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Pimp My Uke Artist Profile – Gemma Green-Hope

Community Music Wales have challenged leading Welsh artists to design and paint a ukulele in their own unique style. A number of exciting and diverse artists have accepted the challenge, and progress on the ukuleles has already begun.

The next artist we would like to introduce you to is Gemma Green-Hope.

Who are you and where are you from?

My name is Gemma Green-Hope, I’m an animator and illustrator from Pembrokeshire, West Wales. I live and work in the small town of Newport, surrounded on all sides by hills, woods and sea which often feature in my work.

How would you describe your art style?

I work mostly using traditional techniques, stop motion and hand drawn animation. I make and paint my props and backgrounds using clay, cut paper and gouache. In both my illustration and animation I am drawn to the interaction between human and nature, and love telling bizarre stories.

Who are your main artistic influences?

Because most of my work is animated, film has always been a big influence on me. I love the blend between animation and live action, and my favourite director is Czech surrealist animator Jan Švankmajer. He makes objects come to life and act out stories which are often quite dark and surreal. Similarly, I have always been drawn to folklore and fairytales, and the blend between fantasy and reality. Plants and animals that have the potential to transform and talk. One of my favourite books is Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber, short stories that take influence from classic fairytales; full of symbolism, fantastical and cruel. Because narrative is such a part of my work, I enjoy graphic novels, and paintings and illustrations that tell a story.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever painted?

I really enjoy painting 3d objects, and make and paint a lot of the props for my animations, so I do sometimes find myself painting bizarre collections of items, like a series of disembodied legs or eyes! But the most unusual thing I’ve ever painted on is probably a ukulele!

How does it compare to painting a ukulele?

The great thing about animation is that you can take everyday objects and give them a character and a story through movement. Painting the ukulele is another way to give it character.

What was your first idea when we asked you to paint a ukulele?

To cover it with a decorative pattern that tells a story, so that you have to look closely and examine the details to see what’s happening.

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Pimp My Uke Artist Profile – Kerry Evans

Community Music Wales have challenged leading Welsh artists to design and paint a ukulele in their own unique style. A number of exciting and diverse artists have accepted the challenge, and progress on the ukuleles has already begun.

The next artist we would like to introduce you to is Kerry Evans.

How would you describe your art style?

I guess my style is mostly quite illustrative. Although over the years I've done hundreds of commissions , anything from landscapes to portraits, so Ive had to be adaptable. In the last twelve years I've mainly concentrated on the style I'm known for, which is heavily influenced by traditional tattoo art.

Who are your main artistic influences? 

My other influences include Mexican and Cuban art , Diego Rivera's murals have always been a source of inspiration. Also, poster artists like Rick Griffin and Gary Houston.

What's the weirdest thing you've ever painted?

Weirdest thing I've painted is a gravestone.

How does it compare to painting a ukulele?

The ukulele is tricky because of the contours and strings (not to mention the hole slap bang in the middle) but I often up cycle and paint old chests and pieces of furniture with my work so I'm used to adapting to a curved interrupted surface.

What was your first idea when we asked you to paint a ukulele?

My first idea was to do a skull couple in a forest setting but I needed a broad space and the hole was in the way. I didn't fancy it for the back so I opted for the mermaid that I could bend around the obstacles on the front . I love old school nautical tattoos and the back has a ship .

How does the finished artwork compare to your initial thoughts and are you pleased with the results?

It's looking good so far, I like that the design is wrapped around the uke's body and painted artefacts are always interesting to me. I normally work on a much larger scale for impact but I've enjoyed the challenge of adorning this humble little instrument. It's been fun.

http://www.kerryevansart.co.uk/

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Pimp My Uke Artist Profile – Eurfryn Lewis

Community Music Wales have challenged leading Welsh artists to design and paint a ukulele in their own unique style. A number of exciting and diverse artists have accepted the challenge, and progress on the ukuleles has already begun.

The next artist we would like to introduce you to is Eurfryn Lewis

How would you describe your art style?

I’m primarily a Printmaker but I use several different techniques in my work including charcoal drawing, oil painting and mixed media. I’m influenced by My Welsh heritage and My work depicts the Welsh people of rural Ceredigion, male voice choirs and rugby.

Who are your main artistic influences? 

Many influences include the etchings of Rembrandt, Albrecht Durer and Christopher Nevinson. Also, great Welsh painters such as Aneurin Jones and Kyffin Williams.

What's the weirdest thing you've ever painted?

A wooden chicken, a child  size version of the Tardis from Doctor who and Elsa’s Castle from Frozen!

How does it compare to painting a ukulele?

Very similar in that you paint on a wooden surface, just that it’s a different shape! Painting an ukelele is great fun!

What was your first idea when we asked you to paint a ukulele?

My first idea was to paint a male voice choir on the uke – I'm inspired by my personal experience of singing in the Royal Albert Hall in the festival of male voice choirs since I was a teenager. The choir on the uke is The London Welsh male voice choir.

How does the finished artwork compare to your initial thoughts and are you pleased with the results?

Yes , I’m very pleased with the result and am so glad I’ve had the opportunity to pimp an Uke with a musical link!

http://eurfrynlewis.co.uk/

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Pimp My Uke Artist Profile – Rhiannon Roberts

Community Music Wales have challenged leading Welsh artists to design and paint a ukulele in their own unique style. A number of exciting and diverse artists have accepted the challenge, and progress on the ukuleles has already begun.

The next artist we would like to introduce you to is Rhiannon Roberts, originally from near Aberaeron in West Wales and currently residing in Cardiff Bay with her sister. 

How would you describe your art style?

My art style is quirky and colourful. I like bringing Welsh sea and landscapes to life by adding an element of magic to each piece. It is fun and full of character. I like painting designs that catch the eye and make others feel happy. 

Who are your main artistic influences? 

I like artists such as Kandinsky who uses a lot of shapes and colour. I mainly take inspiration from my surroundings - Aberaeron is a beautiful harbour town with colourful houses and boats. Cardiff Bay is also very pretty. People inspire me too - my friends and family give me a lot of ideas and advice.

What's the weirdest thing you've ever painted?

I'm currently painting the weirdest thing I've ever painted - a 1.5m Snowdog! I'm painting it for a project at Ty HafanSully. Many dogs will be on show around Cardiff and the Vale from late September onwards. The Ukulele is surprisingly a bit easier to paint! It is still a challenge and I love experimenting with painting different objects rather than always painting on paper.

What was your first idea when we asked you to paint a ukulele?

My first idea for the Ukulele was something musical of course, however I knew I wanted it to be in my style and show some sea or landscape. I also wanted it to have a Welsh theme with sheep and a harp and daffodils. I want it to be a happy and quirky ukulele with never ending colour and pattern. 

I'm currently half way through painting my ukulele and it's coming on very well. So far, it looks how I want it to look with plenty going on in the design! I know it'll look even better when I add more detail and a black outline.

www.rhiannonart.co.uk

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Pimp My Uke Artist Profile – Chris Jones

Community Music Wales have challenged leading Welsh artists to design and paint a ukulele in their own unique style. A number of exciting and diverse artists have accepted the challenge, and progress on the ukuleles has already begun.

The next artist we would like to introduce you to is Chris Jones of Physical Graffiti Tattoos in Cardiff. 

How would you describe your art style?

I mostly do colour realism but I have done some digital art as well. 

Who are your main artistic influences? 

Drew Sturzan who has done the film posters for a lot of my favourite films. Pretty much everyone at Marvel Comics. I guess I like all artists, and I try to get inspiration from as many different places/people as possible so it's hard to narrow it down!

What's the weirdest thing you've ever painted?

I think the weirdest thing to date has to be a bowling pin!

How does it compare to painting a ukulele? 

A lot harder as a uke can be laid down flat! Don't need to worry about it rolling around on fresh paint.

What was your first idea when we asked you to paint a ukulele?

Can I get away with painting it black and writing Star Wars on it?! 9 out of 10 times Star Wars is my go to for inspiration. 

We're looking forward to seeing the work that Chris does on his ukulele - stay tuned for updates coming soon! 

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A 25th Birthday party like no other!

Community Music Wales is 25! Please send us a short happy birthday video…

To celebrate 25 years of inspiring musicians and changing lives, we will be hosting a musical Gala event, Live at 25, in the Tramshed, Cardiff on the 9th November. The event will showcase community music groups from across Wales as well as some named performers.

 

Throughout the night we would like to play videos of our work, interspersed with birthday wishes from well-known faces , so we wondered whether you might be able to send a short birthday wish video? It doesn’t need to be complicated, just a “Happy Birthday” wish to Community Music Wales or a “Congratulations on turning 25” or whatever you would like to say!

 

Over the past 25 years, we have inspired and helped over 50,000 people, we are proud of what we have achieved and would be very grateful of your birthday wishes to help us celebrate our achievements.

 

For more details on what we do or about our 25 and Live event, please visit: www.communitymusicwales.co.uk

If you are able to record a quick ‘happy birthday CMW’ message, please either upload it to our Community Music Wales Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CommunityMusicWales/  tweet: @CMW_CGC   or sent via email or We Transfer to [email protected]

Thank you in advance for considering this ask, we look forward to hearing from you soon!

 

Pimp My Uke Artist Profile: Chris Harrendence

Community Music Wales have challenged leading Welsh artists to design and paint a ukulele in their own unique style. A number of exciting and diverse artists have accepted the challenge, and progress on the ukuleles has already begun.

The first artist we would like to introduce you to is Chris Harrendence

"I am Chris Harrendence, a freelance illustrator who lives in a red house on a high hill in the Neath valley.
As an illustrator, I endeavor to capture the oddness and absurd of the everyday. A passing comment or a fleeting gesture is picked up on and quickly scribbled down in my ever-present sketchbook.
My work is often whimsical with an underlying touch of darkness and melancholy. My artistic influences range from artists such as Edward Gorey, Shaun Tan and Ericailcane. Also being brought up on a diet of Sci-fi movies, comics and Monty Python has no doubt been a contributing factor in my work.
I’m always looking at new ways to challenge myself as an artist and illustrator. So it is not unusual for me to produce illustrations as sculptural pieces of work. This has resulted in painting on clocks, cups or bits of random driftwood. However this is the first time I have painted a musical instrument. I have always had the desire to paint some artwork on a piano though. One-day maybe.
I love music but alas not able to play any instruments. Music is really important to how I work though. I seldom work in silence. Whether it’s Bowie, Arcade Fire or Radiohead, there is always music filling the spaces of my studio. The constant presence of music always, if not obviously, influences the mood and direction of my work. With my love for music and love of sci-fi it seemed inevitable that the two should fuse. Machine becomes musician."
www.chrisharrendence.com

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A 25th Birthday party like no other!

Pimp My Uke

In the lead up to our 25th anniversary event 25 and Live we will be carrying out a whole host of exciting activities to celebrate this milestone achievement and to raise funds for our continued activity. 

Today we would like to introduce you to the first of these activities, "Pimp My Uke". 

Community Music Wales have challenged leading Welsh artists to design and paint a ukulele in their own unique style. A number of exciting and diverse artists have accepted the challenge, and progress on the ukuleles has already begun. From steampunk to impressionism, we hope to have an extremely varied selection of painted ukuleles that will be unlike any ukulele that you've seen before! 

Once the project is completed, we will be displaying the artworks in a gallery for everyone to come and see. Later on in the year we will hold an online auction, where the highest bidder will become the owner of a one of a kind piece of (playable) art. 

We are incredibly excited to see the work the artists produce, and we think you will be too! So keep an eye out in the coming weeks for more information on the artists and the ukuleles they are painting. 

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Biophony – Exciting Free Course for Musicians

About

‘Biophony’ was launched by Community Music Wales in the days leading up to Wales Nature Week.

This exciting participatory project brings together ecology issues, biodiversity awareness and music composition.

‘Biophony’ will create new pieces of music by working with residents local in distinct topographical areas across Wales including: rivers, sea & coast, meadows & woodlands.

The second stage of ‘Biophony’ will take place in Cardigan Bay, home to the UK’s biggest pod of dolphins. The main species in Cardigan Bay species include: Bottlenose dolphins, Harbour porpoises and Atlantic grey seals.

The project will consist of a talk by Seawatch Foundation & field trip in the New Quay area. This will be followed by music composition workshops & masterclasses in Cardigan.

You will work towards writing new music based on data collection and inspiration from the local environment. The final day will culminate in a performance and/or recording.

Funded by Arts Council Wales, ‘Biophony’, follow’s on from last year’s research & development.

Community Music Wales receives four years of funding from Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Community Music Wales (CMW) are happy to announce that they have been successful in gaining four years funding from Paul Hamlyn Foundation under their ‘Access and Participation’ program.

The funding will be instrumental in delivering a training initiative that will support community music practitioners at key parts of their careers.

CMW will deliver an annual Wales-wide training program aiming to provide accredited training for early-career musicians as well as supporting the continued professional development of current community arts practitioners. The program is comprised of three different areas which reflect this.

The first of which is a practitioner training course which will be delivered in three areas each year for early-career musicians. The 'Certificate in Community Music' is a diverse mix of practical and theoretical training aimed at skilled musicians who want to convert their skills to a credible work opportunity. The training will be based partly on self-assessment as trainees assess their own strengths and weaknesses.

The second area will focus on delivering practical Apprenticeships whereby mid-career artists can have three months practical experience in various community settings, shadowing experienced Community Music Wales practitioners who will mentor them through the process.

Finally, CMW will deliver training modules throughout Wales each year for mid-career practitioners. These modules are designed to reflect the job of a community music tutor. Modules were selected based on consultation which highlighted areas from Health and safety to ice breaking sessions, group work and business training. This will include peer-to-peer sharing events to encourage the sharing of best-practice, building of networks and self-reflection.

Throughout this training program Community Music Wales are aiming to improve the diversity of trained practitioners across Wales and therefore will be particularly targeting musicians who speak minority languages across Wales, musicians from various ethnic backgrounds and musicians with specific disciplines and disabilities. The aim of this is to encourage a rich and vibrant community music network across the country. CMW will also be appointing a part time officer to oversee the whole project.

If you are a musician interested in hearing about our training, please contact Community Music Wales on:

02920 838060

[email protected]