Yet another sunny day! Today we were working a bit differently to yesterday. Instead of everyone painting at once, me and Anthony Downie worked with smaller groups so that we could focus more on neatening up the lovely artwork that was created yesterday and also thinking more about the background too. Today was working closely with the girls on their pieces while the lads played football with Khordor their teacher. We will get a chance to finish off the rest of the boards at Linksill on Monday afternoon. So that it will be ready for the event at Tynemouth metro station on the Tuesday, where the artwork will be mounted on the wall and the group will perform their traditional Palestinian dance called Dabke to the public.
The artwork today has progressed well and is very near to completion. We have other painting sessions and activities organised for over the weekend.
We got the chance to see the traditional Palestinian dance performed today at Linskill centre, and this was such a moving experience. The clothes they wear are so beautiful, and each girl wore dresses made with distinctive style of embroidery from five different places in Palestine. They did very well even though they had next to no time to rehears in the last few days. So well done!
After their performance the group went off to Alnwick Gardens in a convoy of cars :)
- Faye Oliver (Artist)
What a gorgeous summery day today to begin our mural! Our day started with a spray painting demonstration to the Palestinians by Me and Anthony Downie. We both painted characters and decribed as best we could the steps, techniques and tips to creating a piece of artwork in spray paint, with Khordor (one of the 3 teachers) translating to make it clear to the Palestinian youngsters. They observed well and then practiced their lines and got used to the spray can before they all moved on to the large boards to begin the final piece that will be on display at Tynemouth metro on Tuesday evening.
Each of them had their drawings from yesterday to start painting and they spent a couple of hours painting before and after lunch. It was so inspiring and exciting to see all their artwork come to life on the large boards. I was very impressed, even with the language barrier at times, they still produced interesting vibrant characters. They all seemed to pick up the basic skills very quickly and with our guidance have began the mural with energising and intriguing style! This was our first in three sessions to paint these boards at Linskill Community Centre in North Shields.
- Faye Oliver (Artist)
In The Journal 2nd August 2012, to read full article click link…
Follow the progress of our project on our website.
We have had a rollercoaster of a few weeks trying to get the Palestinians here and on schedule, but after all the shenanigans they arrived tonight in the UK!!! They arrived at Manchester airport at 10pm and are on their way to stay at Northumbria School of English. This is great news as we have been eagerly awaiting their visit. I am very excited to meet the young people and their teachers tomorrow morning for some sketching sessions, ready to start painting on thursday!!
Watch this space to follow their progress on their visit to the North East UK.
£2000 raised at Balman Gallery 22nd July
CHARITY ART AUCTION FOR SHATILA AT BALMAN GALLERY
Andy Balman of The Balman Gallery, Corbridge has kindly offered to hold a Charity Art Auction to raise funds for the Shatila Street Art Project 2012
The auction will take place at the gallery on: Sunday 22nd July
Gallery Address: Town Hall Buildings, Princes Street, Corbridge NE45 5AD
Please click on this link to see the artwork that was up for auction.
Total Money raised was £2000!
Thanks to everyone that supported us by sponsoring us on the Zip Wire Fundraiser. We raised £450!
IMPORTANT NEWS ABOUT THE SHATILA STREET ART PROJECT 2012
IMPORTANT NEWS ABOUT THE SHATILA STREET ART PROJECT 2012: Much to our dismay, because of the tense and volatile situation in Syria which is threatening to spread into Lebanon, and after consulting various parties, we have to postpone the visit of the two artists to Shatila Camp, Beirut, until later in the year. The visit of the Shatila youngsters and their teachers to the UK in late July should go ahead as planned. More updates later…
Me and Anthony Downie are doing a Zip Wire from the tyne bridge on 16th June to raise money for the Shatila Street Art Project 2012. Please sponsor us if you can by clicking on the link. Even a QUID! Thankyou!!!
OUR TOTAL FUNDRAISING FROM SHATILA ART AUCTION
Can I say a MASSIVE thankyou to all the artists who donated artwork for the Shatila Online Art Auction and also thank everyone who has supported us buy buying some amazing artwork. Our total fundraising has come to about £1600!! Great news….yaaay!!
We still have a lot of the artwork left too so if anyone is still interested in any of the artwork get in touch and I will let you know if we still have it! :) thankyou xx
Hey everyone, most of the artwork left will be ending on ebay in about an hour…! Please have a last look and hopefully theres something you have had your eye on :) thanks.
MANZANA MAYHEM by JONNY HOTSICK
Handpulled screen print
EDITION of 25
AVAVILABLE TO BUY NOW! CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO TAKE YOU TO IT
HEY! THANKS TO EVERYONE THAT HAS BOUGHT SOME ARTWORK FOR OUR CAUSE, I HAVE RELISTED ON EBAY SOME OF THE PIECES THAT HAD WATCHERS ON BUT THAT DIDNT SELL. PLEASE HAVE A LOOK AND THERE MIGHT BE SOMETHING THAT YOU MISSED OUT ON GETTING. AND EVERYTHING IS ‘BUY IT NOW’ SO YOU DONT HAVE TO WAIT AROUND TO BID ON. THANKS XXXXXX
The Aftermath Of The auction
Hey everyone, auction going great but there’s also a lot of work that hasn’t sold which had many ‘watchers’ so just incase anyone missed their chance then I will relist some as ‘buy it now’ at the low starting price sometime this week. Thanks. Xxxx