The Best thing about Being Education Coordinator is…

…Getting to meet loads of great artists!

Charles Hadcock FRBS at 'Encounter'

Charles Hadcock FRBS at ‘Encounter’

Ok I have to admit it, being on a committee was not exactly high on my agenda – but when I was asked by Surrey Sculpture Society (SSS) to take up the role of Education Coordinator, how could I resist?  I’d been coming across loads of great sculptors by attending talks at the RBS (Royal British Society of Sculptors) and at joint exhibitions and through social media (especially twitter @garyscottartist) etc etc and it was a great opportunity to get to know these guys even better!

Laurence Edwards FRBS

Laurence Edwards FRBS

Seeing great art at exhibitions at the RA, Tate or wherever is important – but there is something extra special about the company of other artists.  I can’t articulate exactly why but they are for me a special bunch and are best encountered first hand.  If this can be at their studio then even better – there is something intimate and therefore especially revealing about an artist’s productive space.

Above is Charles Hadcock FRBS (http://www.charleshadcock.com/) pictured at his London Show last Autumn and right Laurence Edwards FRBS (http://rbs.org.uk/artists/laurence-edwards) in the Suffolk Marshes immediately behind his foundry.  These guys have given the first two Lectures I have organised and they were brilliant – the feedback from SSS members and others was incredibly positive.

Laurence Edwards FRBS in his studio

Laurence Edwards FRBS in his studio

It’s easy for artists to get stuck in repeated patterns of production – and therefore really important for them to look within once in a while and to ask questions, to push their practice and move on to potentially richer ground.  Seeing inspirational talks is one way of catalysing this process.

Patricia Volk in her studio

Patricia Volk in her studio

The talks are held at Surrey University in Guildford – lovely modern lecture facilities with all the necessary technology to provide fantastic visuals and a great platform for the speakers.  Details of forthcoming talks are on SSS’s web site:- http://www.surreysculpture.org.uk/

In Patricia Volk's studio

In Patricia Volk’s studio

Next up we have Patricia Volk MRBS (http://www.patriciavolk.co.uk/) on 12th May and then Sam Shendi MRBS (http://www.samshendi.co.uk/) in November – details soon.

The Bench by Sam Shendi MRBS

The Bench by Sam Shendi MRBS

 

 

 

I’m speaking to some great names for next season’s programme, so keep in touch!

 

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