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.

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Running With Wolves at Cardiff Design Festival

If you live among wolves you have to act like a wolf – Nikita Khrushchev

On Saturday the 5 October 2013 we invite you to join us and come running* with the Pack of Wolves.

In a manner akin to a Flash-Mob we invite you to design your own wolf mask and join us in Bute Park from which point we will proceed through the streets of Cardiff to our Den where there will be some refreshments and possibly some light entertainment.

If you wish to join us ensure you locate the Pack at Bute Park by 6.00pm. You won’t be able to miss the Alpha wolf waving the Pack of Wolves’ flag!

In order to get you started we have provided some free mask templates that you can download (below) and print out for yourself. If you would like a little help in designing your mask why not sign up to one of our mask making workshops on Saturday afternoon. These are being led by our wolf cubs – Illustration students from Cardiff School of Art & Design. You can book a place at one of these workshops below.

Of course if you wish to design your own mask from scratch then feel free. Why not check out our blog for some inspiration?

You don’t have to be a creative wizard to take part in Running with Wolves but you do have to turn up in a wolf mask!

GUIDELINES & ETIQUETTE

  • Follow the Pack of wolves flag bearer
  • We will be proceeding through public spaces. Please be mindful of this and respectful towards members of the public in these spaces.
  • The processions should be entertaining and fun events so please do not engage in any acts of adverse lunacy
  • If you’re joining us please wear sensible shoes
  • If it’s raining please ensure you’re dressed appropriately. Eg. Wear a pac-a-mac or wolfskin
  • Prowl like a wolf
  • Howl like a wolf

*when we say ‘running’ what we really mean is a light jog**
**When we say ‘light jog’ we probably mean a brisk walk

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These mask templates can be printed at a variety of sizes. We would recommend A4 size masks for children and small adults but they will fit all faces. If you have access to an A3 printer though we would recommend using that to print adult masks. 160-200gsm paper works a treat!

Keep an eye on this page or follow us on Twitter for further information and updates.

BOOK A PLACE AT OUR FREE MASK MAKING WORKSHOP

Once Upon Again

Once Upon Again

27 February – 9 March 2013

Exhibition Launch: 2 March 2013

Join us at Milkwood Gallery on Saturday the 2 March 2013 for an evening of live music and puppet shows. Entertainment will include shadow puppetry and a Punch and Judy show.

The Pack of Wolves‘ next exhibition opens at Milkwood Gallery on the 27 February and features new work by our artists inspired by folk and fairy tales. As the title suggests the exhibition will be focussed upon the idea of re-imagined narratives – taking existing fairy and folk tales and retelling them. This follows the tradition of stories being passed from generation to generation over centuries, through cultures and societies, books, art and film.

The Pack of Wolves will retell fairy tales, as they should be – as they once were, bringing back old values and themes… Once Upon Again. The artists will take inspiration from existing fairy and folk stories and either reinvent them or present new stories using visual narratives. Fairy tales should not only enchant and entertain the audience but also illuminate and inform.

Milkwood Gallery
41 Lochaber Street
Cardiff
CF24 3RU

www.spikeworld.co.uk
www.packofwolves.org
www.milkwoodgallery.com 

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: Cardiff


Above, Mail Art by Chetan Kumar

Hello Folks!

Our magical travelling Mail Art exhibition has now moved on to The Printhaus in Cardiff. This leg of the mail art tour is being curated by the very lovely Spike Dennis of Spikeworld. Check out how to get involved below >>>

“OPEN CALL: MAIL ART CARDIFF -This is an open call for mail art from around the UK and the world.

Mail Art: E17 was the first stop of a touring exhibition of mail art from artists and illustrators across the globe. Following a lengthy and successful exhibition at Walthamstow Wine Club in east London the exhibition has now made its way to The Printhaus in Cardiff, Wales.

Submissions received during the first exhibition period in London will be displayed at The Printhaus from Tuesday 10 July until Sunday 22 July 2012. In addition to this we are now seeking new submissions to add to the exhibition which will be exhibited at the Printhaus when received and added to the collection of mail art to be exhibited at further venues later in the year.

We are seeking art on any subject and in any form with the one stipulation which is that the art relates to a mailable or mailed form. For example, that could be 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. Anything goes.

If you would like to take part in the exhibition please email mail[at]marielouiseplum.com or send your work directly to:

Spike Dennis
Mail Art: Cardiff
c/o Cardiff School of Art & Design
Howard Gardens
Cardiff CF24 0SP

The deadline for submissions is ongoing, however, please do not post work for this leg of the exhibition any later than the 20 July 2012.

The exhibition opens on Tuesday 10 July 2012. There will be an open evening on Friday 13 July 20102 from 6.00 – 9.00pm at The Printhaus so do please come and join us for a drink.

Read more about the world-wide cultural movement of Mail Art here.”

If you would like to download a handy PDF info sheet of, well, pretty much what I have already written here, then please click this link!

Open Call for Artists: Mail Art: E17 > Cardiff

Cut-Click Mail Art @ Milkwood Gallery
Cut-Click Mail Art exhibition at Milkwood Gallery

Easy now dudes – this is an open call for mail art from around the UK and the world!

‘Mail Art: E17’ is the first stop on a touring exhibition of mail art from artists and illustrators across the globe, housed on this leg at Walthamstow Wine Club in Walthamstow, E17, London.

I am seeking art on any subject and in any form with the one stipulation that the art relates to a mailable or mailed form. For example, that could be art on jiffy bags, envelopes, brown paper, packages, it could be 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. Anything goes.

If you would like to take part in the exhibition please email me at mail[at]marielouiseplum.com or send your work directly the Mail Art:E17, c/o Walthamstow Wine, 56-60 Grove Road, London, E17 9BN. The deadline for submissions is ongoing, however, for this leg of the exhibition artwork should be mailed through by May 25th 2012.

The exhibition will move on from Walthamstow to Cardiff in June, for that is where the second leg of the Magical Mail Art Mystery Tour will be housed, at our new home, The Printhaus. Contemporary British artist Spike Dennis is curating the exhibition in Cardiff. We are still looking for curators for future exhibitions, so if you’d like to try your hand at curating a leg of the Mail Art tour, please get in touch by emailing mail[at]marielouiseplum.com.

Mail Art: E17 will be on display at Walthamstow Wine Club until June 20th 2012. Mail Art: Cardiff will be on display at The Printhaus from 7th July 2012-21st July 2012.

Read more about the world-wide cultural movement of Mail Art here.

*The reason I am exhibiting the first leg in E17 is because it’s a vibrant, art-filled community full of lovely people who are well into lovely things! Check out Stowscene to learn more about us.