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Friday, 1 June 2018

That Was Our Artist Open House - North End House - May 2018

I mentioned in my previous post how grateful I am to have had the chance to be a part of the first Artist Open House event at North End House in Ditchling. May 2018 saw the house open as an AOH venue for the first time, and I showed with Olivia Marjorie Broadbent Smith, who calls North End House home, Beth Flynn and Beccy Bloomfield.

I have learned so much about what my work means to me, and I've been able to see it through the eyes of others. Sharing art is a pickle for me. I love making artworks and illustrations, I get so much joy from the visual work of others, and yet to talk about and share my own work ... It makes me feel that I am like a kid that comes running up to you shouting "LOOK AT THIS THING I DREW!" We all know that all you have to say is "WOW!" and variations of "That's amazing/ you're very talented/ didn't you just go and try your darned hardest" etc. It is this aspect that confuses me. Or has confused me.

I used to think art making was egotistical. Not wholly, but there must have been a part in it that is driven by the brittle attention seeking ego. That would be the root of all the self-consciousness and anxiety that so many artists feel. I'm pleased to say I don't think that anymore. Exhibiting goes far beyond that. Talking with visitors and seeing the joy of pottering up North End in Ditchling and sharing in community, and creative thought, and taking in the view and the scent of flowers, what a beautiful thing. The overwhelming feeling I have is one of collaboration.

Human society exists because we share and collaborate. A monkey taps his monkey pal on the shoulder and shows him that if you smash that rock on this rock it makes an entertaining noise. Monkey pal says "OOH! OOH! OOH!" and does it too, and in a heartbeat, The Rolling Stones are making $10 million dollars in t-shirt sales alone. (Are you keeping up?)

The only thing that moves you to make art in the first place is that you saw something somebody else did and you were moved. You might have enjoyed it, it might have annoyed you, you might have been unsettled or activated or you might have thought "I can do better than that".  But the thing was shared, and you saw it, and you moved forward.

Here's to an evolution.

North End House Art In Ditchling 2018
North End House - View From the Road

North End House Art In Ditchling 2018
Our Work Together - Olivia Marjorie Broadbent Smith, Beth Flynn, Beccy Bloomfield and Amy Leonard


North End House Art In Ditchling 2018
Olivia Marjorie Broadbent Smith - North End House 2018

North End House Art In Ditchling 2018
Beccy Bloomfield's sculpture and painting of Marjorie Broadbent nee Bourne

North End House Art In Ditchling 2018
Beccy Bloomfield at North End House

North End House Art In Ditchling 2018
Beth Flynn at North End House

North End House Art In Ditchling 2018
Amy Leonard at North End House

North End House Art In Ditchling 2018
Preparing for the Private View


North End House Art In Ditchling 2018
Sneaky peak through the doors. Did you make it?