Salon 6 at The Old Lock Up Studio

•August 27, 2014 • Leave a Comment

 

 

SALON 6

Salon – a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine taste and increase their knowledge of the participants through conversation. These gatherings often consciously followed Horaces definition of the aims of poetry, either to please or to educate (aut delectare aut prodesse est)

The Salon events were founded in August 2011 by myself and Clay Smith, they have now become a highlight in this areas cultural calendar.

The next one night only event is fast approaching and will be held at The Old Lock Up Studio in Cromford, Derbyshire on 27th September 2014. Doors open 6.30pm until 9.30pm approximately and the event is open to all, so please feel free to join us.

This will be the first Salon exhibition that I have organised and curated independently, I’m incredibly excited with the lineup of artists and it’s looking like a great show that’s not to be missed. 

Please click and follow the links below to find out further information about the Salon 6 artists:

Jackie Berridge

Louisa Chambers

Valerie Turton

Terry Greene

Steve Gresham

Sarah Fiander

Sarah R Key

David Manley

Mandy Payne

Alyson Morgan-Tansley

lois Gardner Sabet

Rachael Pinks

Stephen B MacInnis

 

 

 

Upward Curve

•August 21, 2014 • 6 Comments

Upward Curve

Upward Curve ~ Acrylic and Collage on Paper.

A little while ago I was going through a difficult patch, one of those times when quite a few things go very badly wrong in almost all aspects/areas of your life. It hit me hard and there were moments when I seriously considered jacking a few things in, mainly because the bad patch took it out of me, I felt absolutely shattered and exhausted.

But now I’m definitely on an upward curve.

Life is much improved and I’m finding a way forward with many things, I feel excited again.

Here’s the good stuff:

My children’s art workshops this Summer have done exceptionally well and I’ve now had 37 bookings. I have to say I’ve thoroughly enjoyed them so far and there are 4 more sessions before the end of the Summer.

Salon 6: the next Contemporary art show at The Old Lock Up Studio is on 27th September 2014 and there’s a really exciting line up of artists. I’ll be writing a blog post shortly about this.

Following my last blog post I was contacted by a mentor and coach called Karen Sutton-Johal, as time goes by I’ll mention every now and then the work Karen is doing with me.

Karen contacted me to offer to coach/mentor me for the next 12 months. The mentoring is concerned with money mindsets, profit and entrepreneurial/business advice. I had my first coaching  session recently and I have to say I’ve found it incredibly rewarding and useful. The first few steps have seemed quite small yet they have had a really big impact on my relationship to and understanding of money.

During the session I told Karen that I had an interview the following day for a full-time post: we discussed it and Karen said ‘you don’t want the job do you?’ I didn’t, I had convinced myself that I had to get a full time post so as to improve my current financial situation. Karen gave me a task to do and told me I already had a solution to my problem I just had to allow myself to see it. Within 2 days of being given the task I’d found several ways forward and chose 4 of them from my list. Today I set the ball rolling and I’m feeling confident that within a few months I will have made a huge step forward. The work that we are doing together is making a real difference to my financial outlook. I’ve never set up a business before and although there are some things I have got to grips with there are many areas that I need the support of a good coach to fully understand them, especially money as we just aren’t taught about this properly at school.

I’m incredibly busy at the moment and days go by where I literally do not stop, but I’m feeling so excited and optimistic about my future!

Don’t let them pass you by

•July 17, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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The last blog post I wrote earlier this week The Spaces In Between wasn’t an easy post to write, I wanted to get back to writing freely again, that was all.

However it resulted in something pretty great happening and someone getting in touch with me explaining that they would like to meetup and discuss the possibility of working with me: providing money mentoring and profit coaching to help me realise my goal/dream.

Well today I met with them and they have offered to coach me for 12 months. Needless to say I’m feeling very positive. As time goes on I’ll write some updates: I plan to get my blog back on track, as I do my life.

The title of this post is a reference to opportunities, my blog had over 200 hits the day that I posted ‘The Spaces In Between’ and some of the hits were people reading some of my old posts: which in turn led me to read some of them as well, many of them I had completely forgotten about and I found a few little gems.

I came across one that I wrote in 2011 And so the year is almost over where I wrote about opportunities and how they can quite easily pass us by, completely unnoticed. If you click on the link above it’ll take you to the post: the links there are well worth following/reading etc if you are interested in seeing and grasping opportunities as they arise. 

I just want to also say thanks to all you lovely people that have liked my post on FB, retweeted it, read it and got in touch with me this week: very kind and greatly appreciated!

‘The Little reed, bending to the force of the wind soon stood upright again when the storm passed over.’ ~ Aesop

The Spaces In Between

•July 14, 2014 • 4 Comments

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I began writing my blog just over 3 years ago: one morning at 4am ish when I’d had another sleepless night worrying about my forthcoming redundancy: of course then I had no real idea of what was ahead of me. I had no real idea of how to write a blog or what I’d actually write about and my blog has really continued that way. I’ve written about my redundancy, about leasing a studio and the struggle it’s been, about crowdfunding, about aspects of my life that have been difficult, about artists whose work I love, about my work, about the ups and downs of my life.

I’ve had people thanking me for being frank, I’ve had people tell me that some of my blogs have helped them and inspired them, I’ve had people tell me that some of my blogs have made them cry and I’ve had people tell me to stop writing about such things as being broke or being depressed: because it’s just not the done thing,

The last few months have been incredibly difficult for many reasons: I finally sold my house in March 2014 and everything connected to that house was finally settled: no more solicitors letters going back/forth. Then the struggle financially that followed: paying my rent and bills on a care workers wage, keeping the lease paid for on the studio at one point was almost impossible. During May I had to sit down and work out how many days I had left before I needed to give notice on the studio: the prospect of giving notice quite honestly filled me with dread. Then with just 7 days left it all fell into place: now there are 5 of us sharing the studio and with the profits from the life drawing class the studio is sustainable. Things financially are still incredibly tight, but in fact it’s been a great lesson. I’ve realised, even though I’m already very thrifty, that there was still room to tighten my belt even further. 

Then something happened that pulled the rug from right under my feet: I’m a firm believer in crying when sadness hits: in the last couple of months there have only been a handful of days where I haven’t.

And I’m now at the point where I’ve picked myself up and I’m back on my feet, apart from the odd day when I have a glitch.

But the aftermath that the last few months of my life has left me with is going to take me a while to catch up on: endless piles of paperwork and forms to fill in, emails that I haven’t had the will or the strength to reply to and other such stuff. 

And through it all I’ve always had painting on my mind, I have work to do and ideas to try out. That in itself is enough for me right now.

 

Salon 6 ~ Co Curator Needed.

•June 23, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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Salon is an exhibition of regional and International contemporary art, for one night only held at The Old Lock Up Studio in Cromford.
Salon was founded in August 2012 by Rachael Pinks with the aim to show work of Contemporary Artists, primarily from the East Midlands area but not exclusively.
The exhibitions are held every 3-4  months & always for one night only.
The Salon shows continue to be a great success & offer art enthusiasts, artists & collectors an opportunity to view contemporary art, socialise & network.
The Old Lock Up Studio readily  transforms into a unique gallery space.
Rachael Pinks is currently looking for a co curator for the next salon exhibition ~ Salon 6. Which will be held in late August/early September, date to be confirmed.
If you are interested in this opportunity please contact Rachael in writing via email with a covering letter, CV and a brief outline of why you are interested in co-curating the next Salon show.
Emails to: rachaelpinksart@hotmail.co.uk

The good, the bad and the ugly

•May 7, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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The photograph above was taken at the Nottingham Contemporary’s current show ‘Somewhat Abstract’. I’m stood in front of Peter Lanyon’s ‘Soaring Flight’. This was a real treat for me as I admire and enjoy Lanyon’s work: first seeing it in St Ives in 2000, having not heard of him or seen his work prior to this. I also enjoyed the piece of work by Zebedee Jones and the work by Prunella Clough at ‘Somewhat Abstract’.

The show really is worth a visit and I’ll be back for a second helping in the next few weeks.

Myself and Clay are heading off to Birmingham tomorrow to see Grayson Perry’s tapestries. A conscious decision to see as much good art as we can and as often as we can.

I find myself increasingly busy and life is a bit of a juggling act right now: having just worked a ten day stretch at work finding time for everything else is often incredibly hard. I’ve missed two great PV’s due to being so tired that I’ve had to just sleep.

I miss the studio and having the freedom to head down there as and when I need and want to: although I have managed a fair bit of painting in the last 2 weeks, no where near as much as I need to or want to though.

But as it happens I have annual leave fast approaching me and much of that will also be spent in the studio. I need to have quite a bit of work finished for several reasons. The studio will be opening for the annual village festival, that very same weekend I am one of 6 invited artists showing their work at the Ashbourne Festival and I need new pieces of work for galleries too.

Oh yes and during the village festival I shall be throwing the front door of my humble abode open to the general public: for the open gardens, it just so happens that you have to trapse through my house to get to my garden. Gardening is something that I love and I’ve also been busy getting it tidied and looking reasonably presentable. I’m planning to have mine and some of Clays work on show, during the open gardens, in my living room on the Sunday of the festival. So pop in and say hi if you’re in Derbyshire on 21st/22nd June.

I’m also busy looking for 2 people to rent spaces at the studio, I’ve had a fair bit of interest, but I have to ensure that prospective artists/makers plans and activities for/in the studio don’t conflict with what is already provided. I’m still not sure how someone could visit the studio, as they did this weekend, tell me that they are interested in renting the spaces and that they intended to run life drawing classes during weekends: even though they knew full well that we already provide this at the studio…

So the search continues and as far as I can see it’s just a case of the word being spread: there are creative people out there looking for affordable studio spaces. Unfortunately the reality is that if I don’t fill at least one space in 25 days time I shall have to give notice on the lease: something that I can’t even consider or contemplate at this stage. I just don’t earn the kind of money, as a care worker, to enable me to pay the shortfall that we currently have. And of course the knock on effect will be a huge one as I would no longer be able to purchase the studio.

Life continues. And I continue to be optimistic.

Over the last few weeks I’ve made a  very hefty decision that will change my life again, I’m pretty sure it will be for the good: not the bad or the ugly!

 

 

 

Studio space at The Old Lock Up Studio

•April 24, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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We currently have 2 studio spaces available at The Old Lock Up Studio in Cromford, Derbyshire. Suitable for artists, designers/illustrators and crafts people etc.

Each space costs £60 per month or just £100 to combine the 2 spaces if you are looking for a large studio space.

The rental cost above covers water rates, business rates and the alarm system. Each artist is issued with their own set of keys and has access to the studio 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The studio has it’s own small kitchen, toilet/washing facilities and is set back from the main road running through Cromford village: which offers a quiet location to work in which is also close to local amenities: post office, cafes, village shops etc.

If you would like more information please email: rachaelpinksart@hotmail.co.uk

To see further photographs of the studio and some of the events we have organised at the studio please follow this link: The Old Lock Up Studio

 
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