Current News (updated 22 April 2021)
I’m thrilled to hear today that I have been awarded Highly Commended in the St Barbe Open Exhibition 2021, Lymington for my reduction linocut print ‘Hamble Quay‘. There were over 400 entries for this prestigious regional art exhibition of which only 87 were selected so its great to be a part of this annual event. I was also awarded Highly Commended last year for my etching ‘Storm over Fawley‘. The exhibition runs from 17 May to 12 June 2021.
Other good news is that it looks like the Red Hot Press Printmakers Exhibition 2021 at Hilliers Arboretum, near Romsey, will go ahead as planned. It runs from 18 May to 13 June and will be the first exhibition there since the lockdown so we are hoping there will be lots of visitors! I have been working on new prints since last year so can’t wait to show my latest work! I will be displaying my work along side 22 other artists from the Red Hot Press so it promises to be a great show. My prints, framed and unframed, as well as some of my cards will be available to buy there.
KayBrownArt is the name of my Etsy shop launched in 2020 where you can buy a selection of my prints and cards. If you are local to Hamble why not pop in to Sea Sky, an art gallery and gift shop where I am one of their featured artists. They are continuing to stock a selection of prints, framed and unframed, and greeting cards. It’s great to be supporting a local independent shop in the village where I live, particularly as it has such a wide range of gifts on offer and some really excellent artists work.
God’s House Tower launched their online exhibition ‘Navigating a New World’ in December 2020 which features my print ‘Downwind off Cape Cod’ and a selection of others from Cowprint Artists’ Group. My print and cards are available to buy from their online shop. We hope to hold our exhibition at GHT later in 2021. My latest post describes how I created this print.
Southampton City Art Gallery have selected two of my prints for their new online open exhibition – In Search of a New World which marks the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower. I’m really thrilled as this is the first time I have entered the Open and to have both ‘Downwind off Cape Cod’ and ‘The Crossing’ selected out of over 450 entries is great news! The exhibition launched on the 15 August 2020, exactly 400 years since the Mayflower departed from Southampton and is still available online.
I completed the Diploma in Printmaking at the Red Hot Press in March 2020, but unfortunately the Foundation and Diploma show that was to be held in May had to be cancelled. I am now building on the body of work developed during the course which focused on celebrating the fine brutalist architecture of Fawley Power Station, so expect to see more prints on this theme emerging over the next few months
The John Hansard Gallery Shop, Guildhall Square, Southampton is currently temporarily closed. I am hoping to continue providing stock of my work for sale when they reopen.
Up and coming (to be updated shortly)
In the Autumn 2019 I took part in the 20:20 Print Exchange 2019 project run by Hot Bed Press in Salford with other printmakers from the Red Hot Press this October. This year sees 45 print workshops, universities and collectives from the UK and Ireland taking part, with international guests from Russia, Denmark, Iceland and Canada. 18,300 prints have been exchanged by 732 artists. It was to be on tour this year but has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. See https://www.2020printexchange.com for details.
Cowprint, the artists group associated with Red Hot Press in Southampton is working on an exciting project to commemorate the sailing of the Mayflower 400 years ago. A collaborative artists book is planned as well as exhibitions and a print exchange with a Inky Hands, a studio and gallery, based in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The exhibition had been planned for the first two weeks of August 2020 but has been postponed due to the coronavirus. More news and revised dates for the exhibition to follow on this shortly.
Urban Sketchers Southampton were to be holding an exhibition of their work in Southampton City Art Gallery Foyer from Saturday 16th May to Saturday 11th July 2020. This has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Our group has come along way in the five years since we had our first exhibition in the Foyer space so this will a great opportunity to display our latest sketches and have our sketches, prints and cards for sale too.
‘Storm over Fawley’ an etching on zinc plate was awarded Highly Commended in the St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery Open Exhibition which ran from 7th July to 30th August 2020.
I had a highly successful exhibition of my latest prints, framed, unframed and cards, alongside other 19 other members of the Red Hot Press at their Summer Exhibition at Hilliers Arboretum, near Romsey, Hampshire from the 5th July to 1st August 2019.
My wood engraving ‘Erosion’ was selected for the Southbank Printmakers Mini Print Open Exhibition 2019 at Gabriel’s Wharf, Southbank, London open from 1 May 2019 to 2 June 2019.
‘Erosion’ was selected for the St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery Open Exhibition 2019, in Lymington, Hampshire, open from 23 March to 2 June 2019.
Red Hot Press Open Studios – 17th to 27th August 2018
Red Hot Press Foundation in Printmaking – 25th to 28th May 2018
Urban Sketchers Southampton 50th Anniversary of the City of Southampton Exhibition – 28 March to 13 June 2015 at Southampton City Art Gallery Foyer (sponsored by Southampton Solent University)