Networking Girls

Last summer four artistic women from Derbyshire read a twitter feed and the words ‘We are looking for Desperate Artwives!’ jumped out at them. The message went on: ‘We are a group of women and artists who have been putting our ‘artistic needs’ on hold to attend to our family and work duties, but who have also never forgotten who we really are at heart.

We are now ready to reclaim our artist status and are looking for others who feel they belong to this category to join our group.”

Mandy-Jayne in her studio

The message had been sent out from the Desperate Artwives website, which was set up by Amy Dignam. The aim behind it was to gather together a new group of artists and artwork and create a unique project. Bearing in mind that the women being targeted were those whose artistic careers had been forced to take second place to everything else in their lives, the site was looking for work that was entirely created at home, in between doing chores, caring for families and paying bills.

‘Bondi Rip’, by Ruth Gray

All the artwork submitted was to be showcased on the website with a small selection chosen to take part in a London exhibition, which took place in the Vibe Gallery in Bermondsey in May. Dozens of artists submitted pieces of art, and among those accepted were Ruth Gray, Jenny Oldknow, Christine Gray and Mandy-Jayne Ahlfors.

Not only did the four women all share similar stories of working, raising families and yet still finding the time to create artwork In between their other commitments, but they also soon realised they all lived in and around Belper. Since getting in touch they have collaborated on other projects including Derbyshire Open Arts, the Belper Art Trail and #twitterartexhibit, which took place in Norway.

‘Belper’ by Christine Gray

Dozens of artists submitted pieces of art, and among those accepted were Ruth Gray, Jenny Oldknow, Christine Gray and Mandy-Jayne Ahlfors. Not only did the four women all share similar stories of working, raising families and yet still finding the time to create artwork In between their other commitments, but they also soon realised they all lived in and around Belper.

Since getting in touch they have collaborated on other projects including Derbyshire Open Arts, the Belper Art Trail and #twitterartexhibit, which took place in Norway. “We have all seen our profile raised since Desperate Artwives began,” says Mandy.

‘Red Flight’, by Jenny Oldknow

“The others have ongoing exhibitions at my gallery, and Ruth and I have recently been signed up by art agent White Peaks Fine Arts. So we are now very positive that the time spent painting in between chores is paying off!” www.desperateartwives.com


Networking Girls

Last summer four artistic women from Derbyshire read a twitter feed and the words ‘We are looking for Desperate Artwives!’ jumped out at them. The message went on: ‘We are a group of women and artists who have been putting our ‘artistic needs’ on hold to attend to our family and work duties, but who have also never forgotten who we really are at heart.

We are now ready to reclaim our artist status and are looking for others who feel they belong to this category to join our group.”

Mandy-Jayne in her studio

The message had been sent out from the Desperate Artwives website, which was set up by Amy Dignam. The aim behind it was to gather together a new group of artists and artwork and create a unique project. Bearing in mind that the women being targeted were those whose artistic careers had been forced to take second place to everything else in their lives.

The site was looking for work that was entirely created at home, in between doing chores, caring for families and paying bills.

‘Bondi Rip’, by Ruth Gray

All the artwork submitted was to be showcased on the website with a small selection chosen to take part in a London exhibition, which took place in the Vibe Gallery in Bermondsey in May. Dozens of artists submitted pieces of art, and among those accepted were Ruth Gray, Jenny Oldknow, Christine Gray and Mandy-Jayne Ahlfors.

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