Sunday, 19 December 2010

Platform pop-up studios

Platform is a group of artists based in St Helens, UK, who are working together to share their practice and to address the lack of affordable, accessible, studio spaces in the town. On Wednesday 15th December 2010, the artists took to the streets of St Helens to produce artworks within the town in order to highlight this to a wider audience.

Claire Weetman produced 'Recording the Journey' a drawing intervention on the pavements of St Helens, which visually charted an audio recording of a journey through the town, and used snippets of overheard conversation.

Above: 'Recording the Journey', Intervention, Chalk on pavement, Claire Weetman
Photograph courtesy Tony Glover

Below left: Work in Progress, Joan Birkett
Photograph Courtesy Angela Wilkinson

Joan Birkett created a temporary exhibition of some works in progress and invited the passing audience to make marks on canvas which she could later develop. Photographers Jon Holden, Tony Glover and Angela Wilkinson exhibited some of their works, produced new work and documented the event, whilst Tony Maher from the organisation 'Art from a bag' invited the public to take photographs and email them back.

Michael and Adam from Renaissance Film Productions filmed the event, and Tina Culshaw from T5 magazine was present and will no doubt feature Platform's efforts in an upcoming issue.

Audience pulling events came from poet Raphael Hart, who performed his works to gathered students and shoppers, and the installation 'Restricted Movement' by Pauline Heyes brought humorous responses and engaged debate from those who saw it.

'Restricted Movement', Pauline Heyes, Installation
Photograph courtesy Angela Wilkinson

Raphael Hart performing his poetry outside St Helens College
Photograph courtesy Tony Glover

Platform plans to hold more events in 2011 in its efforts to work towards the establishment of affordable studios in the town of St Helens.

To keep up to date on Platform events see

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Light Bite 2011

Static:Moving, a graphite drawing by Claire Weetman, has been selected for the Light Bite 2011 exhibition in Nottingham.
As part of the 2011 Light Night Festival, Claire's work will feature in this exhibition of magnetic masterpieces on the city centre streets of Nottingham. 250 miniature artworks will be displayed on lamp posts this February 18th, 2011 from 6pm onwards. Find them, pick them up and take them home. Discover Nottingham's finest talent and artists from around the world. Collect their work for FREE and start a gallery on your fridge.

Monday, 15 November 2010

Latitude - artist map making

Claire Weetman's first animation 'Chatham Road (Eventually Everyone had Moved)' has been selected for this exhibition at Manchester Modernist Society.

Inspired by the organisation’s own collection of 20th Century maps, the exhibition is part of the Chapel Street Open Studios series of events which showcases the creative output of the Chapel Street area of Salford.

The exhibition includes a variety of work including a map of Manchester in the form of an angiogram (an x-ray of blood vessels); a map tracking every aeroplane to take off from Heathrow airport in 24hours; a map designed to promote Salford’s ‘Unconvention’ music festival and an intriguing take on motorway signage.

Artwork is available for sale and all proceeds will suppport the continued aims of the modernist society, a not for profit organisation.

Participating artists:

Angela Fox

Annie Harrison

Becca Smith

Charlotte Utting-Brown

Claire Weetman

Daksha Patel

David Davies

Mark Lomax

Michael Thorp

Noah Rose

Phil Turner

Spike Dennis

Ultimate Holding Company

Spike Dennis, Malformed Aura

Preview: Friday 19th November 2010, 6.00pm

Exhibition Continues: 20 – 28 November

11.00am – 5.30pm daily

manchester modernist society, 142 Chapel St. Salford, M3 6AF

Chapel Street Open, November 2010, Salford. UK

Sunday, 14 November 2010

St Helens Open 2010

Crossing: Nibelungen Bridge' and 'Space Between' will be exhibited for the first time at The St Helens Open 2010, which opens Tuesday 16 November 2010.

Both of these works were created as part of the Urban Interventions residency that Claire undertook at Atelierhaus Salzamt, Linz earlier in the year. 'Crossing: Nibelingen Bridge' is a graphite drawing and was developed using film footage of people crossing this major bridge in the city.

'Space Between' is the result of an intervention in the exhibition Linz <-> Liverpool: How much Exchange can you stand? Claire invited visitors to the exhibition to carry an MP3 recorder between the two venues - recording their journey along the way. The resulting audio was transformed into visual soundwaves, layered and displayed as a lightbox.

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Art Merseywide

Claire Weetman's drawing 'Passing, Watching, Waiting, Following II' was selected from the Halton Open 2010, for Art Merseywide at Liverpool Conservation Centre. This exhibition draws 9 of the best works from each of the open submission exhibitions across the Merseyside area.

'Passing, Watching, Waiting, Following II' was produced as part of the POST exchange with artists from the city of Linz. It is a drawing produced during an intervention in the main square, that tracks and traces movement using graphite marks.

Art Merseywide has been extended from its original closing date - please check The National Conservation Centre website for details.