It’s a ‘my locked down family’ affair so let’s have asmany families/not families/relations/pets and cohabitants having some creative fun! Please hand decorate your hats and enter by sending a group photo by 6pm on Easter Monday to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The most eggciting photo will win Easter Eggs for all the family thanks to the most eggstroadinary eggenerosity of Dike & Sons, and that’s no yoke!
Sadly this exhibition had to close prematurely. Those who saw it before that, however, described it as one of the best they had seen in the region for some time. Here you can see it in all it’s glory…. WARNING MALE NUDITY. Thank you to Wendy Elia RWA for entrusting her work to the Gugg.
Click on the poster and take a walk with Wendy….
Following advice from Public Health England we have taken the decision to suspend and postpone all of our public facing work at this time. Small sessions, one to ones and individual creative practices will continue on site at the discretion of those involved.
We will be looking at new and easy ways to keep our community creating over the next few weeks so watch this space…..
In the meantime let’s all give each other a wave, through windows, in cars and across our social distancing spaces. A happy greeting can make us smile, exercise our arms and release endorphins! Its safe, germ free, and makes all the difference when you know that someone cares that you are acknowledged and happy. Waving but not drowning. Give us a wave.
This Friday [March 20] the artist, Wendy Elia RWA, will be talking alongside a selection of her significant works to detain the Milking Parlour Gallery between 6-8pm*.
Wendy, who has been shortlisted for the National Portrait Gallery’s Annual award 4 times, has exhibited and taught widely in London and the is her first major show in the South West.
“When Wendy Elia paints a person they don’t look away’ – Laura Bushell
Wendy works in series which explore the social and broader contexts of our times. In her portrait work she confronts our voyeurism and asks questions about the female gaze and painting’s relationship to authenticity and illusion. Elia moves from the personal to the political not only in the range of content and form in the various series, but also within individual paintings: using a range of pictorial symbols and signifiers to extend the meaning/narrative of the works. She trained at St Martins School of Art, London and has exhibited widely being a finalist in a number of national and international competitions [including 4 times at the National Portrait Gallery] as well as The Sovereign European Art Prize, and The Threadneedle Prize. Her work is also held in a number of public permanent art collections across the country.
In 2012 she was commissioned by Sherborne House Arts and B-side (funded by the arts council) to paint a portrait of a local sports person as part of the cultural Olympiad in Weymouth and Portland.
*PLEASE NOTE: This event will take place, in line with current PHE guidelines [Public Health England] unless these change beforehand. Measures will be in place on admittance to mitigate the spread of infection, please attend responsibly.
Dear Guggleton supporter and visitor,
Just to update you on the steps we are taking to help minimise the spread of COVID-19.
We are continuing to follow and monitor official guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England carefully. It is of vital importance for us to be in a position to ensure that any and all procedures are in place to support the health and well-being of everyone.
To help combat the spread of COVID-19, we have been putting precautionary safety measures in place, including:
Educating our team on prevention
Emphasizing frequent and proper hand washing
Cleaning high contact points more frequently
In line with government guidance, we are continuing to operate as usual. We will continue to keep in touch with you and follow official guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England carefully.
The Guggleton Team
To coincide with her Guggleton Exhibition – ‘WENDY ELIA – Significant Works to date’ [in the Milking Parlour Gallery 7-28TH MARCH], Wendy will be teaching a Masterclass in oils, mixing and portraiture.
On the 21st of March 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 either using the contact form below or calling the gallery on 01963 363456.
Wendy works in series which explore the social and broader contexts of our times. In her portrait work she confronts our voyeurism and asks questions about the female gaze and painting’s relationship to authenticity and illusion.
Elia moves from the personal to the political not only in the range of content and form in the various series, but also within individual paintings: using a range of pictorial symbols and signifiers to extend the meaning/narrative of the works.
She trained at St Martins School of Art, London and has exhibited widely being a finalist in a number of national and international competitions which include 4 times at the National Portrait Gallery, as well as The Sovereign European Art Prize, and The Threadneedle Prize. Her work is also held in a number of public permanent art collections across the country.
In 2012 she was commissioned by Sherborne House Arts and B-side (funded by the arts council) to paint a portrait of a local sports person as part of the Cultural Olympiad in Weymouth and Portland. Her work appeared across the town in poster form on walls and bus shelters as part of the Olympiad curated by Deanne Tremlett.
Commissions, and Competitions
2019 Elected as an Academician at the RWA (Royal West of England Academy)
2017 Grant awarded from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation NYC
2015 Arts Council – Commission for Shifting Subjects group show with Sarah Lucas, Miranda Whall & Co
2012 Arts Council – commission for Cultural Olympiad: Sherborne House Arts and B- side maritime mix. Body Extreme- portrait for Weymouth and Portland poster and bus stops display.
2012 – 2013 Arts Council – Grant for ‘Histories in the Age of Confusion’
2011/2010/1982/1983 Finalist and Exhibitor at the National Portrait Gallery London BP portrait award. John Players portrait award.
2010 Exhibition Finalist – Threadneedle Prize London
2010 Lynn Painter – Stainers prize finalist London
2009 Sovereign European Art Prize Finalist and public vote winner
Hello from Guggleton, here’s what we have for you this month and a couple of dates for your diaries in the near future.
In the Milking Parlour, starting with a Private View this Friday [7TH] 6-8pm, we have ‘Alternative Views’ – a collection of paintings and collages from the studios of ZARA McQUEEN and SALLY RIDOUT. Two women with sometimes subtle but always beautiful eyes on the world around us, here, close by. The show continues until the 28TH and is open Tuesday to Saturday 11-3.
In the Craft Gallery ‘As The Crow Flies’ we continue to have a varied selection of paintings, ceramics, jewellery, woodwork, metalwork, glass, fabric and prints from artists and makers living within a ten mile radius. In addition this month we also have some stunning new bowls from Gringlass, new felt work from Sue Burns, Dominoes and a Walnut stool from the workshop of Ian Thomson and a new selection of paintings from Liz McGaw….
Our CERAMICS WORKSHOPS are in full swing [or should that be throw?], on Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 until 1, with the ever entertaining David Burns. £20 a session, OIL PAINTING CLASSES continue on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays with Carolyn Corlett and Alison Underwood’s ART FOR RELAXATION is back on Mondays, call the gallery or click on the course name to book….
Upcoming dates for your diaries:
Finally, our ‘He Said She Shed’ is now up and we are fully paid up members of the UK Association of Men’s Sheds www.menssheds.org.uk
The shed will function as a Repair Shop, Upcycling Centre, Woodwork shop, Project space and giant tea and biscuit tin…..So If you, or anyone you know, would benefit from using this wonderful new community resource then please get in touch; we are looking for a small committee to run the shed and keep the biscuits fresh…..
Thank you to Sally Evans for these wonderful photographs of the finished community drawing. Well done to everyone who contributed, it was soooo sad to take it down, but we hope to do more of it and with it in the future…
….and it’s up! Thanks so much to everyone who came along to lend a hand and/or moral support on Monday last, the Stalbridge Men’s Shed (aka the ‘He Said She Shed…’) is almost ready for action! If you’d like to be a part of the setting up and onward organisation of this great new community space then please get in touch on 01963 363456 or message here…just some quick name checks; Chris, Ian, Ian, Fred, Jon, John, Stewart Ta!
We are now full members of the UK Association of Men’s Sheds www.menssheds.org.uk [opens in new window] now we just need to ‘man’ or indeed ‘woman’ it…. Donations of tools and time are coming thick and fast and so, if you have a project in mind you need help or advice with, if you have a broken item in need of repair, or if you simply fancy a nosey come on down to the GUGG…
At the end of Stalbridge Primary School’s ‘residency’ in the Milking Parlour Gallery and at the face of the giant community drawing, we asked the last class [Year 2] if they felt that the adults, who would now be allowed to add to the drawing as well, would know what to do…..
The answer was, fairly inevitably, a resounding and sadly emphatic ‘no’.
Given that they thought this to be the case the group of 6-7 year olds were then asked if they had any tips or hints to help their adults and other visitors. Of course they did! These are they:
Here are a few snapshots of adults who took their advice and the advisors.
The drawing will be added to until Saturday the 25th when we will have a tea and cake party to celebrate our collaboration [from 1-3pm]. DO come.