A Bit Like New York?

17 Mar

Yesterday was the official opening of the new Elysium Artists’ Studios on Mansel Street. We’ve all been working on the building for the past couple of weeks to get it ready for the public and I did my best to tidy up my own studio and get work up onto the walls. It was good to spend some time going through my work and decide what to put out and also to rediscover pieces I’d forgotten about.

Here’s the view through my North-facing window after I’d tidied up. The old plans chest is one of the most invaluable pieces of furniture I’ve ever owned. During the opening, I used it for serving mocktails and home-made cake, assisted by my poor long-suffering husband.

Here’s the view from the window end, facing the door with some of my work displayed in the corridor outside. Later on that evening the place was jam-packed. I don’t think I’ve ever been anywhere so crowded. It was brilliant. Someone said it was more like New York! I don’t know about that, but I haven’t been to anything quite like it in Swansea before.

Here’s some of the work I displayed; on the left a series of blockprint portraits done from my travels in Pakistan a few years back, along with some linoprints of petroglyphs carved into the rocks of the Karakoram mountains. On the back wall, two more recent full-colour monotypes. It was a terrific night but so busy that I didn’t have enough time to speak to everyone, so if you’re one of the people who came along, thank you ever so much and I’m sorry I couldn’t spend more time with you 🙂

4 Responses to “A Bit Like New York?”

  1. paperstew March 20, 2012 at 20:49 #

    Love the space! Wish we had something like that in my area. 🙂

    • Rosie Scribblah March 20, 2012 at 21:24 #

      It’s great. The recession is doing us some good, we wouldn’t have been able to afford these spaces a couple of years ago.

  2. Jacki Phillips March 18, 2012 at 11:10 #

    congratulations on your new studio. It looks fab. Plenty of light too. I’ sorry to have missed the opening Wishing you Lots of success and happy times. Jacki

    • Rosie Scribblah March 18, 2012 at 11:16 #

      Thanks Jacki. It was packed and very busy – I didn’t have time to chill yesterday because of the rugby either!!!! Would love to see you when you’re in the city – I’ve got tea and coffee in the studio 🙂

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