla Folwell – all you need for  making and decorating you’re own unique plate or bowl from scratch! To find out more about the courses we are running and to book your place please click here.

We’re very excited for Art in the Park artist Andrea Sinclair, whose choir is singing in a free event at the Globe Theatre this Sunday. Sonnet Sunday launches the Globe Festival with singing, dancing stalls and readings of the sonnets. Congratulations Andrea!

Animal Inside Out looks like a very interesting exhibition (though probably not to everyone’s taste!). This curious exhibition at the Natural History Museum displays the astonishing, and often quite beautiful, anatomies and inner workings of different animals. Ever wondered what the blood vessels in a shark or the nervous system of cat look like? No? But here’s a chance to find out!

This week is also the final week of the Alchemy Festival at the Southbank Centre, a festival celebrating the music, debate, film, dance, literature, fashion and design of India and South Asia. Attend a jazz concert, a poetry reading, or drop in for some morning yoga.

There’s also a great retrospective of YBA Gillian Wearing currently showing at the Whitechapel Gallery. Wearing’s work is an exploration in the way we present ourselves to the world, and this exhibition features her famous series, Signs that say what you want them to say, and not Signs that say what someone else wants you to say where strangers were offered paper and pen to communicate their own messages.

And if you’re feeling crafty this week how about having a go at this simple and elegant mobile. A great (and surprisingly easy) way to brighten up a room!

Whatever you do this week, and a fun and interesting time!

Art in the Park artists Andrea Sinclair and Leyla Folwell have been making some stunning new tiles for the bathroom. Using the shapes and textures of nature, oxides for colour and a simple glaze they have created some beautiful and unique tiles for our studio. Can’t wait to see them on the walls!

In a new series of posts Art in the Park artists are going to be sharing some of the things which have been inspiring them recently and some of the sights and sounds getting them into a creative move. The first post of inspirations comes from our ceramicist Leyla Folwell.

I am seeing…… Must take this opportunity to say that TV is the ruination of society, throw it away – you will have better relationships.  TED talks are my favorite research media at the moment. Check this video out!

I am reading…… Eat,Pray,Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.  It s beautiful, reminded me of my time in India and it also reminded me to just ask the Universe for help instead of trying to do it all on your own.  It works you know ; )

I am visiting…… I saw Grayson Perry exhibition at the British Museum.  I really loved it, brilliant demonstration of what inspires and artist and how that can manifest.  I enjoyed his playfulness, a pleasant release…  I can be too intense about my topics for my work. 

Very excited about seeing Picasso and David Hockney!

I am thinking about….. The Sketchbook Project

My chosen theme is Time & Distance,  I am doing a journey from home on the 188 bus to the British Museum (a bit Perry inspired) it is studies of people and artifacts and photographic record of the roads.  It s an exploration of reincarnated souls I think….

I am cooking…… Oh, I am not really I am living off soup, Cynthia’s rice & peas and Berroca vitamins! – I am usually better than this but just need things to warm up a bit so I can feel inspired again.

I am hearing…… My brother had a sort out in my parents roof and gave me my old cassette tapes – when I am driving I am enjoying the Scorpions and Judas Priest!!!! – I was a rebel lol!! As I type I am listening to Cat Stevens…. (retired rebel)

I am making…… Andrea http://www.artinthepark.co.uk/andrea-sinclair.html and I are making tiles for the Art in the Park bathroom.  I love working with other artists, it gets lonely working on your own all the time…. ahhhhhh………… he he ; ) tough life!

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!”