March 30th, 2011
The Exchange now has a range of Beth Paynter’s handmade products on sale.
Beth is an artist and craftsperson and mainly works in illustrations, wood and ceramics, her work is mainly based on animals as she loves them! she also loves the natural beauty of wood so tries not to take away from that too much, she hopes that in the future her work will help to educate people on issues such as animal cruelty and the natural environment.
She feels it is important that art be accessable to everyone so tries to make her illustrations as light-hearted as possible so people can relate to them, she also likes to show the different personality quirks of animals.
With her 3d work she likes to bring the natural beauty of nature inside the home, she makes none functioning, decorative objects that can be placed in the home, given as gifts or kept as keepsakes.
Her websites are:-
I’m also on facebook, twitter and etsy.
March 29th, 2011
Fruitbat Fudge is a new gourmet confectionery and creative bakery project based in Stoke-on-Trent.
The project started in 2010, when Chef Babbit (our Cook-in-Chief and a lifelong sweet-tooth) decided to experiment with fudge making.
It seemed like some kind of strange magic spell – a wonderful kitchen alchemy of turning various everyday ingredients into rich, beautiful, delicious fudge which, in turn, made people happy when they tasted it.
Chef Babbit decided that this was something she wanted to do lots more of and so, after a lot of thinking and scribbling, Fruitbat Fudge was created. The project is named after Chef Babbit’s daughter, who also designed our fabulous logo!
At Fruitbat Fudge, we’re very proud of what we do and we want to share it with as many people as possible. This is why all our fudge recipes contain no artificial colours or flavours, are suitable for Vegetarians and Chef Babbit is constantly developing new recipes for Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free goodies. She is currently working on a fudge suitable for Diabetic diets.
Chef Babbit also enjoys making cookies and cakes and, from time to time, she may offer some of these for sale. Please subscribe to our blog to see what new creations she has for you – we’d really hate for you to miss out on anything!
March 20th, 2011
Charlene’s paintings are now available for sale.
Her work deals with themes of waiting and Autumn. Her piece “Autumn” draws inspiration from the linear abstract forms of Mondrian executed in lustrous Autumnal shades to evoke feelings of the changing of Autumn and distorted light shining through the leaves of a tree. “Forna” is a beautifully painted study of Autumn Leaves a post stamp of various plant life composed to form a woodland scene.
Here’s what the artist has to say about herself:
“I have painted and drawn all my life. I studied at Leek F.E and Staffordshire Polytechnic. I am a full time Artist and find that I cannot wait to get up in the morning to develop a new painting”
Come and see her work for yourself.
March 20th, 2011
The Exchange team are very chuffed. Working with the City Centre team we have been given the green light to remain at No8 Cheapside untill July 2011..
That’s very good news!!! Having worked so hard since launching at the end of last year to get everything as we think it should be. Now at the point where we have such a fantastic variety of Art on display and Events happening. Having too shut up shop on our original deadline of April would be a crying shame. We hope you agree.
We would like to say a big Thank you to the City Centre.
The Exchange Team.
March 20th, 2011
Upstairs at the Exchange we have studio spaces for hire. One of our Studio Artists is the fantastic Behjat.
Behjat mainly works with graphite and charcoal to create exquisite, detailed portraiture. Two of his pieces (pictured below) are currently on display for Sale here at The Exchange.
Drawings £85 each.
In the past Behjat has used passport photographs of asylum seekers, and blown the photos up to produce large scale, photo realistic, portrait drawings, through which he explores the themes of identity and political asylum.
He has developed interesting methods of mark making and builds his own drawing tools from rolls of canvas, which are then bound by cotton and covered with graphite powder. You can have a sneak peak at his studio space and the array of tools he uses pictured below.
For more information on Behjat visit his website http://behjaturl.tumblr.com
He is available for commissions, site specific work and workshops. Come into The Exchange and see his work in person or speak to the Artist himself. It’s having artists like Behjat in our space and continually creating that makes this project so exciting
March 14th, 2011
On Saturday 12 March, we were pleased to host New Generation Space led by Anna Francis with speakers Emily Speed and Rich White.
We heard an honest account of artist, Emily Speed and her experiences of getting “paid” and the choices you make as an artist about how you get paid. Emily writes a blog for a-n, which you can visit here.
I met Rich White late last year when I took part in Interrogation: West Bromwich, and his talk at the conference had particular resonance with me. Although I’m not an artist in the obvious sense, I too had found myself in a weird place in writing myself into a bid/application for money and had written about feeling guilty about charging a fee. This all feeds into the idea that artists aren’t professionals or that artists/arts professionals should be somehow on the breadline. His paper for his talk on Saturday can be found here.
After hearing from the speakers and we were posed a number of questions to get us thinking about what the future might hold for the arts and for artists, and any impact we might be already be experiencing.
Following the group work we all came together to create the below Manifesto. I intend to live and work by the manifesto, and that means The Exchange will – I hope you will too.
1. Be Active: Support each others’ endeavours
2. Be Active: Be Political
3. Be Active: Keep making art
4. Value Yourself, your time and your skills
5. Share resources and knowledge
7. Be Critical: Quality Assure
8. Know your rights
Anna, Emily and Rich will be making posters, and we’ll share them too. See Anna’s blog for the full event coverage.
Images by Glen Stoker.
March 1st, 2011
If you pay us a visit then you can pick up a lovely looking envelope asking ‘Can you spare a thought?’
Gwyddion Flint asks you to “Google Me”
Fixed, and what
Journey Men – Airspace