As you may know, our crowdfunding campaign – which is raising funds for an artist led Valentine’s Day themed exhibition in Sheffield – is up and running and gaining momentum. The great thing about crowdfunding is that it initiates and strengthens community spirit: Giving anyone from any background the chance to become an intrinsic part of exiting artist led projects and the opportunity to directly support the arts locally and nationally. Our crowdfunding campaign is no different, and in return for your generous donation you will be cordially invited to our opening evening, credited in our exhibition and you can take advantage of some wonderful rewards handmade by the artists exhibiting – just in time for Valentine’s Day!
Indeed, whether you love Valentine’s Day or hate it, I’m sure you’ll agree that the diversity and quality of the rewards on offer is fantastic – and certainly bodes well for the exhibition! Here’s what our artists are offering as rewards:
Sharon Mossbeck – Love – £5 – Buy from here
Ever the contemporary art cross-stitcher, Sharon Mossbeck has created 10 of these simple yet elegant original postcard-sized cross stitch pieces. A perfect Valentine’s Day card alternative. Get ’em while you can!
Sharon Mossbeck – Love Token – £10 – Buy from here
For £10 you can take home this fabulous original piece of art. Gold leaf and acrylic on wood, this stylised, 4cm x 4cm depiction of an anatomical heart is the perfect alternative Valentine’s card. A wonderful chance to buy original art while backing our exhibition.
Sharon Mossbeck- Cross Stitch Kit – £10 – Buy from here
Sharon Mossbeck’s cross stitch kit provides you with everything you need to make a fair isle heart of your own. This unique reward designed entirely by Sharon herself makes an ideal Valentine’s Day gift. It can be yours for £10.
Gill Alderson – Portrait – £20 – Buy from here
Gill Alderson’s ‘Portrait’ is gold leaf and pencil on an egg shell. It is beautiful to behold and a truly unique and unusual piece of original artwork in it’s own right. This can be yours for £20, and you’ll also be cordially invited to any event we organise.
Michael Borkowsky- Love Potion – £25 (UK Only) – Buy from here
Referencing the historical links between perfume and medicine, fine art perfumer Michael Borkowsky has created a bespoke fragrance designed to attract the opposite sex while offering mental wellbeing! A blend of white musk, jasmine, vanilla, rosemary and a hint of apple in a sweet almond oil, this perfume captures the essence of sensuality and keeps your mind in good health! (UK Only)
Gill Alderson – Pendant – £35 – Buy from here
Artist Gill Alderson is offering this beautiful and intricate hand drawn pendant cast in real gold. Truly original and captivating, this can be yours for £35. A fantastic way of acquiring original work while backing the exhibition!
Sharon Hall Shipp – Constellation I – £45 – Buy from here
Constellation I is a wonderful and highly detailed original collage by artist Sharon Hall Shipp. 18x13cm mounted on thick paper, this is a captivating piece that cites dance steps, cartography, constellations and love as sources of inspiration. This is a fantastic chance to receive original art and support artists while backing our exhibition!
Lizzie Biscuits – Minimal – £100 – Buy from here
Minimal is a miniature costume wearing animal, and a much loved product of Lizzie Biscuits’ practice. Choose any animal you wish and allow Lizzie to dress them in a handmade outfit. A frog in a frock coat? A cat in a hat? A dog in a dress? Email your choice to email@example.com
…We hope you love some of the rewards our artists have made! If you’d like more information about our crowdfunding campaign, or would like to donate, share or get involved in some way, then click the image below
A mere 8 months since my solo crowdfunding effort, I find myself once again involved in such a campaign! This time though, it’s a group effort.
SCI – an arts collaborative I am a part of – are looking to raise funds for the opportunity to exhibit internationally. Reaching our goal will enable at least two members of the collaborative to travel to Athens
This is a great opportunity for SCI to develop as a collaborative, and will also gives you a fantastic opportunity to purchase some unique and handmade pieces of work: From paper drawings to etchings, and from paintings to mixed media collages, this crowdfunding campaign has something for everyone. Your contribution will also support the arts and offer the chance for a group of artists to gain new opportunities and new ways of developing their careers, which is a brilliant thing to give.
We’ve made a fantastic start – already raising a quarter of the funds we need. But we still need your help! Any contribution or promoting of the campaign would be very appriciated. And I’d like to say thank you so much to those who have already engaged with the project.
You can find more information about the project and how to donate here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sci-platforms-project-at-art-athena-2016#/
It’s a whole two months since my crowdfunding ended and, hidden between satisfying crowdfunding rewards and producing works for an upcoming exhibition in September, the materials I have been able to purchase from crowdfunding funds is beginning to arrive:
Yes, everyday I am awash with sheer joyous anticipation as I await the sound of the postman’s footsteps, wondering what scented delights he’ll grace my letterbox with this time. I Have purchased around £200 worth of materials – around half of my total crowdfunding funds, and I have around another £100 to use before my exhibition at Bank Street Arts in February next year.
Still, receiving materials is all fine and dandy, but also pretty useless if you don’t crack ’em open and start using them. Needless to say over the next four months I’ll be very busy, with an aim to create 50 perfume portraits of artists before February, taking into account all experimentation and complications. So better get on with t then eh?!
Once again, thank you so much to everyone who contributed to my crowdfunding campaign 🙂
And so, after 50 days of patience, persistence and promotion, my crowdfunding campaign has ended – although it will still be live for the next week, due to Indiegogo’s option to allow successful campaigns to remain live, so feel free to have a look, if you like!
It has achieved five pounds over the £500 target, would you believe? I am pretty elated by this, and also relieved that all efforts promoting the campaign have been rewarded.
I am very grateful to everyone who supported my crowdfunding campaign, and feedback towards the overall project – ‘Perfume as Practice’ – has been extremely positive and exemplified the crowdfunding achieving its target. Thank you so much, everyone! I can now think about how exactly I will spend the money, and how that money will enable my goals to reach fruition.
The only negative comments I have received centre around the project being over-ambitious. But then what artist isn’t over-ambitious?! Indeed, the comments raised failed to address the fact that the 100 perfumes I plan to make will contain a fair bit of experimentation, research, exploration and alchemy – they are essentially portraits and will be designed for artistic purposes only. I think the assumption was that I wanted to create 100 bespoke and branded perfumes of saleable and consumable quality. Which isn’t the case and in fact I wish to offer some kind of alternative to that.
So, was my crowdfunding a success? Well, yes I think it was. Hindsight, however, would suggest that a six-week crowdfunding campaign was too long. Four weeks would have sufficed as I don’t think I reached any more people during the final two weeks, and by then fatigue had set in. Crowdfunding can be quite a consuming beast, and now that it is over, I feel a little liberated and able to think about other stuff. This is just as well, as I am showing work at Wadsley Arts Festival this weekend and organising an exhibition at Exchange Place Studios the following weekend to coincide with Castlegate Festival. So I have plenty to think about!
This week has been so busy that I could easily write several blogs all detailing the extent of my exciting, engrossing and sordid artistic endeavours. However, this particular post will focus on the most pressing of matters, and one which you can get involved with.
I am part of an arts collaborative named SCIBase, which is a collaborative project between BasementArtsProjects, Leeds and SCI, Liverpool. We are currently seeking funding in order to hold an exhibition, residencies and workshop programmes in New York next year. I personally am looking to host a series of workshops dealing with the paint making process, along with the history and implications associated with paint as a medium.
In order to apply for full funding from other arts organisations SCIBase need to raise an initial £2000, which we are hoping to raise via Kickstarter. This is where we need your help. We are asking for you to pledge money if you can.
There are many incentives for pledging, all of which can be viewed on our page of the Kickstarter website, where you can also pledge towards the funding we require: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/scibasecolonize/scibase-colonize
The most intriguing insensitive for artists is the fact that you are eligible to have a postcard sized image of your work included in the exhibition if you are an artist pledging £12. This is a great and unique opportunity to be part of the collaboration.
If any of this excites, intrigues or delights you in any way, then we would love for you to pledge whatever you can. Please also let people you know about our project. We are a fair way to reaching our target, but we now only have a few days to reach it, so your contribution would be very much appreciated.