Paul Allender - Sept Update

image: Me and Sarah Caldwell – photo by Georgia Beever

Well, a lot has been going on. Our photography group recently had a discussion where we looked at lots of different types of photography and I asked people what sort of photography they would like to focus upon. Sarah (above) said ‘natural’ and Georgia said ‘close-ups’. We are going to take a field trip soon, taking pics, in the Winter and Peace Gardens in town. The picture above is from a studio session we did at Miro Studio in the SOAR building on Parson Cross in July.

I met with Stuart, a painter, in Asda café recently– he saw my advert in Five Alive magazine, as did another painter Elaine who I have yet to meet. Both live on Foxhill. I am going to help Stuart realize what he wants to do in painting – he has huge artistic ambitions - much more to follow on this. I am hoping to work with Stuart for a long time to come.

I am learning that there are lots of creative, interesting people on Parson Cross and Foxhill.

I won a bid to be part of Art Sheffield Festival Parallel Projects – I will hire a mini-bus and conduct a subjective tour of Parson Cross, visiting some spots where some interesting things happened when I was a teenager! Art Sheffield will publicize it on their printed guide to the festival and their website. Great! I’ll publicize this event nearer the time on my blog http://paulallenderparsoncross.blogspot.co.uk/. The festival takes place between the 4th Oct and 14th December 2013 – you can find out more about it here http://artsheffield.org/assets/art-sheffield-festival-2013/.

Kate Genever and Steve Pool ran a great week-long summer school on Parson Cross. I attended the whole thing and I gave a paper entitled Is Art Freedom? on the last day. I learnt a lot and met some great people.

Plus, lots more leads to follow. I may be running a painting group at Foxhill Health Centre – please watch this space…