I know it’s a bit of a cliché, but doesn’t time fly? It seems no time at all that I was planning my application for the Jolomo Award 2009 and on Thursday I was in Edinburgh for the official launch of the 2013 award. The award, established by Scotland’s well known painter Dr John Lowrie Morrison OBE is held every two years and the 2013 award will be the fourth one.
The main aim of the award is to promote painting ….and in particular paintings of the Scottish landscape …for which there is an admirable tradition dating back to the 1600’s. In particular, the award is aimed at emerging artists, regardless of age, who often struggle through lack of financial resources. As such, the main prize for the Jolomo Award is now £25,000. As I have found out since winning in 2009, a sum like this, coupled with a lot of publicity, can really help in establishing your career as an artist……three years on I am still using the award money to help develop and promote my work and this will continue for a long time yet. This really is a life changing award and I would urge anyone who is passionate about painting the Scottish landscape to seriously consider applying for the 2013 award. Full details and application forms can be obtained from: The Jolomo Foundation Millburn Old Philpstoun Linlithgow West Lothian EH49 7PY OR downloaded from: www.jolomofoundation.org Closing date for applications is 14th January 2013 Entry fee: £25 Best of luck!
Apart from our trip to Edinburgh last Thursday, it’s been a busy week at the studio working on two new paintings. It’s also been another hectic few days of helping to organise the Courtyard Studios Open Studio Weekend ….now only two weeks away. I’ve been contacting local press and radio stations and distributing fliers to all the artists at the Courtyard. We’ve also had 30 posters printed and several of the artists have been placing them in prominent locations around Ayrshire. After finishing writing this blog I’ll be spending several hours on the computer sending emails out to past customers and visitors to my studio, telling them about the event and inviting them along to it. So then, things are progressing well so it’s just a case of telling as many people about it as possible ….in fact …if you know anyone living in this part of Scotland who would enjoy seeing a wide range of artwork by some of Ayrshire’s leading artists ….please tell them about it.
Open Studios Weekend – October 6th / 7th, 2012
The Courtyard Studios 128 Harbour St, (next door to the popular Ship Inn)
Irvine Ayrshire KA12 8PZ
Open: Saturday 11 am – 5pm Sunday 12 noon – 5pm All welcome.
I hope you can make it along.