Handmade Oxford – The International Contemporary Arts Festival returns to the picturesque grounds of Waterperry Gardens from 16 – 19 September. With over 7500 visitors attending in 2019, Handmade Oxford is a popular consumer-led event that attracts both art collectors and craft-enthusiasts alike.
Those wishing to exhibit and sell their craft at this highly curated event should apply now via the link here.
The Thrive Archive’s curator Jan Bee Brown has been commissioned to create a creative ‘map’ celebrating Restalrig by TRACS (Traditional Arts & Culture Scotland) for their Parish Map Project.
Jan wants to hear your stories of Restalrig and discover more about the community initiatives like The Secret Garden and The Ripple Project and any projects you’ve been working on.
A series of postcards featuring Restalrig landmarks are available on the table in reception and Jan would love your feedback what the locals love, what they think the community needs more of and any stories or living or working in Restalrig.
Blunt Knife Co. is a new social enterprise based in Edinburgh that supports and promotes creative womxn. This month we launch our first project 20/20 HINDSIGHT, a showcase of writing, art and music by womxn creators.
For the most part, the last 12 months have been a steaming pile of shite, but from within the dung-heap brilliant artists have persevered and pushed out art that has enthralled us, inspired us, excited us and had us fist-pumping F*CK YEAHs to the universe.
From April 10 we’ll be bringing you a selection of 20 works by womxn that you may have missed amongst the chaos. It’s just a drop in a big pool of awesome, but think of it as a taste-test of Blunt Knife Co. and what we’re about.
To stay tuned follow on socials @bluntknifeco or head to bluntknife.co
Constantine is a self taught artist and author, originally from Athens, Greece. His first memory is that of drawing, which he carried on doing in his teen years, as well as exploring various others artistic and creative disciplines and routes such as music, which he still does to this day too.
Constantine first moved to Scotland as a young man, in order to study Geology. Throughout his University career though, he realized that Geology was really not for him and that life is simply too short to be wasted on things that have no appeal to us. He then made the decision to just follow his true calling, ignoring other peoples’ opinions and go after what HE wants in life.
Constantine has collaborated with many different artists’ from different artistic disciplines such as, visual artists, musicians and videographers/directors. He has provided his services for major Brands in the Alcohol and Hospitality industry, as well as developing and applying concepts in regards to interior design and “costume/uniform” design. Constantine has also experience in curating numerous exhibitions as well as co-curating 3 international art groups shows, and booking and organizing music concerts. His commissions include, tattoo designing, music vinyl covers and labels as well as numerous private commissions. He has exhibited numerous solo projects, worldwide, as well as participated in several group shows. Constantine is also the Author and Publisher of the Book Art “Jazz Mafia Project”.
Marcin is a visual artist from Poland specialising in figurative sculpture, painting and drawing. He started his art education at the age of 15 when he entered the Kenar Artistic High School, Zakopane. There he developed and mastered the techniques of woodcarving, casting, bronze and ceramics. In that period, the young artist took part in various residencies and workshops in Poland and abroad including France and Germany.
After completing his Diploma, Marcin went on to study Art and Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk. He graduated in 2009 with a MA degree in Sculpture. In Gdansk, Marcin acquired the skills and the expertise needed to master human anatomy and drawing. He worked with a wide range of materials: stone, resins, faux stones, plaster and concrete. During the course of his studies the artist created multiple large-scale figures many of which were commissioned to be showcased internationally. Since moving to Scotland in 2012 Marcin has continued to expand his artistic repertoire. In Edinburgh he underwent a 6 months long course of drawing at The Academy of Realist Art.
From 2014 to the present day Marcin has run untutored life drawing classes at Leith School of Art where he also works as a tutor support on many courses including LSA Figure Course. He runs Figure Drawing workshops for various art organisations. Marcin is a co funder of a “Naked Aye Art Collective” and “NakEd Art Collective”. Both collectives gather figurative artists.
In his artwork Marcin shows great admiration to the human body, its shapes, colours and variety of forms.
Marcin said the following about his future plans: “My plans for this year is to do a photography course and learn new language, Spanish/Italian or both. I would also like to learn about growing organic food, practicing mindfulness and wellbeing. In the field of art I took up an online course in art history which I’ll be continuing through out the year. By the late spring I should finish a sculpture, self-portrait in plaster, for Scottish Portrait Award. Meanwhile I’m working on a big project for Edinburgh Palette to create a Sculpture Garden in Stanley Street. Moreover with our amazing EP team we are creating an outdoor space for theatres, performers and art exhibitions, which I am very excited about. Relatively soon physical exhibition will be allowed. I would like to create a program for the EP galleries with a focus on art exploring themes of mental health, natural environment, social justice, local communities.
Regardless the horrifying and traumatic year in lockdowns and pandemic I look with an optimism and hope for rebirth of health and culture. Good things are coming.”