Working with makers

One of the most wonderful parts of my job as a curator, is meeting the myriad artists/makers who create the pieces that are exhibited. I am at the moment privileged to be working with jeweller Romilly Saumarez Smith who’s exhibition ‘Newfoundland’ will be at Ruthin Craft Centre from 29th April to 16th July. It also features the photography of Verdi Yahooda. This is a beautiful film that has been made by Maria Nicholson on Romilly’s work and how it is made. Please take the time to watch if you can - its a stunning piece.

Curated Spaces no.2 - Pamela Rawnsley at The Goldsmiths' Centre

Apologies first of all for my absence. As I mentioned before, I have never blogged before in my life and its taking a while to bed it into my brain "keep the blog updated!"

It was my absolute pleasure to work with Matthew Tomalin, Pamela's husband, to get her work shown at The Goldsmiths' Centre in London earlier this year. In case you didn't know, Pamela very sadly died from an aggressive brain tumour just over two years ago (May 2014) and Ruthin Craft Centre asked me to co-curate an exhibition celebrating her amazing talents that opened there in 2015.

Subsequently Matthew asked if I would help him work on an application to take the show to a larger audience at The Goldsmiths' Centre - which we were successful in securing. The show finally opened in March this year and was a tremendous success. It was wonderful to have Pamela's work exhibited in this centre of excellence for silversmithing and jewellery where it very much held its own, and was greatly appreciated.

Many thanks to all at TGC for their help, especially Rachel Fisher for all her assistance in making the show happen, together with Isabel Keim who secured such great press and publicity.

Pamela Rawnsley, The Goldsmiths' Centre, London March 2016

Pamela Rawnsley, The Goldsmiths' Centre, London March 2016

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Curated Spaces no.1 - New Year's resolutions

Welcome to my first blog entry! Something completely new to me that was due to start with the dawning of the new year 2016. A little delayed now, but I thought that the first day of British Summer Time was another good place to start - so here we go.

New Year's resolutions - those things we so often make and then break within a few days, weeks or at a stretch, maybe months. This year I made no declarations, but quietly resolved to make a few changes: I wanted to become a bit more social, meet new people and engage in some new activities. I wanted to make more of living in this amazing capital city with so much on offer if only you try a little harder to find it and enjoy. 

So what have I done I hear you cry. Well I joined a new choir of male voices Bellow Fellows in January, which has meant meeting lots of new people of course and has led to performing on the stage of the Royal Festival Hall recently as part of another new choir created for the Southbank's Chorus festival Beyond The Bassline, in a gig called Choirs Remixed. So even more lovely people met and a truely fantastic experience, performing both on our own and as part of a massed choir of over 300 voices together with Andreya Triana and Shlomo.

Bellow Fellows, March 2016                                                                                                                                                                                                                          photo: Dom Stitchbury

Bellow Fellows, March 2016                                                                                                                                                                                                                          photo: Dom Stitchbury

Choirs Remixed at the RFH, March 2016

Choirs Remixed at the RFH, March 2016

Yesterday I went to the Union Chapel in Islington for the first time for a Daylight Music event staged for Piano Day. One of those many, if you look for them, amazing free events that London has to offer and it was brilliant! We were treated to no less than six sets, with five artists including Angus McCrae, Gavin Greenaway, Ivan Ilić, Haiku Salut and Poppy Ackroyd. This new experience was thanks to Si Gulliford, one of my Bellow Fellows, who posted it on our Facebook page. 

More of these sorts of events to come me thinks.....

Gavin Greenaway, Daylight Music gig for Piano Day, Union Chapel, Islington, London 26 March 2016

Gavin Greenaway, Daylight Music gig for Piano Day, Union Chapel, Islington, London 26 March 2016

Poppy Ackroyd, Daylight Music gig for Piano Day, Union Chapel, Islington, London 26 March 2016

Poppy Ackroyd, Daylight Music gig for Piano Day, Union Chapel, Islington, London 26 March 2016