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September looks like being a month for Look Up and our featured artists, who are filling their diaries with all manner of creative fun and games...
First things first, we've got a new exhibition opening on Saturday September 3rd at Walthamstow Village Window Gallery. Located on Orford Road E17, WVWG is a fantastic Victorian shop window gallery and throughout September they'll be displaying prints from our launch collection – one by each of our featured artists. We'll post a more in-depth article on the exhibition soon, but in the meantime click here for more info and please join us on Thursday 8th September (7–9pm) for celebratory drinks.
If you're a fan of the "artist's photocopier of choice", you'll love Risorama – a festival of risograph printing organised by the dudes at Manchester-based Yuck Print House. It's open from 11am–6pm this Saturday – September 3rd – at Protein Studios (31 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EY). Pop along and you'll find a colourful array of affordable prints made by a host of talented creatives alongside Look Up artists Kate Gibb, William Edmonds, and Supermundane.
We've got news on several exhibitions involving of our launch collection artists, but first… Congratulations to Kate Banazi! We were over the moon when Kate accepted our invitation to get involved in Look Up, and the two editions she created for our launch collection are, in a word, exceptional. So we were delighted when we heard that Kate had been selected by Vogue Living and Lexus Design Awards as one of ten up-and-coming creatives based in Australia. We wholeheartedly concur. Well done Kate! Find out more here.
Kate Banazi's 'Mutable Object 2' screen print, created for the Look Up launch collection
Bonnie Craig's been busy collaborating with studio colleague Jenny McCabe; while they're both fond of screen printing, their work couldn't be more different. Largely representational, Jenny's prints focus on wildlife scenes and she's not overly keen on using colour. Bonnie, on the other hand, loves colour, geometry, abstraction and pattern. Together, they've explored a number of techniques like drawing, rubbings, photography and collage to create a series of screenprints based on imagery from Castle Hill in Lancaster. You can see the fruits of their labour in 'Composite', an exhibition at The Dukes (30 August to 3 October). This weekend Bonnie will be running printing workshops at Vintage By the Sea festival in Morecambe, while preparations are ongoing for a three-day interactive installation at York Art Market and a community arts commission for Light Up Lancaster. Phew! Good luck Bonnie.
One of the experimental prints created by Bonnie Craig and Jenny McCabe for 'Composite'
Fiona Grady is rather adept at keeping herself busy, so it comes as little surprise to find that her work is set to feature in three new shows this month. First of all there's 'STEAM: Ahead' (6th September–30th October) at South Square in Thornton, Bradford – a group exhibition concerned with the intersection between art, technology and science. Fiona's showing a pair of new monoprints alongside a new site-specific wall drawing, which she's planning to create with a giant homemade compass. Can't wait to see that! Then there's 'Shaping the Void' at Bankley Gallery in Manchester, with new work by Fiona, Linda Hemmersbach and Hannah Luxton. Exploring their "shared fascination with abstraction, minimalism, Eastern philosophy and the tangible", 'Shaping the Void' opens on Friday 9th September and runs 'til September 24th – more info here. Then, towards the end of the month, Fiona is one of 19 artists involved in the latest Drawing Connections progress, 'On Our Way To Where?', with more info available here.
'Daylight Shuffle' by Fiona Grady, three-layer screen print for Look Up
Stay tuned to our blog, Instagram and Twitter for more news on events and exhibitions involving our launch collection artists.