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Iona Workshop further details…

Iona Workshop October 2016

Kate on north beach   North Beach Iona you a tower I fly about monotype with gouache and ink 38 x 50 cm Kate Walters 2016   to flicker to release mother Oak gall ink and watercolour 24 x 31 cm Kate Walters 2016

 

Dates : Arrive afternoon October 21st ; course begins around 5pm, before an early dinner time.

Course closes Tuesday 25th after lunch; in time to catch afternoon ferry if required (you would be able to stay on at the hostel – or arrive early-  if you make arrangements with the owner John Maclean  http://www.ionahostel.co.uk/ telephone 0168 1700 781 . It would be fairly quiet there then – approx. £21 per night accommodation ).

Transport: Flight to Glasgow then train to Oban, ferry to Craignure (Mull), coach to Fionnphort, ferry to Iona;  Drive to Fionnphort via ferry, park free at Fionnphort, ferry to Iona: If several friends came together sharing the drive might be the easiest. Train to Glasgow then as first option;  Coach to Glasgow then as first option (cheapest). I will be going up early in my car via Halifax where I have an exhibition to install so cannot offer lifts, I apologise. If you need to stay the night in Oban The Caledonian Hotel is opposite the station and they do a very good breakfast.

Lagandorain Dawn halo    Still afternoon Iona WP_20160119_021

Course details:

We will work in a ceremonial way, but without undue strictness. The work we do there will have power and be gentle; the emphasis will be on the feminine.    We will walk around the island, ‘tuning in’ to how it feels to us individually. We will spend time on the North Beach pictured above, working with the natural holiness of the place. In the hostel there is a large work room which we will use for practical activities such as guided drawing, monotype, writing, and painting. You will be encouraged to keep a sketch/notebook to record all your insights, dreams, and processes. The beach is clean and we might work with things we find and gather to make little totemic objects or sculptures.  Iona marble and serpentine is quite easy to find and is very beautiful. You will have time alone to walk and work, and there will be work in a circle and with my shamanic drum.

Teachings from the local Saints, nuns and monks will be shared, as will teachings from indigenous peoples where relevant. We will look at a facsimile copy of The Book of Kells, and learn about local stories and mythology. We will visit the Abbey and other holy sites on the Island.

Iona is a most impeccable place, seemingly untouched by modern human ways. As such it invites an opening of the body in a wonderful way, which led to great illumination for me when I worked there last October. It is also known as a ‘thin’ place where the veils between worlds are diaphanous. Your dreams may well increase in their clarity and colour; mine always do.

There is also the likelihood of seeing golden eagles, white tailed eagles, and otters – which live on the North Beach.

Food will be mostly vegetarian and simple. We won’t be able to cater for very special diets; in such cases you would need to bring your own items. Contact me with any requests please!

A reasonable degree of physical fitness will be required if you wish to take part in any optional  (longer) walks; there isn’t a doctor on the Island, so please bear this in mind.  For this reason this workshop isn’t suitable if you are recovering from recent surgery or illness.

You would need to bring warm, waterproof and comfortable clothes and boots; and a sketchbook.

The group size will be small – a maximum of eight participants (not including Hostel/workshop staff).

The price for all tuition, materials, accommodation and food (but not travel) is £500.

http://www.katewalters.co.uk/blog    https://ionaartresidencies.wordpress.com/tremblingonthebrinkoftransformation     http://www.ionahostel.co.uk/

“Kate is a listener. She listens to her psyche and dreams and an to altogether more ancient response to the land than that which we currently know; what Thomas Carlyle described as ‘ the ancient dialect’. Her work is in part an exploration of this dialect. It explores place through archetype, symbol, the animal world and the older religions. This is home territory for Kate -she is quite comfortable in the company of the ‘Sheela’s (the Sheela na gigs).

Kate’s work isn’t easy in the sense that it neither makes assertions nor statements. It seems to be deliberately un-emphatic. The effect is to unsettle, to make us alert and create a pause. We find ourselves listening. The image that comes to me of her work is of that moment, in the stillness, when you hear a faint and tremulous bird call. You ask yourself if you even heard it (was it your imaginings?) and are silent and poised, listening for it again. You are completely present. In a review of her work art critic Laura Gascoigne gets it dead on when she says ‘It is this sense of trembling on the brink of transformation that lends Kate’s shadowy forms psychological substance’. ” John Maclean, Lagandorain, Isle of Iona.

Iona Workshop October 2016           Dates : Arrive afternoon October 21st ; course begins around 5pm, before an early dinner time. Course closes Tuesday 25th after lunch; in time to catch afternoon ferry if required (you would be able to stay on at the hostel – or arrive early-  if you… Read more »

Exhibition over Easter weekend at CMR, Redruth, Cornwall

I will be showing new drawings and paintings and monotypes with my friend Karen Lorenz at Cornwall Media Resource in Back Lane West,Redruth from Good Friday – Easter Monday, 11.30 – 4.30 daily, except Easter Monday when we will close at 3 pm.

It’s 3 minutes walk from the station, and beside a large car park.

All are welcome! Please come to see our work. Karen will be showing animations, film, and drawings too. We will both be there all the time, and happy to talk about our show.

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I will be showing new drawings and paintings and monotypes with my friend Karen Lorenz at Cornwall Media Resource in Back Lane West,Redruth from Good Friday – Easter Monday, 11.30 – 4.30 daily, except Easter Monday when we will close at 3 pm. It’s 3 minutes walk from the station, and beside a large car… Read more »

Drawing down the Feminine at Newlyn Art Gallery

I’ve been working with a group of 14 other artists to bring this exhibition together. It’s been a very rewarding time curating the exhibition and seeing everyone gain such a lot from the experience. We’ve had a constant stream of visitors, all of whom have been very enthusiastic about the work we are doing.

We’ve run lots of workshops and talks, including expressive painting, mindful drawing, drawing mother’s hands, talks on digital poetry, and a film and talk about the work of artist  Meinrad Craighead.

It’s the last day today (Saturday 12th March) and we are very happy that the show will be on again from May 18th  (for a month) at The Plough Arts Centre. Most of the works shown will be the same, except for a few which may have to change  due to technical reasons such as framing.

Here are some images from the installing day and displayed works (sorry about the poor quality photos, light wasn’t very bright):

Jo Jewers and Max Burrows installing work Newlyn Art Gallery     WP_20160307_009 WP_20160307_017    WP_20160307_008 WP_20160307_002    WP_20160307_020 WP_20160307_027 WP_20160307_036   WP_20160307_037

 

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I’ve been working with a group of 14 other artists to bring this exhibition together. It’s been a very rewarding time curating the exhibition and seeing everyone gain such a lot from the experience. We’ve had a constant stream of visitors, all of whom have been very enthusiastic about the work we are doing. We’ve… Read more »

Drawing workshop on Iona, October 21-25: the Body as sensing organ.

Still afternoon Iona

Beginning late afternoon on Friday October 21st I’ll be leading a workshop on the Isle of Iona, at the award-winning Iona Hostel situated at the North end of the island, where it is very quiet. Gazing out of the windows across the sea the Treshnish Isles, Coll, and Skye are visible,  as if floating on the cystalline ocean.

Lagandorain Dawn halo

The group will be small, a maximum of 8 people will be accepted.We will work together exploring themes around bodily awareness and the importance of working in a pristine place if one wishes to do this fully and without anxiety. We will draw, paint, write and make monotypes.

All materials and paper will be supplied, except for participants’ own sketchbooks and possibly favourite mediums (if unclear about this please contact me here: k.walters@outlook.com).

We will walk together and individually, tuning into the very special beauty of the Isle, making notes and drawings. We will practice walking together in silence and according to the teachings of indigenous First Nations Peoples. Wild life here is abundant – you could see golden eagles, white-tailed eagles, and otters.

The poetry and history of the Island will be reflected upon, including trips to the Abbey, reflections on the Book of Kells,  and -weather permitting- St Columba’s Bay.

that which is incomprehensible to an organ of sense Monotype Iona 2015  Abbey drawing, sketchbook, Iona, 2015

You would be shown techniques to help you tune into the very special impeccable quality of this place, and there would be time for individual work and time together in the spacious, sunny and warm group working room.

Accommodation will be in the hostel. One or two people might be able to have single rooms; most will be shared between two or three people.

The course will finish on Tuesday October 25th after lunch, allowing participants to catch the afternoon ferry. They would also be welcome to stay on for longer, as individuals making separate arrangements, at the hostel. During the course meals are included. They would be simple, and shared.

Visitor cars are not allowed on the Island. I would do my best to meet most people as they arrive on the ferry and help to carry luggage. Visitors can park their cars free at a car park in Fionnphort (on the Ross of Mull) near the ferry to Iona.

For more details please email me here: k.walters@outlook.com

 

the saint and the oystercatcher Oak gall ink  24 x 16 cm Kate Walters 2016  The Saint and the Oystercatcher .Drawing. January 2016 Iona

girl saint with her bird and protector Oak gall ink on paper 24 x 16 cm Kate Walters 2016  The Saint with her Bird and protector. Drawing, January, Iona.

Abbey Museum detail book of Kells installation Sand drawing with shell Head in Gold

 

 

 

Beginning late afternoon on Friday October 21st I’ll be leading a workshop on the Isle of Iona, at the award-winning Iona Hostel situated at the North end of the island, where it is very quiet. Gazing out of the windows across the sea the Treshnish Isles, Coll, and Skye are visible,  as if floating on… Read more »