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Sheila Appleton is one of the best-known contemporary artists living and working in the seaside town of Leigh on Sea in Essex, which adjoins Southend. Her studio and Gallery are at Old Leigh Studios in the heart of Old Leigh.

 She has drawn and painted the landscape, seascape and characters of this charming area for several decades,her passion for life and natural humour and exhuberance is reflected in her work,she is known for her witty conversation,colourful personal life and herlove of disco dancing, which apart from variuos televsion appearances, and newspaper articles has made her a well known local charecter.

 Sheila Appleton works in watercolour & ink, oils and acrylics, she paints abstracts, enters worlds of her imagination and even makes some figurative ceramic pieces, her work contiues to develop as she investigates new ways of depicting familiar scenes.

Sheila Appleton Artist

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    IN MY ROOM

 

 

16 FEBRUARY - 31 MAY 2020

 

FOCAL POINT GALLERY

 

Focal Point Gallery is pleased to announce ‘In My Room’, Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings’ first solo institutional exhibition, bringing together film, fresco painting and works on paper. As a new body of work, ‘In My Room’ develops the artists’ enquiry into the politics, histories and aesthetics of queer spaces and culture. This enquiry builds on their travels across the UK whilst making ‘UK Gay Bar Directory (UKGBD)’ 2016, a vast project documenting the systematic closure of LGBTQA+ dedicated social spaces. To Quinlan and Hastings, it became apparent through this research that the gay scene caters predominantly to white gay men. This prompted them to consider how this scene strengthens the historic male access to capital and power within the urban landscape.

 Wishing to explore the question of access further in their new film, Quinlan and Hastings went location scouting in Birmingham’s gay village, only to find that in fact many of the bars and clubs have recently closed or will close in the next few months, due to the area being rapidly redeveloped as luxury residential accommodation in anticipation of the new high-speed rail line.

This gave the film – and Quinlan and Hastings’ ongoing wider archival project – a new urgency to capture these historical LGBTQA+ spaces at a time of immense change, thereby highlighting the impact of gentrification upon the cultural substructures of a city and its gay communities.

THE AGENCY OF VISIBLE WOMEN WORKSHOPS

 

02 MAY 2020

 

16:00 - 18:00

 

FOCAL POINT GALLERY

 

The Agency of Visible Women Workshops hosted by Natasha Carter Thursday 30 April and Saturday 2 May, 4.00pm to 6.00pm

 

Taking inspiration from Rosie and Hannah’s archiving of queer history through the use of classical art techniques, Natasha Carter will host two workshops aimed at LGBTQIA* people of 16 and above.

 

The first session will consider the permanent ways in which working class youth indelibly declare their existence in rebellious and irreverent ways through tagging on walls, scratching into paint and imprinting themselves in fresh concrete.

 The second session will take the form of a practical workshop, in which participants will create a unique lino tile ‘tag’ to form part of a collective mural. This mural will then itself act as a permanent archive of the experiences of queer young people in Southend.

Taking inspiration from Rosie and Hannah’s archiving of queer history through the use of classical art techniques, Natasha Carter will host two workshops aimed at LGBTQIA* people of 16 and above. The first session will consider the permanent ways in which working class youth indelibly declare their existence in rebellious and irreverent ways through tagging on walls, scratching into paint and imprinting themselves in fresh concrete. The second session will take the form of a practical workshop, in which participants will create a unique lino tile ‘tag’ to form part of a collective mural. This mural will then itself act as a permanent archive of the experiences of queer young people in Southend.

 

Tickets are £9 per session. Students, those with low incomes, or those with caring responsibilities are eligible for a discounted ticket price of £6 per session.

 

This course is designed to run over two sessions, but participants can also attended stand-alone sessions.

 

 

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I am an artist and illustrator living a short distance from London by the Essex seaside. My work is usually about people and their stories, and always begins with drawings in my sketchbook done from life, imagination or old books and magazines I've collected over the years.

The films, tv programmes, books and comics from my childhood in the 50s/60s have a big influence on my work. It doesn't take much to flip me back to my infant fantasies, and everything I now create is rooted in those musings, often with a touch of nonsense or humour as I grew up in a family that found a lot to laugh about.

  From my random sketchbook drawings I develop ideas for themed series of work - these may include paintings, handmade screenprints and relief prints, or handmade books. Occasionally I make painted papier mache figures and puppets too - jut for the fun of doing it. Always I aim to keep my hand light, to keep on playing and learning, and to produce work that is meaningful to me, and hopefully to others also.

 In 2000 I graduated in illustration from the University of Brighton, and in 2008 gained the MA (Dist) in children's book illustration from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, where I then became a visiting lecturer. I provide workshops and art classes for adults and children, as well as individual tuition and mentoring. I am a resident artist of The Hive Studios in Chelmsford, a founding member of Inky Crows Illustration collective, and a member of Response - an artist's peer-mentoring group in London.

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Kitty Guthrie Oakley

Artist  and Illustrator

 For more information, please email me on info@kittyguthrieoakley.com

Studio 19 is a hidden, creative space in the heart of the Leigh-on-Sea community and the permanent home to three local artists.

 

This light white space is divided in to the artists’ studios, which most definitely reflect their different working styles and practice, and the dedicated ‘clean’ space which is used for exhibitions, installations, events, workshops, and the occasional business meeting.

 

Studio 19It has been a venue for the Leigh Art Trail for the last two years and the objective of the resident artists is to evolve the space as a creative and constructive artist hub; albeit in a compact and bijoux way.

 

Opening Times: by appointment only or during advertised events e.g. Leigh Art Trail

Availability of space: Studio spaces are not available, however the gallery/workshop area is available for hire.

Studio Manager Jan Simon

 

Address 19 Leighcliff Buildings, Leighcliff Road, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 1DJ

 

Contact http://www.studio19-on-sea.com

Phone 07850579439Studio 19 is a hidden, creative space in the heart of the Leigh-on-Sea community and the permanent home to three local artists.

 

This light white space is divided in to the artists’ studios, which most definitely reflect their different working styles and practice, and the dedicated ‘clean’ space which is used for exhibitions, installations, events, workshops, and the occasional business meeting.

 

Studio 19It has been a venue for the Leigh Art Trail for the last two years and the objective of the resident artists is to evolve the space as a creative and constructive artist hub; albeit in a compact and bijoux way.

 

Opening Times: by appointment only or during advertised events e.g. Leigh Art Trail

Availability of space: Studio spaces are not available, however the gallery/workshop area is available for hire.

Studio Manager Jan Simon

 

Address 19 Leighcliff Buildings, Leighcliff Road, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 1DJ

 

Contact http://www.studio19-on-sea.com

Phone 07850579439