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  • End of lockdown blog

    Helen Stevenson Lockdown has been ended for a while now and we are returning to a new normal. I am still furloughed from work and although life is resuming some sense of normality I have been able to go to my studio space more often. I have the space to continue painting with a number…

  • And next…

    Hatchery has given me much needed structure during lockdown. Instead of working in a void it has been good to share thoughts, ideas and works in progress. Also having a deadline for an exhibition has been healthy. My work began in a different place for this residency as I usually start a new body of…

  • Moving forwards, not standing still

    Hatchery residency via artcore? Done. Two exhibitions, some frission, excitement, a bit of a show. Showing one is, does. Somewhat knows. Then there is the next part, which is? For this no script is written although the Hatchery group has decided to stay together. So we continue. Extremely nice and, in fact, a little bit…

  • The InBetween

    What happens next? There’s been the residency, the company of others, the making process of the work and its been very interesting, productive, extremely enjoyable in so many ways. Soon (3rd July) there’ll be the launch party (online of course). Then? Here are some guesses in respect of art and art as business: post Covid…

  • Something Has Changed

    Uh oh. I was quite clear with myself at the start of “artistic life.” Only for the money gal…only for money…do them drawings that pays bills…make me proud. Oops. I’ve started making art which I enjoy. Hopelessly uncommercial. Utterly non-product. But feels like art to me… A new sensation. A realization. An awakening? Joy.

  • I Had Completely Forgotten

    That once upon a time I embarked on being an artist. In 2005. I had my first solo show. Big words. In 2005 I approached the Lapworth Museum, at the University of Birmingham, UK, having eyed their long, wide corridor full of display cases, empty, waiting for me. I suggested an exhibition of works responding…

  • Thoughts

    She’d Work – Lock Down15 paintings later Lock down means staying at home though a key member of my family is terminally ill and it is also vital that we are able to support her and help out with medication and care. My partner is also self employed and we are both unable to work.…

  • Arranging and rearranging boxes

    I’ve decided to go back to the boxes, adding and subtracting more found material. During lockdown we’ve acquired a range of boxes so it’s good to give them a second life. I’ve primed some but others I’ve left or drawn directly on to them. I’m not sure where I’m going with it but I’m just…

  • Starting

    So here I am, thanks to Hatchery? The question mark is only half a one – Hatchery has provided impetus to a process already in motion…but then we all know (me, 30 years later…) what value an impetus has. Here I am, an artist. Looking at books about being an artist. Books I’ve had for…

  • Stand-ards

    If one then is an artist. To be, or not to be? Yes, to be… What standard does one live by? What defines one as qualifying as an artist? What is a good artist? I think, after 30 years part-time pondering of such questions that, for me, finally, it’s about making money. A good artist’s…