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Pollard Street Open Day Retrospective!

Thursday, August 11th, 2022

On Saturday 9th July we were delighted to open our doors for our 15th Open Studios!

This time we joined forces with fellow Pollard Street Neighbours Wellington Studios & Bridge 5 Mill to bring you a 3 mill collaboration , showing off our amazing artists, creatives & small businesses!

The theme of the day was ‘Pollard: to cut off the top & branches of a tree to encourage new growth‘, so fitting and depicted on our poster by the incredible AWOL resident, illustrator and screen-printer Crooked Cartoon.

Huge thankyou to everyone who made it over, we had a wonderful day, met some great people & truly enjoyed opening up our doors to you all again!

Cate Blanchard

Thursday, August 11th, 2022

Cate Blanchard, also known as The Sober Painter began making artwork after overcoming alcohol addiction in 2019. She was later diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in 2021 at age 34. She paints abstract acrylics with bold colours and textures detailing Cate’s storyboard of emotions on her journey of diagnosis and recovery. She finds comfort in rhythmic, repetitious patterns and consistent movement.


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