Kunsthuis Gallery

Kunsthuis gallery did a call out on curatorspace for photographs relating to positive emotions. 

We, as humans, have always faced uncertainty engaging with life and a resultant complex set of mechanisms have developed to help us navigate through this.  Our emotional engagement with life is a powerful source of motivation, conscious or unconscious. Leaving aside the academic debates that underpin these concepts we, at Kunsthuis Gallery, would like to focus on the idea of positive emotions as the theme for our next exhibition.

In particular, we invite artists to produce work inspired by the ideas of Barbara Fredrickson’s ground-breaking Broaden-and-Build Theory of positive emotions. She says the ‘point’ of positive emotions is to open our minds, broaden and expand awareness, and facilitate the building and development of resources including knowledge, skills, abilities and relationships. For example, ‘joy sparks the urge to play, interest sparks the urge to explore, contentment the urge to savour and integrate, and love sparks a recurring cycle of each of these urges within a safe, close relationships.’ 

We feel that hand in hand with this idea is that of resilience, the building and layering of positive responses that can also refer to the materials chosen to be used in the production of works of art.  And colour looms large here as a powerful source of the expression of feelings. Before we leave it to you, here are some lovely words to set you on your way.

Joy a sense of elation, happiness, often experienced as a sudden spike due to something good 

Serenity calm, peaceful feeling of acceptance of oneself

Interest feeling curiosity or fascination that demands and captures attention

Amusement a feeling of light hearted pleasure often accompanied by smiles and easy laughter

Enthusisasm a sense of excitement, accompanied by motivation and engagement

Optimism a positive and hopeful emotion that encourages you to look forward to a bright future, one in which you think that things will mostly work out

Inspiration feeling engaged, uplifted and motivated by something 

Awe an emotion that is evoked when you witness something grand, spectacular or breathtaking sparking a sense of overwhelming appreciation

Our aim is to curate an exciting exhibition of saleable work in the mediums of photography, ceramics, sculpture, illustration, painting, printmaking, drawing, textiles, glass, collage, music (cd), poetry (printed collection), digital and jewellery. We want to encourage conversations, increase knowledge transfer and provide visual delights for our audiences in order to share and spread positive emotions through inspirational authentic works of art. 

I am looking forward to visiting the opening on the 5th April. 

BBC North West tonight and radio interviews

BBC North West tonight showed three of my images shot when ‘World on Fire’ was being filmed in St. Annes on the 12th February 2019. I also had a couple of Radio interviews for BBC radio Lancashire to promote the ‘Burgers and Noodles’ photographic exhibition. Promoting our exhibition at the winder gardens on the 30th January with John Gillmore and also in the morning session with Graham Liver. Then another opportunity to promote our exhibition at the 1 year opening celebration of the Art Break Hotel. On the 8th March a group of artists from Blackpool and surrounding areas were invited to the BBC radio lancashire studio in Blackburn to talk about art on International Women’s day. It was amazing to be part of the celebration of women’s work at this venue. 

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