Back in about April of this year, when the summer could not even have been said to be appearing on the horizon, I completed a series of three small paintings that I wanted to show you. However, as they were for a competition, it occurred to me that there might be a rule about entries being judged anonymously, and so posting them on a blog saying “here’s my competition entries for the Deckchairs at Clevedon Pier” could be seen to be foolhardy.
So now, here is a belated “Ta Da!”
I don’t often go in for competitions that require a special piece of artwork because I’m slow – meticulous yes, but mostly slow – and so it can constitute a week’s artistic output to do this sort of thing. But this one caught my fancy. The Tollhouse Gallery at Clevedon Pier ran a ‘Design a Deckchair Competition’. Pausing briefly to establish that they only wanted artwork to print onto the cloth part, not a re-design of the whole wooden finger-biting arrangement of the chair itself, I leapt on this one with some enthusiasm.
Mermaids, of course, what else…?
You see, the really nice idea about this competition, was that the 25 winning designs would be made up into real deckchairs and the finalists would get a deckchair with their design on. This was such an appealing and novel idea that I had to enter, so you can imagine my delight at getting one of my designs selected 🙂
So on Friday 26th July the exhibition opened:
Here are some of the dechchairs. They all looked fantastic, by the way, and if anyone fancies one they are available to order, so you can buy your very own arty deckchair in either adult or child size, or, if you are feeling particuarlly silly, in a size for your mobile phone to sit in and relax on the beach!. There are also six celebrity designs that are one-offs and are going to be auctioned. See this page: http://www.clevedonpier.com/events/events_exhibitions.shtml on Clevedon pier’s website for more details about it all.
Me, with my deckchair, obviously….
The photo below shows the celebrity deckchairs to be auctioned. From left to right: The Stranglers, Gyles Brandreth, Neil Murison,
Nick Park – Wallace & Gromit, The Wurzels, Alice Roberts.
All the deckchairs are on display at the Tollhouse Gallery on Clevedon Pier The Beach, Clevedon BS21 7QA, from Friday 26th July till August 20th. Entry to the gallery is free and it’s open from 10am to 5pm every weekday and 10am to 6pm at weekends. There will also be a late night opening on August 16th.
And the three designs that I put in, in case you’d like a closer look…