Saturday, 12 December 2015

I have just updated my new website with information about Walking as Research, which is part of the Turner Contemporary's research group into TS Elliot's The Wasteland for an exhibition opening in 2018.


The walking group is using walking to explore the poem and TS Eliot's time in Margate where he wrote part of the Wasteland.

Our second walk was planning to follow the route of the tram line from the original Tram Depot to the Albermore guest house on the Eastern Esplanade where T.S. Elliot stayed.

 It took us a while to find the remaining track on the old site of the depot on Cromwell Rd as it was part of the redeveloped NHS site and the tracks were carefully preserved embedded into the driveway.

 By the time we had finished we'd walked for an hour and a half and found ourselves back at the Nayland Rock Shelter.

  I hope you enjoy the update.

If you'd like to take part in any of our future walks please contact me and I'll add you to the mailing list. My email is on my website. Walking will resume in the New Year.

Have a Wonderful Christmas and Wishing you all the best in 2016.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

My new website :


this blog is linked to my new website. I hope you have time to check it out and let me know what you think!

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

A journey through the Wastelands Walkers

I am very pleased to be part of a walking group as part of the Turner Contemporary Wastelands Research group . For more about this project: http://wasteland.onsocialengine.com/about .

If you sign up you can find out more about the project and there are more details about the walking group on my page.

We are taking our lead from AIR at Central St Martin's:

" using walking as a method for "staying" and paying attention to a place, with an emphasis on keeping the research process open and unknown, outcomes through doing things in the everyday ...."

Our first walk is today at 2pm leaving the Nayland Rock Shelter and walking to Eastern Esplanade.

Let me know if you fancy joining us and I'll ad you to the mailing list. I hope to keep blogging about this as the project progresses.

Saturday, 14 November 2015

I am delighted to be included in this exhibition.

I will be at the gallery on Friday 20th November from 2pm until 4 pm as a scheduled event organised to meet the artists. If you are unable to visit at that time but will be attending, please let me know and I will try to be there to meet you. 

As those of you who know me will be aware my piece, you can see the image shown at the bottom of this posting, is very personal. It is inspired by the Inca's "Quipus" and my mother's dementia.

Thank you to Natalie Banaigs, Kent Creative Live and all the selection panel for the hard work they put into organising this event. 

MEMORY opens on 20th November
MEMORY , the next 'Kent Creative Live' group show, will open at Pie Factory Margate on 20th November 2015.  

The show will display 70 pieces of work by Kent artists who responded to the theme 'Memory', covering a variety of mediums: painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, textile, video, installations, etc.. 

From personal to collective memories, all can be contemplated and enjoyed at this exhibition. 

Submitted works have been selected by a jury panel : 

Dominic Gunn, director of Gallery Gunn , says "A provocative mix of artwork with an even greater response to the theme of ‘Memory’ than I anticipated. This proves to be an exhibition where a range of media has had each of its own unique qualities used most effectively in pursuit of one truth about memory". 

Faye Hackwell, producer at BBC Radio Kent, says: "It has been fascinating to see "Memory" interpreted in so many different ways - from the artists' personal recollections, to how our memories work, to looking at the impacts of dementia on a person's mind. 
There are some stunning works inspired by places in Kent which many local people will have their own fond memories of and some very emotive pieces about loved ones lost.      

         Mark Paul Perry, Contemporary Artist & Director at SEEArt Fair says: "It is encouraging to see the breath of diversity and thought provoking Artwork that has been entered into the competition. "      

Pie Factory Margate,5  Broad Street, Margate, CT9 1EW 
20th to 25th November 2015 
From 10:00am to 4:00pm 
http://piefactorymargate.co.uk  http://piefactorymargate.co.uk


Tuesday, 27 October 2015

New work and some news !

Estuary,2015,oil,collage,canvas, 77cm x 62cm

Kite Surfers, 2015, oil, collage, canvas, 77cm x 62 cm

"Unravelling" 2015,wool,silk,wire, 143cm x 40cm

The studio group commission for 2016 was announced by the Turner Contemporary this week. We have been working on the comissioning process for over a year and are now looking forward to working with Nadim Chaudry on the Sunley Gallery commission for 2016. I will keep you posted on this blog as it develops.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

For More about Threads on Tour opening in Folkestone on Friday September 26th

We are honored to be taking on UCA's Brewery Tap space situated in the trendy Creative Quarter to host our first pop-up exhibition.

This exhibition was free for Artists to enter.
We called out to Performance, Projection, Installation and Sculpture Artists to exhibit and have received application requests from Wakefield...to Holland! 

Threads aims are to be resourceful and recycle existing venues to host exciting events and exhibitions.

As always, we pride ourselves on showing cutting edge quality work. We want the concepts to shine through, not a price tag. Therefore this exhibition will be free to attend.

It is important that we are actively creating opportunities outside of London.

During this exhibition we will host another one of our screenings. This is a curated screening of about ten artists-films. This usually varies from short films and documentaries to abstract moving image works. This will start at 19:00 on 26.09.15 and will have an entry fee that can be found here

Friday 25th September
- Private View -
FREE entry and open to all!!
18:00- 21:00 -
celebrate the opening of Debut with us and sip of bubbly from us 

Sat 26th September 
- Debut open from 10:00 - 17:00 -
FREE entry and open to all 

---- SCREENING----
19:00 - 23:00(ish)
>>>>£3 entry<<<<
or £1.50 early bird

Sunday 27th September
- Debut open 10:00 - 17:00 -
FREE entry and open to all
- Workshop TBA 14:00 - 16:00 
Threads is going on tour!! First stop Folkestone! #threadsdebut

Our Artists!!

Emily Whitebread - Sculpture

Julia Riddiough - Video 

Mandy Lane - Installation 

Dan Nash - Sculpture

Chloè Cussé - Video

Eca Eps - Video

Juliana Guger - Sculpture/Mixed Media

Elspeth Penfold - Sculpture

Laura Marker & Bethe Bronson - Pojection Installation 

Thursday, 17 September 2015

 I am delighted to have had my sculpture, "Past, present, future?" selected for the Threads on Tour debut exhibition at the Brewery Tap Gallery in Folkestone.

 For more about the Brewery Tap http://www.closedpubs.co.uk/kent/folkestone_brewerytap.html .

Looking forward to installing next week

"We are delighted to inform you that we would love to include the work "Past, Present, Future?" in our upcoming exhibition "Threads on Tour: Debut" 

Your work will be on display from the Private View on the 25th September- 28th September. 

You are part of a selection of 8 Artists who have been selected based on the quality and concept. This was a challenging curatorial decision due to the overwhelming volume of works submitted."

"Past, present,future?"

Monday, 7 September 2015

New Paintings and drawings

I am posting images and details of paintings and drawings that I have been working on over the last few months. I hope you enjoy these. I will be exhibiting them at the East Kent Artists Open Houses in Tankerton in  October! More details to follow.

Paintings on canvas

 "Giga and flowers" , 50 x 50 cm , oil on canvas
" Route Finder", 2015, 50 x50 cm, oil and collage on canvas
 "Mapping", 2015, 50cm x 50 cm, collage and oil on canvas
"A Journey" 2015, 50cm x 50cm, oil and collage on canvas

Drawings - Halkidiki- 2015

( acyrlic,collage, graphite and pastels on paper.)

Paintings on paper

Fairchilds 2015, acrylic and pastel on paper, 83 x 63 cm framed

Leaves turning, 2015, acrylic and pastel on paper, 83 x 63 cm framed

Thursday, 13 August 2015

I am  working on the Crittle windows that used to belong to our art deco house and were uncovered by the builders, buried at the bottom of the garden. Now that the work has fnished on the house I have started to work on the frames.

 It had always been my intention to use the frames as supports for weaving. Now that I have started the work I am exploring the possibilities that the frames offer in terms of making new work. I have decided to incorporate art deco motifs into the weaving, using metallic threads which can only be seen in certain lights.

Sunday, 9 August 2015

I was notified today that my painting "cliff" has been selected to be exhibited among the 20 finalists, out of 148 entries, at the Global Art League 2015 exhibition at the Montreal Art Centre. Twenty pieces have been picked by judges to be exhibited in the Le Canal Gallery for the exhibition which runs from the 4th - 16th September 2015.

 "cliff", 2014

For more about this painting as well as my two other submissions please visit my page on The Global Art League http://www.globalartleague.com/elspeth-penfold.html

I am also delighted to be one of the thirty artists selected by a juried entry and organised by curator Stephanie Sinclair to paint  in Norwich at the Wells Next the Sea Paint Out event in September.
For more about this event please check out http://www.paintoutnorwich.org/wells-next-the-sea/ I have never visited this part of the country but have it on good authority that it is stunning.

Looks like a busy September!

Monday, 3 August 2015

Provenance 2

Work in progress.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

New Work, I am currently working on two new pieces. I will keep posting as the work develops!

" Our Past Present and Future", new work which I"ve started in July 2015 using the old crittle windows belonging to the house which were buried in the back garden

My second piece is called Provenance 2. I intend to use the Wool and the papercut to create organic shapes growing out of the sack. More photos to follow.......

Monday, 27 July 2015

I decided to open my Marine Parade studio on Sunday July 26th from 10 -12 pm and Monday July 27th from 2-4pm, during the Whitstable Oyster Festival which is on all this week! I am also volunteering at the Festival which is really good fun... For more about the Oyster Festival www.whitstableoysterfestival.co.uk There are so many great events on each day, its worth checking out!

And here are some photos of my first open studio at Marine Parade, I had a good turn out yesterday, in spite of the rain and am looking forward to meeting more visitors today, 2-4 pm.

If you would like to make an appointment to visit my studio at another time please contact me to arrange a date,

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

I've been enjoying painting and have ended up with a very busy June 2015. I thought I would post these up in case you are travelling and fancy dropping by to see the exhibitions.

My Painting "Stone" has been included by the curator Renato Costrini in the exhibtion titled "Metropolis" at the Galleria La Vaccarella in Vicolo della Vacarella, in Rome. I was pleased to be invited to respond to the idea of loneliness in the city and delighted to then have my work chosen. I always find cities quite vibrant and often feel more at ease here than in the countryside, probably as the result of migrating around the world! 

The exhibition runs from June 6th until June 13th.
For more about the gallery http://www.lavaccarella.org/

                                                    "Stone", 2015, acrylic and graphite on canvas, 50cm x 50 cm

 I will also be taking part in Art Expo June Barcelona organised by Artists in the World. I'd like to say thank you to curator and artistic director  Isabel Capdevila Sabanes for selecting my painting "Cove" which will be part of the exhibition at Ada Art Gallery in the centre of the city. For more about the gallery www.galeriaada-bcn.com The exhibition runs from June 13th to the 27th of June. If you happen to be passing through would be great if you can pop in!

 "Cove", 2014, acrylic on canvas, 36cm x 46cm

I am also delighted to have had my paintings accepted by the Global Art agency for The Miami Art Expo19th - 26th June 2015 at the Nina Torres art gallery. Following a submission process, Global Art Agency are offering professional respresentation and selling of the artworks. I am looking forward to working with them as I have had very good feedback from other artists about them. For more about the Art Fair www.themiamiartexpo.com
These are the paintings that I will be showing:
 Urquiza, 2012, oil and collage on canvas, 52cm x52cm

Thinking Threads 2014, oil on canvas, 52cm x 52cm

Flight of Fancy, 2015, oil on canvas, 52cm x 52cm

I hope you enjoyed looking at these paintings. Let me know if you get to see them in their various locations!!