Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Getting plastered and other activities...

It's been a while since I've made a blog entry. It's the time of year when not only am I undertaking my usual duties at Art Space Portsmouth - but the time when I administrate our International Residency. This has kept me very busy...

Not only were we pleased to welcome Josefina Posch from Sweden at the beginning of September  - we were also extremely pleased to welcome back Frauke Materlik our 2009 artist-in-residence.


Photograph copyright Frauke Materlik
Frauke had travelled back to exhibit a new body of work, "Ferne Nähe - The Distant Near" in three venues across Portsmouth: Aspex, Vernon Gate at Gunwharf Quays and Boathouse 4 in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Frauke had driven across Europe with her exhibition packed in the back of her car. She is a very determined person and an inspiration to me. With only one minor hiccup (the Cherry Picker being delivered the the wrong address) the show went on, delivered on time, with great success accompanied by a beautiful catalogue. Frauke's exhibition continues until 24th October. You can see further images of Frauke's exhibition on her residency blog here


Josefina's casting day
Photograph copyright K. Dowlatshahi
Josefina, the 2010 recipient, has already thrown herself straight into her ambitious project. This has included a plastering day at Portsmouth University last week. Both members of the public and students were asked to volunteer to have their body parts cast for two life-sized sculptures. Josefina will be producing two sculptures one male and one female that represents a cross-section of the average Portsmouth inhabitant. There was also a great double-page spread in The News last week, the online version of article can be read here.

There was a real buzz to the casting day - with the media students filming and broadcasting the event live around the University... and an interview with BBC Radio Solent (which can be heard here until Friday at 3:19:30). You can see more images from the casting day on Josefina's residency blog here. Also, I must add, I had the pleasure of getting plastered yesterday!! 

Me getting plastered! Photo copyright J Posch

So... although I'm very busy at the moment ... rest assured I will be back in my own studio soon - especially as I still need to make my 6by4 postcards for our Art Space Portsmouth Secret Postcard Exhibition. If you would like to participate - please take look here, extended deadline 5th November 2010.

BBC Radio Solent interview
Photograph copyright K Dowlatshahi











Casting day broadcast live by media students around the University of Portsmouth Campus
Photograph copyright Katayoun Dowlatshahi

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