Allowing the random to create inspiration…

I’ve been walking a lot lately & re seeing the joys of the street and her gifts…

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Cooltan Arts – well they are cool!

Mad Hatters Tea Party 14th June 2014 1pm – 6pm 

CoolTan Arts opens its doors for a fun filled afternoon at the Mad Hatters Tea Party as part of Anxiety Arts Festival London 2014.

With four FREE workshops running and the official opening of our new exhibition, the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party will be a chance to try out new things and get creative. There is no need to book, everyone is welcome to turn up on the day.

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Truly a space where you can come as you are a be welcomed..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schedule:

Food and Mood, 1-2pm: ‘An interactive, hands-on, drop-in workshop looking at foods that have both positive and negative impacts on our nervous systems, sleep cycles and brain functions.

Understanding ‘Panic Attacks’, 2.15-3.45pm: “What is a panic attack? And how come it can make you feel like you’re going mad or having a heart attack?”

Postcard Art-‘A Message 2U’ , 2.30-3.30pm:
‘A Message 2U’, from Object to Word(s) an Image Emerge!
Come along and bring along; something dear to you or even discarded, such as a newspaper clipping, old lipstick, favourite mug, photograph, past postcard, extract of text, or a poem..

Anxious to get painting, 4.-5pm:
Get creative and practice your painting skills in this fun art workshop. No previous experience necessary!

SummerTime Blues: Art Exhibition Opening, 5-6pm: Private viewing of the new exhibition Summertime Blues. All artwork is created by CoolTan participants in creative workshops, and the theme is ‘anxiety & summer’. The exhibition is open from 11 June-11 August but this event marks the official opening.

Free entry – no tickets required

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party is part of the Anxiety Arts Festival London 2014: http://anxiety2014.org/

Info: 020 7701 2696/ Olivia@cooltanarts.org.uk.

http://www.cooltanarts.org.uk/2014/03/cooltan-arts-mad-hatters-tea-party/

And on 21st June 2014… Largactyl Shuffle a night walk to celebrate the Summer Solistice and learn more of the darker side of London’s history in relation to mental health care…

 

Giving centre stage to London’s less well known creative communities…

You know of amazing projects happening in your own backyard, perhaps you even run one or attend a group that inspires you to reconnect with yourself after a hard day, unwind after a long week and more importantly feel a sense of connection to where you live or work…

Seeking out such groups on some of the more well hidden nooks and crannies of London has been at the heart of co-curating Anxiety Arts Festival London 2014 – and now June is finally here do take the many opportunities we have cooked up with The Dragon Cafe, Mental Fight Club, Mind and Soul Choir, Friends of Cathja, Cooltan Arts and Lambeth Addiction recovery just to name few… blink and you will have missed so many treats!

Playing with a creative challenge to re-wild my life during Sept 2013

Already loving the challenge of getting out daily for 30 minutes into the ‘wild’…

Day 1 of the challenge – supporting Tim Ridley lead his final art walk on Epsom & Ashtead Common, Epsom, Surrey http://artist-walks-epsom.blogspot.com/Image

Here’s 2 links to my rubbings made on a tree at the highest point of the common

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For me this means into nature that surrounds me in the city of Ol’ London town.

The Re-wilding challenge comes from the awesome folk @ We Are Wilderness

Keep your eyes and ears peeled for some wild images coming from this blog in the next 28 days – gosh who knows what wild and mysterious creatures and features I will discover in my urban field trips…

More later…

I am off to look at the stars…

Art Walks – creatively playing in nature with Tim Ridley

It’s pleasure to be supporting Tim Ridley to creative and reach to new and curious audiences as part of his Artist in Residency on Epsom & Ashtead Common, Epsom, Surrey, UK.

The surprise pleasure is how inspired I have been personally to get back into new and freeing ways of drawing…

I joined in on the 1st Art Walk 23rd June 2013 –  see my drawings from that day. http://annabsexton.tumblr.com/post/53697392676/beautiful-memories-from-tim-ridley-art-walk

image by Anna B. Sexton

Super inspired on Epsom & Ashtead Common

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This then led me onto more playing around back at my studio with stencils, graphite, paper and spray mount… http://annabsexton.tumblr.com/post/53868999484/whats-on-the-back-negativespace-newcollage

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Back to front stencils… negative space

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My favourite being this one below for it’s spectral quality… http://annabsexton.tumblr.com/post/53869019500/mark-making-stencils-with-graphite-glue

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Ghostly figures – animals fading into the past

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tim has secured funding from Arts Council England to enable him to design and lead 3 Art Walks.

The last one is on 1st September 2013 & it’s FREE to join in – so it’s a no brainer to get your walking boots on, pack a picnic and get thee to the muster point on Epsom Common for 11.30am

Book your place here http://timridleyartwalks2013.eventbrite.co.uk/