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AWOL Studios are back in the building!

Wednesday, May 12th, 2021

Welcome back one and all and for those who never stopped working, what a strange old year it’s been, eh?

We hope everyone’s safely retained an appropriate level of sanity to go out their usual business and that the juices are once again flowing. We’d really love to see / hear what you’ve been doing through lockdown to fill the time (how ever boring or bizarre!) and the ways you’ve found to pass the time.

With case numbers going down and a general feeling of positivity on the rise we thought it was about time to start looking ahead and as always, an AWOL Open Studios is on the horizon. This year we’re thinking November might be a good month for a pre-Winter warmer; giving everyone time to find their new groove and prepare. As always we rely on your networks to help us spread the word and we’ll be promoting from all our social media platforms news of your artistic endeavours.

As always there’ll be a Resident’s Exhibition (co-curated by that dastardly 5th floor duo Jude Wainwright and Sara Hindhaugh) and an independent showcase of Comme Ca Art creatives on the 5th floor (more details on themes to follow but if you’re struck with inspiration again, please get in touch!).

If anyone has any other ideas they’d like to contribute then we’re always open to discussion, just email david@awol-studios.co.uk (or grab him as you see him doing his rounds). Until then we’ll just say how grateful we are that this awesome community still remains and congratulate you all for weathering the biggest storm of the century.

See you all very soon!

Mark Kennedy – Mosaic Artist

Wednesday, January 20th, 2021

I am a mosaic artist whose work has been on on the streets on Manchester and beyond for 30 years…notably Affleck’s palace and the Etihad stadium. I have made untold amounts of work for untold amounts of people ..a list that I couldn’t possibly detail. A list that would go from street cleaners to hotels to department stores to art institutions to cafes from gangsters to princes to billionaires to the homeless for film stars to magicians for footballers and alchoholics from high lamas to burglars…I think you get my drift…from high end to lowlife…everybody’s pound note is worth exactly the same every publication is worthy of a reader..my most proud moment and career high was i drank the ashes of Bernard Manning. And if you buy me a Guinness one day I’ll tell you the story…

Watch youtube videos about my work here, and here, and here!

My website is crap ..the work is old and bobbins and I cant be arsed with it…www.markkennedy.co.uk

I’m on Instagram as @markkennedymosaics

Contact me on info@markkennedy.co.uk

Mobile 07970101699

Thankyou Mark

Stefanie Trow

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020

Stefanie Trow was born in South Yorkshire in 1982. She pursued her talent and love for art from an early age, encouraged by both parents, aspiring artists themselves. After graduating in Visual Arts in 2004, Stefanie spent a year travelling around the world, something she repeated more recently with her young family for 3 months whilst on maternity leave. Being immersed in different cultures and meeting all walks of life has undoubtedly influenced her art and ideas. 

Stefanie’s practice centre’s on the human gaze, inviting a relationship between the viewer and the viewed, questioning the act of seeing and being seen. She creates environments that hold the viewer’s attention; slowing down the process of looking to contrast with the sometimes-frantic pace of everyday life.

Her work stems from an assortment of images, both found and taken from life, predominately focusing on the figure. These images are carefully selected and cropped at crucial points, often obstructing or restricting the gaze, making us consider what can’t be seen or what exists outside the framework of the canvas.

Layering and removing of the paint plays a pivotal role in the creation of her work. In this way, each piece has its own history. Using a variety of tools and techniques, combined with painstakingly selected colour palettes, Stefanie creates work that is bold and vibrant in both colour and composition.

Stefanie and her work have featured in Musicians Baaba Maal’s music video “Gilli Men”. She now exhibits in Manchester and London, with her work collected globally.

www.stefanietrow.com

Email:: info@stefanietrow.com

Facebook:: @stef.trow.art 

Twitter::@stef_trow_art

Instagram::@stef_trow_art

Felicity Meachem

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

FELICITY MEACHEM

Felicity MeachEm is a recent graduate of Fine Art Painting at The University of Brighton and is now based in Manchester. Burgeoning with an overload of pattern, her work explores whether the decorative has a place within contemporary Fine Art Painting.While pattern can still signify twee, kitsch, the degenerate and the feminine, all of the old disparagements which critics imposed against it, with the right use of decoration MeachEm believes that in painting it can be evocative, multivalent, vigorous and empowering.

  Images sourced or appropriated from different cultures define the subject matter in her paintings. Such as Parisian tile patterns, Japanese Kimono and iconic African Dutch wax prints. This is in order to create a utopian world where all cultures can live in harmony.The work highlights the unavoidability of politics. She is aware that by contrasting and balancing different cultural iconographies, from western tonon-western patterning,it can be quite contentious. Especially with its relation to ‘Orientalism’. However, in opposition to this her work wishes to investigatethe complexity of cross-cultural fertilization. And shestrongly believes that internationalism of pattern work is a cultural fabric that overlaps. 

She has also been shortlisted for The Graduate Art Prize 2018 with her painting ‘I’m Alright, Hiding Tonight’.

W :: www.felicitymeachem.com

I :: @felicitymeachempainting

Email: fmeachem@hotmail.co.uk

One 6th – Animation Studio

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

We are ‘One6th’ Animation Studio. We tell life sized stories, scaled down to 1:6.

Our stop motion commercials and short films are created using miniature puppets and sets, which we craft with meticulous detail. We strive to be bold, creating content that explores socially relevant subject matters and which celebrates the craft and power of visual story telling.

Our latest short film The Inventor Of Happiness is currently in production and set for completion in 2019. The project has been funded via successful Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns with additional support from investors such as Riff-Raff productions (Jude Law & Ben Jackson).

To see our films and other behind the scenes content, please visit our website and social media accounts below.

W :: www.one6th.co

E :: Baz@one6th.co

T :: www.twitter.com/one_6th

F :: www.facebook.com/one6th

I :: www.instagram.com/one_6th

Sandra Robinson

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

Sandra is a graduate of the Manchester School of Art. A contemporary abstract artist, primarily a painter but also working with collage contemporary drawing and mixed media.

Email :: Sandra.m.robinson@ntlworld.com 

Instagram :: sandrarobinsonart

Twitter :: @colourofideas

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