So unbelievably it's 2018 already and after filling ourselves up on mince pies, good cheer and celebrations, we are back open again, Wednesday - Thursday 11-4pm, and although we will be sad to see the back of Dewi Cary's ENDING on the 13th January, we are very excited to bring you our first exhibition of the new year, LAYERS.
LAYERS is a new exhibition, bringing together the work of the PENISULAR ARTISTS, a new collective of professional artists living and working on the Gosport peninsula in their first group show.
The exhibition begins with its private view on Thursday 18th January, starting at 6pm, and continues the following day from 11am. The exhibition will run until the 17th February.
You are more than welcome to join us for the PV and we extend a warm welcome to all!
Join us on Saturday 2nd September for the opening of Sticks Contemporary in Gosport and the private view of Fragments, a new exhibition featuring the work of two Portsmouth based artists, Sue Eves and Krasimira Butseva.
Featuring work from Sue Eves' Rollered collection and Krasimira Butseva's well received, Slices of Red (pieces of which have been featured on Lens Culture and Source among others); Fragments aims to create a two-way conversation about the lived experience, and our understanding of what is real and what is not, whether that is down to human imagination, as in the case of Sue's work Rollered or due to some different system, such as that used in propaganda, represented by Krasimira's work questioning the reality of the photographic image in relation to Eastern European communism.
Sue Eves, Synapse (2016)
It does this by situating the work of these two very different artists in such a way that can be read either as individual collections or together, moving from one side of the room to the other, looking at the concept of reality and what impact our psychology and lived experience has on our own version of what can be considered "real".
Krasimira Butseva, Slices of Red (2016)
The private view begins at 5pm and continues until 7pm at our new base in the heart of historic Gosport. Both artists will be in attendance and on-hand to speak more about their work and food and drink will be provided by Sticks Contemporary.
Sticks Affiliate Artist, Emma Harris has a rather brilliant solo show opening at Harbour Lights in Southampton's West Quay this 2nd July. The exhibition is Emma's first solo show and runs at Harbour Lights daily from 2nd July - 31st July during opening hours, with an opening on Saturday 8th July from 4pm.
Emma is a Southampton-based artist and workshop facilitator, specialising in acrylics and mixed-media collage. She studied Contemporary Textiles Practice at UWIC.
To find out more please visit Emma's website and facebook page
So you may wonder why the cryptic title. That is largely as I am not sure really how to word this. A few weeks ago we discovered a sign on the window of our main space for a pizza company to acquire an alcohol licence. Cue lots of stress, frantic phone calls and unanswered questions. Finally, on Maundy Thursday we had it confirmed by our Landlords that they were indeed looking to sell our space to a commercial venture: a pizza restaurant.
We have spent the time since we found out packing up two years worth of equipment and "stuff" and trying to find a new venue whilst securing the agreement of our grant manager to use the remainder of a grant to finance a new space. We are pleased to announce we have succeeded in both and are in the process of going through the legalities involved in procuring a new space.
We received our eviction notice on Thursday (27th April) and so have spent the last two days removing the last vestiges of Sticks from Fareham Shopping Centre. To all those who have supported us at Fareham Shopping Centre we are grateful. To those who will miss us as a break from the boredom of consumerism, remember we still have an outreach space in Fareham. To those who are worried this is the end:
We currently have a rolling call on our affiliates site for the Food Gallery.
You can still catch the wonderful exhibition, VIBRANT, featuring the work of Svetlana Ochkovskaya at Food Gallery until 29th May
The wonderful work of illustrator Erin Keen is still on view at Tooth Gallery
We will be updating you about the new Sticks main space very soon
Releasing details of an exciting event we are currently working on with support from Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy
For those who have contacted us concerned. We will still be running the open this year and will be releasing details in due course
Our friends at Aspex Portsmouth have a great new opportunity for artists. Please see below for details
Artists based in the South of England are invited to propose an ambitious wall drawing for Aspex Guildhall, to be
sited in the basement exhibition area at Portsmouth’s Guildhall for one year.
Aspex Visual Arts Trust and Portsmouth Cultural Trust who run the Guildhall have been working together to
present the work of emerging visual artists for the last two years. Aspex Guildhall’s changing exhibition
programme has recently moved to the café on the ground floor of the building. An exciting opportunity is now open
to artists to propose a wall drawing for a new commission for the basement exhibition space.
Working directly onto the Guildhall basement wall, the commissioned artist will produce a dynamic and original wall
drawing, the progress of which will be open for the public to view both within the space and digitally. The finished
work will remain on display for the duration of one year.
The space available for the drawing is a straight wall approximately 16x2.5m (53x8ft). Proposals are invited from
emerging artists based in the South of England.
A £1000 fee will be awarded to the selected artist and a budget of up to £500 will be available for materials and
Deadline for submissions: Monday 22 August 2016, 10am.
Work to commence early September 2016, dates to be agreed with artist and venue.
• Short proposal outlining your concept and how it relates to the development of your practice (500 words
• A sketched design of the proposed work
• An up-to-date CV. (Max 2 pages)
Photograph courtesy the artist, 2016.
• Up to 5 images of previous work
• We can accept proposals by email only
• Please ensure that all material is Mac compatible
• Preferred image format is jpeg
• All files must be clearly labelled with your name
Please email proposals marked ‘Guildhall wall drawing’ to: Tony Spencer, Exhibitions & Gallery Manager:
Join us on Saturday 2nd July for the preview of our exciting new exhibition, Make Up and Magic, featuring the work of up and coming visual fx company, Tankfall FX.
The doors open at 5pm and there will be food and drink available for all those who pop by to see this great exhibition before it opens to the public.
From Animatronics, to models, prosthetics, to film we have a wide variety of brilliant visual treats for fans of fx and as always the exhibition is completely free to view although donations are always welcome.
If you are a filmmaker and looking for talent to work on your next production you could do worse than having a chat with TankFall FX! Like Hampshire Film Co we have been hugely impressed by the quality and skill of their work.
If you cannot make it to the launch we are back open next Thursday and then every Thursday, Friday and Saturday until the exhibition ends on July 30th.
This August sees the second Fareham Art Open. Once again we are inviting artists working in any medium to share their work with us for the chance to receive a solo exhibition between 3rd November 2016 - 3rd December 2016 and £100 cash. This includes artists producing work in traditional media but also film, sound, multimedia installation, etc.
Shortlisted artists will be featured in a group show that will be judged by art experts and members of the public.
The Fareham Art Open will take place between 11th August 2016 and 3rd September 2016 and work is to be received no later than Sunday 7th August.
Work can be for sale although it will be subject to a 20% commission, plus merchant fees (2-5%) so please consider this when setting your price.
The exhibition deadline is Wednesday 20th July at midnight and successful artists will be notified no later than Monday 25th July.
Affiliate artists can enter work for free and other artists can enter work for £8 for up to 3 pieces.
To join Sticks Affiliate Artist scheme just visit affiliateartists website and join for less than a cup of coffee a month to enter work for free and to have a range of benefits. Then visit our opportunities section
Otherwise please click here to pay your submission fee and enter 3 pieces of work you will be taken to upload page after payment.