Digswell Arts Trust, based in Hertfordshire, UK are not just a studio provider; they are an incubation platform for emerging artists. An artists first years of attempting to make a living from their art are challenging, and often involve developing a wider set of skills outside of their art practice. In addition, their art practice must also continue to develop.
Digswell Fellows experience a collaborative and supporting environment that offers for a three – five year period, the space to experiment and innovate within a creative community of other Fellows that are developing both their art practice and their wider commercial skills.
Creative Hertfordshire is an online network for creative businesses, individuals and organisations across Hertfordshire. It is a free online resource that allows anyone within the creative business and arts community in Hertfordshire to showcase work, share latest news, events and projects, and network with others. It provides a one-stop-shop for businesses and consumers to find out about who is working creatively in the county, what is happening and where to go. It is designed to encourage interactivity and networking and to help businesses and customers find one another and work together.
This is my studio based in the countryside of Hitchin, Hertfordshire. I am so lucky to share this place with two fabulous artists and just as fabulous human beings, Gill Ayre and Karen Picton. What a gift!
Informal meetings over time have developed into something special for five artists whose work centres around paper. A binding group principle is to ensure high quality visitor experiences, events or exhibitions in response to the space, ethos and values of a host setting. Initially this collaboration led to a highly-rated four-artist group exhibition in February 2015, followed by further exhibitions including guest artists that have been touring galleries throughout 2015. Paper Scissors Stone: Taking Paper Beyond the Page, are title and original theme for their imaginative and thought-provoking body of work based around altered books, interpretations of paper, mixed media, language and much more.
What floats my boat?
My guilty pleasure and so good for the soul, Djembe drumming. Try it yourself…
Delicious interactive fun