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Open Studio trail

Great to be included in this review of Coastal Currents by Chris Daley who has recently washed up in St Leonards.

Check out his cool blog Soap and Rocket here

Around the corner, is Pip Carpenter in Stanhope Place – with a full monty printing press in her living room. After a quick & instructive tutorial on acid etch Dry Point hand coloured printing, a catch up on Ulster politics and a peek at some of her Fauveseque palette work I headed to Alexandra Leadbeater’s huge studio – where  the enamel jug series paintings particularly stood out. Across the way I found Julie from Cribb & Hammer – Restoration and Bespoke Carpentry and Joinery, working away restoring a fine but tired table to former glory. Next door, is tree surgeon & Timber Sculptor Joc Hare’s workshop – full of trees, machines & a beast of an oil drum wood burner stove & oven.

Soap and Rocket is a photo ‘zine project, dedicated to analog based Fine Art photography – either still or moving image.

The idea is to publish limited edition, high quality Soap and Rocket photo’zines – of different artists’ work, backed up with a  website featuring an archive of published ‘zines and a gallery shop – to buy the ‘zines, or picture prints.

The website is in its beta version, launched in June 2016, and still ironing out [lots of] creases. Critique welcomed – please use the contact form. The target publication date for the first Soap and Rocket ‘zine publication  is August ’16. The ‘zine is planned as A5 sized, printed in runs of 300 copies in monochrome and colour. Its envisaged format is to present 12 / 16 images and a short piece of writing from one artist per episode.
Portfolio & written contributions are welcome, please get in touch via the Contact page.

Coastal Currents Open Studios

There are lots of studios to visit as part of the annual Coastal Currents Festival (10 artists in just the few streets around mine!)

It coincides with the 950th anniversary of 1066 so an amazing number of events happening in the next two months. Come and visit…

My studio The Muse will be open both weekends Sat and Sun from 11am to 5pm

Download the brochure here  or pick one up on the trail

open studios poster 2016

Open Studios Mercatoria

Sea by the yard, Open Studio

Coastal Currents

I am opening my studio both weekends and the week in between for you to see the sea and have invited artists including Felicity Flutter, Joanne Weaver, Linda Davidson and Liz Hankins to be part of the crew.

There will be a chance to paint your own seascape and sign up for new classes starting in the Autumn.

Art for sale as well as cards, prints and jewellery

The Muse will be open 4 – 13th Sept 11am – 5pm

Coastal Currents Alex Leadbeater Sea by the yard

The stage is set…

My Wave painting is taking central stage in a masterful suspense thriller set in a luxury apartment by the Sussex coast. A play within a play with head-spinning twists and turns to the very last shocking moment. It’s also quite funny…!

Murder by Misadventure, By Edward Taylor
Friday 29 May to Saturday 6 June at 7.30pm


A Stables Theatre production directed by Carol Hunt

Book online or call the box office on 01424 423221

Murder by Misadventure stage set Photo Peter Mould @artypharty

Murder by Misadventure stage set Photo Peter Mould @artypharty

Glasshouse in the Garage Exhibition

I have a piece of work called ‘Through the Glass’ in this exhibition by SoCo artists, fantastic variety of experimental work made in response to the restoration of the glasshouse in Alexandra Park, Hastings

soco glasshouse pv

Garage behind the Horse & Groom

Garage behind the Horse & Groom

Series of 9 images

Alexandra Leadbeater ‘Through the Glass’

glasshouse in the garage 1

Waves nearly reaching the shore…

Wave paintings nearly finished and sounds like the beach is calling….


The beach gets set to return to thecentre:mk

A wet and windy British summer has arrived but who says we can’t still play on the beach and build sandcastles?

Beat the elements when the fully indoor beach arrives back in Middleton Hall at thecentre:mk from July 21 to September 2, with 160 tonnes of sand and a full schedule of activities planned for the whole family to enjoy.

This year thecentre:mk will host an exhibition on the History of Aquatics flown in from the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Florida, USA – the exhibition will delight and enthral with Olympic medals, costumes, and historic memorabilia.

Beach dwellers will be able to enjoy the beach and watch the Olympic Games on a 3.2m x 2.6m screen, and alongside the much-loved crazy golf, in keeping with summer’s sporty theme, the MK Dons Sport and Education Trust will visit the beach every Tuesday and Thursday from 4-6pm to encourage children to partake in sporting activities.

Mum and dad can relax in the deck chairs and enjoy refreshments from Costa Coffee’s beach cafe, while children can be entertained with games and crafts provided by Milton Keynes Play Association. A full Costa menu will be on sale, with iced lattes, fresh paninis and a full range of delicious snacks available throughout the day. Other retailers will also be along the beach front, with seaside-themed treasures.

Traditional Punch and Judy shows bring some humour to the sand and entertain the crowds most Wednesdays, or visit the exhibition of local artist Alexandra Leadbeater and her striking aqua-themed collection of artwork named Wave. There will also be a fun competition quiz for children with a special prize for the winner.

Melanie Beck, head of marketing and communication at thecentre:mk, said: “The beach at thecentre:mk is set to be another fun filled event this year with interactive games for the children, local artist Alexandra Leadbeater and the Olympic Games being shown on our huge screen being just some of our key features. We hope that everyone will enjoy the free activities and families can take advantage of the entertainment organised in our central shopping location.

“We welcome the local charity MK Dons Sport and Education Trust and look forward to thecentre:mk visitors getting into the sporty spirit of Summer 2012. Don’t forget your bucket and spade!”