Another exciting year has passed at The Old Mission Hall Studios in Sibford Gower. The biggest news is the changes of artists. We said a sad farewell to Lyndsay Madigan in September, who has left for pastures new, but we welcomed photographer and printer, Melissa Sheffield. Melissa and I were on the same MA course in Birmingham. We both successfully completed our MAs in September and now hope to bring a new approach to contemporary art and research within the rural setting of The Old Mission Hall Studios.
Last year saw the artists working hard at various new painting and installation projects. I was busy deconstructing a piano for my final assessment piece and Lyndsay developing new media styles using different resins and mediums.
In May we took part in our first Oxfordshire Art Weeks and had over 300 people through the doors. During the lovely sunny week, I was able to demonstrate my metalwork skills and we both sold work and a variety of cards. Melissa and I are looking forward to this year's event.
In November Melissa and I held Open Studios weekend. Melissa exhibited work based on imaging & print making involving mushrooms and work from our recent MA exhibition. I sat creating giant knitting and displayed research related to Yarn Bombing.
2017 is promising to be an exciting year. We hope to be involved in exhibitions and residencies both locally and nationally, we would like to work with the local schools, run workshops and open studios. I am looking to start a Yarn Bombing Crew in the village, so watch this space.
Happy New Year from the Studios and our mascot, Rosie!