Out and about this week

I had the pleasure of meeting Mark Dennison at BBC Radio Nottingham this week, promoting my opportunity for Duke of Edinburgh participants to be part of my next portrait. Also lovely to meet Diana Ali at the summer exhibition launch at The Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham. You may have seen Diana presenting the BBC Big Painting Challenge. 

Opportunity to participate

I am offering an exciting opportunity to participate.  As you may know the Duke of Edinburgh has recently announced that he will be stepping down from his official royal duties. I would like to celebrate some of his achievements by assembling his portrait using the names of people who have completed a Duke of Edinburgh Award. The Duke created the award in 1956, which has since benefited thousands of young people.

Please note the named person must have completed a Duke of Edinburgh Award at Bronze, Silver or Gold. Each participant must be able to pay £10 towards the cost of their nametape. The nametapes will be organised by myself and purchased from Cash’s of Coventry www.jjcash.co.uk. The completed artwork will be professionally scanned and Limited Edition Fine Art Giclee prints will be available to purchase including a donation to the Duke of Edinburgh Charity. I anticipate a good response to this opportunity.

If you would like to be included or would like to put forward a name please send a message via the contact page by 31st May 2017. Please include the first and last name of the participant along with their award, for example Joy Pitts Bronze.  I will contact you for payment once I have enough names. Thank you in antipation, Joy.

Summer Exhibition at The Institute of Mental Health Nottingham University 2017

Pleased to announce that my study - Lobes of the Brain with 321 garments, has been selected for the exhibition HERE & NOW at Nottingham University, exploring mental health. 

Summer Exhibition, Here and Now
Institute of Mental Health
University of Nottingham Innovation Park
Jubilee Campus, Triumph Road
Nottingham NG7 2TU
0115 823 1294
17th May - 29th September 2017

Understanding personality expression and decision making are explored through the development of this study. Utilising the small size description label from each garment reduces the scale of the work but increases its content, allowing many community contributions to be included. Woven and printed labels removed from garments with dressmaker pins on canvas.

Winchester Cathedral - Inspired by the word

Work in progress: 71 words.
A contemporary portrait of Jane Austen for Winchester Cathedral. 71 words from the opening paragraph, Chapter 1 of Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice are woven onto 4000 cotton tapes and assembled in Austen’s face using only dressmaker pins. The background of the canvas is covered with 1000's of nametapes listing the 16 main characters.
Exhibition at Winchester Cathedral from 8th June - 30th September 2017.

Champagne Reception

Looking forward to this .........On the evening of Tuesday 7th March 2017, The International Churchill Society (UK) will hold a champagne reception at the Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill Hotel. The guest speaker will be Alan Watson; broadcaster, author, former President of the Liberal Party and peer. The evening represents a wonderful oppiortunity to enjoy the company of fellow Churchillians and to meet friends both old and new.

Winston Churchill Size 46 by Joy Pitts Savile Row & St James 

Winston Churchill Size 46 by Joy Pitts
Savile Row & St James 

ART INSTALLATION Light Night Nottm 10th Feb 2017

My art installation will be available to view in the window at Sue Ryder Vintage & Retro, 30-32 Goose Gate, Nottingham NG1 1FF from dusk until late. I will also be around to meet and chat to visitors about my piece created using 5000 used clothing labels. The work is also FOR SALE during the exhibition. 

MAPS are available from Nottingham Tourism Centre and Central Library. My art installation is NUMBERED 45 on the map. 

MUTE SWAN with 5000 Used labels 

MUTE SWAN with 5000 Used labels 

2016 Highlights

What a fantastic year! 

It began on Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II birthday with an invitation to exhibit the royal portrait in the window of bespoke tailors Meyer & Mortimer, Mayfair, London. The portrait then toured to Smalley's, a Gentleman's outfitters in Nottingham for the official celebrations in June, followed by an invitation to attend a street party at Bakewell Old House Museum, Derbyshire. The royal portrait made from names taken from a Derbyshire War Memorial then spent the summer at Derby Museum, where residents were thrilled to find WW1 family names in the artwork. Finally in 2016 the portrait was selected for exhibition at the prestigious Bishops Palace, Wells, Somerset. It was here that Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall viewed my work hanging amongst the historic portraits in the Long Gallery. 

Also worth mentioning is my portrait of Sir Winston Churchill, a collaboration with three of Churchill's selected outfitters on Savile Row and St James, London. Known as Britain's 'Best-dressed PM' Churchill's portrait toured to the three windows in the Autumn of 2016. 

My work also appeared on BBC FOUR MAKE #craftbritain in June and in several newspapers and publications including Country Life Magazine and The Radio Times. 2016 concluded with a commission for Bromley House Library, an artwork to celebrate 200 years of this amazing library in Nottingham Market Square. Please feel free to visit the library to view the work in the new reading room. 

I am now looking forward to 2017, and to sharing my work as new projects and exciting collaborations evolve.

Best wishes for a happy and prosperous new year. Joy Pitts. 

Light Night 10th Feb 2017

MUTE SWAN assembled from 5000 used clothing labels will be exhibited as part of Light Night Nottingham on Friday 10th February 2017. The work will be available to view in the window at Sue Ryder Vintage & Retro, 30-32 Goose Gate, Nottingham NG1 1FF.

The window installation runs from 28th Jan – 11th Feb 2017

Join Artist Joy Pitts for a drop-in event on Saturday 4th February 11am – 4pm to help unpick labels for Joy’s next creation.

Special thanks to Sue Ryder Vintage & Retro, and Nottingham Light Night 10th Feb 2017. 
NOTE Mute Swan will be FOR SALE during the exhibition email joy@joypitts.co.uk

For more opportunities to participate follow Joy on Twitter @JoyPittsArtist

For more opportunities to participate follow Joy on Twitter @JoyPittsArtist