Thursday, July 9, 2020

Lynda and Ron Wilson | A Virtual Showcase at Dungeness Beach Batch Patch


Dungeness Open Studios

Last year, in common with the rest of the world, we were making plans at Dungeness Open Studios for the future. One of these was to offer one of the Open Studio buildings and adjoining garden as a showcase venue for artists, known as Dungeness Beach Batch Patch (

Then came COVID-19. 

Edinburgh-based artists Lynda and Ron Wilson were due to be showing here from the 10-12 July 2020 but we all came to the sad conclusion that now is not the right time, especially as lockdown rules are different in Scotland.

Instead, we offered them this ‘virtual’ showcase. Lynda and Ron are regular visitors to Dungeness and we are proud to support them in this way at this unprecedented time.

We hope to welcome them in person next year. Watch this space...

Paddy and Bridget.

This is a joint exhibition of the work 

 

Firstly, six pieces of work by Lynda:

Light and Power
Blue Shacks
Old Dungeness Lighthouse

Folkestone Wall

Level Crossing

Dungeness A
Images correspond with titles, medium and prices below:       


Title
Medium

Image size HxW cm
Overall Size HxW cm
Price
Light and Power
Gouache on paper
White frame
10 X 33
22 x 45
NFS
Blue Shacks
Monoprint
Unframed
19 x 56
19 x 56
£80
Old Dungeness Lighthouse
Screenprint Edition of 8
Unframed
18 x 28
28 x 38
£40
Folkestone Wall
Oil on found board
Dark grey box frame
14 x 41
16 x 43
NFS
Level Crossing
Acrylic on board
Dark grey box frame
18 x 34
20 x 36
NFS
Dungeness A
Oil on found board
Mid grey box frame
20 x 40
22 x 42
NFS

Motivation to make work of and about Dungeness:

Lynda Wilson

My motivation to make work of and about Dungeness comes from a few strands. My past career gives me an interest in how (wo)man inhabits and makes his/her mark on the land especially at the edges of the land. I first visited Dungeness with my husband about 10 years ago to see Derek Jarman’s Garden and was intrigued by how the flat shingle is home to small, scattered, homes/shacks/huts, without borders to each piece of land. 

The contrasting scale of the power stations with the small settlements is fascinating, how they can co-exist. The small buildings being low can resist the wind better. The light is unique, reflecting off the shingle stones and the sea. We have visited every year since our first visit, always staying in the same cottage. We have many friends living nearby, some of whom are artists and share our love of the place.

I have made a lot of work at the extreme other end of Britain, in Stromness in Orkney, where the settlements there are tall and huddled together round the harbour to provide shelter from the extreme winds and cold. Narrow streets wind between them. The difference from Dungeness could hardly be greater. 

Statement | Curriculum vitae:

Lynda Wilson studied architecture at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) before working as an architect in public and private offices. She then taught in the School of Architecture at ECA for 20 years. Her ambition to work as an artist has been finally realised in the last ten years. She works mainly in print after sketching and photographing on location, but also paints en plein air. She lives and works in Edinburgh, UK, and is a member of Edinburgh Printmakers and art collective bound:unbound
www.lyndawilson.org.uk
www.boundunbound.org
 

Next up – six pieces of work by Ronald Wilson

 

Harbour Diamonds
Two Lighthouses
Orange Nets
Net Huts
Flying Fish and Lighthouse
Two Pink Buoys
Images correspond with titles, medium and prices below:

Title
Medium

Image size HxW cm
Overall size
HxW cm
Price
Harbour Diamonds
House paint and gouache on board
White frame
50 x 51
55 x 54
NFS
Two Lighthouses
Mixed media on board
Unframed
61 x 92
61 x 92
£170
Orange Nets
Mixed media on board
Unframed
36 x 30
36 x 30
NFS
Net Huts
Mixed media on paper
Unframed
42 x 30
42 x 30
NFS
Flying Fish and Lighthouse
Linoprint
Unframed
20 x 15
20 x 15
£45
Two Pink Buoys
Mixed media on paper
Unframed
38 x 27
38 x 27
NFS


Ron Wilson

I discovered Dungeness through being aware of Derek Jarman’s book about his garden and the detritus from the beach he used to decorate it.

We have been visiting the ness for 10 years, staying in a cottage near the Life Boat station. I enjoy the sea and unique atmosphere. The contrast with living and working in a city is stimulating - watching the screeching birds fly by and sketching the coming and goings of the tides. Seascapes have always held a fascination for me through the work of J M W Turner, John Piper, Paul Nash and more recently Richard Diebenkorn and his Californian coastal paintings.

I enjoy the slightly quaint spectacle of the little train scurrying across the marshes, its smoky chimney and the smiling holidaymakers; it reminds me of my youth & spotting steam trains at my local station.

Statement | Curriculum vitae:

Ron Wilson studied graphics & photography at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, 1969-73.

He worked in advertising & design agencies for 20 years, finally becoming the studio manager at The Scotsman and her sister newspapers. He gave that up to own a secondhand and antiquarian bookshop for 25 years, specialising in rare books, maps and prints. As he employed staff, this left him more time for painting and printmaking both in his studio and on his various travels.

He sold the business two years ago and can now spend more time on his art practice in Edinburgh.


If you're interested in supporting Lynda and Ron and would like to make a purchase, here are the details:

Payment methods

BACS payments – (Contact Lynda and Ron) lyndawilson17@hotmail.co.uk

Telephone: 0771 4237002

PayPal payments – lyndamwilson@icloud.com



Tuesday, June 16, 2020

COVID-19 | CURRENT STATUS




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*Happy announcement*

#Dungeness Open Studios 
is now open by easy appointment 

We have established a one way system which gives generous access to the garden areas

Strict cleaning will take place between each visit

Appointments welcomed 

*Contact us*

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Hand coloured 'Little Universe' unique prints X 4

'Little Universes'



‘Little Universe‘ - hand painted unique prints - (various versions)

‘Little Universe’ - hand painted unique prints - (various versions)

'Above our heads and, below our feet'


Oil based Black | Prussian blue ink linocut print on  heavy/textured rag paper.
Hand coloured in light fast inks.
Each unique print is numbered 1/1.

Size: 22 cm X 25 cm including borders

Price: £40.00 

On ordering, I shall send you a photo of the version you will receive or, if you wish, a selection to choose from.

*Thank you*



Sent with full provenance | UK postage included

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Mes Mains | Large feature print

'Mes Mains'





'We hold everything we cherish in these'


Oil based Black | Van Dyke ink linocut print on  heavy rag paper

Size: 35 cm X 23 cm including borders

Price: £40.00 



Sent with full provenance | UK postage included

Friday, April 17, 2020

Bursary | Funding - Covid response - * Donations Welcomed *

Dungeness Open Studios are currently closed to all visitors.

We will (C-19 circumstances allowing) be open again by prior arranged appointment from mid June.

We aim to offer more artists' residencies and practical workshops for sculptors, painters, musicians, writers and photographers, providing exhibition space for artists from outside this area. We need to develop our programme during this period.

For 22 years, we have provided a showing space on Dungeness beach, which has developed from one studio to four over the period. Free to enter, operating on trust and goodwill, the work here celebrates and informs the public about this community, its history and its relevance outside of its reputation as a resort/tourist destination. All works directly reflect this wonderful and unique landscape. All my income as a sole trader comes from the selling of related works, postcards, books, workshops and residencies. Our inclusive and affordable pricing structure reflects our desire for people to be able to experience and own art democratically. Organised visits and talks with students of all ages are common practice and we have welcomed many thousands of visitors here for over two decades without any external funding, grants or bursaries.

We have had to close the studios entirely and cancel upcoming shows, residencies and workshops. After each event, we learn more about what artists require from our spaces and our in the main hands-off overview. We need to re-model showing spaces, access points, create garden areas, provide shelter and consider safe spaces for the future. We do not envisage that more than one person at a time will be able to visit these small spaces for the foreseeable future. This requires thought and practical development including our online presence, which will become crucial to keeping our core values visible and accessible. I have no current income to develop anything further but I do have infrastructure which can be made ready to meet the challenges of the future new normal regarding public access and interaction.

My current practice relies on the generosity and feedback of the people who visit, their ideas, expertise and enthusiasms. This creates Dungeness Open Studios in symbiosis, working as it does with this wonderful beach.

Currently our website and social media presence are who we are.

A bursary would remove this anxiety and help us to create peace of mind/solvency for us to develop our presence as an online entity, but with a secure foundation of having remodelled the experience, the access points and showing spaces to suit the future.

Examples of projected costs:

Web costs: copywriting and proofreading -- £30 per hour -- £600 Building materials including timber, fixings, signage, paints, preservatives, roofing materials, display items, barriers, gates, soft landscaping to create a slower, subtle flow of visitors. Safety equipment -- £600




-- Paddy Hamilton

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Molly Rose | Temenos

Temenos | Molly Rose










'The sacred hulk of Dungeness beach'


Oil based Van Dyke ink linocut print on un-bleached Arches heavy rag paper

Size: 34 cm X 24 cm + borders

Price: £40.00 



Sent with full provenance | UK postage included

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Dungeness Open Studios has a new showing space


HOME GROWN — BEST IN SHOW
With added Vitamin Sea
A collaboration 

Paddy Hamilton: After a life and career spanning continents and genres as a fine art painter (public works include Concorde Terminal Mural at Heathrow Airport and styling and executing the ‘distressed’ interior at Wilton’s Music Hall); set design in Opera, Theatre, Film and Television (directly involved in styling many of the One Hundred Plays of the Century according to NT2000 and as a member of Theatre de ComplicitĂ©); working as a stylist in the music industry (with Prince and many others); exhibiting internationally (New York, Canada and Europe); Paddy has spent the last 20 years absorbed by this beach creating and evolving Dungeness Open Studios, welcoming thousands of visitors each year. AN X 2.0_ is an intimate new showing space hand-built by Paddy entirely from wood given as gifts, destined and originating from Dungeness beach.

and

Martin Heron (MRSS): Born in Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland, Martin has worked throughout the UK and Ireland creating award-winning public artworks. He is a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors and the London Group, one of the UK’s longest running artist-led collectives. Like Paddy, Martin believes that art should be accessible to all and does not belong only in white space galleries. He engages communities with his immersive practice beginning with drawing, through combative and repetitive actions to reach a resolution, producing installations from large metal structures to temporary yarn installations including ‘Immemorial’, a highly acclaimed yarn installation at St John’s Church created for the Waterloo Festival 2018. Martin has exhibited in the Netherlands, London, Italy and Toronto but all roads lead to … Dungeness!

Bringing together a friendship, two lifetimes of work and celebrating 20 years of Dungeness Open Studios, Martin’s sprouts cast in bronze (brilliant, tactile, weighty and beautiful) meet Paddy’s La Manche Rouge (inventive, authentic, dynamic and raw).
In addition, Mandy Hudson’s inspired print of broken glass will be on display permanently.

Why sprouts?
Martin was commissioned to create a number of sculptures and installations in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire. The area was once a main supplier of Brussels Sprouts in the UK and this was reflected in the artworks, which included a steel chest full of sprouts. The bronze sprout became a big talking point and led to Martin casting other small fruits and veg pieces that have interesting shapes, forms, qualities, connotations and protrusions. Martin explains, ‘I particularly like small works, pieces easily held in the hand and easily displayed.’

What is behind ‘La Manche Rouge’?
The works represent a connection between the red earth of Africa (Paddy’s birthplace) and the brown sea of the English Channel (home). Like this building, the construction pieces are made from the remains of iconic structures that make Dungeness unique, authentic and resonant. Many people feel inexplicably drawn to Dungeness and this show celebrates the beauty of connections.




  • Entrance to An X 2.O_ is granted on easy-going request in person, by message or telephone.
  • This ensures a peaceful, contemplative experience for the viewing of the selected works.
  • The building itself is designed to act as a sanctuary or refuge.

  • The inaugural show is a collaborative affair.
  • Artists are: Paddy Hamilton, Martin Heron and Mandy Hudson.

  • Martin Heron's beautiful and subtle tactile work needs to be handled to be fully appreciated.
  • Two await handling - three are exhibited in an exquisite bird's nest out of reach.

The name of the show is: Home Grown: Best in Show with added Vitamin Sea (the robin adjudicates ...)

Light is an essential play as the sun traverses the beach.
We ensured good fortune for the building by embedding a Zambian sixpence from 1964 within the framework.

Endless toil.

Sprouts in the nest!
New view of the beach from An X 2.O_


New work - constructed from the fabric of the beach.

New works - constructed from the fabric of the beach.

Due II

Due

Framing the building with a woman for scale.

Overbuilt, hefty base to withstand inclemency.

  • All the materials excepting fixings, screws and nails were gifts or gifted by Neptune.
  • Supporters to thank are:
  • DM Builders
  • Mark Perrins
  • Oliver Schofield
  • Gareth Simmons
  • Doris Tart
  • Owen Leyshon
  • Helen Gillilan and family
  • The lovely people from Openshore over the years (two doors down)
  • The unknown generous benefactors who left timber in my drive at night!



Labourer.


Final hang - Wall C - collaborative.

Wall B - La Manche Rouge + Due II.


Views.
Light plays on Wall C.

Light plays on Wall B.

Expanded view An X 2.O_