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Summer Exhibition Round Up

Well we’re still reeling a little from this year’s Summer Exhibition, but what a successful ten days it was.

Firstly I would like to thank, on behalf of Nigel and myself, all of you who came to see the exhibition, those of you who purchased work or booked an event, all the artists who allowed great work to be included and everyone who used the Vault Tea Room, but especially our team of lovely ladies who ran the tea room and even made superb cakes.

With over thirty pieces of work sold and all the positive feedback about the exhibition, it confirms to me that there is a strong demand for art and creativity in Harwich and encourages us to make it even bigger and better next year. So thanks again for all your positive vibes.

Public Art – Meet Esturiana
As I’m sure you all know by now, probably the highlight of this Year’s Harwich Festival was Anne Schwegmann-Fielding’s mosaic boat. For those of you who haven’t been able to see it for real, the little montage at the top of the page gives you a taster.
After the success of last year’s Beached Willow, willow woven whale sculpture, we wanted to see a piece of permanent art for Harwich. We came upon the idea of adorning a boat with mosaic and obviously there was only one person to get on board with the project – pun intended. With Anne engaged and Arts Council funding secured by Festival Director Peter Davis (massive thanks) we knew the project was going to produce something spectacular. Named ‘Esturiana’ goddess of the waters, creativity and the arts, Anne’s finished piece can still be seen at the front of Old Bank Studios, until a permanent site within Old Harwich is decided upon.

Blowing our own trumpets
Below is another photo montage, this time of works sold by Nigel and myself. Unfortunately, I only have images of some of my six pieces sold as I didn’t take photos before they were framed and put behind glass! Schoolgirl error – doh!

On one day during the exhibition Nigel was allowed some time off, as fifteen members of the prestigiousWapping Group of Artists came to paint in Harwich and he was invited along as a guest by group president Roger Dellar. Very pleased he was too and this is the painting he completed at Harwich and Dovercourt sailing club boat yard.

So that’s that for another year…….

or is it? There have been noises made about a possible Old Bank Studios Winter Exhibition – watch this space!

What’s Coming Up

So now that all the excitement has passed we must turn our attentions to business as usual. So what is coming up? …… even more excitement that’s what. We have some great textile workshops in July/August that you can still sign up for:

Bev Caleno
Hot Book Covers
Sunday 22nd JulyProduce a unique book cover, using my hand painted fabric with a combination of soldering iron and stitch to create stunning 3D surface effects

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Bev Caleno
Flower Wreath and
Butterfly or Fairy
Sat. 4th & Sun. 5th AugustOrganza, Bondaweb, Lutradur and inks, combined with water soluable fabric, heat treatments, soldering tools and lots of machine embroidery.

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Amanda Walker
One Day Dressmaking
workshop
Friday 10th AugustDesigned to get you started in dressmaking, you will complete a garment in the day; how complicated it is will depend on your level of experience, but it is open to absolute beginners.

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Bev Caleno
Tuffett Making Workshop
Sat. 11th & Sun. 12th August
A fantastic weekend which sees you completing a charming footstool in your own choice of fabric.more details

What about Art and Craft?

Unfortunately the art programme generally takes a bit of a pause through August and all the places are taken on what remains of July, This year however, we have squeezed in the fantastically dynamic and hugely talented pastel artist Tony Allain right at the end of August – see below.
As for things more crafty, they are also taking a break through August, but this does give me a chance to mention Private Events.
We have done quite a few of these now and our next one is a Needle Felting day for a group of professional pet groomers and friends.
If you would like to organise your own art, craft or textile event for colleagues, friends or family please contact us to discuss what we can offer.

Tony Allain Chasing the Light – pastel workshop
Thursday 30th Augustmore details

Thanks again

for all your support during our summer exhibition and for reading our newsletter. Rest assured we will keep you up to date with everything happening at the Old Bank and of course Banksy – he hasn’t really been sold.

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