Open Studios West Berkshire and North Hampshire was postponed from May to September. It has emerged from hiatus with a spiffy new website and smart new branding. There may be a few creases to iron out (mostly in print), but it’s looking good!
You can find my page here: https://www.open-studios.org.uk/entry/2021/amanda-bates
I’m contributing work to two exhibitions that are part of the Open Studios. There’s the flagship exhibition, INSIGHT, held at The Base, Greenham. Over 100 artists are represented here. It’s a very sophisticated venue, but the exhibition is free – just book a ticket to help avoid overcrowding.
And in Basingstoke, eleven artists are represented at Proteus. This is a simpler affair, with no charge and no need to book, but the standard of work is still very high.
I will be at Newbury Contemporary Art Fair (30 July to 1 August 2021, rescheduled from May), where I have stand 26, which is a little larger than the stand I had at Surrey last March.
I’m really looking forward to it, from setting my stand up (it will be mainly black and white with the occasional burst of colour) to meeting interested visitors. It looks like I will have interesting stand neighbours, too – it’s always nice to meet the other artists.
I’m really rather thrilled to announce that the three works I submitted to the Society of Graphic Fine Art‘s 99th Annual Open Exhibition at Mall Galleries, London were all accepted. The exhibition is scheduled for 6 to 11 July 2021, 10 – 5pm (closing 1pm on the last day), and can be viewed online for an extended period (my work has been classified as Botanical).
The works are: Firmament, Standing Vigil and Greensand. I’m a bit behind on posting work at the moment, with only Firmament having its own post, so I have included summaries of the reasons behind each title here:
The Discerning Eye annual exhibition is a show of small works independently selected by six prominent figures from different areas of the art world: two artists, two collectors and two critics. The selectors choose both publicly submitted works and works by personally invited artists. Each selector’s section is hung separately to give each its own distinctive identity. The impression emerges of six small exhibitions within the whole.
A virtual gallery will open on 19 November and run until 31 December 2020 showcasing the artists’ shortlisted works with commentary and introductions by the selectors.From the Discerning Eye Exhibition page
I am utterly thrilled by this, and I’m looking forward to seeing who selected my submitted work and what they have to say about it.