This blog post is a little overdue, however I’ve had a lot of stressful family and personal stuff going on since I went to the July 4th event at The Artwork Cafe, Birmingham– so is life.
The Artwork Cafe 04/07/2013
I was invited by Alexandria Robinson-Sutherland, the creator of Project U-Neek, to display at the event alongside the featured artist/illustrator Agata Duda. I took along a few pieces of disaster spectacle artwork produced on my MA course I completed last September and some current smaller pieces from a project I’m currently working on. I usually work in series of images along a certain theme so I figured taking two series of works would demonstrate this and also allow me to talk about the theme and subjects behind each series.
The venue was great for displaying artwork/illustration on the wall for patron of the cafe to enjoy- I like that Project U-neek’s idea of displaying artwork in places other than studios and galleries. It manages to bring artists and their artwork to an audience that may not decide to walk into a gallery or have a specific interest in the art world. The focus on local and emerging artists also helps with recognition and experience of displaying artwork which is vital to the emerging artist. In this regard there also seems to be a great support system behind the artists that are selected, this definitely helps with confidence as an artist especially when talking about your own work in front of an audience.
There was also an interview with the featured artist conducted by Alex. An insight into the artist’s methods and motivation is always a great accompaniment to viewing their artwork. I also think this is an important part of bringing emerging artists to the attention of local and public audiences as I’ve found that sometimes the idea of ‘the artist’ can get misconstrued. In my experience, people are far more likely to talk to you about your artwork when they’re aware of your inspiration and how you try and present your ideas. It results in far more interesting conversations anyway.
The event had lovely refreshments and a raffle with a wide variety of prizes. In between announcements and the interview there were a couple of live performances by Asher Soul which I thought really bought the event together and showed support of all local art forms.
Overall this was a great event for the local community, the venue itself and ,of course, emerging artists.