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Paul Allender - Sept Update

image: Me and Sarah Caldwell – photo by Georgia Beever

Well, a lot has been going on. Our photography group recently had a discussion where we looked at lots of different types of photography and I asked people what sort of photography they would like to focus upon. Sarah (above) said ‘natural’ and Georgia said ‘close-ups’. We are going to take a field trip soon, taking pics, in the Winter and Peace Gardens in town. The picture above is from a studio session we did at Miro Studio in the SOAR building on Parson Cross in July.

I met with Stuart, a painter, in Asda café recently– he saw my advert in Five Alive magazine, as did another painter Elaine who I have yet to meet. Both live on Foxhill. I am going to help Stuart realize what he wants to do in painting – he has huge artistic ambitions - much more to follow on this. I am hoping to work with Stuart for a long time to come.

I am learning that there are lots of creative, interesting people on Parson Cross and Foxhill.

I won a bid to be part of Art Sheffield Festival Parallel Projects – I will hire a mini-bus and conduct a subjective tour of Parson Cross, visiting some spots where some interesting things happened when I was a teenager! Art Sheffield will publicize it on their printed guide to the festival and their website. Great! I’ll publicize this event nearer the time on my blog The festival takes place between the 4th Oct and 14th December 2013 – you can find out more about it here

Kate Genever and Steve Pool ran a great week-long summer school on Parson Cross. I attended the whole thing and I gave a paper entitled Is Art Freedom? on the last day. I learnt a lot and met some great people.

Plus, lots more leads to follow. I may be running a painting group at Foxhill Health Centre – please watch this space…