Figure drawing workshops with Ballet Cymru

May 8th, 2019

As part of next week’s Get Creative Festival, on Tuesday May 14th I’ll be running two figure drawing workshops at Ballet Cymru’s rehearsal studios in Rogerstone, Newport.

Free to access and suitable for artists of all ages and experience, the workshops will be an opportunity to explore dynamic figure drawing in an inspiring setting, working with dancers from the company’s Pre-Professionals programme.

Charcoal, paper, drawing boards and refreshments will be provided, though participants are also welcome to bring their own drawing materials/equipment.

Workshops will be two hours long, beginning at 1.30pm and 4pm. Younger children to be accompanied, please.

Participants will be invited to exhibit a selection of their work in a pop-up exhibition at the company’s Friends’ event on Friday 17th.

To book, please contact Jenny Isaacs at Ballet Cymru on (01633) 892 927, or email jennyisaacs@welshballet.co.uk, specifying which session you’d like to join.

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Machynlleth Comedy Festival portraiture workshop

May 8th, 2019

Very much enjoyed Sunday’s portraiture workshop at the Machynlleth Comedy Festival.

Sitters Mark Silcox and Emma Sidi were great to work with, and, as ever, the artists – most with little or no experience – produced some beautiful pictures. Always an inspiration.

Hats off and big thanks to all involved, and to The Tabernacle Gallery, who every year let us use their lovely studio.

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Return of company dancers

May 3rd, 2019

As the new season begins the company dancers have returned to the rehearsal room and begun work on Romeo a Juliet, choreographed by Darius James and Any Doughty. Great to see so many familiar faces, and to meet new additions to the company, Danila Marzilli and Joshua Feist. Looking forward to getting to work with everyone, and creating a new series of pictures.

Very grateful to the wonderful dancers of Ballet Cymru’s Pre-Professionals Programme, who for the past few months have been the focus of my work and a great inspiration. A hugely talented and determined group, whom it’s been a privilege to work with. Good luck to them all as they move forward with their careers.

Romeo a Juliet opens at The Riverfont, Newport, on Thursday 30th May. Tickets here. See Ballet Cymru’s website for tour dates across Wales and England.

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Interview with Toothpickmoon

March 30th, 2019

To misquote Withnail, some years ago I took part in an art fair by mistake. It wasn’t all terrible though, as I got to meet Franceska McCullough – an artist full of vim, with an exotic accent (US), who, amongst other things, creates extraordinary, endlessly intricate sculptures from toothpicks.

Last week Franceska kindly interviewed me about my artistic practice and cat for her blog, Toothpick Moon. Find this and much else here.

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New prints

March 14th, 2019

This set of postcards, featuring drawings of some of the wonderful dancers of Ballet Cymru’s Pre-Professional Programme, will be available for free at forthcoming performances, starting with Ballet Cymru 2 – Made in Wales at The Riverfront, Newport, on March 19th and the Dance House, Cardiff, on the 22nd. They will also be available at Ballet Cymru Friends events.

Riverfront details here.

Dance House details here.

Ballet Cymru Friends details here.

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