Thursday, 28 May 2020

Carole Loeffler, Ann Froggatt, Amna Walayat and Constanza Sofia Miranda - Art of Caring 2020

Welcome to the Art of Caring 2020. Today we introduce the work of 4 artists who have contributed work to this year's exhibition....Carole Loeffler, Ann Froggatt, Amna Walayat and Constanza Sofia Miranda. The Art of Caring is an annual inclusive international art exhibition celebrating Nurses, Midwives, Carers, and the NHS. Thank you to the School of Nursing at Kingston University for their support.

Carole Loeffler
"My mother was a nurse and I grew up hearing many stories about her time in the profession. I am not a nurse, in the traditional sense, but a ""carer"" and nurturer of the people around me. The lineage and role of caretaker run within me. I  get great satisfaction and enjoyment in taking care of the people in my life. It important that whatever people may face, that they feel loved, cared for, and comforted. This is central to who I  am and what I  want my art to do.
 Most recently, in this pandemic, caring for one another has become even more important than ever. I  have been cared for and helped by my family – the resilient nature of my children and my husband's sense of optimism and humor have brought me through some of my darkest hours. I  am lucky to be part of a community of artists, colleagues, friends and students who help to uplift and care for each other. In my opinion, caretaking is not one-directional, but come from (and can move towards) some of the most unexpected people and places. Humans should care for each other, we belong to each other."
Carole is a native of New Jersey and received her B.F.A. from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and her M.F.A. from University of South Florida in Tampa. Previously, she taught and directed the Foundations program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in the School of Art and Design. Currently, she is the Chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Arcadia University in Glenside, PA and teaches Sculpture, Senior Seminar and coordinates the Foundations program.
Carole has had group and solo exhibitions in many states throughout the US. She spent over 10 years investigating the color red through a variety of abstract sculptural approaches and processes. Most recently, she has been utilizing found vintage textiles with text to examine what it means to be a woman in our culture.
Carole lives in Philadelphia with her husband, two children and dogs
Instagram: Caroleloeffler
Facebook: Carole Loeffler

Ann Froggatt
Quote from my son when starting as a brand-new doctor – ‘always be nice to nurses, they know everything’. So now more than ever we need to be kind, be fair, care about nurses. It’s what they do for you, and at times they are the ones who get you through.
Art has been an important part of my life since my teens and throughout education, work and raising a family, sometimes waxing sometimes waning. Now art fills a much larger amount of time in my life in many ways. I can explore all the media, all the techniques and do all the experiments I want. I am loving doing this. I recognise how lucky I am, and through it I can express what is important to me, and the process of starting a new series of works enables me to delve deeper into my thoughts and feelings.

Constanza Sofia Miranda
"I´m a Chilean photographer currently living in Manchester so I'm glad to have the NHS and I´m feeling safe because I know how wonderful is the work that they are made in this crisis."
I´m a photographer and in my work, and I try to explore the relationship between the body,
intimacy, physical spaces and loneliness.

Amna Walayat 

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Lotta Barlach, Chris Holley, Clare Owen and Emily Naine - Art of Caring 2020

Welcome to the Art of Caring 2020. Today we introduce the work of 4 artists who have contributed work to this year's exhibition.... Chris Holley, Clare Owen, Emily Naine and Lotta Barlach. The Art of Caring is an annual inclusive international art exhibition celebrating Nurses, Midwives, Carers, and the NHS. Thank you to the School of Nursing at Kingston University for their support.

Lotta Barlach
"My wish is that the current crisis will lead to a circular economy in which nurses and carers will work under great and well payed conditions."
The practice of Lotta Barlach includes set and costume design, fine art and slow fashion. Unconventional choices of material, powerful colour combinations, elemental and legible communicating visual concepts characterizes the design concepts she has created for stage and screen while her fine art work often explore traces of urban life, with a focus on the moments in which the past and the presence meet.
An experimental avant-garde approach to natural materials distinguishes her approach to slow fashion. The latter includes assemblages with an apocalyptic sense. Lotta Barlach was originally educated at Wimbledon School of Art, London and is presently complementing her practice with theoretical studies of Art History at Stockholm University.
instagram.com/lottabarlach

Chris Holley
"I remember with gratitude and affection, the kind and sensitive care given to my parents towards the end of their lives. From the understanding and patience of the Macmillan nurses to each hospice nurse’s regard for the individual’s dignity in facing the inevitable."
Working from memory and imagination, my paintings – abstract or figurative - tend towards lyricism and are informed by a deep and lasting connection with dance, choreography and music. Fat Bottomed Girls Must Dance is a celebration of dance and a reminder of the craziness and all-consuming joy it brings to mind and body.

Emily Naine
Clare Owen

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

David Robinson, Ana Miljkovac, Jane Walker and Martin Hill - Art of Caring 2020

Welcome to the Art of Caring 2020. Today we introduce the work of 4 artists who have contributed work to this year's exhibition.... David Robinson, Ana Miljkovac, Jane Walker and Martin Hill. The Art of Caring is an annual inclusive international art exhibition celebrating Nurses, Midwives, Carers, and the NHS. Thank you to the School of Nursing at Kingston University for their support.

David Robinson
"In 2018 I was admitted to the Great Western Hospital in Swindon following a severe bleed. I was moved by the kindness and professionalism of all those who cared for me - from paramedics, nurses and doctors to healthcare assistants, porters and cleaners. My work is a small tribute to all of them: thank you."
 My artwork focuses on people and the places where we live and work. I split my time between painting, drawing and printmaking. When not in the studio, I take my sketchbook out and jot down anything that I spot of interest on my travels: gestures, movement, how people interact."
www.davidrobinsonartist.com

Ana Miljkovac
"It is easy to be good in the good times, the heroes are known in the bad times ”
Petar II Petrovic- Njegos
I was born in 1967 in Niksic, Montenegro
Title: Doctor of Art, Fine Art, Faculty for Art and design, Belgrade, 2013.
I had 13 solo exibitions and many group exhibitions, I participated in biennials and group exhibitions in Montenegro and abroad.
I'm doing paintings, objects and sculptures of different materials.
I am a lecturer at the Faculty of Philosophy in Niksic.
I am the  co-author of four textbooks and three teacher’s manuals.
https://www.facebook.com/ana.djukanovicmiljkovac?ref=bookmarks

Martin Hill
Martin Hill is an artist based in Dundee, Scotland, predominantly specialising in expressive oil painting.  He studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, and based on the success of his degree show he was selected and shortlisted for a multitude of 'Best Of' graduate exhibitions, including the Royal Scottish Academy's 'New Contemporaries'.  He was also awarded the 2009 Barns-Graham Travel Award which facilitated a journey to Greece, a country which has inspired and informed a great deal of his work.  Following the aforementioned award, he was invited to participate in the 184th RSA Annual Exhibition in 2010.  Regularly exhibiting across the country, he has enjoyed several successful solo shows, notably at The Sutton Gallery, Edinburgh, and Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow.  He also has work in the private collections of the University of Dundee and the Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture. Proclaimed as “One of Scotland’s most exciting young painters” (-Artmag -May/June 2014), Hill’s paintings are characterised by expressive handling and lively brushwork.  Bestriding genres and subjects, and with conscious nods to art history, “his work has been described as expressive and distinctive, drawing on both landscape and figurative traditions.” (-informededinburgh.co.uk -June 2014), while similarly being termed “expressive and poetic” (-galleries.co.uk -30-05-14).
www.martin-hill.co.uk

Jane Walker 

Monday, 25 May 2020

Catriona Smith, Alban Low, Jeff Hunter and Sam M Harley - Art of Caring 2020

Welcome to the Art of Caring 2020. Today we introduce the work of 4 artists who have contributed work to this year's exhibition.... Catriona Smith, Alban Low, Jeff Hunter and Sam M Harley. The Art of Caring is an annual inclusive international art exhibition celebrating Nurses, Midwives, Carers, and the NHS. Thank you to the School of Nursing at Kingston University for their support.

Alban Low
"It has been heartening the way that so many people have cared for each other during the pandemic. We have all made sacrifices that will never be acknowledged."
Alban Low is involved in many creative projects, these include album artwork, publishing chapbooks, making films, maps, conceptual exhibitions, live performance and good old drawing. He is artist-in-residence at the School of Nursing, Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education at Kingston University and St George's University of London. Low spends his evenings in the jazz clubs of London where he captures the exhilaration of live performances in his sketchbook. On Wednesday evenings he sketches the performers on the radio show A World in London at Resonance FM. During the 2020 Lockdown he made his first radio programme, The All Vinyl A to Z of Africa.
http://albanlow.com/

Catriona Smith
"Thank you so much for all that you have done during this pandemic, for everything you did before and for the many you will continue to help after this. I truly hope  that Nurses and Carers will finally get the recognition, respect and financial support they deserve after this."
Catriona Smith is a Glasgow-based multimedia artist who creates a range of work using different mediums such as photography, performance, comedy, spoken word,
 events and scriptwriting.  She believes in the importance of play and experimentation and loves finding new ways to present creatively what she wants to articulate. The work she does looks to include and engage her audience, bringing people together, inspiring
 positive emotional and social change.
minischmidtproductions.com

Jeff Hunter

Sam M Harley

Sunday, 24 May 2020

Chloe Laurence & Tom Francome, Lucy Oates, Mary Conway and Poppy Field - Art of Caring 2020

Welcome to the Art of Caring 2020. Today we introduce the work of 4 artists who have contributed work to this year's exhibition.... Chloe Laurence & Tom Francome, Lucy Oates, Mary Conway and Poppy Field. The Art of Caring is an annual inclusive international art exhibition celebrating Nurses, Midwives, Carers, and the NHS. Thank you to the School of Nursing at Kingston University for their support.

Poppy Field
"As children, my siblings and I visited patient’s in my father’s care every Sunday morning. We’d begin by dropping into the staff room so my father could be brought up to speed by the Ward Sisters. I loved to look at their ever  changing display of thank you cards from former patients. It was a real testament to the sisters' energy, efficiency and warmth. "
Poppy Field (b. 1993; London, UK) read the History of Art at the Courtauld and trained in figurative sculpture at The Florence Academy of Art. There, she was awarded the inaugural “Graduate in Residence” fourth year prize for sculpture. Since graduating in 2018, Poppy has been awarded the Tiranti Prize for best exhibit by a sculptor under 30 at The Society of Portrait Sculptors’ Annual Exhibition. Poppy works from a private studio at Warren Park Heritage and Craft Centre in East Herts. She works from the life model, under natural north light, modelling  her figures in clay and casting them in bronze.
www.poppyfieldfineart.com

Lucy Oates
"They are always there. We take for granted how much they are there. They fought a long tedious battle with me and won. Fixing my vision on what was important and why. They helped me to overcome my biggest fears and allowed me to move on with the tools I needed to overcome my illness, and stop wasting time! I am forever thankful."
Lucy is a multi-disciplinary artist, based in London. Her practice addresses both social and personal subject matters, creating work that responds to specific contexts, environments, and situations, focusing heavily on the human body and waste material. Lucy explores scenarios around the perceptions and preconceptions related to the body. Drawing in on her own anxieties and experiences. testing the boundaries of comfort and discomfort. Using her own body as a drawing tool to focus on 'problem areas’ which she goes on to translate through various mediums; print, sculpture and video. 
The strand of her practice involving waste material stems from her fascination of how one can manipulate these discarded materials, to have new identities, altering their aesthetic and function. This interest of waste material's qualities and functions is how she came to develop her own unique printing and joining method involving aluminium cans and plastic packaging. The images she prints are often formed from a visual abstract dairy of her journeys.  Lucy often fuses traditional techniques with modern technologies, her method of physical and digital collage acts as a starting point informing her work when creating larger paintings and prints.
https://www.lucyoates.com/

Chloe Laurence and Tom Francome
Mary Conway

Saturday, 23 May 2020

B a r b a r a Schneider, Durre Sameen, Marina Medef and Sonia Ben Achoura - Art of Caring 2020

Welcome to the Art of Caring 2020. Today we introduce the work of 4 artists who have contributed work to this year's exhibition.... B a r b a r a   Schneider, Durre Sameen, Marina Medef and Sonia Ben Achoura. The Art of Caring is an annual inclusive international art exhibition celebrating Nurses, Midwives, Carers, and the NHS. Thank you to the School of Nursing at Kingston University for their support.

B a r b a r a   Schneider 
"Art of Caring & Art for Caring - Human Rights are UNIVERSAL Essentials.
Covid-19 pandemic causes a horrible and unforgettable crisis worldwide:
uncertainty, instability, fear and anger, pain and losses and even lack of humanity.
'Ingredients for a healthy life' are much more important during stressful times like Care & Caring too. Professionals are forced to fight at the so called frontlines to save lives. Nevertheless, we are all responsible and should think and care more about Care & Caring for each other. A healthy, happy & creative way of  living will enrich our life and future.
I hope you will all enjoy ""Art of Caring"".
It is a great pleasure to be part of the event. Maybe the exhibition will be an inspiration too.
Peacefully."
"imagiNATION -
is a world of F a N t a S y.
A FREE s p a c e for ART!"
She believes in humanity, freedom of art & thoughts as universal essentials for living and art & design.
B a r b a r a Schneider (b. 1966) is a designer, illustrator and multiple- disciplinary visual artist.
She graduated with a Diploma in Design (1991) in Hamburg / Germany. She joined further studies in related subjects in London/ UK and in Germany. 
She has a great passion for toys & children´s literature, fashion and photography. Some themes of her independent artworks are re-design, childhood and the discussion of humanity, our modern life and “our world cultures”.She has participated in international juried group art and design exhibitions, projects and contests and received international awards and recognitions. Pieces of art are in home and offices of international collectors and have been published in international design / art and craft books.
https://www.artavita.com/artists/3702-barbara-schneider
https://www.artebooking.com/en/barbara.schneider

Marina Medef
Sonia Ben Achoura
Durre Sameen

Friday, 22 May 2020

Katie Frost, Rebecca Sainsot-Reynolds, Shannon Amey and Teri Anderson - Art of Caring 2020

Welcome to the Art of Caring 2020. Today we introduce the work of 4 artists who have contributed work to this year's exhibition.... Katie Frost, Rebecca Sainsot-Reynolds, Shannon Amey and Teri Anderson. The Art of Caring is an annual inclusive international art exhibition celebrating Nurses, Midwives, Carers, and the NHS. Thank you to the School of Nursing at Kingston University for their support.

Katie Frost
"The role of nurses / carers in my life – I would have lost some family members several times over were it not for nurses and carers, in particular my Dad. I’ll be forever grateful to them for looking after my family, and more recently, myself, as I discover more about my autoimmune problems. A clap doesn’t quite cover it."
I am a textile based artist in the North East of England working with natural and sustainable materials. I also work a lot with hand embroidery, mainly to create pet portraits. My work aims to highlight the importance of both our natural environment and animals. When I’m not creating, I work as a Learning Support Assistant for college students with SEND, and I’m completing studies with the aim of becoming an Art Therapist.
https://www.instagram.com/katiefrost_oca/

Rebecca Sainsot-Reynolds
"My grandfather passed earlier this year and it was carers, official and unofficial, who helped with the day to day leading up to this. The carers in his care home where he passed were magical, having only just met myself and my Grandpa and seeing us through the last week of his life with care and attention."
Rebecca Sainsot-Reynolds is an artist and educator based in London. Her installation based work looks as space, place and story.
https://linktr.ee/rsainsotr

 Teri Anderson
Shannon Amey