I went to a fabulous new show by Louise Stebbing, print maker extraordinaire. Lino prints, etchings, drypoints, colour and monochrome and a great series on the Day of the Dead. On until 11 august, put it into your diary and have a drink in the bar while you’re there. Great part of London and brilliant venue too.
Lynn Tait, artist and photographer, known to many of us in the business, is a phenomenal cyclone of energy and ideas. She is an established supporter of creatives and is generous to boot. Her eccentric shop in Old Leigh in Essex is a ‘must-see’, full of vintage Edwardian collectibles from carts and bicycles to a 30 foot train, the original one which plied the Southend Pier in 1949. I caught up with Lynn at Progressive Greetings Live at the Business Design Centre, London (a favourite venue of mine, as my great grandfather performed there regularly when it was the Agricultural Hall).
Last year, Lynn organised an art competition, attracting over 2000 entries and raised over £12,500 to support Action Medical Research. This year she is running a competition to design a poster or greeting card to commemorate the centenary of the World War I. This caught my eye.
Festooned on the wall behind Lynn, were the flutterings of cigarette cards, postcards, posters and designs from WWI. Within an instant I found myself sitting have a good natter with this rather wonderful woman. I’ve known her work for many years, and it was brilliant to chat to her like an old friend. She told me about the motives behind creating this commemorative competition.
The emotion is still very poignant for Lynn. Her mother lost her father in WWI and her brother in WW2. Her grandfather Ralf (Bertie) Robinson, Rifle Brigade, was killed in Ypres in 1917 aged 32. He left his wife (Lynn’s granny) who was expecting a son. Lynn’s mother was just 16 months old when her father died. The son that her granny was carrying was Ralf Junior was later killed in 1942 during WW2 aged just 24.
“It’s about legacy,” says Lynn. “We can all learn something from those that have gone before, whether it’s music, design or bravery. 100 years on the legacy of my family is still there. When I give talks at schools, this is the message I hope to convey. We can all learn and be inspired by those who have gone before.”
Lynn is currently going through her own health battle, and as I sat talking to her, I was overcome with admiration of her indomitable spirit and passion for making a difference.
So calling, all artists, designers, creatives! Design a card or poster that commemorates World War 1 and have the honour of seeing your work in print. Every penny raised will support the charity “Help for Heroes”. Textiles, watercolours, crayon, collage or oils can be used and the design contemporary or traditional. Lynn is a well-known publisher of greetings cards. This is a free entry competition. “We are looking for original design, imaginative and creative entries welcome.”
Ideas include: letters from the home and front, peace, home fires burning, dig for victory, rationing, food parcels, horses, British bulldog, army boots, medals, poppies, Union Jacks, postcards, camaraderie, saying goodbye. Competition is free to enter, money will be raised for the Help for Heroes through the sale of the winning card and posters at the Lynn Tait Gallery. If you would like to sell the cards or support in some way, please do contact Lynn direct as well. There will b an awards evening for the winners with prizes presented by two famous judges. The overall winner will have a canvas made of their winning entry as well.
Details are all on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thelynntaitgallery 01702 471737
For details of the gallery http://www.thelynntaitgallery.com/
ArtGemini Prize 2014 London’s Global Art Prize
Call For Entries opens 15 May – 07 Sep 2014, artists and photographers are invited to enter online www.artgeminiprize.com for the opportunity to win one of 4 categories from the £5500 Prize Fund. This year is being opened to sculptors as well, plus there is a young art prize sponsored by Jacksons Art Supplies. Importantly shortlisted entrants are also exhibited in London plus they have an exhibition opportunity in Singapore.
Prize Fund of £5,500
1. Painting & Sculpture: 1st prize £2000, 2nd prize £1000
2. Photography: 1st prize £1000, 2nd prize £500
3. Young Artist Prize (up to 25 yrs) £500
4. Public Choice Prize £500
Art Gemini’s 2014 Charity Partner is Kidscape preventing bullying, protecting children
2014 Judging Panel is made up of five judges including: Dr Phil Shaw – Doctorate in Printmaking and renowned artist to the 2013 G8 Summit; Viv Lawes – Senior UK art consultant to One East Asia, lecturer and writer; Zoe Whishaw – Commercial photography consultant, mentor and previously European Director of Photography at Getty Images; Sajid Rizvi – Chair, ArtGemini Prize Selection Committee and Judges’ Panel, Founder & Publisher of EAP Group International Media.
2014 Partners & Supporters include: Singapore Art Fair, 20/21 International Art Fair, EAP Group International Media, Music For London, Domaine des Jeanne, Staffords Gallery, Jackson’s Art Supplies, Artron China, Dragonfly Communications