Artwey is a Community Interest Company (CIC) formed in 2009, 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.
I produce hand-sewn land and sea collage pictures in a naïve style, 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, overseeing the development of 2 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. 2019 Open For Art expanded to over 200 artists at 71 venues across South Dorset.
The responsibility for running Artwey is now shared evenly between the 3 current directors assisted by a core team from the membership of 8 more volunteers
I am also a member of ABNA (Association of British Naïve Artists), with whom I exhibit .
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 OFA2021!