• A Week of Frantic Dashing and pre Christmas cheer

    This week I will be dashing about like a woman possessed (with Christmas spirit!) as it’s my busiest one for events.

    Tonight I am at a beautifully considered gift event at Upper Broughton in Leicestershire.

    Tomorrow my work is being set up at City Arts in Nottingham for their Christmas Advent pop up shop, alongisde a wide range of fantastic other artists.

    And Sunday I am at my favourite local, The Dirty Duck in Woolsthorpe, Belvoir for their Christmas Market (one pub, four marquees, great food and live music – whoop whoop).

    Then off to The Old Sorting House in my home village of Bottesford to set up in the foyer and create a window display ready for Kooroon Gallery‘s Christmas next Friday (6th & Sat 7th December).

    All interspersed with finishing three commission and a trip to the German Embassy in London to swear an oath. Gosh, I do sound glamorous! (he he – I certainly don’t feel it!)

  • PollyWhistle at Compton Verney National Folk Art Museum (yippee)

     

    I’m so excited to be bringing my whimsical range of Textile Treats to the two day textile fair at Compton Verney National Folk Art Museum this November.

    Andrognous Angels, Belvoir Angels, Cross Angels(!!) Churlings, Huglings and perhaps even a Strident or two, Carnival Brooches and much more.  Yes I’ve been busy.

    It takes place on 16th & 17th November and the entry price includes access to all the fabulous gallery spaces in what is one of my very favourite museum and gallery spaces.

    More info from HERE
  • PollyWhistle at the Millennium Gallery Shop in Sheffield (yippeeee)

    I’m so delighted to be part of Handmade for Christmas at Sheffield Millennium Gallery this year. Running from 25th October to 29th December I’ve got Angels and Churlings and Story People Art Dolls there too.

    But of course it is also about the 60 plus other artists from Sheffield and slightly further afield offering up a truly gorgeous array of Christmas gift options.

    What you waiting for?

    More info HERE
    Two layers of four – A box of textile treats delivered to the Millennium Gallery, Sheffield
     
  • Fabric Art Workshop 6th June Leicester

    One of Britain’s most important collections of modern religious art is currently being exhibited in Leicester under the title of Wondering Soul. 

    A joint project between the Church of England’s Leicester Cathedral and the Methodist Church, the Methodist Modern Art Collection will be on display across the city from now until 9th June. You can find more information about the exhibition at the Leicester Cathedral website here

    I’m delighted to have been invited to run a workshop as part of the exciting programme events accompanying the exhibition. Taking place on 6th June from 10am to 2pm at St Andrews Church, Jarrom Street, Leicester, LE2 7DH tickets are £17 and can be booked directly from here.


    Each attendee will be encouraged to use one of the art works in the exhibition, several of which will be displayed at St Andrews, as inspiration. Working with fabric, lace, ribbons, buttons and basic hand stitching techniques I will then help you create your own textile collage based upon that inspiration or your own interpretation of it. No previous sewing experience is needed and the aim is to have fun working with the materials whilst learning a little about creating fabric pictures. 

    I can’t wait!!!
  • Belvoir Art Trail

    I’m delighted to be not only on the organiser team but also exhibiting as part of the Belvoir Art Trail again this year at both the Geese and Fountain in Croxton Kerrial and with fellow artist Donna Drouin in our installation #copsecollective at Kooroon Too. For more details on all the artists and venues involved visit www.belvoirarttrail.co.uk for the full programme.

  • Super excited and super busy.

    It’s a mad time of the year because I am one the team of organiser who put on the annual Belvoir Art Trail as well as working hard with my friends to get a new gallery and workshop space set up right here where I live. I”m making new work to exhibit, have a cabinet in a fab boutique to create a display for and pulling together my autumn / winter workshop programme. Plus I will be moving all this finery to a new website.

    So with all that twirling around my head I think I will simply share some of my favourite moments from the last couple of months in pictures.

    Do you know why the mermaid sings? Image of one of my exhibition pieces from March

    “The unkindness of ravens” Image of one of my exhibition pieces from March

    “Play Freely” One piece of work for the Copse Collection installation for Belvoir Art Trails 2019 

    “Still life Yellow Flowers” sold in 2017. New work of this style will be exhibited in May
    My lovely friends during the Kooroon Gallery event last weekend at The Old Sorting House (new venue we are developing)

  • Belvoir Art Trail 2019

    I’m extremely fortunate where I live in that I have a wonderful network of like minded creatives with whom I meet and collaborate, who I mentor and and from whom I gain a massive amount of support. 

    One of our projects is the ever growing Belvoir Art Trail which I co-coordinate with Glenda Gibson from the Kooroon Gallery, Donna Drouin Artist and Dian Harrison owner of The Old Sorting House venue and who runs Art and Soul Studio as well as designing and teaching through 3 T’s and Me. 

    We already have 10 venues and nearly three times as many artists involved. And you can be too!


    We are holding an open call for entries encouraging artists, artisans, crafters, makers, designers and potential venues to apply.

     To be eligible any work put forward for inclusion must be original and individual (i.e. not mass produced) and artists / makers should live or work or be exhibiting at a venue within the Vale of Belvoir area. 

    Venues can be in any form from gallery to café window, already exhibiting or aiming to do so for the first time. Pop up shops and open studios are also encouraged provided they are run by the applicant.
     
    All venues must be located within the Vale of Belvoir area, which we take as a rough circle encompassing Melton Mowbray, Bingham and Grantham and all the villages in between.
     
    Application is free, although we will ask for a contribution of £5 per exhibition (single, group, venue) to help with print costs for the trail catalogue.


    To apply please email Jane via belvoirarttrail@gmail.comor contact Donna via www.facebook.com/belvoirarttrail.
     
    We will then send you a form and some further info. Deadline for return of entry forms is 17thFebruary, again via email. There is no strict criteria for inclusion, we just want to celebrate the rich diversity of unique creative making that goes on in our beautiful part of the world.  


  • Hand Sewn Bird workshop 18th January

    I’m delighted to say that I will be running a hand sewn bird making workshop on 18th January from 7pm to 10pm in the beautiful St Mary’s Church in Bottesford, Leicestershire. It’s available for the special price of £7 including all materials because it is organised by Creative Space, a voluntary run group aimed at offering opportunities to explore creatively in many art forms in an informal and fun way.  I’m proud to say I am part of the committee for the group who are also responsible for co-ordinating and curating the Belvoir Art Trail in May. So much to look forward to.

    If you would like more info or to take part in the workshop use the message form to email me or use the messenger facility on Facebook via my page www.facebook.com/pollywhistle

    More workshops to follow soon. Happy New Year!!!