Artists Announced for Sitting With Jane

Twenty-one Artists’ Designs Commissioned for the Sitting With Project
After consultation with sponsors, Destination Basingstoke has revealed the names of the artists that will be painting the BookBenches to form the Sitting With Jane public art trail this summer.
The artists’ designs will be painted onto a template ‘BookBench’, that acts as a 3D canvas – making the finished piece, not only a work of art, but an attractive piece of street furniture that will be accessible for all to see and sit on, to contemplate the artist, Jane Austen or the scene and landscape where it is located. It will form part of a worldwide celebration of Jane Austen’s life, and the ‘Jane Austen 200 – A life in Hampshire’ event spearheaded by Hampshire Cultural Trust, and is one of many exciting and creative projects in Basingstoke and the surrounding area planned for 2017.
The twenty-one artists including some local artists and others from all over the UK, that have been selected from an overwhelming response to the call for designs, some are painting more than one BookBench.
Next week the first of a number of the artists will be painting in a shop unit in Festival Place (opposite Laura Ashley) so members of the public can see what is going on. First to paint will be Lois Cordelia Bulow-Osborne, from Ipswich and local artist Sian Storey – who is painting two BookBenches.

“I love the idea of a BookBench, and am delighted to have had a design chosen for inclusion in the Sitting With Jane trail. My design “Look Upon Verdure” incorporates two quotations of Jane Austen, illustrating her love of Nature. Jane invites us to pause in our hectic modern lifestyles, sit with her on a bench and rest our eyes on nature, gardens and greenery:

 “To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure, is the most perfect refreshment.”
(Jane Austen, Mansfield Park)

 I will paint my design onto the blank BookBench during a two day live speed-painting demonstration at Festival Place in Basingstoke town centre on Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 1st March 2017. I welcome a live audience while I paint, so don’t be shy: drop by, ask questions, and be inspired!” said Lois.

Complete list of artists commissioned, they are:
Sian Storey – Basingstoke
Katy Stevens – Tadley
Jane Callan – Bath
David Graham – Liverpool
The Royal Mint – South Wales
Jonathan Chapman – Winchester
Jenny Leonard – Essex
Laura Fearn Baker – Bath
Deven Bhurke – Eastleigh
Fatima Pantoja – Fleet
Michelle Heron – London
Julia Brooker – Cardiff
Nick Murley – Birmingham
Corrine Marsh – Overton
Mik Richardson – Norfolk
Traci Moss – Littlehampton
Caroline Fairbairn – Southampton
Lynsey Brecknell and Kieron Reilly – Birmingham
Lois Cordelia Bulow-Osborne – Ipswich
Treloar’s College Art Students – Alton
Amy Goodman – Winchester
The ‘Wild in Art’ event, delivered by Destination Basingstoke and in association with Festival Place, is a public art trail that will be staged in the summer of 2017.

Picture shows Lois Cordelia Bulow-Osborne who will be painting in Festival Place next week.