TIME IS MONEY!

So today I walked into the office and it was a full house! And it was just as well because today was another one of those big meeting days. It was George, Jilke, Sophie, Longlong, Rashmi and Mario’s turn to perch around the a3 flipchart armed with ideas about the monetary aspect of the project but also to properly introduce Rashmi and Mario to the different stages of the artFix project, as the newest members of the team.

Across the 3-hours they discussed ideas about costs and revenues, as well as additional plans for funding towards the pop-up store, which is now due to open in June.

Otherwise, sunny Soho Square saw myself, Jilke and Sophie through our break, again, and reminded us that summer is on its way when we might even be able to take the office outside.

'Story Space' by Adrian Scicluna
‘Story Space’ by Adrian Scicluna

THE MAIN EVENT!

So today was a quiet day at the office. In addition to working on our individual tasks in preparation for the April store, we were flicking through arts pages on the Internet, on the hunt for a great way to spend an afternoon. It’s newly become a part of the artFix tradition that the team spends a day each week dedicated to exploring and experiencing events happening in London. It’s a great way for us to become more familiar with the city and what it has to offer but also take time out to immerse ourselves into the work of other individuals and organisations. So far, as you know, we have been to the Superbolt Theatre and art14, to name a few, and we’d love any suggestions of great events that you have been to in the past or know about happening in the near future. London is such a huge place with so much happening that it would be brilliant to have you guys there to show us around a bit! Have a great evening.

BRIGHT FUTURE!

So today the office was packed with the team, all busy working away at their laptops and discussing keys issues which branched from previous meetings but also continued on to explore new topics. Discussion centred on the space for the April store itself and our collective visions for how we want it to appear. We’re all really excited to move forward and on to the next stage!

Skadi and George discuss
Skadi and George discuss

Later into the afternoon we welcomed Skadi, a friend of artFix, to the office. She also contributed her ideas toward the vision of artFix, although from a slightly different angle. Meeting with George, they spent a while exploring ways in which the ‘artFix experience’ could be extended to reach those who do not have such easy access to the high street, for example the elderly or disabled. This is important for us because artFix is a concept which has been developed with all sectors of the public in mind. We want to ensure that the arts are available to absolutely everyone so that everyone can benefit from the experience of engaging with its different forms.

Lunching in Soho Square
Lunching in Soho Square

I think it was only fair that after all that hard work we got a chance to absorb the beautiful British weather – wasn’t it such a softly sunny day? So myself, Jilke and Sophie took a stroll down to Soho Square where we joined similar trios of office workers out on their break, watched a little kid chasing away the pigeons and spent a pleasant hour in conversation.

STEP TO IT!

Spring is finally here everyone! And what better way to welcome the pleasant breeze than by opening the windows and taking a deep breath in. Yes the skies were cloudy but our minds were crystal clear, which is just as well, because today was a big day for the team to discuss the development of our project.

Myself (left), Jilke, Ionna and Sophie in discussion
Myself (left), Jilke, Ionna and Sophie in discussion

We have learned a lot from the ‘artFix Experience’ event and are making sure to implement all the changes necessary to provide you with an improved experience of art in the April pop-up store. So it’s all about affordability, accessibility and quality, the latter of which will even extend to the coffee we serve (of course). 4 hours later, George myself, Jilke, Ioanna and Sophie emerged from the meeting room wondering where the sunlight had gone but happy that we have definitely made several strides forward in the right direction. Hopefully you will also follow in our footsteps to meet us in April!

SHORT & SWEET III!

So today the office has been busy as the team have been busy working on their responsibilities to the April store. This currently involves liaising with a variety of organisations and writing a lot of e-mails. So fingertips have been pattering at the keyboards like light rain pretty much all day.

This morning we welcomed the bright sunshine with a team meeting – our first one since the event on Friday. So this was a great opportunity to throw around a few ideas with things that we could add to the mix and improve to make the overall experience better. The Starbucks break in between was a brilliant interval and really boosted our energy to match that of the lovely weather. Look forward to some great caffeine-enriched additions to our next store!

Have a lovely evening.

“I Shut my Eyes in Order to See” – Paul Gauguin

So, hope you guys all enjoyed the sunshine that graced us with its presence today. Apparently we are due for some good weather in the next couple of days so prepare to keep those coats at home! Hopefully…

However, some good news, which is more reliable than the British weather, is that we are having our first event, the ‘artFix Experience’ on Friday!!

Today’s selection of artists, who are due to showcase their work at the event, express themselves through a variety of artistic forms. All are visual artists.

Johannes Sailer – Johannes is an Italo-Austrian artist who lives and works in Edinburgh. He has a degree in sculpture, an MA in fine art and also in Engineering. He was recently described by The Scotsman as “a shining new addition to the Scottish art scene”. He is an award-winning sculptor and a master craftsmen in metal fabrications. Aside from creating his unique brand of engineered art, Johannes runs Austria based architectural practice Arch Sailer and works in collaboration with Konishi-Gaffney architects. He has shown work at the Royal Scottish Academy, Brave, Talbot Rice Gallery, Heartwood, ADBK Galerie and Sierra Metro. https://twitter.com/ELX_art

Installation by Johannes Sailer
Installation by Johannes Sailer

Ella Prakash– Ella’s professional art career started in the early 1982s. She has worked in various medium. Her acrylic paintings present the world as if seen through a prism, with bold colours parcelled out into geometric forms that offer fleeting. Her work as a painter takes her to the figure as it moves in space. The gesture is important to her and taking out the details and trying to capture the rhythm. The lines are what she tries to achieve as she draws and feels what the pose is about. www.ellagallery.com

'Poetry acrylic on canvas' by Ella Prakash
‘Poetry acrylic on canvas’ by Ella Prakash

Jamie H. Scrutton – Jamie creates short films. His film, “His Haunted Laughter”-screened at “Making Tracks”, Whirlygig Cinema in London and “Gilmmer Film Festival 2011” in Hull and was also shortlisted for “The Yorkshire Award.” He is currently filming a new short film called “A Midnight Momentum.” https://www.facebook.com/jamieh.scrutton

Jennifer Morrison – Jennifer’s work deals predominantly with colour and shape. She uses these elements to explore juxtaposition, repetition, movement and rhythm. Whether it is a plant or clouds or smudges on a wall, these can all serve as inspiration for her and act as a starting point for a painting. She has always loved the stuff of paint, whether it be oils, watercolours or enamels, and loves working with their different qualities. Although she has lived in London for two decades, the colours of South Africa have never left her and remain a central influence in her work. www.jennifermorrison.co.uk

'Emergence' by Jennifer Morrison
‘Emergence’ by Jennifer Morrison

Jesus Vidal Cortes – For Jesus, his painting below, “represents the woman some time in a past, a present … in the future? It was the enslaved woman, the housewife, the woman had no right to speak, to think, to decide anything in the house that she raised. She could not even choose the name of any of her seven children, children for whom she sacrificed her entire life. Children she never opted or not to have.”

Work by Jesus Vidal Cortes
Work by Jesus Vidal Cortes

Jill Meager – For Jill, the open gaze of animals and children reflects the vitality, innocence and integrity of an instinctive way of being. As an artist I think about how I can capture that spirit in my work and reflect the intense attachment to being alive. My latest series is images of birds in charcoal 85x60cms. I am concerned with the vulnerability of birds and how they reflect the precarious balance of nature in the hands of heedless human activity. www.jillmeager.com

'Happy Cow' by
‘Happy Cow’ by Jill Meager

Lookout for information about more artists tomorrow – meanwhile make sure to let all your family and friends know about the best way to spend the evening this Friday. It’s the least you can do after they have worked so hard during the week.

STUNNING PERFORMANCE!

Yesterday I told you about some fantastic visual artists who are taking part on Friday so today I am going to tell you about 4 performance artists who will be showcasing a variety of different performances throughout the night. I can guarantee that they will keep you talking long after the event has passed.

Anne-Sophie Cochevelou – A performance/ design artist whose work is both visual and performance (see yesterday’s entry for her complete biography)

Jordan Birch – As a stand-up comedian, Jordan has performed in literally some locations, entertaining crowds of up to 40. At 26 years old, his withered cynicism and misplaced anger make him a refreshing change from enjoying yourself. Imagine Russell Brand having a baby with Stephen Fry. That’s not the kind of comedian Jordan Birch is, but wouldn’t that make a great sitcom? http://www.jordanbirch.com/

Jordan Birch
Jordan Birch

Nate Maingard – Nate is into lyrics, sustainability, romance, photography, music, travelling, community, local and organic produce, hugs, writing, poetry, reading, listening, surfing. His songs are about the deeper journeys we all experience as humans trying to make sense of this life we have been given, this minuscule drop in the ocean which still feels so incredibly precious to us. He has been playing guitar, writing songs and appearing on stage since 1998 and has been playing as a professional musician since the beginning of 2011. http://natemaingard.com/

Nate Maingard
Nate Maingard

Shanara Ali – Shanara is a storywriter. The idea behind The Story of Alex came to her on a trip to Aberdeen in August ’13. Visiting the old city or town in her opinion was always a welcome relief from real life as everyone who has lived there or still lives there knows about the bubble, the bubble that protects you from the real world where everything is rather scary. Every Alex she has met has been ridiculously good looking but definitely aware of that. Her Alex is the opposite. Having grown up hideously ugly he has no social skills but his heart is perfect. Although God does eventually bless him with good looks, its his years of solitude through no fault of his own that define who he is. She thinks he might just be her favourite…..

EAT YOUR ART OUT!

So, from today until the event on Friday the team has decided that it would be a great idea to introduce you to the artists we have participating in the ‘artFix Experience.’ I know that I have been excitedly updating you with the daily progress that has been happening in the office. I guess it’s our first event so everyone is rushing around and hyperventilating as a result of trying to make sure that it is the best that it can be. But now I’m going to stop…and give you a small insight into the talented people we have on board. I already provided you with some information about the fantastic artists we have taking part from Debut Contemporary; now I want to tell you about 6 more visual artists whose work is really exceptional:

Adrian Scicluna – In his paintings, Adrian places images from different sources onto the same picture plane to piece together a new form of landscape. He plays with notions of absence and presence, being and place, a kind of vacant reality yet very physical attachment and possibility. The canvases touch upon human desires and needs. www.adrianscicluna.com

'A to B' by Adrian Scicluna
‘A to B’ by Adrian Scicluna

Amanda Tomasoa – Amanda has gone through enough in life to know how it feels to be repressed and the euphoria of being set free. Among her professional artist tools, Amanda enjoys using a humble piece of plastic scraper to add that extra dimension of paint to her art pieces. Bold in colours, rough and rugged in shapes, deliberately done to look like life, she embedded stories to them… hidden figures of people living in the city, road signs depicting the speed limit, detours, frustrations, confusion, the respite and the beauty despite what life throws at us. amandatomasoa@gmail.com

'Love in Roma' by Amanda Tomasoa
‘Love in Roma’ by Amanda Tomasoa

Andrew Lambeth – Andrew lives at the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds, in England and says that there is an atmosphere, and a light you just don’t find anywhere else. He tries to re-create this in his work, as he feels the wolds lends itself wonderfully to his impressionist style of painting. http://www.saatchiart.com/Andrew.Lambeth

'Water, Light, Life' by Andrew Lambeth
‘Water, Light, Life’ by Andrew Lambeth

Anne-Sophie Cochevelou – Specialises in performance and design art. In a cabaret style, including movements, dance mime and 4 songs from French and English old music halls, she explores the concept of relationship through the angle of queer performance.

Work by Anne-Sophie Cochevelou

Damian Wojcik – Damian specialises in photography and collage. Through his art he invites us into surreal world; a world of beauty but also the dark side of emotions and a society dominated by materialism, consumerism and sexuality. www.damianwojcik.com

Disaster-Print-LEof8-2012-Size70-50cm-£560-DamianWojcik (1)
‘Disaster’ by Damien Wojcik

Elizabeth Williams – Elizabeth is a representational painter in oils and acrylics on linen, board and canvas. Her work includes seascapes, landscapes and Still Life in a wide spectrum of colours. Elizabeth paints in wide range of genres (not to be stereotyped) and has sold her work on commissions, to private collectors and to individual clients. www.elizabeth-williams.net

‘Corn and Poppies’ by Elizabeth Williams

I hope this has whet your appetite for everything art – especially our event! Add a cup of coffee and cupcake or two to the evening and you can imagine why interest has been so great. So make space in your diary and enjoy a Friday evening well-spent on 28th February.

Look forward to reading about more artists tomorrow and meanwhile, if you have a spare minute, have a read of what 3D Artist Magazine had to say about us via Facebook.

APPROACHING OUR DEBUT!

What a beautiful day! I had to say it just because the opportunity to do so is always so rare. I hope you guys all got a chance to get out and feel the sun for a few seconds.

So yesterday Longlong went to a workshop near Angel called ‘Start-Up Loans Introduction.’ This largely involved sitting around a large table with other representatives from start-up companies and sharing questions and answers about applying for loans. Stuart, a business advisor from Start-Up Direct was one of the main speakers at the event and it was fascinating to listen to him talking about the importance of start-ups in society.

Today was also the final day we are accepting payments for participation in the ‘artFix Experience.’ So, as you can imagine, the majority of the morning was spent on processing these and adding the names to our lists.

Several of our artists have come from Debut Contemporary, an art industry incubator and professional development business as well as an art gallery in Notting Hill founded by Samir Ceric. Samir is a good friend of the artFix London and has supported our project from the beginning. And the work by artists who feature in the gallery is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. The use of colour, shape and form in each of the pieces is really inspirational – exactly the kind of work that artFix is looking for.

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Artists who are due to feature in the ‘artFix Experience’ are:

Carne Griffiths

Marina Ard

Tony Raymonzrek

Eleanor Cunningham

Roberto Grosso

Susana Lopez Fernandez

Jennifer Morrison

Ewelina Kolaczek

For more information about these artists and their work please visit http://www.debutcontemporary.com/artists/

Next week be sure to look out for our artFix sweets, flyers and maybe even a surprise performance or two on Oxford Street as the final week before our first event kicks off. Your support so far has been really great. The number of positive e-mails and phone calls we have had about how much people support and appreciate our concept and wish us luck for the future has been overwhelming and given us great confidence in our work.

So don’t stop now! Make sure you come and see the results of all of this hard work on Friday 28th February between 6-8pm. If you can’t stay long it is a great opportunity to experience a 15-minute live performance by talented performers and view a variety of visual artwork – because that’s the point of artFix: to make art more accessible and affordable for the public.

TIMING IS EVERYTHING!

Good evening fellow art-lovers!  So today Joseph was telephoning potential sponsorship companies so the phone was constantly in use and constantly ringing. Meanwhile Sophie, Jilke and I spent a lot of time dealing with artist enquiries and sending e-mails. Longlong, however, left the office early today to go to a workshop event nearby – there will be more about that tomorrow.

A lot of our time has been steered towards the event next week of course – Sophie designed a timetable which divides all our responsibilities so that we can work quickly and know exactly what everyone else is doing – because it will definitely get very busy next week.

We’re all really enjoying the work of all the artists who have applied to participate in the evening – your work is really fantastic Remember that tomorrow is the last day for payment!