It’s been a really eventful month - much of which is documented here on the blog and on Twitter #popasylum So what’s next? If Pop Asylum has captured your imagination and you want to be a part of its future e-mail here to say so.
It may be Thursday tomorrow but Pop Asylum is squeezing another #cakefriday in for good measure.
Please come along from 11am to bid the space farewell and perhaps even leave your mark.
Pop Asylum started on the 1st March 2011 as a project seeking to bring creative people together in new spaces. Tomorrow is the 31st and Pop Asylum is closing. On the last day, as with the first, the walls are blank and empty. This time, paper is being attached to one wall and you are invited to scribble a message, paint or hang a bit of your own artwork before Pop Asylum closes up.
Look forward to welcoming you in the traditional Pop Asylum manner - tea, cake and art from 11am tomorrow.
Yes, it’s true. After a busy and indulgent #cakefriday Pop Asylum was feeling a little deflated. Floor to ceiling art one day, blank walls the next. Now the dust has settled slightly, a big thank you to everyone who popped in, brought baked goods and stayed to chat. You’re great. Art and conversation spilled into the street and passing shoppers were drawn in to participate - and it wasn’t in a queue.
Fortunately, Lynne @mishadesign kept our spirits up over the weekend by bringing her large, silk prints to Pop Asylum. See here http://twitpic.com/4d7alv
This week, the last and not to be missed exhibition is from Have You Seen Bob? This open project has gone global with Bobs travelling to the ends of the earth and into the hands of some pretty nifty photographers. There’ll be examples from 45 countries in Pop Asylum from Monday. Check out their popular Facebook page to find out more and introduce yourself on Twitter @haveyouseenbob
Hope to see you before Pop Asylum closes on Thursday 31 March.
You do know its #cakefriday at #popasylum tomorrow from 11am? Well, if not you do now and you are very welcome to attend. Pop Asylum bakers are busy cake-making right now so we can enjoy our last Friday - in the style to which we accustomed.
Following on from the post below, here are more details about 3 of the 6 artists who are currently showing - and whose work you’ll be able to admire.
Fiona Hooper has brought some her landscapes and still life paintings all the way from Surrey to Pop Asylum. Check her out in Artists and Illustrators magazine here.
Lynne Misiewicz @MishaDesign is a Tunbridge Wells Artist, Muralist, Creative Designer and Illustrator. She is the person responsible for the recent Hospice in the Weald mural. Have a look at it in This is Kent.
Carl Abrams @carlsphotograph has brought Pop Asylum some new photographs. Go to his website and guess which ones you’re going to see.
We also have a very special guest this Friday. A local lady, who in 70 odd years has worked with some really well-known artists. She has allowed Pop Asylum to show two of her own personal collection of paintings. She will be here on Friday to share some of the stories behind them.
We, as in, 6 (maybe more) artists. Here at 92 Camden Road, Tunbridge Wells. It’s time to get in a lovely, jumbly mess at Pop Asylum until Friday 25th March. Here are the first three people showing this week:
Mike Brondbjerg @mikebrondbjerg uses stencils on canvas and wood as well as more traditional printing techniques to create colourful and modern work.
Cate - uses an whole range of paints and tools to create different styles of artwork. She has four pieces in Pop Asylum. Come in to chat to her, see for yourself and find out how she does it.
Louise Putman @REcreateUK has brought her Bauhaus Dollshouses in to look at or play with - you decide
More tomorrow on Fiona, Lynne and an artist whose name we haven’t got yet (?). His work will be here though.
Tea and cakes as ever this Friday at 11am. Last Friday of Pop Asylum this March. All welcome.
Hashtag #popasylum and you’ll find some of the following positives about the place:
Pop Asylum is getting better and better.
The work is looking great. The cake for #elevensestime on Friday is a big draw too.
Was indeed a great weekend.
As if you needed further endorsement. Pop in and find out what it’s all about. Hope to see you here.
On Saturday, photographer Kerry McNair @kerrymcnair is showing her amazing portraiture of babies and children. She has also set-up a Pop Asylum prize draw offering a family photo shoot for £75. Come on in and give it a go. The draw will be made on 31 April.
Then on Sunday, jewellery-maker Mary Robinson @yetanothermary will be here to share the stories of how she sources and makes her silver jewellery. Molded by hand from leaves, shells and other natural and man-made shapes, Mary really has an eye for subtlety and detail. Pop-in for a chat and perhaps choose a piece for Mothering Sunday.
The pop-in piano bar run by @tomcarradine attracted a lot of interest: a passing toddler popped in for a rendition of ‘The wheels on the bus’ followed by local singer @laurabetts84 who put some serious soul into the place. If you missed her, catch the next gig with @BlondeAmbitionK on Saturday 3rd April at the Mount Edgumbe Pub, Tunbridge Wells.
Photographers, painters, pianists, vocalists, scientists and recorder players have all arrived at Pop Asylum over the last 17 days and there is more surprising and delighful talent on its way.
MEET-UP: Friday 18th March - Art vs. Science - Mark the end of National Science Week by joining Pop Asylum from 11am for a civilised tea and cake session plus some spirographic exploration.
EXHIBITION: Sat 19th to Mon 21st - A collaboration between @kerrymcnair and @yetanothermary with portrait photography and hand-made silver jewellery (pictured below)
EXHIBITION: Mon 21st to Fri 25th - 5 Artists in 5 Days - Choose a sensory overload from the following:
- Hip and colourful XOStencil paintings from @mikebrondbjerg
- A surprise from @carlsphotograph and a secret guest?
- Plus an eclectic mix of paintings from Lynne, Kate and Fiona …more details to follow
Half time has past at Pop Asylum in 92 Camden Road. Come in to see us for the second half - on until 31 March.
This Wednesday (16th), Pop Asylum is fusing music, art and French food. Here’s the idea:
You bring sheet music, your voice or an instrument to Pop Asylum between the hours of 10am and 4pm. Musical director @tomcarradine accompanies you or you can experiment together with new ideas.
At the same time, painter Ros Gyr is set-up with an easel and is painting Tom (and you?) as he plays. Ros has toured with a band at live gigs and has a collection of paintings to show. These will be in the gallery on Wednesday too so feel free to watch while she works.
When you’ve had quite enough fun, you pop next door to the French restaurant, Chez JJ, where they welcome you with a special lunch offer as a Pop Asylum visitor: 2 courses for £9.95 with a free glass of wine. The lunch menu is below.
A great mid-week distraction n’est-ce pas? Hope to see you there.
Chez JJ Lunch Menu - Wednesday 16th March 2011
2 Courses £9.95 with a free glass of wine
Ouef dur Mayonnaise avec Anchois (Boiled eggs with tomato, garlic mayonnaise and anchovies)
La Blanchaille du Cap (Deep-fried whitebait with harissa mayonnaise)
La Soupe de la Semaine (Soup of the day)
La Fillet de Hareng Fume pomme tiede (Smoked herring with boiled potatoes and salad)
La Bavette aux echalotes (Typical French steak)
Escalope de Porc aux Champignons (Pork escalope with mushroom sauce)
Stroganof aux Legumes (Stroganoff made with fresh vegetables)
Moules Frites (Mussels with classic white wine, garlic and herbs served with chips)
Le Confit de Canard a l’ail (Duck leg confit with saute potatoes and salad)
Specials are also available. If you need to discuss any dietary requirements, call Chez JJ directly on 01892 525830
Find out more and read other customer’s reviews on Anke’s blog here.
The Pop Asylum calendar is filling up with much to see and do. It’ll be gone in sec so please don’t blink or you’ll miss it.
EXHIBITION: Sat 12th to Tues 15th - Deborah Charity @lemonpebbledebs - Free-hand paintings using Chinese laquer. Comments about her work on Twitter include the words lovely, more please and wow, I want one. Come and have a look - only on until Tuesday.
MUSIC AND ART WORKSHOPS: Weds 16th - Pop-in piano bar. Bring your sheet music and sing with our resident Musical Director and sight-reading extraordinaire @tomcarradine At the same time, watch Ros Gyr paint while @tomcarradine plays.
EXIHIBITION: Weds 16th to Fri 18th - Ros Gyr uses watercolour to paint live bands as they play gigs. Sound unusual? Check out the results or come in for a free workshop on Wednesday.
EXHIBITION: Sat 19th to Mon 21st - A collaboration between @yetanothermary with Silver Moon Bow Jewellery and @kerrymcnair with sublime people and portrait photography. Another Pop Asylum piece not to miss.
Friday morning requires preparation for the weekend ahead.
This Friday 11th March (tomorrow), Pop Asylum invites you to the Pop-Up Tea Room. Come in and see the new exhibition by Deborah Charity @lemonpebbledebs Her work is abstract, floral and all free-hand: the perfect setting to take tea and frankly shameful to miss. Please join us from 11am.
When Pop Asylum was first set up just over a week ago it was thought that each week, or even day, artists might bring or choose their logo to use.
Well, it turns out not all have us have logo design skills in the blood. That’s why Pop Asylum needs you to suggest or create the logo it needs. This will be run like a competition with the winning design being used on Pop Asylum for the rest of the month.
The only real requirements are that the design is suitable for use as a profile picture on Twitter and you don’t mind doing it for fun.
Submit your winning logo by e-mail on Monday night (14th) and your design will immediately be put in its rightful place.
What a weekend to open on. Carl Abrams @carlsphotograph showed his work to some 40+ people who visited Pop Asylum. Comments were that it was buzzing at Pop Asylum, Carl’s photographs were excellent and it’s exciting to see local artists. What you missed in person can be seen on Flickr. Check out the sun setting and moon rising on Carl’s Mudeford Huts
Coming up today and tomorrow:
@robocallaghan is taking photographs of his Tunbridge Wells followers for a #twsociety shoot - today 8th March until 7pm and tomorrow. Come on down and be part of it http://twsociety.co.uk
For 3 days the gallery space at Wobblybridge, Tunbridge Wells has been open for Pop Asylum. During March only, it’s a free space for anyone who wishes to use it creatively that includes artists, designers, makers, photographers, performers - you.
This week, Pop Asylum has met photographers, jewellery-makers and musicians - many of whom are linked (but not exclusively so) on Twitter:
@carlsphotograph has agreed to show his work over the weekend (5th-6th March) and early next week @robocallaghan is taking photographs of his Twitter followers (7th-9th).
@Yetanothermary visited during lunch on Thursday and brought her hand-made jewellery to the table - literally. Check out pictures of her fine work at http://yfrog.com/h6awbfj There’s talk of her doing a joint one-day exhibition with photographer @kerrymcnair on Sunday 20th.
Pop in to 92 Camden Road whenever you can to find out more in person, tweet @popasylum or trend #popasylum