Thursday, 16 January 2020

Art of Caring 2020 - Submissions Open

Now in its 6th year, the Art of Caring is needed more than ever to show support for Nurses, Midwives, Carers, and the NHS. We are looking for artwork that demonstrates your passion for Care and/or Caring. Your artwork will be exhibited as part of a worldwide celebration of the World Health Organisation designating 2020 as the 'Year of the Nurse and Midwife.'

Our theme for entries this year is 'Ingredients for a Healthy Life'.
The Art of Caring will be exhibited twice.
First, at St Georges Hospital (May 2020) where printed postcards of your artwork will be displayed on the walls of the hospital to help celebrate International Nurses Day. This is an inclusive exhibition. Second, at St Pancras Hospital (July-Oct 2020) which will show original artworks and printed postcards. Works will be selected by the Arts Project curators, Peter Herbert and Marius Els.

There is no entry fee.
To enter send up to 3 jpeg images at an A6 size to collectconnect4@gmail.com by 12th April 2020

You will receive a confirmation email within 7 days with your catalogue/exhibition numbers. Before the exhibition, we will print 2 postcards of each of your artworks. One copy will be sent to you and the other will be exhibited at St Georges Hospital, Tooting, UK in May 2020.

Deadline for entries is 12th April 2020
(We may close early if all 400 exhibition spaces are filled)

Alban Low, Bryan Benge, Dean Reddick and Stuart Simler


Visit the Art of Caring website for full details or visit our SUBMIT page.
www.artofcaring.org.uk

Thank you to Kingston University and Dr Julia Gale for their continued support.

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Leonard Matthews - Tolworth Plaque Exhibition

Today we finished off the Tolcake Heroes exhibition with a final brass plaque dedicated to Leonard Matthews. It has been a wonderful exhibition from Sam Tout and Alban Low who hope to be working on a new exhibition in 2020.

Leonard Matthews (b. 1896)
7 Hazel Bank, Tolworth, Surrey, England

The George Medal has been awarded to Mr. Leonard Matthews, a Surbiton A.R.P. worker, of 7, Hazelbank, Tolworth, for his gallantry in tunnelling under the wreckage of a bombed house and causing a trapped man to be rescued, following a raid in September. Mr. Matthews was the leader of a stretcher party which rescued three people from under the stairs of a bombed house, and then turned their attention to another wrecked house. “We were told that a man, Mr. Butler, and his wife and child were under the debris,” said Mr. Matthews, “There was no sign of life but I started a tunnel with my hands, and eventually found Mr. Butler under the wreckage. My colleagues and I pulled him out. He was almost unhurt. His wife and child, luckily, were not at home when the bomb fell.” Mr. Matthews served in the R.A.M.C. in the last war, and for a few years after the Armistice. He twice played in Army Cup Association football finals, and received first a winners’ medal and then a runners up medal from the late King George V, who. just after the last war, decorated him with the Meritorious Service Medal, which Mr. Matthews was awarded for helping to prevent an ammunition train from being blown up in Russia. “Although I have shaken harids with his late father, I have never had the pleasure of meeting our present King,” Mr. Matthews said.
Surrey Advertiser - Saturday 21 December 1940

Sunday, 5 January 2020

More Impossipebbles in South Devon


We first encounter pebbles in childhood, selecting them, chucking them in the air, stacking them as piles, selecting colour, pattern.
Later in life we select again, look for the flat ones, the right weight ones, the ones that skim across the water, to disappear.
Humans selected Pebbles as tools, they are among the earliest known man-made artefacts, dating from the Palaeolithic period of human history.
Now they have been selected again, to make paintings, sculptures, repurposed images, placed and perhaps rediscovered by others, to hopefully beckon the minds eye, what, how, why.

This will be the last of the impossipebbles for a few weeks but keep a look out for the Art of Caring call out which should go live in the next week or two.

Bryan Benge - Impossipebble 7 / Odin 3
Placed next to a rusty old anchor at Beesands  

Alban Low - Impossipebble 8, 9 and 10
The Cannon at Bayard’s cove quay side Dartmouth
Impossipebble 8
Within Bayard’s Cove Fort Dartmouth , through a doorway just above the sea on a small ledge.
Impossipebble 9

On the rear axle of the Sherman Tank memorial at Start Bay. 
Impossipebble 10




Friday, 3 January 2020

Impossipebbles in Slapton

We continue our art pebble trail through the lanes of South Devon with a visit to Slapton today.

We first encounter pebbles in childhood, selecting them, chucking them in the air, stacking them as piles, selecting colour, pattern.
Later in life we select again, look for the flat ones, the right weight ones, the ones that skim across the water, to disappear.
Humans selected Pebbles as tools, they are among the earliest known man-made artefacts, dating from the Palaeolithic period of human history.
Now they have been selected again, to make paintings, sculptures, repurposed images, placed and perhaps rediscovered by others, to hopefully beckon the minds eye, what, how, why.

Bryan Benge - Impossipebble 4 / Odin 2
In a niche in the old chancery college boundary wall, Slapton Village.  


Dean Reddick - Impossipebble 5
In a wall niche near the ruined Slapton village Tower. This was built in 1347 and formed the western end of the Chancery College founded by Sir Guy De Briene. It is conveniently near the Tower inn pub for thirsty art lovers.
  

Alban Low - Impossipebble 6
On the seat inside the Slapton Ley bus shelter

Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Impossipebble for 2020

Recently we've been trying out new ways of exhibiting in public spaces. We have had Alban's What If posters on the outside of a railway station, and then an exhibition of brass plaques on benches down Tolworth Broadway. Both of these are ongoing, and with only a handful of contributors to propel them along they'll develop over the coming weeks and months.

For the start of 2020 CollectConnect co-founder Bryan Benge has developed a new public art exhibition for us to try. He may well be inviting new participants or simply developing the idea amongst the CollectConnect diehards. He has written a little bit more about the Impossipebble project below, and you can see the first 3 pebbles are now out in public!

The name Pebbles is of English origin. 
Small stones; size of 2 to 64 millimetres based on the Krumbein phi scale of sedimentology. !!!
We encounter those at childhood selecting them, chucking them in the air, stacking them as piles, selecting colour, pattern.
Later in life we select again, look for the flat ones, the right weight ones, the ones that skim across the water, to disappear.
Humans selected Pebbles as tools, they are among the earliest known man-made artefacts, dating from the Palaeolithic period of human history.
Now they have been selected again, to make paintings, sculptures, repurposed images, placed and perhaps rediscovered by others, to hopefully beckon the minds eye, what, how, why.

I know not how I may seem to others, but to myself I am but a small child wandering upon the vast shores of knowledge, every now and then finding a small bright pebble to content myself with. 
Plato

Dean Reddick - Impossipebble 1
Location: All Saints Church, Merriott, Somerset.  


Bryan Benge - Impossipebble 2 / Odin 1 
Location: the circular tree bench in Stoke Fleming village  


Alban Low - Impossipebble 3
Slapton Sands D Day war memorial.  


and on the other side of the memorial was this poignant tribute









Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Thomas Dumper and Nobby Reddick - TolcakeHeroes


author Sam Tout
Sam Tout and Alban Low's new exhibition along Tolworth's famous Broadway continues with new plaques dedicated to local heroes Thomas Dumper and Nobby Reddick. Sam's plaque is inspired by a lovely doughnut he ate at the Moda Caffe. This week they are joined by CollectConnect co-founder Dean Reddick, who has chosen to honour his dad as his hero.

Doughnut
Here is Sam Tout's delicious haiku........and above is the doughnut before it was gobbled up.

Eat space world Doughville 
Lava land of jelly prey 
Tastes stress ball de-light

Nobby Reddick

Nobby Reddick plaque by Dean Reddick
Dean Reddick's plaque is dedicated to the incomparable Nobby Reddick. Nobby (born 1945) and his wife Sonia have been residents of Tolworth for many years. He has worked as a painter and decorator for most of his life and continues to be an active member of the community.


Thomas Dumper plaque - Alban Low
Thomas Dumper
Our third plaque is dedicated to Thomas Dumper (1861-1943). Dumper was a member of Surbiton Council for forty years and was second substitute Charter Mayor. For some years he was a police sergeant (270 Division) and saved a man's life in 1887 when the man deliberately threw himself off Westminster bridge. He left the force in 1898 to become licensee of the Red Lion, Tolworth, and retired as victualler in 1925. Dumper was “father” of the Council, and an alderman when he retired from the Council in 1940. He was chairman of the Surbiton District Council from 1917 to 1920, and was made the first freeman of the borough of Surbiton in 1937. In the 1918 Parliamentary election he unsuccessfully contested the Kingston Division as a Labour candidate.
Thomas Dumper




Tuesday, 5 November 2019

TolcakeHeroes - Charlie Spooner Tolworth

Sam Tout - Tolcake Haiku 
A few months ago we started a new exhibition at Tolworth Station with our What If posters. It has been a great success and has included work from artists Sam Tout, Bryan Benge and Alban Low. We'll finish this exhibition in the next few weeks and I'm sure we will revisit the format in the future. But worry not public art lovers because we have another venture up our collective sleeves.

Alban Low - Tolcake Hero
Sam and Alban have begun a new exhibition in Tolworth today, this time along its famous Broadway. They have written haiku and had them engraved on brass effect plaques. Alban has chosen to write about heroes of Tolworth while Sam has found inspiration from cakes he is eating in the Broadway shops and cafes. They have placed the first two brass plaques out on benches today. Go and have a look for yourself.

Sam's haiku today was inspired by a Caramel Bun from Costa Coffee (55-57 Tolworth Broadway, Surbiton KT6 7DW)

Sweet Tolworth cake rain, 
On caramel roundabouts, 
Creamy clouds blow out 

Alban's haiku is inspired by Charlie Spooner (aged 13) who rescued a school chum from the Hogg's Mill river in 1909. He was awarded a special certificate from the Royal Humane Society and was lauded as a hero in the local area. The boy he saved was so grateful he gave Charlie all his worldly possessions including his swimming shorts, a fishing rod, 3 farthings and a quantity of cake. Unfortunately Charlie died 5 years later and is buried in St Mary's Churchyard, Long Ditton.

A special thank you to Robin Hutchinson and The Community Brain who has made this project possible. More next week when Sam eats a massive doughnut and I celebrate the life of the great Thomas Dumper.