On Saturday I managed to catch an hour or two in the sunshine, and went to the opening of the new WASPS Meadow Mill studios in Dundee. What lucky artists work there! Situated in an historic jute mill, the studios have been renovated to provide space for over 100 artists. With lots of natural light, the renovated spaces are simultaneously old-fashioned and contemporary. Stone floors, freshly painted walls, double glazing shutters and a lift = a beautiful, functioning building. Not to mention the stairs!
View from the 4th floor! You can see our new flat…
DJCAD’s very own Mark Hunter had was exhibiting too! Mark has been incredibly supportive during my time at DoJ (I I pretty much owe him and Pete my degree…) and has been working on these postcards for as long as I can remember. Working with various media over litho reproductions of photos, Mark has produced hundreds (literally) of individual and unique cards. It’s been actually lovely this year to walk into the office now and then and find him going mental with a hole-punch, or daubing watercolours here or there; it has reminded me to be create, and to not always give one if it isn’t what you originally anticipated. I think I can easily say that the scratched-into photogravure prints that I created as part of my degree show were influenced by his method (conciously or vicariously, i’m not sure), and I hope he continues to create more.
Artist Theresa Lynn was there and running a workshop. With a laminating machine, feathers and sequins, the workshop invited us to each create a miniature piece of art right there and then.
And Yuck n Yum/AGK had a karaoke room! You could do karaoke, and the videos in the background were created by artists and art students. Some of them were very good!
The stairwells were beautiful.
And there was a ping pong ball…?
Yvonne Billimore was also exhbiting as part of the Generator Projects committee.
This was my favourite!
And dancing of course!
An excellent night all in all, and a big congrats to the WASPS team for the renovation.
Mark Hunter: http://www.dundee.ac.uk/djcad/staff/markhunter/