Artwey is a Community Interest Company (CIC) formed in 2008, registered with Companies House No 06986906. There are three legally appointed directors and a core group who oversee Artwey activities on a voluntary basis.
I joined Artwey in 2016, and became a Director in 2018. I love being part of Artwey, I have made so many new friends in the local arts community, and made the most of the exhibition opportunities available to members. I am an Encaustic Wax painter. This little known medium, is actually very ancient. First used by the Greeks, and developed by the Egyptians.
It involves working with beeswax, a tree resin called damar and various pigments. It is organic in nature and organic to paint with. Working with the wax pigments in a molten state is a challenge, and one in which I can create work of intense luminosity, texture and vibrancy. Embedding images, layering in textiles. I am pretty much self-taught, and now teach Contemporary Encaustic wax workshops myself from my Studio on Portland.
My role in Artwey includes overseeing our social media presence, administering the website, supporting the other Directors with event and exhibition opportunities for our members and GDPR.
I’m the “newbie” becoming a Director in January 2021. A Yorkshire lass, I’ve lived in Dorset for many years on and off (having also lived in Germany, France and Switzerland). Always creative, but never encouraged – even being publicly told by a school art teacher that I couldn’t draw – I used my creativity in a problem solving, long health service career and living life generally sort of way. Then, with trepidation, I faced up to the teacher’s comment, enrolled on a beginner’s drawing course and found that, actually, I am quite good at drawing after all. Throwing myself into the art world with customary gusto, I built a studio in my garden, did more courses and workshops with established artists and currently the Newlyn School of Art. Now, I work in a variety of media trying to represent the vibrant colour, beauty, people and movement of the natural world.
I joined Artwey because it’s a great way to meet and learn from other artists in lots of different genres and you also get opportunities to bring art into the local community. I’ve been an active member since I joined, taking part in Open Studios, Dorset Arts Week and exhibiting at local venues. I’ve done lots of “behind the scenes” admin work, been on the Core group as Venue’s Manager and organised and helped with exhibitions as well as running an online auction.
I’m told that I’m enthusiastic, have lots of ideas, great organisational skills and can use a computer and social media pretty well too (of course flattery gets you everywhere!)
Outgoing Director Carol, Olivia and Lyn have done a magnificent job with Artwey so far and I’m excited to contribute and see where I can help with taking Artwey into the future.
Having obtained a Fine Art Degree in Bristol in the early 70’s and moving to Weymouth from London over 20 years ago to raise my family and run a hospitality business I decided to pick up my brushes again in 2007 and haven’t looked back. Specialising in colourful views of our traditional seaside and nostalgic still lives, my paintings often incorporate commissioning customer’s family members or memorabilia.
I am a founding director of Artwey from its inception in 2008 and have continued to be part of its core group ever since. I have helped organise most open studio events, exhibitions in local venues, pop up shows from harbourside stalls to tents in fields and together with Carol Cruickshank delivered this area’s only officially recognised local Olympic Cultural Project ‘The Giant Wall’, a celebration of Weymouth and Portland’s heroes, in 2012. Since 2017 Carol and I have been responsible for expanding the biennial open studios event into the highly successful OPEN FOR ART trail which presented over 200 artists in more than 70 locations in 2019 throughout South Dorset and will be gearing up soon for our next OFA (currently likely to be 2022 as events are postponed due to coronavirus )