Professional Practice

The following list outlines the external activities relating to Fine Art that I have completed in the 2017-2018 academic year.

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

December 2018

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017


Finding a Studio

24th May 2018

I am continuing to investigate studio space and have discovered the ACS Studio Prize, which I intend to apply for.

ACS Studio Prize

The Artists’ Collecting Society (ACS) is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company that administers intellectual property rights on behalf of visual artists.

The Prize: For a second year running,  ACS is offering an artist the chance to win £6,000 to contribute to the cost of an artist’s studio in the UK.

The Studio Prize was established after a number of our members’ spoke of the economic challenges they faced when starting their artistic careers. ACS realises how difficult it is to focus on your art especially after leaving university. The ACS Studio Prize was founded to help.

If you are an EU or EEA national and are an undergraduate or postgraduate university student on an accredited art course who is about to graduate, or if you have graduated from a university accredited art course within the last four years, and you work in pictures, collage, painting, sculpture, tapestry, ceramics, glassware or photography, then you are eligible to apply for the prize.

24th February 2018

I have spent some time investigating the potential for acquiring a studio – as yet I am no further ahead in this matter. During my search I found the checklist below to be particularly useful. To date, all the studio’s I have found are either too far, too cold, too small or too expensive. This is no easy Task!

Choosing the right studio for you

Here is a checklist of questions to ask yourself when establishing the right studio for you:

  • Do you prefer working alone or with other people?
  • Can you work from home?
  • What type of art do you make?
  • Would you like to work where you can also exhibit?
  • How much can you realistically afford to spend?
  • Have you researched the studio?
  • What do other people say?
  • Is the landlord flexible about when rent is due?
  • Can you sublet the space?

Looking at this list my considerations are below.

  • Do you prefer working alone or with other people?
    • I do prefer to work alone, however I am quite happy to work with other people too – this is not a deal breaker.
  • Can you work from home?
    • I am at the stage that I really need considering moving my artistic practice from my home. My home looks more and more like a storage container every day.
  • What type of art do you make?
    • Video, Photography, Installation, Sculpture, Printmaking. The issue of space arises at home when I have a larger scale piece or an exhibition to prepare for.
  • Would you like to work where you can also exhibit?
    • Being very tired of all the travelling I do, I would prefer a studio as close to my home as possible.
  • How much can you realistically afford to spend?
    • Realistically – £150 per calendar month max.
  • Have you researched the studio?
    • My research to date is below.
  • What do other people say?
    • I’ve only really heard comments about Haus of Helfa and that there seem to be a lot of ‘rules’ for having a studio space there. No Noise and no solvents in particular. It’s also exceptionally cold which would make it impractical for me.
  • Is the landlord flexible about when rent is due?
  • Can you sublet the space?

Ruthin Craft Centre – Too Expensive

I investigated the possibility of taking an artist studio at Ruthin Craft Centre. It appears to me that people tend to take on a Studio here on a short term basis. This is a consideration so that I can take part in the Helfa Gelf Open Studios event.

The Studios are Ruthin Craft Centre and individual units with 24 hour access and a seemingly perfect option – but for the cost.

Studio workshop/retail space to rent (approx. 50m2) –
for Designer makers/Craftspeople.

Current Studio vacancy: Studios 4 & 6
Approx. 50m2 (540 sq. ft)
Rent: £292+ vat per month (£3,500+ vat per annum) – £6.50 per sq.ft.

Available from January 2016
Download the information pack here

For further details please contact:
Rebecca Williams, Property Services,
Denbighshire County Council
Tel: 01824 706814

Haus of Helfa – Too Cold

I did consider Tedder House as a potential studio opportunity. However I was put off by other peoples comments. And in particular my own experience of the intense cold in the building.

he Haus Studio project provides 11 studio spaces at 26 Augusta Street LLandudno for a diverse range of practitioners including visual fine artists, photographers, illustrators,ceramists, writers and much more.

It seeks to foster a collaborative and participatory experience creating a vibrant and creative community. The  HAUS  studio project is a creative hub for  networking, exhibition and  the development of practice and peer-led mentorship for artists. Having the building, enables  the tenants to work together and form a artist-led space. We aim to create the framework for a world of ideas and inspiration which will help contribute to the  growth of  a vibrant Llandudno arts scene.

Below is the email reply from CALL Action Llandudno regarding my interest in the Studio Rental Opportunity.

Thank you for your interest in our studio rental opportunity.

We already have 10 artists residing in Tedder House, over the top two floors of the building.

Studio 9 is still available and is located on the top floor, at the back of the building. It has a window and lockable door.

The rental charges are:-

Rent – £65 per month
Service Charge – £30.97 per month
Total – £95.97 per month

Upon signing a rental agreement we will ask you for a months rent deposit, a months rent & service charge in advance and an admin/key cutting charge of £15. Total = £175.97

I attach a (draft) copy of our agreement and studio notes for you to read which will give you more information. Please let me know if you have any questions.

If you are still interested, we are holding an open viewing of the studio on Wednesday 04th October at 12 o’clock – midday.

Please let me know if you can attend the viewing as the door will be locked once everyone has arrived to ensure the safety of our existing tenants.

Kind regards

CASC Studios

For more info see

C.A.S.C. (Contemporary Art Studios Cymru) is an artist-run organisation which was founded on St David’s Day 2009 by Colin Williams, Noel Brown and Wendy Couling a group of artists seeking an appropriate space in which to make their develop their pratice.

Our mission is to support and promote emerging and established contemporary visual artists from North Wales and beyond, through affordable artist-run studios, to sustain and develop local, regional and international initiatives and to promote research and community outreach project.

CASC is a group studio with six members – Wendy Couling, Barry Morris (Badge), Antonia Dewhurst, Wendy Dykes, Jane Tudor and Vicki Frost.

This is the Studio Rental Advert that I found relating to CASC. I know this is an old advert, however it is one to keep an eye on for the future, just in case a studio becomes free.

CASC is a not-for-profit artist-run organisation which was founded on St David’s Day 2009, by a group of artists seeking an appropriate space in which to make their artwork.

Our mission is to support and promote emerging and established contemporary visual artists from North Wales and beyond, through affordable artist-run studios, in order to sustain and develop local, regional and international initiatives and to promote research and community outreach projects.

CASC Studios is a Contemporary Group Art Studio consisting of Artist members practising in a wide range of disciplines including digital media, drawing, film, illustration, installation, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

Details available on application to
Expressions of interest deadline 30 June 2013

Bodnant Gardens – Too Small

Below is the literature about Bodnant Studios. Currently they are full but my impression was that they are very clean, small with no sinks.

 Corris Craft Centre – Too Far Away

To be honest, Corris is a long distance away from my home but something to be aware of in relation to studios available to rent.

Craft shop and studio rentals for your handmade arts and crafts

The Corris Craft Centre is now fully occupied with 9 studios featuring exciting designs and crafts. However, we’re always happy to hear from anyone with a great idea and a flair for design.

Opportunities sometimes arise and we’ll happily keep your details to hand and contact you if and when this happens.  Please contact Sarah Evans of Sarah Evans Property Services on 07989 175441 or send her an email if you’re at all interested.

James Street Studios Llandudno

James Street Studio is based in the Victorian town of Llandudno, and offers a unique art experience in a warm, relaxed and comfortable atmosphere.

The upstairs space is used for artist’s workshops and life classes.

The downstairs has been made into an art gallery and is used as a teaching room for various workshops including printmaking, bookmaking, children’s art activities and dance classes.

James Street Studio has become a thriving centre for arts activities.

Upstairs Individual Artists’ Workshop Spaces

  • Full studio space
  • £150 per calendar month
  • Half studio space
  • £85 per calendar month

Rent for individual artists’ workshop space due on the 1st of each month. One months notice required to vacate studio.

Treborth Goods Yard

To help talented people collaborate, thrive and grow, and give them the space they need. Having a shared space makes it easy for people to share and encourage each other Digital media, film, music, dance, mixed media, photography, printmaking, sculpture, woodwork We welcome visitors to the Old Goods Yard near the Menai Bridge

“Working at the studios has allowed us the space and time together to talk and seek peer group support. We have created a ‘salon’ atmosphere to share our artistic experiences. Opening up for Helfa Gelf is part of this ongoing conversation between us and the public,” said Wanda Zyborska, 3D mixed-media sculpture, installation and showcase performance artist.

Degree Show – Research

28th April 2018

Investigating more political collage today – the following two artists I find interesting because they work in a similar way to aspects of this project that I have been considering. In relation to my own work and Tryweryn, certainly the site has a lot of historical context and the trauma experienced by the people may no longer be physically seen at the site, yet continues to this day. Cutting out or removing past elements and placing them over current elements I find an interesting way to work.

Maria Berrio

56144b221800002e00dc15a7I just draw with scissors,” Colombian artist Maria Berrio said of her practice. Her “Nativity” work above features Japanese paper and rhinestones along with watercolor and acrylic paint. “There is pleasure in the raw physicality of the art form — not simply applying a medium, but tearing it, forming it, cutting it, spreading glue with sticky fingers, feeling the various textures of the different papers … At times it seems I am more excavating a mystery hidden below the canvas than creating a work, ideally to convey that sense of awe and wonder at the majestic, enigmatic beauty of things.”

Michael Paul Britto

56142cc81800002d00dc1558Michael Paul Britto (born 1968) is a New York contemporary artist who explores the consequences of racial inequality through photography, video, collage, sculpture and performance.[1] Britto shines a light on important racial issues using contemporary art. His work has been exhibited predominantly in New York, but also internationally, with exhibitions in Spain, Poland, and England. In 2004, he won the Individual Artist grant from New York State Council of The Arts, and in 2005, he was awarded the Media Arts Fellowship Grant from the Rockefeller Foundation.[2]

Digital Portfolio

Sunday 20th May 2018

Today I prepared my digital portfolio to be used in the Viva to be held on Wednesday. The result is shown below. I have also made a PowerPoint Presentation to use in the Viva.

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Castle Park Art Gallery

Friday 18th May 2018

Today I visited the Castle Park Art Gallery for the opening of my fellow students exhibition of work. A really lovely Art space and an excellent exhibition- well worth visiting.

I was particularly inspired by the red intertwining wire and papier-mâché pieces drawn from the Weaver and spent a long time sat with this piece. Although not directly related it made me reflect on my own heart and circulatory issues.



Meriem Alami // Diaspora

This space came into being as a visual documentation of existing in Diaspora and its daily challenges to construct a sense of the constant growing identity in the gap ”in-between” the original homeland and the new home, a transitional period that welcomes reconciliations of cultural differences which merge together in what is called ”The Third Space”, a space where there is a stronger cultural liaison with home of origin while growing an appreciation, respect and love for the new home and its culture, in that case beautiful North Wales.

Sarah Morley Force of Nature

Sarah works out of her studio in Vernon Mill, Stockport, where she also teaches painting and runs workshops.  Sarah’s work is inspired by nature, it’s  timeless beauty and drama. Sarah paints in an expressive semi abstract style. Colour, texture and energy are all equally important. In this exhibition Sarah presents a large number of her oil and mixed media seascapes, landscapes and abstract water paintings

Celia Rowlands // Pamela Field // Pauline Lever // Drawn from the Weaver

A fascinating exhibition by Pamela Field, Pauline Leaver & Celia Rowlands. The exhibition is a visual exploration of the River Weaver from it’s source to entry into the Manchester Ship Canal…..

Galeri – Second Year Exhibition Visit

Tuesday 14th May 2018

Today I visited Galeri to see the second year students exhibition. I felt that they had put on a good show, especially given there were a lot less of them than in our group.


Stiwdio Maelor/Helfa Gelf Residency

Update June 2018: Unfortunately on this occasion I was not accepted for this residency.

May 2018: Completed my application for the Stiwdio Maelor/Helfa Gelf Residency. Below is my application. Below is the Artist Statement I submitted along with the images.Michelle_Wright_Project-Proposal-001