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Submitted on 2011/08/30 at 8:44 am

I’ll start this off then! Why not voice your opinion on what you think Contemporary Art is? After all, we are all contemporary if we are working today. Yet our world of art seems to be controlled by a minority of artists seen through mass media. That’s not a bad thing, as I explained to my elderly mother and her friend. After all, there we were discussing Tracy Emin at lunch … and we would not have been doing that if she had not had so much media coverage. Liking art is not necessarily a good point of discussion … wondering why artists are making art in the way they are is!

There is mass art being made from all sorts of places across the world that we might never here about – including Northumberland. Lots of it is extremely good! But I think when we talk about “Contemporary Art” what we are really do is discussing the social implications of art as presented to us by the institutes.

Does that annoy you to have someone making those decisions for you?

Submitted by  Andrew Crane on 2011/08/31 at 11:26 am

Perhaps then, it would be better not to talk about it, and just get on with it …since that is where the freedom is? After all, being creative is a great way of saying ‘Thank you’


Reply Submitted by Alison Raimes on 2011/08/31 at 6:08 pm

I agree, to a certain extent about your comments on freedom and definitely on the “thank you” part. I remember as an art student how affected I was by commentary and critique of my work – often really badly. But I also remember how challenging it was and how it helped my thought process develop and drove me forward. I have worked many times in a vacuum (not the machine) but where I am solely alone in the studio sometimes for weeks on end. And I have worked in studio groups where it is sometimes a distraction to have so many friends all working close bye. Discipline is not something artists are good at, but I did learn the necessity of it.

One of the driving forces behind the Whistle Art Stop is to find a way to bridge that gap in Northumberland where isolation can have a negative affect on those recently out of college or those trying to find a way to make a living in order to afford to make art. I’m all for collaboration and collective thinking – in fact, my best works are all collaborative and that’s not because I am unable to make work on my own but more I enjoy the energy of other people’s thoughts.

I see groups of us meeting for a natter and a beer or three and discussing our work and ideas etc. I even see some of us sharing a studio space and exhibiting as a collaborative. Who knows where it could all go!

See you soon!