Stow Brothers Vinyl Display

As part of the #ArtOnHoeStreet public gallery initiative by Build, I’ve got some work up at Stow Brothers, 236 Hoe Street, Walthamstow. I think the work is up until the end of May, and I hope to work with both Build and Stow Brothers again in the future, as the public gallery is a long-term project.

Here is an image of the work featured. Shop image credit goes to Build/Stow Brothers.

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New Folk Visionaries

My new exhibition, New Folk Visionaries, will be on show in the private function room at The Bell, as part of the E17 Art Trail, from May 31 – June 15. The show is open whenever the pub is – usually 12pm til late. I will put a link to the Art Trail listing and times as soon as their site is up (01/05/14).

As part of The Pack of Wolves collective, we take it in turns to curate shows, put on performances, facilitate workshops…and the rest. This gig is my doing.

We’ll be turning the private function room at the back of The Bell pub into a contemporary ‘hunting room’ full of folk, collected items, cabinet displays, skulls and horns, the uncanny and unsettling.

If you’re a fan of stitching, drawing, puppetry, film, sculpture, painted skulls and bone magic you’re most welcome at our show. If you’re not, you should still come. Don’t be scared. We don’t bite.

Featuring work from all the ‘Alpha Wolves’, Marie-Louise Plum, Spike Dennis, Layla RR Holzer and Faye Scott-Farrington, plus honorary wolf, Mark Scott-Wood.

Exhibition: Black Dog Night

Hello friends! Thanks to everyone who came to see Once Upon Again, the Pack of Wolves show at Winns Gallery. We had an amazing response and made many new connections with other artists over the course of the exhibition. The next Wolves outing will be an interactive project called Running With Wolves, featuring at the Stockholm Fringe Festival.

In the meantime I have been approached by Vibe Gallery in Bermondsey to take part in the second of their Black Dog Night exhibitions and events, raising awareness of mental health issues. I have a long, personal history of involvement with mental health services, and also run an online platform called Mental Spaghetti for artists who are mental health service users, or vice versa. Clearly I said yes to taking part in this project. I will be displaying eight pieces of my Happyland artwork at the show. More information about the event and art exhibition below…

“‘Black Dog Night: Back to Black’

‘Black Dog Night: Back to Black’ is the most poignant and inspiring evening hosted by Vibe Gallery on the 30th of August at 7:30pm; showcasing live acts, anecdotes and creative talents, with both educational and comedic elements. An art exhibition coinciding with the event, will run from the 29th of August until the 3rd of September.

This night is themed around the issues of those experiencing the troubles of social anxiety, which the general public aren’t often aware of. It showcases the lives of individuals that have suffered from mental illnesses; the Back to Black rendition of ‘Black Dog Night’ (which both follows from the previous black dog night but designed to be enjoyed as much by first-timers) will depict the lives of the individuals and experiences, depicting raw events & experiences that have taken place.

Although the subject matter is serious, our objective is to break the stigma of mental illnesses and bring a light-hearted approach of the conditions to a wide audience by focusing of the brighter side of dark situations.

The struggles faced in otherwise simple tasks lead to a unique set of problem solving. In all periods of personal tribulation there can be varying moments of fortitude, hilarity and indignity.

‘Black Dog Night’ hopes to bring all of these facets from the shadows and make the invisible more visible. Our aim is that you will leave the evening entertained, informed and inspired.

What exactly is the “Black Dog”:

The phrase “Black Dog” was made famous in recent times by Sir Winston Churchill, whom is referring to his own personal battles with depression. The metaphor however, goes way back to the Ancient Rome and was used by Horace to describe a bad omen or a symbol of the devil. In the 1800’s a more modern version of the expression has taken place “‘a black dog has walked over me” to describe being in a state of mental depression (Brewer 1870).

Please visit our facebook page to view the video highlights of the first ‘Black Dog Night’ to gain a flavour of what it’s in store!
https://www.facebook.com/nightoftheblackdog

Tickets £3 on the door. (also available on http://www.vibeplace.com)

Join our event on Facebook for up-to-date information or if you just want to say something.

Once Upon Again…again.

** ONCE UPON AGAIN EXHIBITION EXTENDED DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND! **

Once Upon Again will continue showing at Winns Gallery until 4pm Sunday 7th July. We are open every day until then, 10am-4pm.

 

Once Upon Again is coming to London!

Following on from our successful Pack of Wolves exhibition at Milkwood Gallery in Cardiff, we’re bringing the show down to Winns Gallery in Walthamstow, East London. This is a chance for you to see some amazing work from the Wolves, as well as parts of my recent solo show, Happyland.

The show is on at Winns Gallery from 29th June to 4th July, 10-4pm. Entry is free, no booking required. See you there! ** SHOW IS EXTENDED UNTIL 4pm SUNDAY 7th JULY **

Punch & Judy from Spike Dennis on Vimeo.

Next level news

 

I’m bringing two exhibitions to The Winns Gallery in Lloyds Park, Walthamstow, running back-to-back in the first two weeks of July 2013. First up is Once Upon Again, an exhibition brought to you by the Pack of Wolves collective (I’m a wolf!), curated by Layla Holzer and Spike Dennis. The show debuted at Milkwood Gallery in Cardiff at the end of February this year. The exhibition takes inspiration from folk and fairy tales, retelling them in their original style, dark, sexy and cautionary, as they were originally intended, before being sanitised for mass-production.

Outside
Busy times at Milkwood Gallery for Once Upon Again private view

The second exhibition is one you’ll be familiar with – my travelling Mail Art collection! Yep, it’s back, having travelled around the country, picking up tons more art on its way. This will be the last time you can see the collection in the UK as I will be sending it far, far away to another land in the not-too-distant future. I’m super excited to have the mail art collection back with all the new additions. I intend to catalogue it all online before I send it away.

Check back here soon for more news of the upcoming exhibitions.

Mail Art: Lincoln

 

Hello folks!

Mail Art news: the touring exhibition which kicked off in Walthamstow earlier in the year has now left Bedford and is currently residing in Lincoln.

Helen Dearnley is curating this leg of the magical, travelling Mail Art tour. As ever, we are encouraging anyone and everyone to take part; get stuck into creating some art! The only stipulation is that the art is directly linked to postal items, be it drawn, painted, printed or scribbled on envelopes, brown paper packaging, missed mail cards, stamps, jiffy bags or postable boxes. This is mail art – it should be mailable, accessible for all (to make and enjoy) and, most importantly, relate to post and mail.

If you would like more info about what we’d like to see submitted, and what this touring exhibition is, please check out this post here. Starting off with Mail Art: Walthamstow in January this year, the tour has since stopped off at Cardiff, Bedford and now Lincoln, growing in size as it travels.

Mail Art: Lincoln opens this Friday with a Private View at 12.00p.m. and will run until October 26th 2012. The exhibition venue is an empty shop (much like the Bedford leg of the tour, curated by Anne-Marie Stijeljasee slideshow here!), which is 100% in keeping with the mail art ethos (accessible, non-juried space, open to all).

If you would like to contribute your artwork, please send all submissions to: Helen Dearnley: Mail Art, Lincoln, 18-20 Sincil Street, Lincoln, LN5 7ET

To read more about exactly what mail art is and where it came from, check out the Mail Art wiki page.

Mail Art: Bedford

The touring mail art exhibition that I set up earlier this year, which kicked off the tour in Walthamstow, London, has now rocked up in Bedford. Anne-Marie Stijelja is curating this leg, taking over from Spike Dennis who curated the show at The PrintHaus in Cardiff.

We need your art! Please read the press release below to find out how you can be involved, and get yourselves down to the pop-up gallery space in Bedford to check out all the new work that has been added to the exhibition on its travels!

“As part of the 24 Mill St Pop Up local artist and all round wonder-woman Anne Marie Stijelja will be curating the Mail Art: Bedford exhibition which will incorporate her own work alongside other travelling Mail Art shows. Anne Marie explains more here:

“I will be curating an exhibition at the 24 Mill St Pop Up on the weekend of 22nd and 23rd September 2012 that will celebrate Mail-Art. Mail Art is a little known art form which first began in the 60’s as a way for people of any age, gender or art ability to express their creativity by painting, weaving, drawing, etc. directly onto the packages and envelopes they post out. Find out more here

Within the exhibition I will be including some of my own artwork, which uses British and foreign postage stamps as a medium as well as the elevated envelopes that I have sent and received through Tara Bliven’s ‘The Elevated Envelope’ project

There will also be an opportunity to see the 300 postcards entries from a recent stamp design competition that celebrated the Best of British in 2012 , where the best 50 designs were made into a book called The Jubilee Postcards published by Lavinia Drake.

In addition we are honoured to play host to traveling Mail Art exhibition, which is on a journey around Great Britain and will join us in Bedford after leaving its previous destination of the Printhaus in Cardiff. This travelling exhibition is the brain child of Marie-Louise Plum, who lives in Walthamstow but originates from Bedford.

SUBMIT YOUR OWN ART

I am seeking art submissions on any subject and medium with one stipulation – that it relates to mailable packaging or material i.e. art on jiffy bags, envelopes, brown paper, packages, art using stamps, printed or franked labels, mail stickers, stencils or mail delivery cards. You can draw, paint, cut, stick and glue, cut-out, construct, scribble or print the choice is yours. As your work is being sent straight to the empty shop, it would need to fit through a regular sized letterbox.

Submissions will be added to Marie-Louise Plum’s traveling Mail Art exhibition which will continue its journey around Great Britain and possibly further afield. If you would like to host it in your town then let Marie-Louise know on mail@marielouiseplum.com

All entries must reach the pop-up gallery between the dates of August 27th and September 23rd to ensure that they are exhibited in the Bedford section of the travelling exhibition. Please note that it is in the spirit of Mail Art that all entries submitted are shown and that it is open to amateurs or professionals alike. The weekend of the 22nd and 23rd Sept is the core of the exhibition, but if space allows within the Pop Up we will keep the exhibition up for longer.

Entries should be sent to:

Anne-Marie Stijelja
Mail Art: Bedford
24 Mill Street
Bedford
MK40 3HD

If you have any questions please contact me on amstijelja@btinternet.com”