Amelia’s Magazine | Horace Panter: Nostalgia (ain’t what it used to be)

Category: Art

Pete McKee has invited Horace Panter to exhibit at his gallery A Month of Sundays in Sheffield. Given that a lot of his new work, especially the cassette series, plays on nostalgia and memory, he came up with the title Nostalgia (ain't what it used to be). History moves forward!

Born in Croydon in 1953, Horace got his accrediation in Fine Art from Coventry's Lanchester Polytechnic (now Coventry University) in 1975. It was whilst there that he met up with Jerry Dammers and they formed The Specials, a defining band on the British music scene. However, he never dropped his art roots, using his time on tour to visit galleries/exhibitions throughout the UK, Europe and America. Before embarking on a career as a professional artist in 2008, he spent 10 years as Head of Art in a secondary school. He says that teaching art made him reevaluate his own relationship to art and when The Specials reformed in that year he found he had the time to explore his art practice.

His work is a juxtaposition between religious/political iconography and Pop Art. While exploring the ideas of elevation in both iconography and Pop Art, his aim is to question the narrative of the iconic subject; he chooses to portray objects/places/people that are considered ordinary or mundane and to elevate their status to icon, thereby realising the Pop Art trope of 'elevating the mundane' (Andy Warhol). The cassette paintings are particularly evocative of time and place; as well as having a strong historical context, they are imbued with meaning in terms of analogue recording studios and the humble 'demo-tape'. His work is full of colour and vitality and is as much about what is left out; the composition is often minimal so that the focus is on the central subject, like an icon.

This exhibition will feature some of the Cassette Series as well as some colourful collages which celebrate his relationship to music and his own musical icons. There will also be a selection of his very latest series on Americana. Horace says “I have to thank the highly efficient and very friendly McKee Organisation (PLC) for giving me the opportunity to show my work to the good people of Sheffield … can't wait!Pete McKee says: “To have Horace Panter, one of my heroes, exhibit at my gallery is a massive honour. His culturally astute paintings have a great resonance with anyone who, like me, was brought up to love music.”

Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am-5pm

Amelia’s Magazine | Jerwood Drawing Prize 2014

Category: Art

Daniel Wheeler, J'arrive, Carbon on paper. All photography by Benjamin Cosmo Westoby.

The Jerwood Drawing Prize is a platform for drawing practitioners to showcase their work alongside other leading contemporary artists in this field, and provides those selected with the opportunity to help define a wider understanding of drawing for future generations.

Bonita Alice, Beast dead, Acrylic on paper.

Selected from original drawings, it has established a reputation for its commitment to championing excellence, and promoting and celebrating the breadth of contemporary drawing practice within the UK. The longevity of the project is a testament to the appetite of the artists producing work, and the continued interest of audiences visiting the exhibition, making it one of the most popular shows in the Jerwood Visual Arts programme.

Kate Morrell, A.V.M. 1954 screenshot 2013-12-10 (3), Giclee print and drawing ink.

A total of 51 works by 46 artists have been carefully selected for exhibition by the 2014 panel; Gavin Delahunty, Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, Dallas Museum; Dr Janet McKenzie, author and Co-editor of Studio International; and Alison Wilding RA, artist. Their chosen works explore and celebrate the diversity, excellence and range of current drawing practice in the UK.

David Cooper, PRE INFO No.15, Xerox ink, packing paper, card, pencil, biro, marker pen and rubber tape.

Opening times: Mon-Fri 10am – 5pm, Sat & Sun 10am – 3pm

Amelia’s Magazine | Over Time: an art project on the Thames foreshore in Greenwich

Category: Art

Over Time art project Greenwich
Time Travel probably isn't possible, we just keep on moving forward, but we all experience the tick tock of passing seconds and minutes in different ways. Time can be elastic and sometimes art can stop us in our tracks.

The Over Time art project engages eleven contemporary artists to make ‘time pieces’ in a place that is about to change forever… the Greenwich foreshore. Each of the artists will make a response to spending precisely the same fixed amount of 'clock time' (five hours without watches or phones) in the very historically resonant and atmospheric riverside space at Enderby Wharf, the site of the first underwater telegraph cables. This is a site marked by time as industrial history, social development and the natural rhythms of the tides. Works will include sound, movement, performance, film, drawing, writing, conceptual, objects.

This project is a way to explore time in a place that is already marked by time…… by the natural rhythms of weather and tides, the marks of our London ancestors, of industrial heritage and the rapid progress of city development.

Rachel Gomme working on site Over Time photo A Robinson 2014
Rachel Gomme working on site Over Time, Photo by Anne Robinson 2014.

The initial part of the project will take place over the Thames Festival weekend with art and performance events on and around the Thames Path on both days. Over Time artists will be hosting drawing workshops with local people in Greenwich about their memories of and feelings about the riverside area.

There is an exciting list of internationally recognised contemporary artists taking parting in the project as follows: Jo David, Claudia Firth, Charlie Fox, Katharine Fry, Rachel Gomme, Victoria Gray, Birgitta Hosea, The International Western, Gavin Maughfling, Sarah Sparkes and Ian Thompson. See website for further details about artists.

Birgitta Hosea working on site Over Time photo A Robinson 2014
Birgitta Hosea working on site Over Time, Photo by Anne Robinson 2014.

Over Time is curated by visual artist Anne Robinson working in collaboration with David Waterworth at the Greenwich University Gallery. Anne teaches film at London Met University and has previously curated 'One More Time' project, Supernormal Festival, and the project is further supported by Arts Council England.

13th and 14th September: on Thames foreshore near Enderby Wharf/ Cutty Sark pub
19th September to 16th October: Stephen Lawrence Gallery Archive Space, Queen Anne Court, University of Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, Greenwich, SE10 9LS.
26th October: National Maritime Museum and Queen’s House, Park Row, Greenwich
London SE10 9NF

Opening times: see website or Facebook.

Amelia’s Magazine | 160 Exhibition: 50 Years of Illustration

Category: Art

50 Years of Illustration book
50 Years of Illustration accompanies the launch of a new book of the same title by Professor Lawrence Zeegen, Dean of the School of Design. The book charts the rich history of contemporary illustration, from the rampant idealism of the 1960s to the digital explosion of the 1990s as well as the increasing diversification taking place in the twenty-first century.
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HOPE poster by Shepard Fairey.

The exhibition is part of a trio of shows named 160, that includes Alan Kitching and Monotype: Celebrating the centenary of five pioneers of the poster and Stereohype 2004-2014, which celebrates a collection of 1,000 button badges.

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Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak.

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Dylan poster by Milton Glaser.

Speaking about the exhibitions, Professor Lawrence Zeegen explains: “160 at London College of Communication celebrates the work of numerous influential designers and illustrators across the past 100 years. Reflecting the disciplines of graphic design, typography and illustration, all taught and researched within LCC's School of Design, this trio of exhibitions has been curated to inspire and inform today's and tomorrow's generations of design creatives. Launched during the London Design Festival 2014, 160 aims to highlight the invaluable connectivity between design industry and design education, many of the exhibitors across all three exhibitions having studied or taught at London College of Communication.”
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Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Elton John LP cover by Ian Beck.

Private View: Thursday 18 September 2014, 6-9pm
Opening Times: 10am – 5pm (Saturday 11am until 4pm and Sunday closed)

Amelia’s Magazine | AOI Illustration Awards 2014 Exhibition

Category: Art

AOI Illustration awards flyer
The AOI Illustration Awards 2014 Exhibition showcases work by category winning illustrators and highlights from this year's shortlist. The show includes emerging and established talent from across the globe. Two overall winners, The AOI New Talent Award 2014 and The AOI Professional Award 2014, will be announced at the private view and awards ceremony. After the show at Somerset House, the exhibition will continue on its tour across the UK. Some of the winners are profiled below, to find out more about their individual projects click on their names:

William Grill, the New Talent winner for the Children’s Book category, with his first book Shackleton’s Journey, which he started as a third year project whilst at university.

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Andy Ward won the Professional award for the Advertising and Design category. His winning entry formed part of a mental health awareness campaign for the University Of California's Santa Cruz campus.

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David Doran’s illustration for The New York Times Book Review won the New Talent category winner award. The piece titled ‘Going Home Again’ accompanied an article reviewing Dennis Bock’s novel. The story follows a man that spends a strange year at home, in Canada, after separating from his wife in Madrid.
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Laurindo Feliciano is the Professional Editorial category winner. Flaunt Magazine commissioned the winning entry ‘Fabricating Art’, to accompany an article based on Laurindo’s answers to questions set by art director Jim Turner, on the topic of his work process.

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Thoke Maer’s self initiated project ‘It’s No Biggie’ won the New Talent award in this category. The project is an ongoing series of animated GIF’s based on moments that are all too familiar and perhaps even nostalgic.

Opening times: 10am – 6pm

Amelia’s Magazine | The Making of Mordor at Black Country Echoes Festival

Category: Art

Wadsworth_ In the Black Country
Wadsworth, In the Black Country.

Mordor conjured images of a charred wasteland exploited for its resources. The Making of Mordor exhibition at Black Country Echoes Festival explores the links between J.R.R. Tolkien’s depictions of this fantasy region in The Lord of the Rings and the Black Country of the 1900s, which lay a few miles from his childhood home.

Empire Marketing Board poster
Empire Marketing Board poster.

Alongside images from Tolkien’s sketchbooks, signed first editions of his novels and iconic illustrations by concept artist Ted Nasmith, The Making of Mordor features works by other 20th century writers and artists who have been influenced by the industrial powerhouse of the West Midlands. Contemporary responses to the post-industrial Black Country will also be on show, including works by Turner Prize nominee Richard Billingham, photographer Brian Griffin and artist Euripides Altintzoglou, along with an indoor forest by internationally-acclaimed installation artist Olafur Eliasson.

Richard Billingham, Black Country Night
Richard Billingham, Black Country Night.

Opening times: Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm

Amelia’s Magazine | Miniature Ink: Tattoo Art Exhibition

Category: Art

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Opening on the eve of The London Tattoo Convention and with the popularity of tattoos on the rise, Atomica Gallery and Things&Ink magazine have collaborated once again to present an exhibition that celebrates the very best in contemporary tattoo artistry. Miniature Ink will feature miniature originals by 100s of tattooers from around the globe and showcase a diverse array of styles, techniques and subject matter. The exhibition is being held to raise awareness for Sarcoma UK, with profits from sales being donated to the unique cancer charity. 

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Drew Linden.

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Alexis Camburn.

Each artwork in Miniature Ink will be for sale at the same affordable price of just £60 and there is no preview list for this exhibition, work will be sold on a first-come first-served basis. Everyone is in with a a chance to own an affordable original artwork from some of the industry's most highly sought artists, or pick-up a hidden gem from a future star! 

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Paupiette Scorbut.

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Jack Thomas Newton.

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Eva Huber.

The opening party takes place on Wednesday 24th September at Atomica Gallery from 6-9pm, with complimentary drinks from Sailor Jerry Rum and The Brooklyn Brewery. Everyone is welcome, just or join the Facebook event here.

Opening times: Mon – Friday 12-6pm, Saturday 12-5pm, Sunday 12-4pm 

Amelia’s Magazine | OPEN – An Exhibition of Art on Etsy

Category: Art

OPEN flyer Etsy show
Celebrating London Art Month, online marketplace presents OPEN: An exhibition of Art on Etsy. OPEN features exceptional contemporary work by 15 UK artists, specially selected to showcase the diverse range of artistic styles, practices and subjects found on From painting to fine art ceramics to printmaking, celebrate all things 'art' in the broadest sense of the word! Here are a few sneak previews of exhibition artists, including a few friends of Amelia's Magazine.

Kethi Copeland Balloons Etsy show
Kethi Copeland, Balloons.

Kristi Cumming lives and works on the remote island of Shetland. Kristi's work aims to convey the emotions of fleeting memories; trips to the beach; trooping down through the dunes in battered trainers filling with sand. The abstract beauty of the piece encourages you to read your own memories. (Kristi's piece Path to the Beach is on the flyer)

Dawn by Midori Takaki Etsy show
Dawn by Midori Takaki.

Lucy Pass 'Rare Bird III' Etsy show
Lucy Pass left college in 2005, since when has been practicing as an artist and designer in Lancaster. The intention of Lucy’s work is to produce intimate portraits which give an opportunity to take a curious gaze into the face of a stranger. The stillness of the images and absence of any background objects is intended to enhance the viewing experience, cutting out extraneous information and allowing the viewer to see beyond the immediate appearance of the subject.

Lou Taylor swimmers print
Lou Taylor is based in Brighton, where she makes acrylic jewellery and intricate artworks inspired by a love of Art Deco, lidos and vintage quilts.

Ness Donnelly weave Etsy show
Ness Donnelly is based in Manchester and studied at Manchester Metropolitan University. She is interested in line, repetition, time, space and the process of making. The use of repetition is as much about the physical act of making as the appearance of the work. Lines of thread are overlaid almost resembling weaving, allowing the colours to interact with each other and produce new ones.

Maya Mladenovic You are my rock Etsy show
Maya Mladenovic, You are my rock.

Duck Ceramics
Alice Duck Green Vessel Etsy show
Duck Ceramics is run by Alice Duck, a self taught potter with a whimsical style inspired by traditional ceramic ware with a modern twist. She makes one of a kind crockery in stoneware and porcelain.

Becci Maryanne Habitat Etsy show
Becci Maryanne, Habitat.

William White Beach Huts Etsy show
William White, Beach Huts.

All exhibiting artworks can be found here. Information regarding the event and further artist profiles can be found here.

Opening Times: Friday 17 October: 10am – 8pm, Saturday 18 October: 11am – 6pm, Sunday 19 October: 11am – 3pm

Amelia’s Magazine | Emberfest 2014 in Devon

Category: Earth

Emberfest flyer
Relax in comfort at Embercombe, which is a community set in a beautiful valley in the heart of Devon, with views over the Dartmoor National Park. Find out more about the location of Emberfest here. At this small family centred festival you will learn how to pickle, preserve, forage and ferment, bread bake and make fruit wine! Visitors will stay in cosy yurts, eat delicious food fresh from the garden, opt in to a range of food related workshops and enjoy all the wild resources that Embercombe has to offer, including lake swimming, woodland walks and a fabulous children's play area. Find out more details and book your place here.

Emberfest stone circle
Emberfest sunset

Amelia’s Magazine | Fashion Illustration Gallery Summer Show 2014

Category: Art

Richard Bernstein Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder by Richard Bernstein for Interview, June 1986. Photo (Albert Watson), pastel, pencil, airbrush and collage on foam board.

As part of the FIG Summer Show the Fashion Illustration Gallery presents a collection of works created by artist illustrator Richard Bernstein (1939 – 2002) for the cover of Andy Warhol's infamous Interview magazine.

Richard Bernstein Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin by Richard Bernstein for Interview, December 1986. Photo (Albert Watson), charcoal, pastel, pencil, airbrush and collage on foam board.

Bernstein made the up-and-coming celebrities of the 70s and 80s such as Sylvester Stallone, Mick Jagger, Diane Lane, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Susan Sarandon et al, look sleek, sexy, glamorous and forever young. The covers were designed in such a way that people would think that Andy Warhol had made them because Andy’s signature was printed above the masthead. Interview became iconic and Warhol would autograph the covers of fans’ copies, never disabusing them of the notion he had done the covers himself but Richard never signed a cover and Andy never made one himself.

It is estimated that Bernstein made 120 actual portrait painting covers for Interview (starting 1972) and very few are outside the control of the estate. The group at FIG are brilliant examples including portraits of Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger and Stevie Wonder.

Opening times: 11am – 6pm. (Closed Sunday 10th & 17th)

Richard Bernstein Mick Jagger
Mick Jagger by Richard Bernstein for Interview, February 1985. Photo (Albert Watson), pastel, pencil, airbrush and collage on foam board.

Richard Bernstein Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton by Richard Bernstein for Interview, January 1987. Photo (Herb Ritts), pastel, pencil, airbrush and collage on foam board.