Events & Commissions
The Keepers Artist Collective are actively involved in various projects based in Southampton and the surrounding area. Listed below are some recent events and associated publicity.
PYLON is a mixed media video installation.
PYLON is a mixed media video installation that deals with the topic of Psychosis or precisely Schizophrenia
5 – 10 September 2019 A-side B-side Gallery, London
“Due to negative press many people have a misunderstanding of Schizophrenia. My new installation PYLON is based on a truthful representation of an acute episode of Psychosis, offering audiences a realistic experience of what it is like to live with this mental health condition.”
Find more about James Paddock's work
Look twice artists exhibition
Keeper Artist Kate Thelwell is currently taking part in a unique collection of art inspired by the local area.
She will be exhibiting at Exbury throughout the summer with 11 other artists drawing their inspiration from the the New Forest, local beaches and harbours, as well as well-known landmarks including our very own Exbury Gardens.
Find more about Kate Thelwell's work
Local exhibition at Cafe Naked in Southampton.
We were kindly invited to exhibit our paintings at a local cafe in Southampton. Featuring guest artists Sarah Maccario (abstract painting) and Geof Rey (Modigliani portrait )
Unity 101 Carboard sculptures by David McDiarmid
Camels and a Pelican?! In Southampton?!
David McDiarmid has been creating - for the past few weeks - a mother camel, a baby boy camel, and a gender neutral pelican, while using only cardboard. Many of the Unity 101 presenters have enjoyed talking to David while he's been creating these wonderful works of art. During this period, we've asked everyone to give the mother camel a name, and the baby camel boy a name. Now, we have the addition of our wonderful pelican.
Southampton Day of Art Exhibition at the Spark Southampton Solent University
The Accessible Art Show – Hampshire
Live Exhibition – 23 March 2019 – Southampton
Starts 1 March 2019 Ends 5pm, 23 March 2019
The Accessible Art Show will showcase up to 50 local Hampshire artists, displaying over 300 pieces of original artwork. Combining an art exhibition, art fair and gallery with an online auction. By providing opportunities for artists and showcasing their talents, visitors to the city will be able to enjoy a diverse range of art and activities throughout the day. Families will be encouraged to take part in creative, artist-led drop-in sessions to draw, paint and make together. Immersive experiences, public displays, exhibitions, performances, workshops, activities. The Accessible Art Show’s auction will enable everyone to interact with the Day of Art and maybe pick up a future masterpiece.
An Ensemble of Keepers artists exhibition
On the 2nd floor of the Marlands shopping centre in Southampton.
Sarah Maccario at the Solent Showcase gallery.
Sarah and her display at the Showcase Gallery at Solent Uni for the current exhibition MAKE YOUR MARK. Sarah presents her work Southampton A to Z and 3 semi abstract paintings.
Kye Wilson Shares his success Story
Kye Wilson is an award-winning visual artist and film-maker who uses moving image to create films, video art and installations, including multi-disciplinary, site-specific, and live artworks. His works have been performed, exhibited and screened nationally and internationally.
Read his interview on the Creative Space Website
Jo Bressloff at the Solent Showcase gallery.
Congratulations to Jo for her display at the Showcase Gallery at Solent Uni for the current exhibition MAKE YOUR MARK. She installed her stitched, tactile map of Old Southampton Cemetery.
Martin Davey: Paintings
Martin Davey's paintings are currently showcased at the Keepers Studios. Come and have a look at his paintings (4-3 East Street, below Bar, Southampton)
Monocular View by Kye Wilson
“Meditation on the tension between past [and] present.” Paul Young, Art Cinema.
Monocular View sees artist Kye Wilson responding to the unique character of Fort Brockhurst, using time-based media to create a new immersive site-specific video installation. Re-contextualising the forts’ history he will offer audiences an embodied experience, blurring the distinctions between time, place, self and other. Monocular View was inspired by the imagined views looking out from the fort (‘field of fire’ defence positions, now overgrown) combined with those looking into the fort (from the perspective of an invading enemy). Each viewpoint slowly dissolves into an oppositional one, achieving a sense of “continuous present”, the feeling of experiencing the present moment unfolding and disappearing. Monocular View has been commissioned by Space Interrupted. Space Interrupted is generously supported by Arts Council England and partners English Heritage and aspex gallery Portsmouth.
image credits: Monocular View (landscape version), still from film © Kye Wilson; Monocular View (landscape version), stills sequence from film © Kye Wilson weblink/credits: http://www.kyewilson.co.uk/monocular-view.php
The Keepers Gallery 's new display by Jaxart
Jacqueline is versatile "willow" sculptor and can often be found out in the community demonstrating her craft and sharing her skills with others. Jaxart website
The Keepers new Gallery in Southampton
We are delighted to invite you to our new gallery and studio space on east street in Southampton. We are hoping to organise events and exhibition and help promote the Arts in the town centre.
Rosewood Free School commission
JMasson worked as Artist and designer in a collaboration with the Tract and Touch organisation, to create a multimedia installation developing innovative ways of teaching and learning for Rosewood Free School in Southampton, (Photography by Joe Low)
Mark Ullah-Khan at Pallant house in Chichester
Great News! After his successful trip to the Outsider art fair in Paris in October , Mark has recently presented his work and reading extract of his poems at the latest Outside In meeting day at Pallant House in Chichester. He was invited to take part in a group exhibition at Sotheby's in the new year. More Information about Mark's work and Outside in can be found on his website.
Southampton was host to an art and music festival during summer 2017. It was named as the 'Umbrella Arts Festival', and was held on the 10th June in Palmerston Park, one of the central parks within the City.
Three members of the 'Keepers' took part; Jacqueline Rolls, Sarah Maccario and Martin Davey. The artists took up residence for the day on a plot within the festival, using a gazebo kindly supplied by Jacqueline, and under which various pieces of artwork, cards and prints were offered for sale. The weather was kind and the turnout good, with the public dropping in for a chat. The event was supported by Big Lottery and SoCo Music Project, working with local partners from the area, and explored how music and the arts can have a transformative effect on our health and well-being, by the public taking part in a range of activities.
Keepers tent at the 2017 Umbrella Festival
Interior of the tent with some of the Keepers art displayed
Johnny V exhibition
At the square Peg Community centre in Gosport , Aug 2017
Johnny V's is Gosport's first vegan cafe. They offer a range of great food and drink that happens to be animal free. They always try and use local organic ingredients.
They are based at the Square pegs charity a small KCC registered provision offering a variety of childcare and educational service for children with social communication and behaviour difficulties, autistic spectrum disorders/aspergers.
check out their website - squarepegs.org
Artwork by Keeper artist Mark Ullah-Khan on display at the Johnny V cafe, Gosport
GAF centre Arts and Heritage Centre
During the summer, four 'Keepers', had an art exhibition at the Bursledon GAF centre, on the outskirts of Southampton. It ran from Saturday 15th July, which was a private view, through to the 11th of August, 2017. The artists exhibiting were Martin Davey, Sarah Maccario, Jacqueline Rolls, and Kate Thelwell. Some additional work was contributed by Kate's father, David Thelwell. Jacqueline was largely responsible for creating and organising the successful exhibition, held in the unique hall dating from the 18th century. Thanks goes to the members of GAF, and the local Bursledon community, for helping to make the exhibition a reality.
Keeper artists at GAF: Sarah Maccario, Kate Thelwell, Jacqueline Rolls, and Martin Davey,
Some of the Keepers art on display at GAF
Poster/ flyer for the Keepers GAF exhibition 2017, Hampshire
Henson pigs commission
A number of pig sculptures appeared at the 'Keepers' studio during April 2017. The Keepers Artist Collective were able to accommodate in the working space, these 'guests' for a month, while worked on by guest artist Martin Davey, who was not a Keeper at the time. The pigs were to be painted to three different designs, and displayed in the summer of 2017 on the streets of Gloucestershire, situated in West England, on their 'Henson Trail' public art project. The pigs took approximately 6 weeks to prepare, using acrylic paint, with the initial designs created in Photoshop the previous year.
Unpainted fiberglass pigs after delivery at the Keepers Artist Collective studio space
Finished Henson pigs by Keeper artist Martin Davey
The Steak of the Art Southampton commission
During August some of the Keepers worked on a project with the 'Steak of the Art' restaurant at Ocean village, Southampton. The keepers were in charge of the project and came up with a simple yet colourful concept to be applied to wooden planters situated within the outdoor seating area of the restaurant. Each one was primed and then painted in a limited palette with a similar design, using enamel paint. One of the planters also featured the logo of the restaurant. The painted planters provide a welcome and cheerful relief to the 'hard' materials in the area and will delight those using the facilities.
Restaurant logo as applied to painted planters
Finished planters artwork by the Keepers
Keepers Julian Masson, Mark Ullah-Khan and Sarah Maccario at work
BBC 'Upstart Crow' title/ insert artwork
During 2017 martin was commissioned to produce further drawings to be used within the BBC comedy series 'Upstart Crow', staring David Mitchell and written by Ben Elton. He had worked on the first series with director/ animator Kate Sullivan, and this commission was for a second series and Christmas special, due for late 2017. The drawings are drawn directly in Photoshop and exported in to After Effects for animation, after which they are used within the titles (beginning and end) as well as scene setting (locations) inserted in to the edit. The artwork is based on Tudor woodcuts and it was important to make them look 'wrong and funny' . Most of the subjects were buildings and landscapes, as well as people, animals and objects.
A small selection of drawings produced for the BBC 'Upstart Crow' series
Equality exhibition at Dukes Keep, Southampton
This exhibition aims to cover the history of equality in the UK.
It is one of several modules covering the 9 strands of equality as defined by the equality act 2010.
The Equality exhibition is travelling to several sites through the UK, unfolding the challenges faced by ordinary individuals. As different equality strands are introduced in the exhibition at different stages, it allows to re-evaluate the moments in history that caught the attention of the world.
The individuals featured have gone down in history as heroes who have sown the seed of equality, the results of which society is reaping today. They challenged opponents, changed systems and worked towards bringing equality of opportunity for all. Their strength to fight gave freedom to those enslaved, hope to the poor, and peace to those suffering in silence. In addition, opportunity to those oppressed in society, and continuous empowerment to those who are still fighting for equality for all mankind.
This exhibition helps to inform, educate and provides a valuable insight into the determination and perseverance displayed by these activists. The exhibition at Dukes Keep offers a remarkable journey into history that celebrates and captures the work of many truly extraordinary heroes.
The Equality Act came into force on 1 Oct 2010 and brings together over 116 separate pieces of legislation into one single Act.
Combined, they make up a new Act that provides a legal framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all.
For further information please visit: www.equalityhumanrights.com