I am very lucky to be working on this project being coordinated by Trevor Flinn.
For the next three Wednesdays I will have the pleasure of sharing this amazing space with other artists. This is a building that I have always admired and I am sure a lot of other local people have too.
Last Wednesday, my first meeting with the building, was an interesting experience. It was quite an adventure exploring; the pigeons cooed and flapped in and out of the many escape hatches available to them. The wind came up and sheets of tin flapped, adding to the atmosphere. Piles of yesteryear lay strewn around on floor amongst the pigeon poo and a dead cat or two.
I could easily imagine what it would be like in its heyday. Bustling with people, farmers dropping off produce, dogs barking on the back of trucks, workers whistling and chatting.
The challenge over the next few weeks will be to capture this feeling. It will be interesting to see interpretations from the different artists who will visit over the next few weeks.
I immediately needed to feel the building, the bones that have held it together for so many years. With charcoal and pastels I set out to do some rubbings on a large piece of old timber, that had so much beautiful texture.
I am not sure what my final piece will look like, hopefully it will reveal itself in good time. For now I have transferred my rubbings onto a canvas. Next session I will take some paint and see what evolves. I am guessing it will be colourful. What do you think?
If you are interested in old buildings and art please come along to have a look on the 21st March at 7pm. Don’t forget to sign up for my blog and newsletter if you would like to read more. See you there.