The First Day at the Gallery
Yesterday was my first day on duty at the Cultivate Evolved gallery. It was a rather quiet day and pretty chilly but it was good to be in the space. Cultivate Evolved is a completely artist run space. There are eight permanent artists in residence there at the moment, myself included, and we have two guest spots available for artists that we feel are strong in their practice and unique in their vision and art.
I took a panorama of the space yesterday whilst I was watching the Cultivate Evolved gallery space (it's not the greatest picture, unfortunately, not that impressed with my so called top of the range phone!)
Artists from left to right: Genevieve H B, guest artist Julie Caves, Emma Harvey, Sean Worrall (in the corner), Julia Maddison, Jessica Ballantyne (me), Gareth Morgan, Katrine Storebo, Chris Paul Godber and right on the right a mix !
The Cultivate Evolved gallery is not merely a gallery for showing work, it is a space for each artist in residence who is watching the space at any given time to carry out their own work and engage with the public on a deeper level than just 'gallery host'. How we do that is up to us but I think there's going to be some exciting stuff happening this year!
You really have to see the art in person to truly appreciate it! Since I was there the whole day, it really gave me time to look at all the work closely and really start to connect with it! I decided it's my aim to own a piece of art from each of our Cultivate members. I already have something small from Sean Worrall and Julia Maddison (see below). When the money starts to flow more easily to me I will be able to splurge on some bigger pieces ;)
This is what I worked on in my time in the Cultivate Evolved space. It is a sketch for my next Monk painting in the series of "Restless Monks". You can see two of the completed circular paintings at the Cultivate Evolved space at the moment but they wont be there for long as we are regularly changing things up! For info on how to get there and about what we do, or if you are interested in becoming involved visit the blog here for more details.
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