Experimenting with natural materials again – bonfire ashes, clay from a field ditch at Stolford ( the Levels meet the Parrett estuary) and deposits from the banks of the Severn. Fired to stoneware, they should make interesting glaze-like surfaces. Let’s see…
large head pot with Severn estuary bank mud handprints
large head pot with Stolford ditch clay handprints
medium rough bust with bonfire ash decoration
medium rough bust with bonfire ash and Stolford clay decoration
So I went to hospital today – but as an artist, not a patient. It was a site visit for Fusion, a collaboration between Bath Spa Uni (BSU) creative students, of any discipline, and the Royal United Hospital in Bath (RUH).
Edwina Bridgeman, Artist In Residence, part of ‘Ship of Fools’ exhibition
Here are some pics of existing art in the RUH building. The atrium is a large space with public art works, and there are many courtyards which can be used for sculpture or interventions, as well as various corridor walls which are fitted with professional hanging systems.
Bruce Munro, a light installation in courtyard
I’m quite excited – already have three ideas to submit: poetry for an anthology for waiting rooms; lino cut prints for corridor walls; and a large head pot on a plinth in a courtyard. The proposals have to be in by 20th February, so I have time to make new work and photograph existing work, as well as contact the publishing student who plans the anthology.
Artsparks programme, from the Children’s Ward
RUH seems really supportive of the Arts ‘to stimulate healing and well-being, and create an uplifting environment for all who visit the hospital, or work in it.’ Something I can wholeheartedly support.
My first submission, and potentially my first public art work. Soon after my first exhibition. A lot of firsts this year.
Anri Sala ‘Clocked Perspective’ 2012
At last, my first visit to Hauser & Wirth Somerset in Bruton – the sculpture above can be seen clearly from the road, along with the (in)famous underpants installation by Pipilotti Rist.
Entering the courtyard we encountered this… and you can see part of the underpants line overhead.
Paul McCarthy ‘Ship of Fools, Ship Adrift’ 2009-2010
The buildings are architect-converted from a historic ‘model’ farm, and very tasteful while staying true to the rural environment.
Unfortunately we were not allowed to take photos in the galleries so I will have to entice you using words only. Go and experience Pipilotti Rist’s Mercy Garden video installation! Especially if you are stressed, or think all modern art is ugly. There are sheepskins to lie on and calming music…
Friends of mine on facebook who have been there already, want to return as often as possible. As for me, I was so impressed with the whole place that I immediately decided I want to work there – and I’ve already sent off an email with my updated CV.
Here are a couple more pics of some outside sculptures, but don’t just take my word for it – go and visit as soon as you can. Oh, and it’s free.
Louise Bourgois, ‘spider’ 1994
Josephsohn, Untitled 2004