Thursday, 26 May 2011

POP UP SHOW curated by little ole' me!

Thats right, the gallery is well and truly on its way to being.. well half decent!!  As you all should know, I have a space in Leigh on Sea which I am turning into Studio & Gallery Space..

In the meantime whilst it's still being decorated, I'm holding a POP UP SHOW!!

Here is a mini press release I have written for the day:

An exciting new venture sees Annabel putting ceramics on hold to renovate an old shop along Leigh Road and turn the space into an artist led collective and gallery & studio space. "When I left university, I wanted to be exhibited in galleries, but they seemed to take too much commission unfortunately! I want to create a platform for emerging ceramicists & artists to showcase their work at a reasonable rate. I also wanted a studio space where ceramicists and other artists could work together, inspire and help other, just like we did at university"

"Miss Annabel Dee* presents..." is a Pop Up art exhibitions run alongside the Leigh Art Trail 11th-19th June. The show consists of up & coming artists of the area as a sneak peek of what the future holds for this Leigh Road Gallery.

Julie Spurgeon, also a fellow Leigh dweller and Central Saint Martins graduate will be showcasing her Material Pleasure fine bone china tea set, which is currently in an exhibition in Fortnum & Masons, alongside Annabel’s unique cylindrical vessels. East End Prints, the number one preferred supplier of quirky, graphic prints have some of their artists work on display also.

The Leigh Road gallery will be holding an Opening Party on Saturday 11th June from 10am onwards.

If you havent read that, confirmed artists are:
* Myself
* Julie Spurgeon
* Jenny Robins
* East End Prints
* Heidi Wigmore
Come down and spend a day by the seaside, and look at some art whilst you're at it!

Monday, 16 May 2011

On the look out.. POP UP SHOW

I'm on the look out for submissions for a SATELLITE EVENT which will be held alongside the LEIGH ART TRAIL 11th - 19th June 2011.

I'm organising a POP-UP SHOW in a space in Leigh Road.  You work will be exhibited alongside local ceramicists & artists for the week.  It will provide you exposure within the local and hopefully further afield community.  I'm after predominately ceramics, but other mediums will DEF be considered - perhaps you have some work on a seaside theme? Are you an illustrator?  painter? sculptor? Again, dont worry if not, all works will be considered!!

Please send images of proposed works to

Obviously the show is 11th-19th June, so hurry and get your images in...

*If you're not chosen for this particular pop-up event, please dont fret, the space is going to be converted into a gallery space for showcasing up & coming alongside established artists!

Thursday, 5 May 2011

MoMac Pop Up Exhibition - ON NOW!

A few days ago I found out that 5, yes 5 of my vessels had been selected by gallerist Roberta Moore to be part of the 2 day pop up exhibition she is curating.

The Big Beat Club - one of the vessels selected

Roberta specializes in showcasing emerging and established British and International artists.
The artists exhibiting in the show include Paul Robinson (who has exhibited extensively in New York, Los Angeles, London and Hong Kong and has collectors that include Sydney Pollack, Renee Zellweger and Jason Priestley), Stuart Semple (who has shown in a string of international exhibitions and Biennales and is collected by celebrities such as Debbie Harry and Sienna Miller) and Roni Stretch (whose work is held in numerous public collections in the US and Europe as well as private collections worldwide).
Artwork for 'On the Door', another selected vessel

Artists from Debut Contemporary that have been selected by Roberta to be part of the exhibition are Tahnee Lonsdale, Patrick ColhounChantal Powell and myself.
(with thanks to Chantal Powell for words as I copied this off of her blog, go check it out :) )

Charity Auction at DEBUT Contemporary

Yesterday evening saw a Charity Auction take place at Debut Contemporary, the gallery at which I am currently being represented.

There was a good turn out! My piece in the auction was purchased by an important collector!  Below are some snaps from the night courtesy of Peter Barsony.  Check out the full gallery here

Ceramic Plate - The Future's Bright

Tinsel and Twinke

Festival of Britain celebrations at the South Bank Centre

The South Bank Cente Beach huts
 I was lucky enough to be involved in part of the 60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain along the South Bank over the last couple of weeks.
Metal an arts orgainisation in Southend, my home town managed to secure the beach huts along the embankment for 4 months.

My work was shown in the Gallery Hut for 2 weekends over the two April Bank Holidays.

Setting up the Gallery hut
My Vessels

All Washed Up! Brooches
more images of the vessels i made especially for this event - entitled 'Wish You Were Here'

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Just before the Royal Wedding, I took a trip 'oop north' to Wakefield to deliver 15 vessels to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park to be displayed in their Shop Showcase from 9th May - 22nd July.  I still dont quite trust the postman to not break my stuff, and a little break is just waht i needed.

The vessels at the shop

Here's the shop! That's the display cabinet in which the work will be displayed

It was such a beautiful day we decided to stay up there and make the most of the park.  It's set in 500 acres of rolling rural park land.  I really couldnt believe how lovely it was, the sky was a piercing blue and there were sheep with lambs roaming the land!  I really do feel honoured to have work exhibited here!

One of Jaume Plensa's large heads - they really were massive

Bretton Hall in the distance behind a sculpture 'Promenade'
Terroising the lambs

After the park visit we didnt really want to drive the 4 hours back home, so we decided to drive through the Peak District, somewhere I've never been before.  A little mid-week adventure. 

Stopped at the side of the road to take a photo of the peak district! haha.. cars were roaring by!

We drove to Buxton - I recognised this name from the bottled water, and loved the fact there were railway arches - viaducts? with houses and buildings built literally underneath them, right on top. 

It was all very reminisant of the Railway Children, dark stone cottages, bright green greenery! - have i got the right area?  Anyways, next we drove through Bakewell (home of the infamous tarts!) and ended in Matlock Bath where we were to stay the night in a little B&B.

Matlock Bath


I'd def recommend a visit to the Park and to the Peak District. Really loved it!

New Business cards

During the last month or so I've had a delivery of new business cards from 

I love this site, its amazing, theyve really done a good job! You can have as many different images on one side.  I decided to change mine, as I didnt think they really represented what I did anymore.  For this batch I have images of the Publand & Slugs and Snails ranges, but also a detail image of one of the dollfaces on a vessel - you can see in the image below.

New Business cards arrived! yesss!