The other part of my artist life is running the Broadway Drawing School in Cardiff where I am very proud to  offer what we believe is a unique (at least in Wales) set of courses in figurative drawing that have a solid basis in the artistic understanding of human anatomy. The ‘flagship’ course is THE BROADWAY ATELIER DIPLOMA IN FIGURE DRAWING, and I am now accepting applications for the new presentation for 2017-18.

Below are some details of the course.  If you are interested in discussing the opportunity please don’t hesitate to contact me.

IMG_0835 copy 3This intensive one-year, part-time course, recognised by the  Arts Council of Wales, will run over three, three-month semesters with starting dates in September 2017 and in January 2018. STUDIO SPACE IS PROVIDED within The Broadway Drawing School

With professional and intensive instruction scheduled primarily during evenings and weekends (averaging three evenings and three weekends per semester) it has been designed specifically to accommodate those who may have work/family commitments. Students who successfully complete all the requirements of the course will receive the BROADWAY ATELIER DIPLOMA (Previous students of this course have gone on the gain places at The Royal Drawing School in London)

The BROADWAY ATELIER DIPLOMA IN FIGURE DRAWING is a unique opportunity to enhance your professional development as an artist. It is designed to deepen your awareness, appreciation, and ability to represent the human form in all its moods and attitudes and includes an intensive learning experience based on the technique of ‘constructive anatomy’. We believe that this course is unique in Wales, and possibly in the UK, and it maximises your learning through a contemporary approach to a traditional ‘atelier’ education wherein theoretical knowledge and practical skills are taught through a variety of methods in order to enhance and extend your individual creativity.

With small student numbers and an emphasis on studio practice, students receive an in-depth education in figurative drawing skills and techniques (including a thorough basis in human anatomy) both in two-dimensional, and three-dimensional (ecorche) sculptural form. Practical group tuition and self-directed study will be supported by regular individual tutorials, formal and informal lectures and critical debate. All teaching is carried out within the environment of a professional artists studio.

Admission to the Diploma course will be through interview and portfolio. There is a maximum of 3 places. Interviews are ongoing until course is filled.

  • Total cost of course: £4000 (paid in full in advance, or by deposit and monthly installments). Cost includes:
    24 hour access to studio space
    professional, individual tuition
    formal and informal tutorials
    all handouts and course documentation
    materials for sculpture (ecorche) workshop.

 

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I’m delighted to let you know that the Drawing Out Obstetric Fistula exhibition is continuing its run in New York and, sponsored by the Kupona Foundation, has moved to the acclaimed Cornelia Street cafe in Greenwich Village.

The exhibition will run from February 28th – May 2nd 2017. More details can be found here:

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All of the work on show at the Cafe is for sale with the proceeds going directly to women suffering from obstetric fistula in Tanzania. For more information click on the link below or contact kupona.art@gmail.com.

http://www.artpal.com/KUPONAART

Just click on the sister site Drawing Women’s Cancer, to check out the new show!

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Here it is then – a new page on the site dedicated to the Breast cancer: a creative intervention exhibition. If you click on the link above you will find all the work and the texts that made up the show.

Keep scrolling as there is a lot to see…particularly poignant I think are the patient quotes, and the poems that one lady, Jean S., has generously allowed me to publish.

Please feel free to leave some feedback/comments/thoughts on what you see as this is so very useful to me in terms of continuing the work I do.

The launch night was a huge success, more than seventy people turned out and there was a lot of emotion in the room. The Hearth Gallery at Llandough Hospital itself looked stunning (such a wonderful space that it is) and our harpist who was kind enough to play all evening was…

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Just to let you know that I have launched today the new project site for Cancer Ward 12

I am very happy that this project has finally got off the ground as I have been thinking about it for a long time! I will begin the artist in residency part of it on November 14th and I will be blogging on the site throughout the life of the project. Please take a look then, and as always, any comments and/or feedback would be very welcome.

 

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Breast Cancer; a creative intervention exhibition official launch on November 8th.

This is a polite reminder about the launch of the Breast Cancer: a creative intervention exhibition on November 8th. (venue details below). I hope that if you can you will come and join us.

I’m delighted to confirm that the Lord Mayor of Cardiff will be officially opening the exhibition and we also have a professional Welsh harpist who has generously agreed to play for us on the evening. It all kicks off at 6pm and welcome from the Lord Mayor will be around 6.30.

OrielyrAelwyd : The HeARTh Gallery, Ground Floor Plaza Entrance, University Hospital, Llandough, Penlan Road, Llandough, Cardiff CF64 2XX

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The exhibition will continue throughout November and there will be accompanying events that offer information about breast cancer and care services as well as first hand Macmillan Cancer volunteer support. We hope to attract visitors to…

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Its been a good first week, a very busy week and one that has afforded me  a rich opportunity to reflect on my practice in a very intensive way.  It has also brought a  complete change in the way I am working. Here, I am sitting mostly alone in the dissection room poring over small scale intricate drawings, whereas over the last few months back in my studio in Cardiff I have been working on large scale drawings and oil paintings to prepare for the Breast Cancer: a creative intervention exhibition. The difference in practical terms is stark,  but the sense of immersion in the work is the same, if not intensified, here in Dundee as when I am alone I find I can enter depths of myself that general life often dictates I should bridge. Moreover, the feeling of being so welcomed within an environment where the science behind what I do as an artist is so ‘palpable’ is  exciting and inspirational. It’s also very interesting in relation to the differences between the science lab and the hospital wards and theatres that I work in.

I am teaching here too. Running the life drawing classes and joining in on the ‘crits’ with students on the MSc Forensic and Medical Art courses is a pleasure and a great experience. It is a valuable challenge to adapt my way of teaching to address what the students need most. It helps of course that they are keen and willing to learn. In the image below thats me at the back – drawing on the wall!

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I am staying in Broughty Ferry, a small coastal  town just outside the city and it has become for me  very special place. Being by the water is always very evocative for me but that’s another, longer story! For now I simply  offer the image here (taken from the window of my rented flat) of the sunset that I came home to yesterday evening.

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Remnants

There’s that smell again

Familiar to me now

not the smell of Death so much as of lives once been

Remnants steeped in Thiel fluid

the smell of life deconstructed

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A head torn from the vertebrae

Mouth agape as if gulping a final breath

Skin flayed from the mandible

Eyeless sockets that still see me

plead to be once more hidden under the plastic shroud

Cold

I am cold

It is cold in here

The remnant of his eyebrow expresses such pathos

Defying recourse to objectivity

to cold death

My drawing begins to change

I pull back the plastic shroud even further

ignoring entreaty

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