Artwey is a Community Interest Company (CIC) formed in 2009, registered with Companies House No 06986906. There are two legally appointed directors and a core group who oversee Artwey activities on a voluntary basis.
Lyn Kirkland is Artwey’s newest Director. Lyn’s background is in Marketing, working for IBM(UK) for 13 years, followed by a short stint with a local Marketing agency in Weymouth. After s career break in 2000 to bring up two boys, Lyn returned to her first love of painting in 2012 when she went back to Weymouth College to undertake a Diploma in Art, Design & Media. Taking a studio at the much sought after St George’s Studios on Portland means that Lyn is pretty much a full time Artist and Tutor. Her chosen medium is Encaustic Wax. A winner of the prestigious Black Swan Open Exhibition award for ‘Emerging Artist’ in 2016, Lyn is a successful teacher of contemporary encaustic wax techniques and exhibits her work across the South West.
“I joined Artwey in 2016 as a way of networking with local artists and being involved in the local art scene. I am a do-er! I didn’t want to join just to sit on the sidelines, I enjoy being amongst other artists and using my skills to help promote Artwey and support other artists in their work.”
Chairman, elected June 2015, formerly membership secretary.
I produce hand-sewn land and sea collage pictures, working with a range of new and old textiles.
I joined Artwey in 2009 and being part of this artistic community gave me the opportunity and confidence to exhibit within my locality and outside it. Being part of this community endorsed, encouraged and challenged me to develop and grow as an artist. I agreed in 2015 to take on the role of Chairman for the opportunity to give back.
There have been many exciting challenges since I took up the role in 2015 overseeing the development of a new web site and establishing, with my fellow director Olivia Nurrish, a new more inclusive style open studios event. This 2017 event involved over 80 artists throughout the region in 43 venues. We are planning on next one in 2019.
I am also a member of ABNA (Association of British Naïve Artists), with whom I exhibit.
Olivia Nurrish gained a degree in Fine Art from Bristol and after a long period working and raising a family has returned to painting having been inspired by the wonderful scenery of Dorset. She was a founding director of Artwey, aiming to promote her fellow artists from Weymouth and Portland through organising Open Studios and various pop-up exhibitions throughout the towns.
With a colleague she also produced an official Cultural Olympic project ‘The Giant Wall’ in 2012. Her work is a familiar sight in the area as she exhibits and sells regularly in addition to her commissions.