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.
Today we’ve had a slight re-shuffle of the office as we welcome two new people to the artFix project! Rashmi, who will be joining the Marketing department, and Mario, who specialises in Project Management, are the latest to succumb to the attraction of the artFix concept and joined us on a full-time basis on Monday.
So work is continuing full steam ahead with the pop-up store little more than a month away from its launch! Exciting times. And there’s still room for a few more of you to get on board the project – make sure you support artFix via social media and by subscribing to our newsletter!
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.
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!
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.
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.
So this afternoon we conducted the second half of the meeting. Topics featured included design and technology, two hugely important categories which need to be thoroughly explored ahead of the April store . (I’m sure you will agree.) Zafeirenia replaced Ioanna to contribute towards the discussion and I can tell you that we definitely had a fair few exciting ideas bouncing around!
Too many options to choose from in fact – but I guess that is what happens when you are working in such a creative team. I’m sure that in the next couple of weeks we will be able to sift and sift again to finalise the cream of the crop and select those ideas that we know you will love!
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!
So today is the final day before the event – get excited!! There were a few technical glitches, as can be expected from the first event of any new company, but we are now ready to kick off the ‘artFix Experience’ tomorrow. So drop in at any time between 6 and 8pm to enjoy the launch of a new, creative venture – I’ll be there waiting at the entrance. Can’t wait to meet you all!
Today’s selection of artists come from a range of different backgrounds and are showcasing art from a range of different styles. Our very own Nadia Mowafy, arts producer at artFix London, is also due to showcase her latest work – something that you definitely do not want to miss!
Karen Piddington – Karen’s practice is concerned with magnifying and manipulating the awkward conjunctions and contradictions of 21st century living, often involving people and animals. Similarities are exaggerated and juxtaposed to create a paradoxical scene. She uses ambiguity, absurdity and humour to test boundaries and to question ways in which we relate to other species and to re-present definitions of humanness. Her work is not necessarily about animals – instead she uses them as a prism through which to look a humanness. Employing both a playful and a serious intent, her aim is to sweep the viewer off into the unfamiliar. www.karenpiddington.co.uk
Keith Newlove – Produced during the #Artmonkey72 project this series of sculpture depicts the “birth” of a human limb from a pod like object. This series marks the beginning of body of work examining the trials of life. The sculpture becomes part of a larger installation and the narrative follows the hand through various environments and obstacles. The hand must find its way out to the next stage of life and will go through transformations along the way. www.keithnewlove1.wix.com/keith-newlove
Lilas Bizrah – Lilas is an Interior Architect graduate from the University of Westminster, and currently doing an MSc at UCL. For her, art is the gift she always turns to for comfort – the only place in the world she feels she can freely express myself. Experimenting with diverse media and styles is her passion, and she always strives to be flexible and open to new ideas and types of art.The pieces she has chosen were created over a few years, some pieces embracing a relaxed style while others are much more detailed. She believes every artist seeks an identity through art. Every piece is a glimpse into the mind and heart of the artist.
Marina Ard – Marina’s work revolves around notions of storytelling, memories, heritage and movements. She employs printmaking to translate her thoughts into pieces of art as she has always been captivated by printmaking’s traditions, methodologies and function in contemporary art. Marina uses her prints and paintings to portray the affiliation between movement of time, memory and object; how they fade with time and how we constantly rebuild and append novel segments to each tale narrated to us. As a consequence, with the passage of time our memories tend to enhance, develop new meaning and become more magnetic and mesmerising. Marina Ard have endeavoured to depict these changes since life goes on… Website: www.marinaard.com
Mario Gonzalez Jr – Born 1970 and raised in the city of Chicago. Graffiti Writer “ZORE” Mario Gonzalez Jr. At the age of 17, Mario received a full scholarship to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has utilized various art forms and genres to create, destruct and push himself not only in the Graffiti and Fine Art but in life itself. Mario fuses all the elements that he had experienced over the years such as pouring, dripping, drawing and using non-traditional techniques and processes. These new approach culminated into a style of urban abstract graffiti and expressionism that is now highly acclaimed by local and international galleries and museums. www.33contemporary.com / www.zbcenter.org
Nadia Mowafy – Nadia Mowafy is a London based performing artist, costume engineer and a theatre creator. This work explores the idea of the unknown and the fantastical. Costumes are made by Nadia and photographed by Henry William Woide Godfrey and Sarah White. firstname.lastname@example.org
Henry William Woide Godfrey – Henry William Woide Godfrey (photographer): A commercial West London based photographer whom studied at the London School of Photography, now pursuing a career in studio, advertorial & dance photography, working with like minded individuals in his industry. www.woideangle.com
Sarah White – Sarah is a multi-disciplinary artist based in London exploring cross- discipline practice between dance and visual art, she also works as a photographer specialising in dance and performance photography, under Jolt Photography www.sarahadams.org.uk
Petronilla Hohenwarter – Petronilla wanted to use her art to explore the SOMETHING that she could not see; to reflect it, make it visual, quite simply to reveal it. This SOMETHING has many definitions throughout the world: strength, energy, basic trust, love, power, God, and it is at the heart of us all, irrespective of the religion, philosophy, continent and culture in which we feel at home. With this in mind, she wanted to thank all those people who have accompanied, moved, formed, shaped, encouraged and supported her, each in their own individual way. www.petronillahohenwarter.com
Robert Marcus Klump – Robert is a photographer. His photographic style can probably be best described as “experimental”. By that he means on the one hand the use of analogue effect films – like infrared or “Revolog” -, on the other hand the development process – especially “cross-processing” – as well as the use of (colour) filters. In addition he applies photographic techniques which he considers unusual and that he partly invents myself such as “fotocubism” and “organic random photography” (or “images of the subconscious”). http://artspace191.com
So see you guys all tomorrow and remember, SPREAD THE WORD!
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
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
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
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.”
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
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.
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/
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/
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…..
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
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. email@example.com
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
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.
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
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
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.