Tuesday, 24 August 2021

WORKSHOPS - Selby Abbey

The final workshop this week at Selby Abbey as part of the HSHAZ (High Street Heritage Action Zone) project with Selby Council. The exhibition in the Abbey featuring all the work made in the workshops runs until the beginning of September. It's well worth a visit!


Saturday, 21 August 2021

Workshop - Drawing Experience from my Studio

A lovely family came into my studio today to take part in my drawing experiences, these are bookable 1 hour sessions that are available daily, up to 5 participants. They produced some amazing artworks and had a great time :)

Karen Thompson, Drawing Experience, Workshop, Scarborough, karent.co.uk


Tuesday, 10 August 2021

WORKSHOPS - Selby Faces, Selby Abbey

 Great little Selby Faces workshop today at Selby Abbey... Eden Taylor Draper, a young actress in Emerdale Farm was born in Selby. Sections of Get Carter, the feature film with Michael Caine were filmed in Selby too...  

EVENT - Selby Abbey Exhibition

Myself and Eleanor from Selby Council have installed an exhibition within Selby Abbey of 'Selby Faces' artworks created in the workshops I ran at Selby High School and Selby College. I'll be running another 3 workshops over the forthcoming weeks within a beautiful room at Selby Abbey. The artworks created in these workshops will also be added to the exhibition. 

Thursday, 1 July 2021

OUT & ABOUT - Dr. Sindhu Saraswathy Bhaskaran Exhibition

I've curated a beautiful exhibition recently at the hospital by ophthalmologist Dr. Bhaskaran. These 12 pastel drawings make up an exhibition entitled Pursha-Nari. We installed the work in Scarborough Hospital today and the exhibition will run until the beginning of November. It was a great pleasure to work on this exhibition and I hope many people get the chance to visit and to see the artworks before them.   

Saturday, 21 November 2020


Size A2 - Watercolour, ink and acrylic on paper

Thursday, 19 November 2020

OUT & ABOUT - The Office

I'm a month and a half into my new job now with York NHS Hospitals, I've been training in the office at York which I'll still be popping into regularly... however, this building which I love is my base in Scarborough Hospital :) So far, it's been a great job and I feel very grateful and fortunate to have been selected :)

Saturday, 17 October 2020

OUT & ABOUT - Alice Goodwill Exhibition

We installed a really beautiful exhibition yesterday at York Hospital... all the work was created by Staff Nurse Alice Goodwill during the COVID-19 lock down and the paintings are of her colleagues and staff at York Hospital. This was such a touching and poignant exhibition to install and I feel very privileged to have been a part of bringing this exhibition onto the hospital walls, especially as this is my first exhibition install since starting employment with York NHS Hospitals.

Monday, 28 September 2020

STUDIO - New Windows

Just has some lovely new windows fitted in my studio in time for the winter... What the studio makes up for in view it lacks in insulation!! Brrr... Hope this helps, although as it's a listed building the council haven't put in double glazing and have had to keep them true to their Georgian style.

Wednesday, 2 September 2020

WORKSHOP - Clay Bust

I love running Clay Bust workshops in my studio, this chap made by a lady in a workshop today really made me smile... he ended up with a moustache!

Tuesday, 25 August 2020

EVENT - The Tin Shed, Gallery

The guys who I usually do the Artfests with in Newcastle at the Monument/Grainger Street have just set up a new website called 'The Tin Shed', I've been included as the first Gallery artist and will also be taking place in the first online summer Artfest starting on September 1st. I wish them the best of luck with this new endeavour, head over and check it out...


Tuesday, 4 August 2020

WORKSHOP - Marmalade Meowie

Marmalade Meowie was a little creation created by a gentleman in a workshop run in my studio today. what a charmer he looks 😆

Sunday, 2 August 2020

Saturday, 1 August 2020

OUT & ABOUT - Riverside FM

Just been sorting though some bits & pieces to put together a presentation and have come across this old postcard and magazine article, I worked on this short licence RSL community radio station in 2003 and 2004, presenting from Riverside Studios in Hammersmith. It was a great experience and very enjoyable.

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

UPCOMING - Young Maker Support session

I'm looking forward to this online crit next week, thanks to the Crafts Council for asking to run one of their young makers support sessions. Looking forward to seeing the projects they are all working on.

Monday, 23 March 2020

INSPIRATION - Aldous Harding, First Album

Looks like this is the chosen apocalypse album... I can't stop listening to it, and red vinyl too! 😍

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

STUDIO - Creating Portraits

Had a super and creative evening tonight in the studio with some friends... Myself, Nina and Astrid spent the evening taking turns to create A2 portraits using watercolour and ink. With these portraits you never know what is going to happen, I start with the eyes and then create the nose, the mouth, then the hair and lastly adding the chin and clothes. I have no idea if I'm creating a man or woman or child until I stand back and look at the finished painting.

I find the full process fascinating as once the face has come together I get a very real sense of who the person I've just made up is, often feeling strongly a name associated with them and an occupation.  



Monday, 2 March 2020

EVENT - William Woods, Harrogate

It was great to see my work on display in William Woods in Harrogate today. They have had my pieces in for a while now but it's been the first opportunity I've had to get over to see them on display. I was really pleased that I had the opportunity to see them there as they look rather spectacular in the high end interior design environment.