Monday, August 28, 2006

Competition entries...

All the entries (bar one which is winging it's way to me as I type) to the BrainCell Artist of the Year Competition are in - and it's a fabulous mix of work, from jewellery and textiles to paintings and digital images - to a very high standard indeed!

The quality of work that the BrainCell members produce is outstanding, and I am proud to be able to help these artists achieve their goals - even in just such a minute way!

The competition will open on on September 4th which is only seven days away! get ready to vote for who you want to crown Artist of the Year 2006!

Monday, August 21, 2006

Four days to go...

... for BrainCell members to get their competition entries in - then the Artist of the Year 2006 exhibition will open on September 4th...
Not long now!

Have you added to Mass-Art yet? is a project run by Boris Rogge, who believes that "the outcome of the project (when its goals are met) will not only be the first in its kind, it will also produce a unique piece of art that has been created over languages, cultures and borders." - these goals are:
* Be the world's first work of art created by a large amount of people from all over the world.
* Proof that people from all over the world are willing to work together in order to create something beautifull (at least we hope it will turn out to be very nice).
* Have one million participants contribute to the project.
* Have people from each and every country in the world participate to the project.

It is free to register, which gives you 2500 pixels with which to play with and create your own mini-masterpiece, which will be part of a much larger painting. So have a go - there are still 63,832,136 pixels left (at time of writing this - they are going fast!)...

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

New member (!!!)

Welcome again, to another new member, Ruth Swallow!

Three of her digital prints can be seen above, but look out for more to come...

Another new artist!

Sorry, but I have been away visiting family, so things have caught up with me a little here, including the blog entries...

So here is another new member to the collective, Sarah Myatt - welcome aboard Sarah!

Sarah makes fused glass bowls, hangings, necklaces and hand-made cards from her home in Leek, Staffordshire. look out for more of her work at the Art Fairs and on the main site... and here of course!

New BrainCell member... from across the sea...!

We are honored to welcome a new member, who is a mixed-media artist living in San Francisco! Her name is Kelly Rae Roberts, and you can see more of her work on her site

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Benedict Sheehan...

One of the purposes of this blog is to use it to point you in unexpected directions - ie anything interesting I find (or anybody else, if they wish to post...) while trawling the web and other blogs, and I shall post them here...

One such great little find is Benedict Sheehan. I came across this little video on the Peachpit Commons blog, which in turn got me searching further for more of Benedict's work. His Blog is worth a look, and has a little bit more about the Magic Mirror piece...

Monday, August 07, 2006

New member...

Welcome to the collective Steve Farley!

Steve is a Birmingham based visual artist who works extensively with surface texture, which in turn offers up exploration through touch...

You can see more of his work at his site

Website of the Month...

This month I have chosen Tim Seaward's site

From there you can also visit Shirley How's site for some excellent glass work...

Take a peek!!!

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Poetic Visions at Chameleon Gallery - 11th August

Greetings people,another evening of decidedly enthralling entertainment awaits you,

Friday 11th August 7-10p.m.ish, Chameleon Gallery presents "Poetic Visions", an evening of short films and poetry readings,featuring international award winning artists Scanner(see below), currently working in upstate New York and Babis Alexaidis, currently holidaying in Greece where he has just won a prestigious award for his animation, plus many other short films with an open mic. poetry style evening featuring the known and talented artists of the west midlands intertwined with chatter /laughter /general merrymaking.

Also on show are two exciting and talented photographers from the recently launched Ignite group, Peter Razzell and Sarah Darkin

Rob Randel showing his metal sculptures and some anti-capitalist images from Carp,who the gallery is representing with a show in Birmingham Central Library in September.(see and search for previous shows to view Carps work.The work on show here will be his latest endeavours).limited edition prints and fantastic screen printed t-shirts also available.

Hope to see you there Alan Cheeseman
Chameleon Gallery
23-25 Sandwell Street
01922 646724 - directions available here!

In early Summer 2006, Scanner invited young people at New Horizon Youth Centre in King's Cross to collaborate on a creative project that expresses how the city at night looks and sounds to their eyes and ears. Through music and voice the group explored the sense of freedom and fear, exhilaration and solitude of the concealing darkness. Between sessions, they captured their nights on camera. NightJam presents two elusive visual and musical journeys through the city’s ‘quiet’ hours.
NightJam is a new commission for Artangel Interaction's Nights of London series of artist-led collaborations exploring the nocturnal metropolis with the people who wake, work or watch over it.
Scanner (left) and MC Quick Latino discussing their track Sleepless City

Friday, August 04, 2006

New artist in the collective...

Welcome aboard Tamar Whyte!

Tamar is a mixed-media visual artist who currently has some work on show at the Chameleon Gallery in Walsall (see previous posts...) - and you can see more of her work at

Tamar will hopefully be selling work at the Brindleyplace Art Fair during ArtsFest - and also look out for her work in the Artist of the Year competition on our main site!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Strange things going on at Blogger...

I have just deleted a post about the Chameleon gallery review - posted yesterday - that was a repeat posting...

I knew something like this would happen - I originally posted the review via email, and when it didn't appear on the blog, I did it again, via the control panel rather than via email, to post it - it has taken over a week for the email to get to Blogger and get posted! Hence the repeat - I don't think I'll be using the email facility to post stuff again...

Thanks to 'Insider Marylin' for pointing it out (whoever you are!)...