Projects

Update on British & Croatian Naïve and Outsider Art Project, March 2018

Update on British & Croatian Naïve and Outsider Art Project, March 2018

As many of you know, in 2017 I began developing an idea for a touring exhibition bringing British and Croatian Naïve* artists together. Working with the Croatian curator and art historian, Elizabeta Wagner, I made a visit to Zagreb last June to develop the idea further. As a result of that visit, the project shifted course to include Outsider** as well as Naïve artists. This shift came about as many of the issues contemporary naïve artists face are common to outsider artists, and vice versa.  From working in isolation, to not having the self-promotional skills demanded by the arts world today, I believe that...

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Croatian Naïve Trip, June 2017

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Croatian Naïve Trip, June 2017

In June I travelled to Croatia where Elizabeta Wagner - art historian, curator and tour guide extraordinaire - arranged for me to visit several Croatian naïve artists and the Hlebine Gallery of Naive Art over four very busy days. During that time I also enjoyed catching up with friends from my Zagreb days and practicing my newly-revived Croatian language skills with Ivica and Katarina. In addition the British Ambassador to Croatia and his wife, Andrew and Aline Dalgleish, hosted an evening event for artists, curators, collectors, and the Director of the British Council at the Residence which introduced me to new friends and contacts. As...

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Call for Partners: A Touring Exhibition of Contemporary British and Croatian Naïve Art, May 2017

Call for Partners: A Touring Exhibition of Contemporary British and Croatian Naïve Art, May 2017

Working Title “Asking the Moon” Proposal: An international touring exhibition to celebrate and promote the best British and Croatian naïve artists working today in a range of media, suitable for major galleries and local museums alike, and appropriate for partnering with community outreach programmes to encourage self-taught, naïve and outsider artists from all backgrounds and in any media. Project leads are Melanie Hodge, a British naïve artist, and Elizabeta Wagner, a Croatian curator of naïve art. This exhibition will include some members of both The Association of British Naive Artists and The Croatian Association of Naive Artists but is independent...

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*New Website*

*New Website*

Welcome! It may not seem like much now you're here, but it's been a mammoth task getting you here. Nearly a year ago I began toying with moving my website onto a more e-commerce friendly platform and with that the project began though, to be honest, it's only taken over my life for really the last two and a half months. As it's new though I am going to keep tweaking it and this is where I'd like your help. If something doesn't seem clear to you or you're having trouble finding what you're looking for - please let me...

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A Wall Full of Flowers

A Wall Full of Flowers

We started to redecorate the kitchen two years ago, and slowly but surely it's all coming together. This wall was my New Year's gift to myself.               

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