they were selected by the judges, wendy elia, david cobley and anthony connolly after a long day of deliberation on the assembled works of the 24 finalists.
during the go figure exhibit curator, deanne tremlett, brought together the finalists, over two days, for discussion and cream tea.
these discussions resulted in the theme for this show. little knowing how sadly portentous their discussions were, the participants explored, amongst other topics, Artists’ use of the seductive formal qualities of art to better engage the audience when communicating difficult subjects; finding beauty in even the most dreadful things. much of the work in the show, opening in the milking parlour gallery tomorrow, has been created during the recent national lockdown, whilst also developing themes already observable in the artists’ work.
The exhibit will open with a socially distanced, facilitated ‘in conversation with’ reception, hosted by andrew stooke, and available online post event. tickets for this free event are available though eventbrite here.
Facilitated by Andrew Stooke this will be a COVID aware event, held outside in the venue’s open Dutch Barn, consisting of a conversation with all three participating artists: Sue Baker, Sasha Constable and Matthew Hayward. Supervised access to the exhibit will be possible both before and after the talk.
Booking is essential as numbers are, understandably, limited. These can be reserved here. Refreshments available, please bring a face mask.
Tickets are £5 and available from the As The Crow Flies Gallery/shop or by calling us on 01963 363456…. Spaces are necessarily limited and so booking in advance is advised…. bring your own popcorn, cushion and blankie…..
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Two events for your diaries! Both very special affairs… but entirely different. Guggborne on the 19th of September, an evening of music and opera (£10), and then Tom Clements, singer songwriter, on the 25th, treating us to a selection of classic covers and original compositions (£8). For more details of both visit our main page Events or our website: www.guggletonfarmarts.com tickets for both are available via
An Opening Reception will be held this Friday between 6 and 8 pm, in the Dutch Barns [outside but under cover], when Millie Gleeson will be available to chat with about her work in a socially distanced manner. Access to the show will be available in groups, with refreshments available.
The First Prize winner of our 2019 Summer Open GO FIGURE; Millie now takes up that prize with a major solo show documenting the evolution of her practice until now, including works produced during two South American residencies.
Based in Somerset, her works are vibrant and dominated by a strong female form. Some of my paintings are from photos of herself, whilst others she makes up to act out different characters and emotions. This includes creating costumes, make up and settings; a practice for which her previous fashion school training comes in extremely useful. She says:
“I like to keep a theatrical element throughout my work by making images with a strong presence. At the moment I paint with acrylic, spray paint, button polish and anything else I can get my hands on, as I will continue to explore different materials and methods.”
Millie always paints outdoors, allowing a freedom of movement that would be constrained by the enclosed space of a studio.
Hester Berry, Day Bowman, Rita Brown and Sam Travers have been selected for the show as their particular take on the landscapes around them offers a unique and fresh perspective on the genre.
Accomplished brush-workers all; their use of paint, mixed media and surface is to be beheld. Two dimensional images of their works do them no justice, so please do pop along to the gallery where you can be assured of a safe and suitable place to view this stunning work.
There is a wide price range of work available and sizes suitable to grace all manner of homes and spaces.
The artists themselves will be in conversation at a socially distanced event on the Friday 31st of July at 6pm when refreshments will be served. The event is ticketed [but free] and these can be reserved here.
Wendy Elia RWA – In the Milking Parlour Gallery 1-11 July , Tues-Sat, 11-3
For the first time outside of London, this exhibition brings together key works in Elia’s catalogue that give a sense of the personal and professional journey the artist has undertaken. Key works such as ‘Maxime Spinning’ and ‘The Visit’ series will be on show. Curated by Deanne Tremlett, who has worked with Elia three times before, and in a new and exciting space for Dorset this show promises to both stun and stymie. coincide with her Guggleton Exhibition – ‘WENDY ELIA – Significant Works to date’ [in the Milking Parlour Gallery 1st – 11th], Wendy will be teaching a Masterclass in oils, mixing and portraiture.
On the 11th of July you are invited to join Wendy between 10.30 and 4.30 for a full days’ class and light lunch. Places cost £80 and are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. You can secure yours by calling the gallery on 01963 363456.
All go @thegugg this week! We are, in line with guidance from the #ukmensshedsassociation #ukmenssheds OPENING THE REPAIR SHOP SHED for business this Saturday at 2pm! We will have to postpone the tea party until July but in the meantime we need people with time and tools! The shed team will be on site between 2 and 4 on Saturday (13th) to answer questions and help those who wish to become involved. PLEASE POP DOWN. We will ensure that current safeguarding measures are observed. All donations of tools, shelves etc gratefully received…..thank you to Stalbridge Builders and The Vintage Tool Shop for their generous support!
This week in #thecraftycupboard @thegugg we need your help! The GuggBugHotel is open for business but the rooms are looking a bit sparse…They need decorating and naming. If you are out on a walk then please pick up a room kit from the box on top of the cupboard.
Always wash your hands.
For a great list of ideas of how to furnish your room then look here:
This week in #thecraftycupboard @thegugg we are making a doorway theatre for the puppets we made last week…You are going to need a large, or two medium sized, cardboard boxes and a kit from the cupboard. There are still a few puppet making kits available too if you wish to swell your cast…but if you don’t want to make any just use Barbie and Ken….teddy and panda or draw a face on a wooden spoon or two!