I’ve been a member of Artsite for over 10 years, I met two of the founders Sally and Martin when I was working on a community arts scheme ‘The Octobus Project’ in the mid 90’s. They were based in the same building on Cricklade rd and at the time were just a small group. They asked if I’d like to join them and initially I took part in some of their exhibitions then later on rented a studio when they moved into the old post office building in Theatre square where I’ve been ever since.
As a member of Artsite you are expected to help out in various ways – running community workshops, cleaning, helping with the up keep of the building etc to help support the running of the group & give back for the low rental of the studio space. Having my own studio has been a godsend over the years, a space to escape and create and also collaborate with other artists. I help Sue Bardwell with Artsite Kidz group and also run a weekly mosaic workshop. I make mosaics and enjoy the collecting and researching of ideas as much as the creating and finishing the final piece. My studio is full of curiosities and items I’ve collected from walks, carboot sales and charity shops with a view to using them in my artwork. I get inspired by the ancient Wiltshire landscape, the chalk downs, monuments and the stories and folklore that can be found within it.
With thanks to Lynette Thomas for images and compiling artist statements.